Jason Roeder preached about consistency in the preseason and after five weeks of football, he's still looking for it.
The head coach of Freedom's football program was left to wonder after his team lost to Nazareth 42-21 last week.
The week prior, Freedom had tossed around Emmaus in a 44-12 affair, only to find themselves on the back foot against Nazareth last week.
If you would have asked 10 people prior to last Friday night's Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty football game on who would win, the majority consensus would have said Liberty.
But in reality, opinion means nothing when it comes to deciding results and the Golden Hawks may have earned their most important victory of the Joe Henrich era following last week's 14-13 win over the Hurricanes at Frank Banko Field.
The Hawks' Sean Moroney blocked an extra point with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter to maintain a one-point advantage that eventually led to their first win of the season.
Finally, a week of football that wasn't so predictable.
With Easton having a stranglehold on the poll since week one, they got their biggest scare last week in escaping Cottingham Stadium with a victory they never should have gotten, while Parkland continues to surge as they tore up Whitehall. Nazareth is still hanging around and Catasauqua looks to keep their unbeaten status in the Colonial League.
As the season has shifted to October, will the poll change as well?
1. Easton (5-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Are the Rovers vulnerable or did they just lose focus?
It was fair to say that Liberty's field hockey team made history Monday when they defeated field hockey powerhouse Emmaus 1-0.
Chelsea DeFrancisco scored the game-winner in overtime with 4:55 left to give Liberty the monumental victory.
It was the first time head coach Mary Kathryn Omdahl knocked off Emmaus in her fourteen years as head coach of the program and it was the first league loss by Emmaus in 139 games, dating back to 2003 when they lost to Parkland.
It was quite the historic week for local sports in Bethlehem, as Liberty's field hockey team defeated Emmaus on Monday (see below story), but Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team started the historic trend last week when they knocked off Central Catholic for the first time in 15 years last Tuesday.
Head coach Paul Abi-Daher and his team were informed of the winless drought against Vikettes and decided to do something about it in a five game marathon at Rockne Hall.
The feeling of frustration is apparent at Bethlehem Catholic and an 0-4 start to the football season isn't the only reason.
The Hawks fell to Northampton last Friday night 35-6 at Notre Dame-Green Pond to spoil their Homecoming celebration, but also leave head coach Joe Henrich with a feeling of helplessness during his team's fourth straight defeat of the season and tenth straight overall dating back to last season.
Consistency is the key to many aspects of success in life and that's something Jason Roeder is looking for from his Freedom football team at the moment.
The Pates fell to 1-2 on the season following last Friday's 42-21 loss at Whitehall.
One thing that will be consistent for Roeder and company in the future is facing difficult opposition the next three weeks, starting with this Friday's home tilt against an undefeated Emmaus (3-0) team.
It's only taken two years, but Liberty's volleyball team has taken off under head coach Missy Lynn's direction. In year two of running the program, Lynn has the Hurricanes off to a stellar start at 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Lehigh Valley Conference play.
Now they hope to keep their winning momentum going forward this week with matches against Parkland on Tuesday and Allen on Thursday, as Liberty looks to keep pace with division and league leaders Bethlehem Catholic (5-1, 4-0).
There is no panic button in Joe Henrich's repertoire. The resurgence of Bethlehem Catholic's football program was never going to be an overnight venture, so as 2012 has kicked off another season of football, the Hawks (0-3) are still waiting for their first victory of the young season.
Becahi suffered a 48-14 setback at Easton last week, but that isn't the focus of Henrich's scope at the moment.
Improvement is the focal point for Becahi.
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3