Emmaus’ defense had its ups and downs over the first three weeks of the 2017 high school football season.
But last Friday against Northampton the Hornets posted their first shut out of the season. And it’s not a coincident that the shut out came just two games after nose guard Joe Barno was cleared to get back with the team after a preseason concussion kept him out of hte first three weeks of the season.
The Emmaus golf team wrapped up the regular season last week with a win over Stroudsburg. The win gives the Hornets the regular season Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title with a 14-1 record in league play.
“We’re a pretty strong team,” said Hornet senior Connor Wambold, a three-year varsity player. “We lost some players last year but we have some freshmen that can play pretty well.”
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
Sone Ntoh expected to be part of a backfield tandem at Emmaus this season. The Hornet coaching staff and fans expected that too. But with an injury to his running mate, Ntoh moved into a lead role as the feature back and has been Emmaus’ workhorse for the past three games.
Saturday the junior tied his career high with four touchdowns in a 63-13 win over Pocono Mountain West. He carried the ball just nine times for 136 yards.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
The first seven minutes of last Friday night’s game couldn’t have gone much better for Emmaus. But the next 41 minutes were a different story.
After taking a 14-0 lead just over halfway through the first quarter, Emmaus saw Bethlehem Catholic battle back with three unanswered first-half scores to take a lead before holding on for a 28-21 win.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
It says a little something about the expectations of this year’s Emmaus High School football team that after a 62-19 opening-night win, the focus immediately after the horn sounded was on getting better for next week.
The Hornets routed Dieruff in front of a home crowd to open the 2017 season. Seven different Emmaus players scored touchdowns and the mercy-rule clock was running the entire second half.
But 10 penalties in the game were the first thing quarterback Blake Reed talked about after throwing three touchdown passes in the win.
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.