EHS falls to Nazareth
The Emmaus football team worked a little too hard on the Friday night before Labor Day weekend to help the Nazareth Blue Eagles win a football game at East Penn School District Stadium, 36-24.
Take nothing away from the Blue Eagles. They amassed 19 first downs to Emmaus’ nine. They also out-gained the Hornets 324 to 273 yards. Nazareth also held Emmaus (1-1, 1-1 conference) to only four of 13 on third down conversions.
But three crucial interceptions were the difference. Besides demoralizing the Green Hornets, the picks helped wipe out two Emmaus’ leads of 14-0 and 21-7, and gave the low-flying Blue Eagles (2-0, 2-0 conference) a new path to victory.
“It’s a little frustrating because we played a pretty good game, but we couldn’t piece it all together,” said Hornet head coach Harold Fairclough.
Even in defeat, the season’s second game displayed a few storylines on the offensive side of the ball which should consistently unfold as the season progresses.
One is that Emmaus has a legitimate big-play threat in running back Brandon Camire. The running back ran for three touchdowns and amassed 206 yards on just 24 carries.
Camire started his personal offensive explosion with an 82-yard touchdown run in the first period, which staked Emmaus to a 7-0 lead. Early in the second period he added his second touchdown run of the night, a three-yarder, to extend the Green Hornets’ lead to 14-0. After Nazareth cut the deficit to 14-7, Camire sprinted 85 yards for another score to make it 21-7.
Another Green Hornet storyline is the team’s developing talent. The Hornets have plenty of it and Friday night saw the emergence of a new pass catcher in wide receiver John Ferris. He caught four balls for 73 yards and ran crisp routes all night.
Ferris’s athleticism continues to blossom and he already has plenty of character.
“John puts in the extra time,” said Fairclough. “He’s just got a great work ethic and a super high football IQ. He’ll do whatever we ask.”
The final storyline is still being written by junior quarterback Alex Lanzone. Against Nazareth, the signal-caller was 5-for-14 for 49 yards with two of the three interceptions.
“Obviously, he didn’t have his best game,” Fairclough acknowledged. “But he’s going to be all right.”
Nazareth defensive back Nate Stefanik was part of the reason Lanzone didn’t have his best game last Friday night. He was responsible for all three interceptions, two off Lanzone and the other from Jacob Moyer.
Stefanik is a potent offensive weapon as a receiver and a cunning secondary man defensively.
Blue Eagle quarterback Anthony Harris was solid all night, garnering 12 completions on 22 attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns, one to his buddy Stefanik for 62 yards and the other wide receiver Trent Federico for 32 yards. The Blue Eagles dominated half number two. They gradually began to control both lines of scrimmage, and outscored Emmaus 22-3.