Darville’s two TDs lead EHS
The only thing that could stop Emmaus last Friday night was a drone.
Not once, but twice the Green Hornets’ game with Bethlehem Catholic at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium was delayed thanks to the unmanned aerial vehicle. But it only delayed the Green Hornets from showing they were way too much football team for the Golden Hawks, winning 42-12 to improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the EPC South.
“We played really good on both sides of the ball,” Fairclough said.
The Hornets won in every category of football. Much of the credit for this performance must go to the offensive and defensive lines, who manhandled mostly the Bethlehem Catholic lines. This despite the fact that in some cases, the Emmaus lineman faced a weight disadvantage. The Emmaus lineman used leverage and technique to control the pit.
This allowed the Emmaus skill players to do their thing. Nobody did their thing more than Dylan Darville. The athletic Darville clipped the Hawks’ feathers on offense and defense. He caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. His 43-yard reception on Emmaus’ opening drive on a post pattern set the game’s tone that Emmaus meant business. His play defensively was just as good, as he registered two interceptions and provided near lights-out secondary coverage on Hawks’ receivers.
“Dylan is a playmaker and just a hell of an athlete,” the coach said.
Then there was Tylik Jarvis, who is a package of dynamite waiting to explode. As a running back he is among the best in the league. The junior is a lot more than just fast.
“Tylik has great vision and hits the hole quick,” Fairclough said. “He is learning to lower his shoulder pads and finish his runs.”
The Emmaus junior carried the mail 19 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. For good measure he knocked some people around as on defense as a linebacker, registering one assist.
Quarterback Jake Fotta is proving a serious problem for defenses. It’s true that Fotta is surrounded by a good team, but he also makes the Hornets better. He has solid mechanics, good footwork and a quick release not to mention a pretty strong arm. While he missed a few passes in the red zone last Friday night, including a potential first-quarter touchdown pass to Darville on another post pattern, Fotta more than did the job, hitting 11-of-17 passes for 161 touchdowns and three touchdowns.
The game turned when the second drone delay occurred with 35 seconds left in the first quarter with Emmaus leading 7-6. After the teams returned to the field the Hornets went on a 21-0 run to almost put the game away. The Hornets out-gained Becahi 368-130 yards for the game.
Defensive end Mario Landino led Emmaus with six solo tackles and two assists. The 6’ 3,” 235-pounder along with 6’ 2,” 290-pounder Ben Marcado “anchor the line and are hard to block,” Fairclough said.
E.J. Boney had a good game also, making four tackles, two of which were for losses, along with one quarterback sack. Free safety Ryan DeJohn had a fine game in the secondary, making five tackles, two assists and a 32-yard fumble return for a touchdown.