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.
With only two games remaining in the Connie Mack regular season, the Emmaus Hornets seemed unbeatable. The team had won 10 straight games and had quickly risen to second in the league standings, infringing on South Parkland’s claim to the top seed.
If Emmaus was to overtake the first place spot, its would need to maintain that dominance through its final matchups.
The boys fitness team at Emmaus is catching up to the girls. The boys won their 13th national championship recently in a competition in San Diego, leaving them just one shy of the 14 titles held by the girls team. This year’s girls team finished second in the national competition.
The boys also crowned an individual national champion in Jac Cornell, who was competing in his senior season. Cornell was making his third trip to San Diego and showed progress in the national competition in each season.
With only two games remaining in the Connie Mack season, Lower Macungie’s playoff hopes appeared grim. Coming off two straight losses, the team stood at a record of 8-9, just outside of postseason contention with two of their toughest matchups of the year lying ahead of them. To earn themselves a spot in the tournament bracket, Lower Mac would have to upset league leader South Parkland, as well as highly-ranked rival Emmaus, to close out their season.
Eric Cichocki kept himself busy during his days in high school, and that’s exactly the way he liked things. The Lehigh-bound athlete, who played golf, basketball and baseball at Emmaus also put up astounding academic statistics.