Experiencing one of their greatest seasons in nearly 10 years, Liberty’s golf team is looking forward to a post season spot. In fact, all Bethlehem-based teams are optimistic of a strong finish.
Liberty began play this week with a 12-1 mark, their lone blemish being a loss to Emmaus in East Penn Conference play.
Head coach Steve Bradley knew his players might be challenged, and he is anticipating a rematch.
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.
With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.
But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say:
The last two years, the Liberty football team has had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes have beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs both games during the last two regular seasons, and have had a boosted confidence that many other teams may not have when lining up with one of the state’s better teams.
But last Friday night was a different story.
With a playofflike feel and intensity from both teams during warmups, it was more error than good play when it came to Liberty’s play on the field.
Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
For Bethlehem Catholic head coach Joe Henrich, the Golden Hawks’ 48-0 victory over Northampton last week was the perfect result.
While he was certainly happy to leave Al Erdosy Stadium with a shutout victory, Bethlehem Catholic still made a number of mistakes that caught the coach’s eye and will help keep his team grounded this week in practice.
The Golden Hawks fumbled twice, committed six penalties for 55 yards, and dropped a wide-open touchdown pass through the hands of the receiver.
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.
What better way to start the high school boys’ soccer season as a new head coach with a record of 2-0?
“This is golden. This is exactly as I thought it should be going. The guys have really responded well,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer after the Hurricanes’ 2-0 victory over Moravian Academy on Saturday.
One day earlier, the Hurricanes defeated Easton 2-1 in their season opener at Easton.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Hurricanes tightened up their course of action.