If there’s one thing that the top volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference look forward to, it’s taking on the best the league has to offer.
Liberty will get that opportunity this week when they battle Emmaus Friday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes (3-0) have had an easy slate to open their season, picking up a trio of consecutive sweeps over Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South, but move into real league play tonight when they travel to Whitehall (2-0) and then cap off the week at home against the Hornets (2-0).
It was the type of effort you expected to see out of Freedom, but the finished product never materialized for the Patriots in last week’s 13-10 loss at Easton.
Entering the fourth quarter with a 10-3 lead, the Pates allowed a 72-yard punt return for a score by Easton’s Jake Herres to open the frame and then saw their lead evaporate with a 25-yard field goal by Enzo Martellucci with 4:25 left in the game to put the Rovers ahead for good.
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.
To say that Liberty head coach John Truby was upset following last week’s 24-7 defeat to Easton would be an understatement.
Truby let his feelings be known about a lost opportunity on the road against the upstart Red Rovers (2-0), where his team failed to execute, gave up big plays on defense and lost the turnover battle in their first real test of the season.
They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.
Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.
As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.
Liberty’s football team got off to a hot start in last week’s season opener, posting a 39-6 romp on the road at East Stroudsburg South.
The Hurricanes started off slow, but once they got rolling, the offense didn’t stop, as they jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Todd Erney opened the scoring with a 32-yard TD throw to Jay McGill in the first quarter.
You could say that Bethlehem Catholic’s season opening win over Pocono Mountain West was an opportunity for them to iron out some wrinkles.
It also provided evidence as to why the Hawks are primed to be one of the most dangerous teams in the area this season.
Running back Tavion Banks displayed his flashy play in the backfield, as he ran for 148 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to spearhead the running game, while quarterback Javon Clements was an efficient 7-of-11 for 142 yards and a score in the 58-14 victory.
Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.
Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.
The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?
Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Emmaus (1-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
The Lehigh Valley’s edition in the Keystone State Games Scholastic Division came home with a silver medal from this year’s baseball tournament following an 8-1 loss to West in the tournament finale.
A six-run, sixth inning by West opened the contest up for the eventual gold medal winners, as the Lehigh Valley squad went 3-2 in the tournament.
“Outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting throughout the tournament were the ingredients to our success this year in York,” said head coach Joe Candelmo.
Bethlehem Catholic capped off the Cedar Beach Summer League with a championship victory over Central Catholic last week, topping the Vikings 52-44.
The Hawks finished the summer 11-4 in the 18-team Big School Division and knocked off Emmaus, Bangor and Allen in the playoffs before the run up of their championship tilt with Central Catholic.