The Zephyrs closed out the season with a resounding win over Northampton Area High School, and in the process secured their playoff position once the postseason begins this week.
Whitehall rolled to a 35-7 win over the Konkrete Kids, maintaining possession of the Cement Bowl trophy, the annual prize awarded to the winner of this cross-river contest. It also cemented their fifth seed slot in the 4A subregional playoffs following Freedom High School's win over rival Liberty, setting up a rematch between the Pates and the Zephs.
It's not very often that you get what you hope for, but for Zephyr head football coach Brian Gilbert, that's precisely what will happen this Friday when they travel to Bethlehem.
After their overtime loss to Freedom on Oct. 10, Gilbert believed his team didn't play up to their capabilities, coming out flat in the first half that allowed the Pates to stay within striking distance of the Zephs. The Pates eventually put together three scoring drives, two in the final 12 minutes that led to the extra session.
The Konkrete Kids are still looking for their first division win in football and would like nothing better than to earn that initial victory at Whitehall's expense.
The Kids have only managed one win this season, and when the Zephs travel to Andrew S. Leh Stadium in Nazareth to play Northampton on Saturday, their minds will be focused on pulling the upset over playoff-bound Whitehall.
In a game that featured 89 points and 885 yards combined between Whitehall and Emmaus, it would be safe to assume that offense played a vital role in the outcome.
But it was actually the specials teams where the impact was felt the most in deciding the eventual winner when the Green Hornets invaded Zephyr Stadium last Friday night.
When the Emmaus football team visits Zephyr Stadium this Friday, they'll be playing for their playoff lives.
The Green Hornets currently sit at 3-3 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (5-3, overall) and are fighting with Pleasant Valley and Liberty High Schools for the final spot. Six teams from District XI will make the 2/4/11 sub regional playoffs, and the battle for the remaining spot will intensify over the next two weeks.
For the last two weeks, life in Zephyr Football Land hasn't been too pleasant.
In fact, it's been miserable.
That's how head coach Brian Gilbert characterized the mood among players and coaches amid their two-game losing streak.
But when they took the field against Nazareth Area High School last Friday night, that bad feeling dissipated once Giovanni Hodge intercepted the ball to end the game.
The Whitehall field hockey team was tasked with facing the league's number one seed as they tried to advance to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Field Hockey Championship finals.
Standing in their way was undefeated Stroudsburg High School, the league's top team. The Mounties earned the spot by virtue of their unblemished record in the EPC (15-0).
Whitehall knew it had to be on top of its game, and when the Mounties pushed across three goals in the first half, that task became even more daunting.
Last week was quite busy for the Whitehall field hockey team as they ended the regular season and entered the playoffs, posting a win over Pocono Mountain East to advance to the next round.
After dropping their two final games to the Green Hornets and Trojans, the Zephs didn't have much time to lick their wounds, hosting the Cardinals at the Sports Complex on Saturday to begin the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
Unfortunately, the team lost to Strousburg in the EPC semifinals 4-1, so the girls now wait for the start of districts.
Facing their third undefeated team in as many weeks, the Whitehall football team needed one last stop to preserve a victory.
Freedom High School lined up for the two-point conversion in overtime - their second crack at the goal line on fourth down following a pass interference penalty and found a hole through the left side for the one-point win.
When running back Joe Santos crossed that line to give the 'Pates the 29-28 victory at Zephyr Stadium on Friday night, it signaled the end of Whitehall's hopes for a third consecutive league championship.