Second-year Emmaus head coach Randy Cuthbert felt like many high school coaches do after his team's first game of the season.
He liked some things his team did in Friday night's 41-7 win over East Stroudsburg North. And there were plenty of things the second-year Hornet head coach saw that he'd like to see improve.
"Obviously we were sloppy at times," he said. "The thing I liked the most is when we got into some tough situations the kids always responded."
East Stroudsburg North might not be a familiar foe to Emmaus football fans. But the Timerwolves are no mystery to Hornet head coach Randy Cuthbert and his staff.
The former Mountain Valley Conference member is now part the new East Penn Conference and will visit Emmaus Friday to open the 2014 season.
Cuthbert's team will be ready for the Wolves' run-based offense, led by sophomore signal caller Thomas Melchiorre.
Just days after the Emmaus girls volleyball team picked up its biggest win in the last few years, the Lady Hornets season came to an abrupt end in the District 11 Class AAA title game.
Emmaus, which ended Parkland's undefeated season in the district semifinal, fell to Southern Lehigh 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19) in last Thursday's championship game.
"Even though we didn't come out on top they're a very special group of girls," said Millets. "I've never seen a team that had more heart than this. These girls accomplished some spectacular things this year."
It might be redundant to say a cross country season is more marathon than sprint. But it rings true for this year's Emmaus High School harrier teams, both of which have been improving all year and gearing up for the postseason.
The girls team headed into Tuesday's final regular season meet with a 7-1 record.
"We are where I expected to be," said head coach Dan Wessner.
Emmaus has a solid top two with sophomore Kate Bacher and senior Hannah Brosky, who finished 33rd and 42nd in last week's PIAA Foundatoin Invitational. Either can be the team's top runner on a given day.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team is off to a perfect start to the 2013 season.
The Lady Hornets started 5-0 in conference play and are now 6-0 overall after picking up a meaningful nonleague win Monday, beating Southern Lehigh in five games, 11-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10.
"This is a great win for us," said Emmaus libero Sydney Pickering. "Southern Lehigh is such a good team. They're ranked in the state. It's awesome to beat them. We really played together as a team well and talked a lot."
When the Hornets had all their starters on the field and were playing mistake-free football, they were clearly as good, if not better than Pennridge in a very evenly-matched season opener.
But when they committed penalties or had players leave the field with cramps, it was just enough to tip the scales toward the Rams.
After building a 15-point lead in the first half and holding onto that margin into the fourth quarter, Emmaus saw it's entire lead slip away over the final 6:34.
With half of her college field hockey career still in front of her, Ally Evans has already accomplished more than most players could hope for in a four-year collegiate career.
The 2011 Emmaus graduate helped her team to a national title last year while making an All Ivy League team for the second straight year at Princeton University.
The junior striker heads into her third season hoping to continue the success she's enjoyed over her first two years.
"I'm definitely satisfied with my first two years," Evans said. "It's more than I ever could have asked for."
After just nine wins in the last two Lehigh Valley Legion seasons, Emmaus' first-year head coach Mike Anderson is looking to rebuild the program's once-proud tradition.
After struggling in the season's first two games, Emmaus has played five competitive games through Monday night's 4-2 loss to Northern Valley, but is still just 2-4 heading into Tuesday's doubleheader against Salisbury.
Every once in a while, the right coach gets together with just the right team at exactly the right time.
Like Belichick and the Patriots. Phil Jackson and the Bulls. Bill Saban and Alabama.
Randy Cuthbert and the Emmaus High School football program could be just that kind of combination.
"I picture a day when everyone is looking up at Emmaus," said Cuthbert last week at a press conference to announce his hiring as the school's 18th head coach. "I'm looking forward to getting ready to take that next step."
The Emmaus boys tennis team ended the season at the most important team match District 11 has to offer.
The Hornets took on Parkland in Saturday's District 11 title match, falling to the Trojans 3-0.
"Parkland has a great team as far as depth on their team," said Emmaus head coach Dimitri Diamandopoulos. "They constantly reload with top players. Our team definitely has some stars. Walking into this match, I knew we lost in the regular season, I thought maybe with this match we could have had something going."