The Emmaus cross country program continues to show the East Penn Conference what their runners can accomplish when they get out of their comfort zones.
Case in point, an outstanding performance by both the girls and boys squads at the DeSales Centaur Invitational held Sept. 13.
Coach Kelly Bracetty’s girls team claimed first place out of 38 teams, while the boys finished fourth out of 40 schools. This came roughly two weeks after strong showings at the Northampton Invite where the girls took second place behind Southern Lehigh and the boys took fifth.
The Emmaus Green Hornets (3-1) head east Friday night for a big matchup with a big, bad dog in EPC football.
The Easton Red Rovers (4-0) are a legitimate conference contender because they have a legitimate offensive line that opens holes for a legitimate running back time almost anytime, all the time.
It’s hard to believe, but Emmaus boys soccer season reached the halfway point Monday night with a 5-0 win over Pocono Mountain West.
Through the first nine games, the Hornets have remained undefeated, going 7-0-0 in the EPC and 2-0-0 in nonconference games. Emmaus joins Liberty (7-0-0 overall, 7-0-0 EPC) as the only two unbeaten teams in the EPC. On the season, Emmaus has outscored their opponents 27-5.
The Emmaus golf team had to wait until the second-last week of the regular season to face its toughest competition of the fall. In a matchup of unbeaten teams entering last Tuesday’s match, it was the Hornets coming out on top.
Emmaus (12-0) remained unbeaten and clinched at least a share of its second straight EPC regular season title with a 378-416 win over Nazareth, the lone other undefeated at the time. Junior Michelle Cox shot a 1-under par 70 in the Hornets’ win last week at Brookside Country Club.
A very wise football man once said statistics are for losers.
That may or may not be true, statistically speaking.
The Pleasant Valley Bears (0-4) ran twice the amount of plays from scrimmage (62 to 31) as the Emmaus Green Hornets (3-1) during last Friday night’s game at East Penn School District Stadium. Pleasant Valley also lost the game 41-0. The Bears were overmatched, which is not a statistic, but is almost certainly a fact.
How did the Hornets declaw the Bears? Let’s try quickly. This game was over after 12 minutes.
Emmaus football coach Harold Fairclough and his team will attend a reunion of sorts this Friday night.
His Green Hornets (1-1, 1-1) travel to Whitehall to take on the Zephyrs (0-2, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Whitehall is under the direction of new head coach Matt Senneca. For the past three seasons, Senneca served as Fairclough’s offensive coordinator at Emmaus.
“Matt’s a good coach,” said Fairclough. “He relates well to his players and he knows the ins and outs. He’s going to turn that program around.”
Sometimes, when teammates have played together enough, they develop a sixth sense about where the other guy is going to be and how they can get the ball to them.
Emmaus boys soccer players Andrew Gaines and Hudson Peck had that working for them on Saturday as Gaines twice fed Peck, who fired a shot into the net. The goal helped Emmaus to a 4-0 win over Northampton. The win came on the heels of a 1-0 win at Cumberland Valley on Friday, starting Emmaus with a 2-0 record for the season.
If their opening game is any indication, it’s going to be another big season for Emmaus field hockey. The Lady Hornets downed Nazareth 11-0 to open the season with an East Penn Conference win.
Emmaus jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first half and didn’t look back. Elizabeth Mazzella got the scoring underway with the first goal of the season for Emmaus. Annika Herbine assisted on the goal and would later score a goal of her own.
The Emmaus football team worked a little too hard on the Friday night before Labor Day weekend to help the Nazareth Blue Eagles win a football game at East Penn School District Stadium, 36-24.
Take nothing away from the Blue Eagles. They amassed 19 first downs to Emmaus’ nine. They also out-gained the Hornets 324 to 273 yards. Nazareth also held Emmaus (1-1, 1-1 conference) to only four of 13 on third down conversions.
The unsung guys who work in the pits win football games. That doesn’t mean you should forget names like Brandon Camire, Gabe Trexler or Jared Groller or any of the other skill players who made the Green Hornets’ opening night 62-33 win over the William Allen Canaries a reality. But there’s a saying that all running backs look identical when nobody blocks for them.
“This was a good win over a much-improved football team,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “We ran the ball really well, and that starts up front.”