The Emmaus field hockey team hasn’t faced a lot of tough competition yet this season. Through four games, the Hornets have outscored opponents by a combined mark of 41-0, including a 12-0 dismantling of Council Rock North over the weekend.
That’s going to change this week when Emmaus gets its first real test against an undefeated Liberty team that knocked off Easton this season, and has opened some eyes through the early going.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have been putting aside their heated rivalry, and instead have been coming together of late to play for a good cause.
For the fifth straight year, the Green Hornets and Trojans met on the field the Red Card Cancer Game, showcasing awareness for the illness and helping out a local family in need.
The teams wore uniquely colored shirts in pre-game warm-ups, and posed for a photo following the game with the words ‘Fight Cancer.’
The meaning of the game was a win, but the outcome wasn’t as good for Emmaus.
Whitehall’s Braxton Marrero and Emmaus’ Sone Ntoh can attest to the redemptive power of sport as they both responded to adversity with big plays that helped make last Friday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South match-up an early candidate for the high school football game of the year.
Emmaus field hockey rolled to a 10-0 win in its season opener at Nazareth, with two players scoring three goals each in the win. Emmaus took 47 shots in the game, but held the Blue Eagles to just three shots on goal.
Annika Herbine, the lone freshman on the team, opened the scoring 2:12 into the game off an assist from Emily Ingalls.
Herbine beat goalkeeper Adrianna Johns to the right side of the goal cage to put Emmaus up 1-0. About six minutes later, Herbine scored her second varsity goal, this time on an assist from Riley Baughman.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
It says a little something about the expectations of this year’s Emmaus High School football team that after a 62-19 opening-night win, the focus immediately after the horn sounded was on getting better for next week.
The Hornets routed Dieruff in front of a home crowd to open the 2017 season. Seven different Emmaus players scored touchdowns and the mercy-rule clock was running the entire second half.
But 10 penalties in the game were the first thing quarterback Blake Reed talked about after throwing three touchdown passes in the win.
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
A new identity was formed over the summer. Everyone knew the Emmaus boys basketball team was undertaking a new look with different faces, but not many outside of the Green Hornets program expected the success and growth that the Hornets experienced over the summer months.
Emmaus achieved its yearly goal of qualifying for the final day of the two major summer tournaments, reaching the final four of the Cedar Beach Bash while also making the summer league playoffs at Cedar Beach before falling in the semifinals to Central Catholic.
The Martins Creek Creekers and Limeport Bulls may be the first and fourth seeds in the Blue Mountain League playoffs, but most observers of the league figure that the BML Championship may have to go through one of those teams.
The Bulls came into the postseason as the two-time defending champions, while the Creekers led the league through the regular season, finishing with an impressive 24-6 record. The Bulls finished with the fourth-best record in the league at 19-11. As luck would have it, the two teams faced each other in the league semifinals.