For the Emmaus Legion team, it's been a matter of too little, too late pretty much all season long. Sunday presented a perfect case-in-point when West Allentown jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Emmaus bats went to work mounting a comeback. In the end, Emmaus dropped an 8-5 decision.
"That's pretty much what we've been doing all season," said Emmaus coach Mike Anderson. "We can't do anything early in the game and then when we do start to hit, we're already in a hole."
The Emmaus Hornets 95-pounders shut out the North Parkland Buffaloes 13-0 in the SYFL semifinals on November 4 and this past weekend finished their season by beating the Lower Mac Mustangs by a score of 12-6 in the finals of the 95-pound SYFL league tournament. The finals win capped off an undefeated 11-0 season.
The Emmaus 80-pound Hornets completed their 2012 season with an undefeated 10-0 record and won their end of season tournament hosted by North Parkland. The Hornets defeated Saucon Valley in the semis, 37-18, to advance to the championship game.
The team put on an offensive display by scoring six touchdowns led by the blocking of Nick Davidson, Connor Brophy, Jake Fotta, Trevor Gitski and Chase Fotta. Three touchdowns were scored by Jared Groller, two by Tyson Karrat and one by Lance Farnschlader.
The 110-pound Lower Macungie Mustangs advanced to the league champsionship game by beating South Parkland 6-0 in a thrilling overtime battle last weekend.
After a defensive stalemate that led to overtime, the Mustangs' defense came up big again on four plays in South Parkland's opening overtime possession. Three plays later, Bailey O'Connor tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Carlton Lovette which sealed the win. While the offense did not score in regulation, the Mustangs were able to move the ball with power running by Sone Ntoh and Timmy Higgins.
The Hornet 125-pound team closed out the regular season with a 25-8 victory over the Northampton K-Kids to boost its record to 6-2.
The Lower Mac Mustangs completed a sweep of the North Parkland teams for first time in the organization's short history.
The Hornet 125-pound team shut out the Mountainville Mounties 28-0 to improve to 5-2 on the year and secure a second-place finish in the Colonial Division of the Suburban Youth Football League.
Jake Miller and Noah Breidinger ran for first half touchdowns and Liam Toomey converted both two-point kicks. The defense was strong allowing minimal yardage. Cameron Brooks blocked a Mountainville punt with Harrison Ike taking the ball into the end zone for a score. Corbin Carraghan, Ben Maehrer and Brent Meilinger ran hard with Meilinger getting a second half score.
The 110-pound Mustangs improved to 6-1 on the season with a 37-0 win over South Parkland. Bailey O'Connor opened the scoring with a touchdown run on the second offensive play from scrimmage. O'Connor then contributed to the second score of the day by tossing a touchdown pass to Sone Ntoh. Timmy Higgins added a third score with a touchdown run. Dylan Keenan caught another score on a pass from Vincent Petrizzi. Parker Hanosek completed the scoring with a TD run in the second half.
Lower Mac and Emmaus had an epic battle at the 125-pound level with the Mustangs coming out on top, 16-6, to win the division title and secure a one seed for the playoffs.
The Mustangs scored early on a 40-yard strike from Stefan Rollins to Drew Dunbar. Chris Smith hit the extra point to give the Mustangs an early 8-0 lead. The Mustangs moved the ball several times deep into Emmaus territory with blocking by Dennis Csensits, Zach Higgins, Josh Gross, Dimitri Anagnostou and Dalton Daddona.
David and Annemarie Faust were hoping their triplet daughters track and cross country standouts Amanda, Brianna and Christina would choose to go to the same college.
The 2010 Emmaus high school grads all looked at different schools and chose the one they felt they could be most successful at, settling at Quinnipiac.