Emmaus coach John Cari wasn’t about to make any excuses for his team’s 2-0 loss in the District 11 championship game against Parkland.
It was the fourth time this season that the Trojans downed Emmaus and the game was filled with officiating that was disputed by both sides and yellow cards that were handed out pretty freely late in the game.
It seemed as if every time Emmaus needed a stop on defense, Freedom had an answer on offense.
The host No. 3 seed Hornets trailed just 6-0 at halftime, yet it felt like much more than that. In the second half, No. 6 Freedom separated itself to pull off the upset on Friday night at Emmaus High School.
The Patriots built on that 6-0 lead with two quikc third-quarter touchdowns. Emmaus got on the scoreboard finally late in the third quarter and once more in the fourth, but Freedom advanced to the District 11 Class 6A football semifinals with a 26-15 victory.
It felt like déjà vu for the Emmaus girls volleyball team.
Emmaus and Nazareth met again on the court for the second time in nine days, the third time this month. And once again the Blue Eagles got the better of the Hornets.
Nazareth took down Emmaus in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals in five games (25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Even though Parkland has gone undefeated so far this season, one could make an argument that Emmaus (15-8-1) had the momentum coming into the District 11 Class 4A girls soccer championship, thanks to dominating the second half of play against the Lady Trojans in the league championship. Emmaus played a near-perfect game last week, taking Parkland to double-overtime before falling 1-0 to finish as the silver medalists in District 11.
Maddie Fey scored three times as Emmaus downed Stroudsburg 7-0 in the first round of the District 11 playoffs and then went on to beat Whitehall 1-0 in the quarterfinals last week. The wins put the Lady Hornets into the semifinals where they faced Easton with an eye toward reaching the District 11 Championship.
The Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams have sometimes had a good rivalry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey league.
But when these two teams met for the first time this season on October 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.
The Trojans scored four times the first two periods en route to an 8-0 over Emmaus at the PPL Center.
It was the second straight loss for Emmaus after falling to Freedom 4-1 in its previous game.
Coming off one of its best games of the season, the Emmaus football team seemed ready to give an undefeated Parkland team a fight in the regular season finale last Friday night.
But the Trojans had other ideas. They capped their perfect regular season with a 42-7 win over the Hornets.
Parkland came out throwing the ball, with quarterback Michael Ruisch completing 16 of 23 first-half passes for 289 yards. He finished the game with 355 passing yards and three touchdowns.
While two young but up and coming Emmaus cross country teams competed at last Wednesday’s District 11 Championships, a pair of veteran runners took part in their final high school meet in the Lehigh Valley.
The Hornets finished fourth as a team in the boys and girls competitions. Each team had just one senior running and several younger harriers who could make Emmaus one of the top teams over the next three years.
After playing 80 minutes of soccer in regulation and an additional 15 minutes in the first overtime, tempers started to flare a little between the Emmaus and Whitehall boys soccer teams as they entered the second overtime period locked in a scoreless tie. The result was a couple of yellow cards for players on both sides and a red card to Emmaus’ Jonathan Heberlein, which means he will be suspended for the District 11 Semi-finals against Easton.
For the second consecutive year, the Emmaus and Freedom football teams will meet in the District 11 Class 6A tournament.
Last season they met in the district semifinals, this year it will be a round earlier as the Patriots (5-5 overall) travel to East Penn School District Stadium Friday night to take on the Hornets (6-4) in the quarterfinal round.
The teams also met in on the last Friday in September this season with Freedom coming out on top 24-17.