Park­land faces big chal­lenge from Freedom

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Stephen Miller

Here’s a break­down of EPC South foot­ball for Week 3, when Freedom and Park­land will meet with a chance to stake their claim as the di­vi­sion fa­vorite. Things to know

Park­land will be with­out at least two of its five se­nior cap­tains for Friday’s show­down against Freedom. Left tackle Nick Dawkins is out for a se­cond straight game, while wide re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back Luke Dauber­man re­mains side­lined with an in­jury suf­fered dur­ing the pre­sea­son. The Tro­jans ex­pect tight end­de­fen­sive end Ja-lon Perkins to re­turn af­ter miss­ing last week’s game against Cen­tral Catholic. Line­backer Dante Med­lar’s status is up in the air; he left the Cen­tral Catholic game with an in­jury.

Ju­nior run­ning back Nah­jee Adams has more than dou­bled his rush­ing to­tal from last sea­son while boost­ing his ef­fi­ciency as Eas­ton’s lead op­tion. He gashed Po­cono Moun­tain West and White­hall for 520 yards on just 40 at­tempts. Adams ran for 240 yards on 36 at­tempts as a re­serve last sea­son.

Player to watch

Nathan Ste­fanik, Nazareth: The se­nior safety has wreaked havoc on op­pos­ing pass­ing at­tacks, in­ter­cept­ing five passes and re­turn­ing two for touch­downs.

Week 3 matchups

Freedom at Park­land: Freedom quar­ter­back Jared Jenkins and wide re­ceiver Gabe Ca­ton have al­ready con­nected for two 50-plus-yard touch­down passes this sea­son. Park­land needs to limit the Pa­tri­ots’ ex­plo­sive pass­ing plays by forc­ing Jenkins into quick throws.

Cen­tral Catholic at Nazareth: Cen­tral Catholic tack­led well while hold­ing its first two op­po­nents, Strouds­burg and Park­land, to 21 to­tal points. The Vik­ings need to stay dis­ci­plined when pres­sur­ing Nazareth quar­ter­back An­thony Har­ris to pre­vent him from ex­tend­ing plays with his legs.

Beth­le­hem Catholic at Lib­erty: Lib­erty took ad­van­tage of start­ing its sea­son with two games against EPC North teams, beat­ing Pleas­ant Val­ley and Po­cono Moun­tain East by a com­bined 90-0 mar­gin.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Stephen Miller can be reached at 610-820-6750 or at [email protected]

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