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Emmaus set for big game vs. Becahi

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

There is a lot of hype surrounding this year’s Emmaus football team. After winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) South division last year and returning plenty of players from that team, the Hornets’ high expectations for this season are well-founded.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other teams competing for the top spot in the league.

The Hornets (1-1 overall, 0-1 EPC South) found that out last week when they fell to Whitehall. They don’t have time to hang their heads however, as Emmaus will welcome defending District 11 4A champs Bethlehem Catholic to East Penn School District Stadium Friday night.

Head coach Harold Fairclough knows his team can bounce back.

“I just want my guys to respond by controlling what they can control,” Fairclough said. “We made a lot of correctable mistakes last week. We just have to make a full commitment to getting better every day. If we can correct the mistakes we made last week and have a great week of practice, we should be OK.”

Last season Emmaus got the better of the Golden Hawks 34-25 on the road, so the confidence should be there. But Becahi players will also remember that game.

“I honestly believe we are going to get everyone’s best effort each week,” Fairclough said. “A lot of it has to do with us being picked to win the EPC South, and some of it has to do with the outcome of the previous year’s game. So from both perspectives, they have a lot of motivation coming into this game.”

The Hawks (2-0 overall, 1-0 EPC South) are coming off a 48-0 blowout against Northampton last weekend.

Becahi primarily used the rushing attack to put up points against the Kids. Tavion Banks led the team with 132 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns. Zahir Seabrooks added 65 rushing yards on ten carries.

The Green Hornets will have to do a better job of stopping the run if they want to get back in the win column. Quarterback Javon Clements threw for 121 yards and a touchdown, which was caught by Christan Drayton, who had 34 yards receiving. Daizhun Rhodes had a team-high three receptions for 73 yards.

“Our focus every week is to stop the run no matter which team we are playing,” said Fairclough. “Last week we did a poor job of that. So the focus for us this week is to get back on track and getting 11 hats to the ball.”