Parkland goes 10-0
The Parkland High School football team finished off an undefeated regular season by taking down rival Emmaus 41-17 last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division regular season finale.
With the victory, the Trojans (10-0 overall) clinched the top seed in this week’s District 4/11 6A Tournament and earned the EPC regular season title, a trophy that new athletic director, Andy Stephens, handed to them following the game, along with the Western Lehigh Exchange Club’s offensive and defensive MVPs of the game, given to Luke Spang and Jake Beidleman, respectively.
Parkland scored the opening touchdown in all four quarters. Trey Tremba caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Spang to get the scoring going in the middle of the first quarter. Spang then took it himself and used his legs for a two-yard score 2:35 into the second quarter, and, following a Green Hornets 39-yard field goal, the teams went into the locker rooms at halftime with the Trojans ahead 14-3.
Parkland had success in all three faces of the game (offense, defense and special teams). It finished with 389 total yards on offense (159 rushing, 230 passing), allowed just 17 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and then returned a punt for a touchdown and blocked another punt on special teams.
Spang finished 12 of 16 through the air for 230 yards and four passing touchdowns, along with one rushing score. Three of his touchdown passes came to senior wide receiver Connor Johns, who had four receptions for 133 yards.
“After the first one, I think me and Spang were really in a zone,” said Johns. “We thought that they couldn’t stop us. We watched the film and we thought we had a favorable matchup. I asked the coach to get me the ball and see what I could do with it, and we capitalized on the opportunities we had.”
Tremba had 95 yards rushing on the night, to go with his third quarter 74-yard punt return for a touchdown. Johns mentioned how the offense needs to continue to be well-balanced to have success.
“You don’t want to be predictable as an offense,” Johns said. “We have to be able to run the ball to get the pass game and the field opened up. Trey has been a solid back for us all season and then with the strength of our offensive line, that helps Spang have time to find us receivers.”
Parkland hosts the eighth seed, Williamsport (5-5) out of District 4 on Friday night, looking to repeat as district champions. The winner will take on either fourth seed, Freedom, or fifth seed, Emmaus, in the semifinal round next Friday night.