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Hornets to host improved ESN

A 1-2 record may not sound like much about which to get excited, but it is for the East Stroudsburg North football program.

That’s because the Timberwolves have spent most of the last few years getting their faces rubbed in the dirt.

Last year was by any account a nightmare, as the club went 0-9 and was dismantled every single game in the process. Emmaus defeated ESN 84-0 in their 2021 encounter.

Even this year the T-Wolves haven’t exactly set the world afire, losing to Pleasant Valley and Northampton by 62-0 and 62-6 margins. But last Friday night ESN downed Pocono Mountain East 20-14 for a satisfying and much-needed victory. It was the Wolves’ first win since Oct. 4, 2019, ending a 19-game losing streak and a 1-46 stretch since 2017.

Give ESN coach Rick Altreche’s young men credit. They’ve hung in there when most would quit. They are improving and will face the Green Hornets this week with a goal to give it their best.

One young man giving it his best is freshman quarterback Wayne King, who has completed 14-of-34 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The rushing attack is respectable. Overall T-Wolve runners have amassed a 4.5 average with Romeo Carmen-King averaging 7.3 yards per rush. The junior is key man the Hornets will have to look out for Friday night. He also has good hands, leading receivers with seven catches for 55 yards and he returns kickoffs. Michael Watts Jr. is a quality receiver as well, with six receptions this year.

You could call Zachary Deresky-Martinez a tough guy, as the middle and outside linebacker likes contact. He leads the club with 28 tackles. Matthew Smith and Jordon Thompson are two other outstanding ESN defenders.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 at East Penn School District Stadium.