Spang throws 3 TDs in win
Senior quarterback Luke Spang is a master of his craft. He also wants to continue to get better at it.
The way to get better at something is practice and Spang, along with his receivers, put in a lot of practice even before the season and summer camp got underway.
Connor Johns is one of those receivers who has shined this season. Him and Spang are also teammates on the Trojan basketball team.
“Not just in the summer but even after basketball practices I’d throw to him,” said Spang. “On the weekends we’d work out, and not only throwing but in the weight room, too.”
Spang accounted for four touchdowns, three of which were through the air, and Johns caught two of them for scores as the Trojans dismantled Bethlehem Catholic 40-3 last Friday night at Parkland Area School District Stadium. The win is the eighth on the season for Parkland, which remains the only undefeated team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at 8-0 overall.
Spang ran for a one-yard score to open up the scoring in the first quarter and then added two touchdown passes to Johns in the final 3:22 of the first half as his team went into halftime leading 33-0.
“Luke Spang continues to show why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” said Parkland assistant coach Mike Facchiano. “He’s versatile in both the run and pass and keeps his cool under pressure. You can tell as he has gotten older how much of an influence Ty Tremba had on his development..”
Parkland had success once again on both sides of the ball as the offense accounted for 355 total yards and the defense allowed just 134 yards and a fourth quarter field goal.
“From an offensive standpoint, we got off to a fast start with tempo that translated directly to successful drives,” Facchiano said. “From a defensive standpoint, you saw the front seven play with intensity. It was an especially good game for TJ Lawrence.
“We talk as a defense about building each week. While it was certainly a physical display, the boys are hungry to get back to work this week to continue to hone their skills. To accomplish the goals we have as a team, we need to continue to have as much fun practicing as we do playing.”
Trey Tremba once again made his mark as he recorded two rushing scores, one in each of the first two quarters. Jendel Sanchez caught Spang’s third throwing touchdown from 13 yards out in the third quarter to cap the Trojans offensive output.
Parkland will now hit the road for what should be its last road game against a conference opponent as it takes on Easton at Cottingham Stadium on Friday night.