It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.
Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.
Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are both hoping to make District 11 runs in the field hockey tournaments when they get underway.
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (15-5) traveled to fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East (14-4-1)on Tuesday in the opener of the 3A tournament, which was past Press deadlines. Liberty was unfortunately placed in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded Emmaus (21-0), giving them an exact tournament route as they saw in the EPC tournament.
Liberty and Freedom find themselves in similar positions to their 2018 affair when both teams meet up this Saturday at 1 p.m. at BASD Stadium.
The Hurricanes (3-6) need a win and some help to sneak into the District 11 postseason, while Freedom (8-1) is aiming for the city title and the top-seed in districts.
A year ago, Liberty needed to win to clinch a district berth and used a run of five straight second half turnovers by the Patriots to score a 29-10 upset victory that ruined Freedom’s shot at their first undefeated regular season in school history.
To say that Bethlehem Catholic’s performance on the road last weekend at Emmaus was a disappointment would be an understatement. The Hawks suffered one of the worst losses in the Joe Henrich era, stumbling to an average Emmaus team by a 27-13 margin and giving them more questions than answers heading into a pivotal week 10 clash at home Friday night against Central Catholic.
The anticipation of the Holy War will certainly boost the competitive juices for everyone in the brown and gold, but can the Hawks find their footing moving forward?
Liberty may be the top seed in the District 11 4A subregional volleyball tournament, but the Hurricanes face a difficult road if they want to make a run to the final.
Liberty opens the tournament Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Nazareth and Stroudsburg in the quarterfinal round.
When a quarterback plays nearly flawless football, the chances of that team winning are exceedingly high. When your quarterback sets single game records, well, you know how this will end.
Jared Jenkins put on a passing clinic in Freedom’s 63-28 mercy-rule win over Emmaus last week and it was a night to remember for the senior signal caller.
Jenkins set Freedom single-game records with 426 yards and 25 completions (on 29 attempts) to go along with four touchdown passes, as the Patriots (7-1) had little trouble eventually pulling away from Emmaus (4-4).
Liberty’s field hockey team pulled off an upset over the weekend in the opening round of the East Penn Conference tournament, but now the Hurricanes will need to be David in a Goliath matchup during Tuesday’s semifinals.
Liberty, the fifth-seed, topped fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East 4-3 on the road last Saturday. The win earned them a trip to Tuesday’s semifinal round against an undefeated Emmaus (19-0) team, who beat Nazareth 11-0 in their EPC opener.
The East Penn Conference announced their boys soccer all-stars over the weekend. Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski (senior) took home MVP honors and Liberty head coach Ian Larimer was named Coach of the Year.
The Hurricanes had three first-team all-stars, as senior defender Maxwell Molloy and senior midfielder Chris Schray also made the list. The Hurricanes finished the regular season 16-2 and earned the top-seed in the EPC playoffs, as they knocked off East Stroudsburg South 4-0 in their conference tournament opener.
The East Penn Conference volleyball tournament kicked off on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but all three Bethlehem teams were looking to make a run at the EPC title.
Fourth-seeded Freedom hosted fifth-seeded Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s showdown, a week after both teams met in regular season play where the Hawks pushed Freedom to a five-game set before ultimately succumbing.
With the EPC race seemingly wide-open, Freedom head coach Donna Roman understands that anyone can grab the league crown.