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Monday, November 20, 2017

Pates ready for test at Easton

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

It’s week three of the high school football season and Freedom will get to see what they’re all about when they travel to Cottingham Stadium Friday night for a 7 p.m. showdown in Easton.

Both teams enter this week’s matchup with 2-0 records, but Easton enters with more fanfare following last week’s 24-7 win over Liberty and their week one 31-0 shutout over Stroudsburg.

Through two games, the Rovers have only given up 199 yards of total offense and 13 first downs.

They’ve been stingy on the defensive side of the ball, are big up front and feature perhaps one of the best quarterbacks in the conference with Scott Poulson (18-of-30, 329 yards and four TD’s [one INT]) running the offense.

Add into the mix playing on the road in Easton and Freedom will have their hands full after two relatively easy wins over Central Catholic in week one and last week’s 42-0 shutout over Allen.

“We’ll find out real quick how good of a team we are,” said Freedom head coach Jason Roeder on Easton. “They’re good, balanced really well. They can throw are big and physical [ up front] and have guys on the outside. They are the total package and it’ll be interesting to see how we matchup against them. We’re all real excited for Friday night.”

Freedom’s sophomore quarterback Jared Jenkins had a hand in all five of Freedom’s touchdowns in last week’s win, going 8-of-13 for 188 yards and three scores, as well as an interception.

He also ran for 35 yards and two touchdowns, giving him eight total TD’s through two games.

However, with two games to feel out the varsity waters, Jenkins will be put to the test this week against an Easton defense that held Liberty quarterback Todd Erney to only 68 yards on 6-of-18 passes.

“This will be a good test for Jared,” said Roeder. “He’s been doing a good job for us and this is another opportunity for him to go out and perform.”

Friday’s performance will show everyone where the Pates are right now in the season, which is the most compelling aspect for Roeder.

“The jury is still out on us right now,” he said. “We still feel there’s a lot of room for improvement and things we have to get better at. This game will show us a lot about ourselves.”