For more than 44 minutes, the Emmaus football team was the better football team in its battle against Freedom last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium. The stats showed it and for more than 44 minutes the scoreboard proved it.
When Lubens Myers (20 carries for 148 yards) took it to the house on a 4-yard run with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Hornets led 24-9. The Patriots were in position for a very quiet bus ride back to Bethlehem.
Emmaus was simply the better football team. Until they weren’t.
The eighth week of the 2018 high school football season saw two unbeaten teams fall as Freedom downed Emmaus and Northwestern took out Saucon Valley.
Here are recaps of some teams from around the area. See this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press for more about your local teams.
The Patriots scored a pair of late touchdowns to tie the game before winning with a two-point conversion in overtime to improve to 8-0 while handing Emmaus (7-1) its first loss.
The East Penn Conference announced pairings for championship week in field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
Field hockey action gets underway Saturday.
Emmaus earned the top seed and will take on Parkland, the eighth seed at Emmaus at 1 p.m.
Liberty is the four seed and will host Stroudsburg the fifth seed at 2:30 p.m. at BASD.
Pocono East is the third seed and will host sixth-seed Nazareth at 1:30 p.m. Easton is the second seed and will host Northampton at noon.
The semifinals are Tuesday, Oct. 16 with the finals on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The Allentown Central Catholic Vikings did their best to hang around against the Emmaus football team during the first quarter of their Oct. 6 clash at J. Birney Crum Stadium. After Emmaus scored on its first possession to take a 8-0 lead, the Vikings responded and cut the deficit to 8-7.
But throughout the season the Green Hornets have displayed a penchant for going for the jugular. They used the rest of the game to pull away from the Vikings.
The Emmaus golf team wanted a postseason and title and some revenge. The Hornets got both, and more. The Hornets not only won this year’s team title, but they also crowned the team’s first boys individual champion since Brian Belden back in 2004.
The Hornets topped Northampton for the team title, 315-323, and senior Mitch Machulsky shot 75 and won the boys individual gold medal on the third hole of a playoff against Northampton’s Andrew Hozza Monday at Lehigh Country Club.
“I feel great,” said Machulsky. “It’s honestly the best round I’ve ever played.
Despite its sluggish start in the first half, there was no yelling at halftime from Emmaus boys soccer head coach John Cari. Instead, there were words of encouragement and a few adjustments.
It only took a few minutes to see how much different the Hornets looked coming out of halftime against rival Parkland.
The Emmaus has already had two memorable confrontations this season, one against Nazareth and another against Easton. This week’s battle could be even better.
The undefeated Freedom Patriots (7-0, 5-0 EPC) should prove to be a worthy nemesis for the Green Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. at East Penn School District Stadium. It is a match up of two talented offensive teams and rugged defenses.
Back on Sept. 6, nearly a month before their most recent meeting, the Emmaus girls volleyball team got the better of rival Parkland, coming back from down two sets to one, and getting an important early season win over a team that it has not found much success against of late.
But that was in the friendly confines of the Hornets Nest. Last Monday night, it was a different story.
Parkland came out putting constant pressure on the Emmaus defense and goalie Alexa Ryan. While the Hornets fended off the pressure, eventually, Parkland was able to get through the defense and picked up a 3-1 win over Emmaus in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
The first meeting between the two teams went down as a historic Emmaus win as the Hornets snapped the Trojans’ 70-game District 11 winning streak. This time around, Parkland (12-2-0 EPC, 14-2-0 overall) looked to send a message.
The Emmaus boys and girls cross country teams continue to impress after an Oct. 2 meet that left the girls team undefeated at 12-0 and the boys at 10-2.
The talented Green Hornet girls downed a tough Liberty squad 27-30, Freedom 18-42 and Bethlehem Catholic 15-50 on the day, showing outstanding individual and team effort in the process. The boys defeated Freedom 20-41 and Bethlehem Catholic 18-45, but lost a close meet to Liberty 27-28.