Late game heroics fall short for LHS football
EPSD Stadium was packed on Friday night for the Green Hornets game against the Liberty Hurricanes. Liberty came into the game at 2-3 and had lost the previous two games by a combined score of 79-14. Emmaus, and its strong rushing attack, had a record of 3-2, with close losses to Easton (6-0) and Nazareth (5-1).
This was a big turning point game for both teams and it was Emmaus which came out on top, 31-28.
The two teams looked evenly matched at the start of the game. Liberty’s senior quarterback Dallas Holmes was utilizing his strong arm against the Hornets defense. However, a lot of his rockets weren’t hitting their targets, which was the case for most of the first half.
Liberty, seemingly, kept turning the ball over on downs, drive after drive. At one point, Liberty got down to the Green Hornet’s 2-yard line, but couldn’t punch the ball in.
Thinking this would put the Hornets in bad field position was quite the mistake. After moving the ball outside of their own 5-yard line, Emmaus running back Brandon Camire, took a handoff and rushed 91 yards into the end zone to put the first score on the board.
Hurricane running back Jaiden Canada helped to relieve the stress off of Holmes and the Liberty squad, serving as the team’s workhorse for the night. Canada carried the ball 23 times for 108 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. Those two touchdowns came in the second and third quarter, where his 1-yard plunge put the Hurricanes back on top 14-10 at the start of the second half.
At this point, the wheels began to fall off for the Hurricanes. Camire scored two more touchdowns for the Hornets and was popping off big runs all night. His highlight play of the night came on a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown. He made a few Hurricane defenders miss and showed elite breakaway speed.
Down 31-14, with only a few minutes left in the game, Liberty came back to life. Holmes connected on a 35-yard catch and score with Rondell McNeil. Then, after getting the ball back, Holmes connected with Canada on a 20-yard touchdown pass to cut Emmaus lead to 31-28.
Unfortunately, the late heroics fell short.
Holmes, although somewhat inaccurate, had a solid night. He completed 10 passes on 24 attempts for 188 yards and two passing touchdowns. 6-2 junior receiver Rondell McNeil finished with two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Emmaus moves to 4-2 and will take on Central Catholic next week at home. Liberty now sits at 2-4 and will next play Nazareth at home. Nazareth is coming off of a tough loss to Parkland, which ended their undefeated streak.