Emmaus coach Sarah Oswald obviously had a big smile on her face after her team beat rival Parkland 2-1 last week. As someone whispered something to her, the smile somehow got even bigger. What she was told was that the win by her team snapped a 70-game Parkland win streak against District 11 opponents.
“I had no idea about that streak,” said Oswald. “It just feels good to get a good win and this is a team that has consistently come after us and has had the better side of the draw and we were able to put our best effort on the field.”
Shane Artis took fourth place in Saturday’s 30th Annual Centaur Invitational Cross Country Meet at DeSales University.
The Salisbury junior, who was running the course for the fifth time in his varsity career, finished in 17:12.6.
“It was pretty decent race,” he said. “Those hills are killer here. I just wanted to see what I could do, try to get a good time. I was trying to stay in the low 17s for sure.”
Artis is coming off a junior season that saw him make his first trip to states in fall for cross country and again in spring for track.
Salisbury junior defensive back Weston Schaffer didn’t just make the game-saving play. He made two on Saturday afternoon that lifted the Falcons to their first win of the season.
Schaffer intercepted a third down pass from Wilson quarterback Ben Hindmarch on the potential game-tying drive in the quarter. But that wasn’t all. Schaffer returned the interception 47 yards for a touchdown that cemented a 21-7 victory for the Falcons (1-2) over the Warriors (0-3) at Wilson Area High School.
One could argue Salisbury played better for much of the first half in last week’s Colonial League girls soccer rivalry game against Northwestern. The Falcons, however, didn’t start or end that half on the best of notes.
Ultimately, it was Salisbury’s inability to play a complete 80 minutes that led to its first loss this fall.
Northwestern scored two goals exactly a minute apart in the final moments of the first half, then tacked on one more in the second half to down the Falcons 4-2 last Tuesday night at Salisbury High School.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
Senior captain Erica Holben exited Saturday’s match against Minersville with leg cramps with 11 minutes to play. But that didn’t seem to affect Holben’s play when she returned to the field.
When Holben reentered the game, she picked up where she left off. Holben scored her fourth goal of the game in the 88th minute to help the Falcons (2-0) cement their 4-2 win over the Miners (0-1) at Salisbury High School.
After a heartbreaking loss to Pen Argyl in week one, Salisbury was looking to take out a little frustration on the Northwestern Tigers Friday night. The game started with the Tigers prowling up and down the field to jump out to a 21-0 lead after their first three possessions, but ended with a much more competitive 28-14 final score.
In head coach Jane Brennan’s first season, the Salisbury field hockey team took steps forward. Finishing above .500 in the Colonial League and qualifying for the district tournament last fall was a solid start.
But the Falcons’ most impressive accomplishment under Brennan may have came in this season’s opener.
Salisbury, now 2-0 in the early going this fall, opened up with a 5-4 overtime victory over last year’s District 11 Class A champion Moravian Academy last week. The Falcons followed that up with a 2-1 victory over Freedom on Saturday morning at Salisbury High School.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco called a timeout with just under 29 seconds to play in Saturday’s opener against Pen Argyl with the Green Knights six yards away from a game-tying touchdown. Cerco and the Falcons predicted Pen Argyl’s game plan, but ultimately didn’t have the answer to stop it.