Everyone around the Emmaus and Parkland football programs remembers the last matchup between these two rivals that ended the 2016 regular season.
A goal-line stand on fourth and one propelled the Green Hornets to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in 2016, finishing the regular season 9-1 overall.
It is a new year and a different venue as Emmaus and Parkland will once again meet in the season finale Friday night, this time at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team’s time in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament was shorter than the Hornets had hoped. They were the three seed and came into the quarterfinal round matchup with a 14-3-1 league record.
But the top six teams in the conference are all very evenly matched. Any one could beat another on any given night, and that happened last Tuesday.
Nazareth tookthe Hornets to the brink and then left Emmaus High School with the victory in five games, f 25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 15-25 and 15-10.
The Emmaus field hockey team continued its run of success with another championship.
Two first-half goals from junior forward Riley Baughman were enough as the Hornets surrendered a second-half goal to defeat Liberty 3-1 last Thursday night in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Whitehall High School.
The Emmaus football team could not have asked for a better way to end its 2017 regular season home part of the schedule.
Looking for their fourth win in the five home games this year, the Hornets (5-3 overall, 3-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) host a tough matchup against Easton (6-2, 4-2) Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.
Both Easton and Emmaus, who sit at third and fifth, respectively, in the EPC South standings, are coming into the game off of two consecutive victories.
Emmaus senior quarterback Blake Reed and junior wide receiver Deonte Castro both had career-best performances in leading the Emmaus football team to a 28-13 victory over Liberty at East Penn School District Stadium on homecoming night last Friday.
This Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium a matchup of two Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division football teams come into the game after wins last weekend, and both teams could use another victory to improve their District 11 playoff standing.
Emmaus (4-3 overall, 2-3 EPC South) bounced back from a one-score loss to Freedom with a high-scoring 55-42 win last weekend at Nazareth. Liberty (3-4, 1-4) comes to Emmaus riding a two-game win streak with victories over Dieruff and Northampton the last two games.
When the Emmaus football team walked off the field last weekend at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium, the Hornets knew they let one slip away. They dropped another one-score game, and one that could have went in their favor if not for a couple of plays.
“We have to eliminate penalties and play with consistent energy and effort,” said head coach Harold Fairclough. “We had over 420 yards of total offense, but we consistently shot ourselves in the foot. We had a touchdown called back and a first-and-goal from the 10 yard-line and ended up with fourth-and-goal from the 25.”
When the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams last took the court against each other two weeks ago, the Hornets accomplished a feat that was not only a long coming for them, but also every other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
Emmaus swept the Trojans in straight sets two weeks ago, ending a 120-match win streak for Parkland dating back to 2009.
But beating a team twice in the same season, let alone in a two-week span is tough, and Parkland had even more motivation this time around.
It was a long time coming. For the entire Emmaus girls volleyball roster, it hadn’t happened during any of their high school careers.
When the Green Hornets took down rival Parkland in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School, it was the first victory for Emmaus over the Trojans since the 2013 season.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has shown its talent at the beginning of the 2017 season.
The Hornets swept Bethlehem Catholic 3-0 last Wednesday.