Cent. Catholic to be at full strength at RB
Here’s a breakdown of EPC South football for Week 2, with an early meeting of defending District 11 champions from Bethlehem leading the way. Things to know
1. Central Catholic will have its full complement of running backs Friday when it heads to Parkland.
Senior Tristan Francis didn’t play in Saturday’s season-opening win over Stroudsburg.
Francis will join Jayden Williams (14 carries, 146 yards, two touchdowns versus Stroudsburg) and Leroy Johnson (four carries, 8 yards) in the Vikings’ running-back rotation.
“It could just be the ebb and flow of the game, how many reps they’re taking on defense,” Central Catholic coach Tim McGorry said. “We’re trying to keep everybody as fresh as possible. Depth at the running back spot is a luxury we have. The depth isn’t there at other positions.”
2. Freedom kicker Nick Stannard drilled five of his kickoffs for touchbacks last week against East Stroudsburg North. The Patriots would love to see him repeat that performance Friday and force Bethlehem Catholic to drive the length of the field.
3. Parkland excelled on third and fourth down in its Week 1 win over Northampton.
The Trojans converted seven of their 10 third downs and two of their three fourth downs.
Player to watch
Brandon Camire, Emmaus: The junior enjoyed a monster day in his first game as Emmaus’ feature back, running for 222 yards and five touchdowns against Allen. The Green Hornets will need more explosive plays from Camire.
“Camire looked really good running the ball, along with those two other young guys, [Jared] Groller and [Gabe] Trexler,” Emmaus coach Harold Fairclough said.
Week 2 matchups
Bethlehem Catholic at Freedom: Bethlehem Catholic’s defensive front needs to disrupt Freedom’s passing attack to end the Patriots’ three-game winning streak in this series.
Nazareth at Emmaus: Nazareth’s ground game started the season well, averaging 5.7 yards per carry in a win over Pocono Mountain East. Emmaus’ defense will provide more resistance than the Cardinals did, but the Blue Eagles need to stay committed to their rushing attack.
Central Catholic at Parkland: A Parkland defensive front led by Ja-lon Perkins, Dante Medlar, Angel Santos and Angel Ramos will keep Central Catholic’s offensive line busy all night.
Whitehall at Easton: Easton features one of the EPC South’s most experienced offensive lines, which paved the way for a 236-yard afternoon by Nahjee Adams against Pocono Mountain West.