After a hard fought 3-2 win over Northampton Friday afternoon, the Emmaus boys soccer team was back at it again just under 24 hours later to face a tough Cumberland Valley team at Memorial Field.
The Hornets never really seemed to get on track and fell 2-0 to the Eagles, who got a goal from Christian Esquivias early in the first half and then another almost halfway into the second half of the game from Eric Leach.
The Emmaus cross country teams opened the season Saturday at the Northampton Invitational at Bicentennial Park in Allen Township.
The Hornet girls team took third place in the Class 3A division, with Keerstin Augustin (seventh place) and Kera Reinhard (12th place) leading the way.
The Emmaus boys team was eighth out of 14 teams at the event. Jacob Brown was the team’s top finisher in 20th place.
Last Friday night’s thrilling 43-42 last-second triumph over Nazareth left Emmaus football players buzzing.
But coach Harold Fairclough knows the season’s third game, which comes this Friday against Whitehall (0-2), is not going to be easy.
“This is the type of game you can get punched in the mouth,” the Hornet head coach said.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Emmaus football (1-0) travels north in the season’s second encounter to battle the Nazareth Blue Eagles (1-0), who proved dominant in their opener defeating Pocono Mountain East 35-7.
Nazareth coach Tom Falzone’s roster presents a challenge, according to Emmaus coach Harold Fairclough. The Blue Eagles saw some serious offensive talent leave the field after the 2017 campaign when Jahan Dotson graduated and went to Happy Valley.
Emmaus football revved the engine, stepped on the pedal and tore out at 100 mph right over the Allen Canaries in their 2018 season opener Aug. 24.
The Hornets steamrolled the Caries 62-6 last Friday night in Emmaus. Here’s how they did it.
The Hornets showed great depth at the skill positions, with eight different men carrying the ball.
Emmaus posted 299 total yards with 249 yards coming through a blistering ground assault.
The Army Black Knights offense is as subtle as a punch in the face. While college football has gone pass-mad, the Black Knights acquire territory with a fierce ground attack. Entering their fifth season under Coach Jeff Monken the Knights are winning on their own terms, which involves a triple-option, meat-grinder offense that relentlessly hammers defenses.
The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.