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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pates crush PMW

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Whenever EPC South teams have locked horns with their counterparts from the North, it’s usually been a one sided affair.

That was the case again last weekend, as Freedom (6-0) demolished Pocono Mountain West 55-6 to continue its unbeaten streak to start the season.

Now, the Patriots start a difficult month to close out the regular season with Easton (5-1) this Friday night at home.

The Rovers are coming off a 31-24 victory over Central Catholic last week and Patriots head coach Jason Roeder expects a typical Easton team to arrive at BASD Stadium when things kickoff at 7 p.m.

“They’re a typical Easton team,” said Roeder. “They try to run the ball at you. They’re very balanced on offense with a couple different backs that can hurt you. It’s Easton. You know they’re going to be tough.”

The Rovers trailed 14-0 in the first half against the Vikings before eventually evening the game at 17 apiece at halftime. A third quarter pick six from their defense and a 19-yard TD run by Harold Reynolds in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter proved to be enough for the win for Easton, but they’re going to need a better effort this week against the Pates if they want to score the upset.

Reynolds led the offensive backfield with 136 yards rushing, while quarterback Nate Nemeh was far from efficient, going 7-of-22 for 67 yards and two scores.

“They have as many playmakers as we’ve seen a team have this year,” said Roeder. “They run more two running back sets than most teams, but they have guys that can carry the ball the distance. Their balance is the biggest threat to us.”

And for Freedom, staying focused is the main objective after the first-team got a half of action against Pocono Mountain West last week.

With Emmaus (6-0) on deck next week, followed by Central Catholic (3-3) and Liberty (2-4) to close out the season, Freedom will get tested by someone hunting to take them down for their first loss.

Roeder knows it’s foolish to think about the weeks ahead, when they’ll be in for a fight this week.

“It has to be a week-to-week thing for us,” he said. “You can pick your poison against any of these teams down the road, but all we’re thinking about is Easton.”