The Emmaus Green Hornets (2-0) ambushed another Allentown School District opponent for the second straight week when they defeated Dieruff 63-0 on Oct. 8 at East Penn School District Stadium.
“We’re doing a really good job right now,” said Emmaus coach Harold Fairclough.
The blowout win reiterated standard storylines and added a few new twists.
It’s no surprise senior running back Brandon Camire ran wild. The slashing, elusive and heady runner presents a problem for any defense. He destroyed the Husky defense in gaining 142 yards on only seven carries and scoring four touchdowns of 66, 37, 2 and 36 yards.
The 66-yarder was on a trap up the gut. The Dieruff line parted like the Red Sea, and Camire darted through. Once in the open, Camire has a particular talent at running to daylight before you can bat an eye. Once through the line, he cut to his left, and sprinted down the sidelines for six. No question Camire is a talented runner, but it doesn’t hurt to have an offensive line pushing people around on your behalf.
“They’re doing everything we ask,” Fairclough said of his offensive line. “There is some room for improvement, but we definitely moving in the right direction.”
That dominance on the line scrimmage helped paved the way for an emerging runner in the Emmaus backfield to introduce himself. Sophomore Tylik Jarvis acquired 97 yards on 13 touches and found the end zone twice on a nifty 32-yard gallop and a two-yard bolt.
When not running around or through the Husky defense, quarterback Jake Fotta went on top, marshalling an efficient and effective air attack. Hitting on eight of 10 attempts, Fotta acquired 115 yards of Dieruff real estate and threw for three scores.
On the second play from scrimmage Fotta hit wide out Jameel Sanders with a nice spiral on a fly pattern for a 36-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. He later hit Jaiden Robinson for a 10-yard scoring pass on a misdirection play where the Dieruff defensive followed the flow. With the Huskies suitably off-balance, Fotta then rolled to the right, hitting Robinson who went in untouched. The trifecta came with a dart to Gabe Trexler from eight yards. Fotta has pretty good mechanics, better than average football IQ and is not afraid to be a leader.
Defensively, Emmaus rendered the Dieruff offensive attack extinct. The Huskies fumbled on their first possession and from there it went downhill. They finished the night with minus-16 yards rushing and 38 yards of total offense, while committing four turnovers and going 0-for-11 on third down conversions.
Connor Carter led the Green Hornets in solo tackles with five, with Jared Groller, Aiden Garrett and Kordell Waiters each registering four solo tackles. Groller led Emmaus with four assists.
“Our strength on the defensive side of the football is our athleticism,” said Fairclough. The coach was pleased with how many people “flew to the ball” during the Dieruff game. However, even with two shutout wins in the season’s first two games, not everything is perfect.
“Up front is an area where there is some room for improvement,” he said.
But any coach coming off two dominating performances has to be pleased. Fairclough is no exception.