The Emmaus Green Hornets take the first step toward a state football championship Friday night.
The District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals kick off with four games including the second-seeded Green Hornets, who host the seventh-seeded Nazareth Blue Eagles at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at East Penn School District Stadium.
“There’s nothing like it,” said coach Harold Fairclough about the postseason. “The playoffs are about the little things. Practicing as it gets dark. Practicing as it gets colder. A lot of teams are already turning in their uniforms and we’re still playing.”
The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.
In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.
Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.
Like the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the Parkland Trojans will field a quality football team. Their reputation is well-known and they are an established Lehigh Valley powerhouse. They consistently turn out well-disciplined, fundamentally sound football teams. They usually have great individual talent and are always well coached. They are a football machine.
One thing is certain about the Emmaus girls cross country team: it doesn’t quit.
Without two of its top runners in Kera Reinhard and Clara Kennedy, it would have been easy to offer excuses and marginal resistance during the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 16 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. Instead the Green Hornets pulled together and offered a solid performance, finishing third overall with 105 points. Easton claimed first place with 78 points and Parkland finished second with 99 points.
The football gods are fickle. Their criteria for deciding the outcome of games is unknown and they never give interviews. In fact, no one knows where they set up shop and why they care so much about high school football games.
For more than 44 minutes, the Emmaus football team was the better football team in its battle against Freedom last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium. The stats showed it and for more than 44 minutes the scoreboard proved it.
When Lubens Myers (20 carries for 148 yards) took it to the house on a 4-yard run with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Hornets led 24-9. The Patriots were in position for a very quiet bus ride back to Bethlehem.
Emmaus was simply the better football team. Until they weren’t.
The Emmaus football team has little time to sulk as it prepares for a its next encounter of the 2018 campaign against a rugged Bethlehem Catholic squad that is 6-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Coach Joe Henrich’s Golden Hawks are playing clutch football down the stretch. Last week they were tied 7-7 at half against Easton. The Golden Hawks dominated play in the second half and scored the last 21 points to win going away 28-7, their third straight win.
Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.
That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.
The Allentown Central Catholic Vikings did their best to hang around against the Emmaus football team during the first quarter of their Oct. 6 clash at J. Birney Crum Stadium. After Emmaus scored on its first possession to take a 8-0 lead, the Vikings responded and cut the deficit to 8-7.
But throughout the season the Green Hornets have displayed a penchant for going for the jugular. They used the rest of the game to pull away from the Vikings.
The Emmaus has already had two memorable confrontations this season, one against Nazareth and another against Easton. This week’s battle could be even better.
The undefeated Freedom Patriots (7-0, 5-0 EPC) should prove to be a worthy nemesis for the Green Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. at East Penn School District Stadium. It is a match up of two talented offensive teams and rugged defenses.