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Nazareth hands Hornets first setback of season

Each season Nazareth seems to have a high-scoring offense and this year doesn’t seem any different.

The Blue Eagles (2-0) found the end zone six times Friday night in a 42-7 win over Emmaus. They amassed 349 yards with a balanced attack. They also protected the ball (one turnover) and limited mistakes with just three penalties in the game.

Emmaus (1-1) moved the ball on the ground, with a 167 rushing yards, but was stifled in the passing game as Hornet quarterbacks completed just five of 22 passes for 52 yards while also throwing three interceptions.

Marquez Wimberly started the scoring for Nazareth when the former Parkland Trojan scored on a 26-yard run in the first quarter.

Emmaus answered with a one-yard score from quarterback Josiah Williams to tie the game at 7-7. From there, Nazareth kept the Hornets off the board while scoring five more touchdowns.

Eagle quarterback Peyton Falzone (12-for-18, 185 passing yards, 2 TDs) found Caleb Newsome for a 63-yard touchdown and hit Mason Kuehner with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 21-7 Nazareth lead at halftime.

Jed Bendekovits (15 carries, 71 yards) scored the next two touchdowns, running in from 1-yard out for the first and from 6-yards out for another that gave his team a 35-7 lead.

Kuehner capped the scoring with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. Emmaus looks to bounce back when it travels to Allentown School District Stadium Friday night to take on Central Catholic. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings (2-0) are led by sophomore quarterback Antonio Fontanez, who has completed 34 of 51 passes for 400 yards this season. He has thrown four touchdown passes and spreads the ball around to several different receivers. Juniors Aidan Sorrentino (12 catches, 141 yards, 2 TDs) and Jareel Calhoun (9 catches, 91 yards, TD) are his top two targets in the passing game.

Senior Nathan Schultz is the Vikings’ main threat at running back. He’s got 36 carries, which is 28 more than anyone else on the team through two games. He’s run for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Central opened its season with an overtime win over Northampton, 17-16, before topping Easton last week 37-20.

PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER The Hornets' John Wassel chases Nazareth's Mason Keuhner during Friday's loss to the Blue Eagles.