Cent. Catholic to be at full strength at RB

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Stephen Miller

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.

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