The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
Jack Reichenbach knows he can be a state champion.
While he wasn’t able to make it a reality last weekend in his first trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships, held annually at Shippensburg University, he saw first hand that his best is just as good or better than anyone else in the state.
The Salisbury High School junior took sixth place in both of his events, earning two state medals. He cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in high jump and leaped 21-4 1/4 in long jump at states.
Jack Reichenbach knew he could come up with a big jump at last week’s District 11 Track and Field Championships. But when he landed his long jump 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches from where he took off, for a new district record, he even surprised himself.
The jump not only earned him a gold medal and a place in the record books, but it kept that mark within his family as his father, Dan, owned the record for three decades before his son sailed three inches further.
After coming so close last year, John Reichenbach was not going to be denied at this year’s Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet.
The Salisbury junior was edged last year by a fraction of an inch when he took second place in long jump to Pen Argyl’s Logan Sterner.
Last week he made up for last year’s near miss. Reichenbach jumped 22 feet, 8 1/2 inches to earn this year’s gold medal. He beat Notre Dame’s Greg Lauray (21-6) for the gold medal. Sterner finished 12th this year and failed to clear 20 feet.
A couple team looking to snap early-season losing streaks met up last Wednesday at Salisbury High School.
Northwestern broke out of its funk with an 8-3 win behind some timely hitting and strong pitching performance from senior Mason Vogwill.
“The past few games we dropped were all mental mistakes, errors that we had to work on in practice,” said Vogwill. “Today we didn’t make as many errors. We swung the bats well today and puts some runs on the board.”
The Tigers (2-3 overall, 2-3 Colonial League) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
Making his third straight appearance at the state championship meet, Tyler Keller wanted to put in his best state-meet performance in his final trip the meet.
He accomplished his goal, finishing in second place Saturday at Bucnkell University’s Kinney Natatorium.