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.
The Emmaus boys and girls cross country teams continue to impress after an Oct. 2 meet that left the girls team undefeated at 12-0 and the boys at 10-2.
The talented Green Hornet girls downed a tough Liberty squad 27-30, Freedom 18-42 and Bethlehem Catholic 15-50 on the day, showing outstanding individual and team effort in the process. The boys defeated Freedom 20-41 and Bethlehem Catholic 18-45, but lost a close meet to Liberty 27-28.
Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.
“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”
There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.
The 2018 Emmaus girls tennis team served and volleyed with modest improvement during the recently completed 2018 regular season and the Hornets’ coach, Brian Bleam, thinks his team’s best days could be ahead.
“I think we did pretty good,” said the first-year coach in assessing his team’s 7-8 record, an improvement from last year’s 6-9 mark. “I was hoping for a .500 season and we were very close to that. This past season was a bit of a learning process.”
The Emmaus football team’s seventh game of the 2018 season puts them helmet-to-helmet with the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings (3-3, 1-3) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
Coach Bob Pietrobon’s Vikings are fighters. After surrendering 75 points to Whitehall on Sept. 14 in a 75-35 loss, the Vikings regrouped and potentially salvaged their season.
The Emmaus Green Hornets’ ground attack took the wind of the Liberty Hurricanes during a dominant 34-6 victory on Sept. 28 at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium. The win kept Emmaus undefeated (6-0, 4-0 EPC) and kept the Hornets in a first-place tie with Freedom (5-0, 4-0 EPC) in the East Penn Conference South Division.
The Emmaus football team recorded a win Friday as it swarmed the Pleasant Valley Bears during a lopsided Sept. 14 contest, scoring 42 points in the first quarter en route to a convincing 56-0 win and a 4-0 record.
Hornet head coach Harold Fairclough told anyone who would listen that good teams do not play down to their competition. Clearly his troops got the message, eradicating any hopes the struggling Bears (0-4) may have had of pulling a massive upset or even making the game competitive.
The Emmaus football team hasn’t lost a game through the first five weeks of the season and looks to keep it that way when it travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium this Friday to take on the Liberty Hurricanes (2-3).
The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to Parkland in which they were tied at halftime before the Trojans pulled away in the second half for a 19-3 win.
Liberty managed just 83 yards of total offense against Parkland.
For all its formations, strategy and planning, football games are won or lost by executing fundamentals. Sometimes it comes down to winning individual match ups and making fewer mistakes than the other guy.