Green Hor­nets get big lead, hang on

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Michael Blouse

Em­maus didn’t want a re­peat of last week’s heart­break­ing one­point loss to Eas­ton that came down to the fi­nal sec­onds.

So, coach Harold Fair­clough’s Green Hor­nets scored 21 straight points dur­ing a key stretch that spanned the third and fourth quar­ters Fri­day night, turn­ing a four-point deficit into a 17-point ad­van­tage.

They held on to top Lib­erty 31-28 in an Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence South con­test at Em­maus High School.

Brandon Camire, who en­tered with 809 rush­ing yards, racked up 185 yards and two touch­downs. He also re­turned a punt 64 yards for a score. His 1-yard run into the end zone started Em­maus’ 21-point out­burst with 3:15 left in the third pe­riod and his punt re­turn capped it with 6:46 to play.

Lib­erty scored two TDs in the fi­nal 5:59 as Dal­las Holmes hit Ron­dell McNeil for a 35-yard scor­ing strike and Jaiden Canada from 20 yards out.

John Fer­ris re­cov­ered Lib­erty’s on­side kick with 82 sec­onds left and the Green Hor­nets ran out the clock.

“I liked the way we re­sponded,” said Fair­clough, whose team im­proved to 4-2 over­all and 2-2 in the EPC South.

“We didn’t hang our heads or any­thing. We kept battling and fight­ing. We’re young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced and we play like it some­times. We’re let­ting some teams hang around. I love the ef­fort and it’s a great group to be around, though. We got their best ef­fort but we got it done.

“We def­i­nitely needed it,” he said. “That one last week hurt. It took a lit­tle longer than I thought to get over it. But this takes care of that. We’re on to the next one.”

Camire stars: The Green Hor­nets’ ju­nior stand­out broke the scor­ing seal with a 90-yard TD sprint in the open­ing quar­ter.

He went on to carry 28 times for his 185 yards.

“I knew once I got past the first wave,” Camire said of his long run, “I was go­ing to get de­cent yards. But I think it was Jameel Sanders on the out­side who made an amaz­ing block ... and once I was in the open field I just ran.”

Camire cred­ited Lib­erty’s de­fense for mak­ing him work for his yards. Hur­ri­canes line­backer Zaire Mitchell, in par­tic­u­lar, had a huge game on de­fense.

“I’ve got to give credit to the Lib­erty lineback­ers,” Camire said. “I’ve never been hit so hard. They’re a good, solid team.”

Em­maus’ non-Camire TD was a 50-yard pass play from quar­ter­back Jake Moyer to wide­out Jake Ogutu on the fi­nal play of the third quar­ter. Moyer passed for 120 yards in to­tal.

An­other stand­out for the Green Hor­nets was de­fen­sive back Kam­ron Ber­tie, who made nu­mer­ous clutch plays in both the pass game and run sup­port.

Michael Blouse is a free­lance writer.

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