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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Parkland up next for Zephs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

The Whitehall football team will have the opportunity to do something this Friday that Easton did to them the prior week, and that’s play spoiler against an undefeated team.

They’ll have the opportunity to knock the Trojans (5-0) from the unbeaten ranks and put them in either a second or first place tie in the EPC South standings depending on the outcome of the Bethlehem Catholic game whose record is also unblemished.

The last time they beat Parkland was in 2014 when Saquon Barkley actually threw two touchdown passes en route to their 38-24 win. In order to beat the Trojans this year, head coach Brian Gilbert said that it boils down to some fundamentals.

“We’re going to have to block and tackle, really the basics,” said Gilbert. “That’s what we didn’t do [last] Friday against Easton.”

That means wrapping up running back Jahan Worth who’s a big, bruising runner who’s capable of busting a big play. He rushed for 925 yards last season, and currently has 437 yards this year. Worth is also a beast on defense, earning the EPC South defensive MVP award last season.

Last year Parkland quarterback Michael Ruisch didn’t complete a pass in their 26-14 win. Gilbert said that their passing game is much improved, and that means that they’ll have to be prepared for their passing attack as well. Ruisch has completed 50 passes this season for 795 yards.

“They’re throwing the ball better than many of the Parkland teams we’ve seen in a long time,” said Gilbert.

As far as their side of the ball is concerned, Gilbert said they must continue to move the chains and make sure that at the end of their possessions they’re finding the end zone.

Last week they couldn’t establish the running game, and Gilbert said that they have to be more physical at the point of attack against Parkland. The Trojans have only yielded 27 points through five games. With such a stingy defense, Gilbert said that it’s imperative that their offensive line stays on the blocks while working to control the line of scrimmage.

“We have to be more aggressive than we were last week,” said Gilbert.

Marrero leads the team with 584 yards rushing through five game. Ethan Parvel is right behind the senior with 433 yards.

Parvel has completed 56 passes this season for 898 yards, tossing 11 TDs while leading the Zephyrs to a 4-1 record.

Dez Boykin leads their receiving crew with 29 catches for 373 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s also the team leader on defense, recording 36 tackles so far this year. Roberto Rivera Colon is second with 25 tackles, while Jacob Heffner has 25.

If they’re to recapture the Joe Gerencser Trophy, Gilbert said that everyone from coaches to players needs to have a better approach this week.