FREEDOM VS. EMMAUS PREVIEW

October 11, 2018
By: Dan Fremuth
It’s a matchup nearly two months in the making.

Just two undefeated teams remain in the uber-competitive EPC South but by Friday around 10:00 p.m. only one will remain unblemished after the 7-0 Freedom Patriots face off against the 7-0 Emmaus Green Hornets. Both teams have been the class of the EPC South since the season’s inception and both remained perfect last weekend (Freedom topped Easton 35-7 on Friday, Emmaus edged Central Catholic 49-14) setting up a collision course this Friday in the most highly-anticipated game of the 2018 high school football season.

Emmaus Green Hornets (7-0 Overall, 5-0 EPC South)

Head Coach: Harold Fairclough (3rd Season, 23-7 Overall)

Marquee Win: 30-28 vs. Easton (Week 5)
- In a previous battle of unbeatens, then 4-0 Emmaus edged the previously unblemished Red Rovers behind a punishing ground attack. The Green Hornets rushed for 328 yards as a team and featured three 100-yard rushers in Ethan Parvel (148), Lubens Myers (138) and Brandon Camire (111).

Player to Watch: QB Ethan Parvel (Senior)
- 4 Total TD Week 2 vs. Nazareth and Week 3 vs. Whitehall
- Last Week vs. Central Catholic: 118 pass yards, TD; 8 carries, 123 yards, TD

Fun Fact: Emmaus will be looking to start 8-0 for just the second time in program history. The Green Hornets previously started 8-0 back in 2008 when the team finished 10-2 overall.

Freedom Patriots (7-0 Overall, 5-0 EPC South)

Head Coach: Jason Roeder (14 Season, 89-63 Overall)

Marquee Win: 21-20 vs. Parkland (Week 3)
- Trailing 14-0, the Patriots rallied for 21 of the game’s final 27 points in downing the Trojans thanks to a missed field goal in the game’s final minute. Parkland hadn’t surrendered a single point all season until Jared Jenkins found Vincent Reph for a 15-yard TD just before halftime. Jalen Stewart and Tristan Wheeler each punched in 1-yard touchdown runs in the second half.

Player to Watch: QB Jared Jenkins (Junior)
- This Season: 18 TD, 2 INT
- Last Week vs. Easton: 170 pass yards, 3 TD
- 35 Career Pass TD (tied for most in Freedom history)

Fun Fact: Freedom has already matched the program’s longest winning streak to begin a season (7 games). The Patriots previously started 7-0 both in 2014 and 2015 but lost in Week 8 to Parkland both times.

Be sure to catch every minute of this can’t-miss contest Friday on SE50/550HD beginning at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Zambelli and Jim Wills!