Showdown in Easton
McLouth, Pleasant Ridge battle for league, district titles
The big game has arrived.
When Pleasant Ridge and McLouth meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Easton, it will be a battle of unbeaten teams.
Both teams are 7-0 overall. Both squads are 6-0 in the Delaware Valley League and both teams are 1-0 in district play.
Pleasant Ridge outscores opponents by an average of 57-3; McLouth's average score is 41-5.
The winner takes home a DVL title and likely will be the district champion.
The loser takes second place in the DVL and likely the No. 2 playoff spot in the district.
There are a few things riding on this game.
"Yeah, I think our kids are ready," MHS coach Harry Hester said. I think there's a little bit of a rivalry there. Obviously Pleasant Ridge has been good for a while and they're the defending league champions."
Hester said the contest was a rivalry game.
"It would be a big game if we were 0-7 or 7-0," Hester said.
Interestingly enough, Hester now has coached in both those scenarios.
In his first year at McLouth in 2003, Hester's Bulldogs continued a long losing streak with a 0-9 record. Just two short years later, the Bulldogs are on the other end of the spectrum.
The Bulldogs are 7-0 for the first time since 1994 when the squad finished the season at 8-1. That season, McLouth also played Pleasant Ridge in Week 8. MHS won that game, 40-12.
"It's better than it was," Hester said, recounting his first year at McLouth. "Our town's excited and they should be. I think it's two great team's going after it. I know they'll be well prepared by their coaching staff and I know we'll try to get our kids prepared as well."
McLouth stayed unbeaten with a 36-12 victory last Friday against Immaculata in Leavenworth.
The team's were tied at 12 at halftime, but the long halftime break --0 minutes for homecoming activities -- helped the Bulldogs regroup, Hester said.
"We really shut them down," Hester said about the second half.
Trevor Keling returned two punts for touchdowns in the Bulldog victory.
McLouth 36, Immaculata 12
Score by quarters
McLouth 6 6 16 8 --6
Immaculata 0 12 0 0 -- 12
How they scored
M -- Trevor Keling 40 punt return (kick failed)
M -- Jimmy Steffey 9 run (pass fail)
I -- Kelly 25 pass from Matzeder (run failed)
I -- Kooser 2 run (run failed)
M -- Kevin Stewart 6 run (Booth pass from Steffey)
M --eling 55 punt return (Booth pass from Steffey)
M -- Stewart 8 run (Wise pass from Stewart)