Profile[ edit ] Easton Area High School has an enrollment of approximately 2, students. Easton offers 26 Advanced Placement courses. Easton's proficiency levels on state assessments track slightly higher than the state average. The two teams play an annual Thanksgiving Day football game at Lafayette College 's Fisher Field that is considered one of the nation's longest-standing high school rivalries.
The Stateliners got off to a slow start one week removed from a grueling double-OT win vs. Bridgewater took advantage of good field position to take a lead in the first half on short touchdown runs from Alex Fromberg and Gerard Redden.
Turning point: The Panthers had a great opportunity to take a three-possession lead when Phillipsburg set up to punt late in the second quarter. The Stateliners managed to force a turnover on downs, and the momentum swing was immediate. Senior quarterback Ben Ries, who had just 6 yards passing with an interception up to that point, marched Phillipsburg down the field with throws of 16 and 12 yards to brothers Bobby and Tommy Coury.
Matt Quetel had a yard dash down the left sideline and three plays later, Ries found Ray Poremba on a yard fade in the end zone to put the Stateliners on the board with 36 seconds before halftime.
Top performers: Quetel averaged close to 6 yards per carry and finished the night with yards on the ground and one touchdown that tied the game at 13 in the third quarter.
Ries added 67 yards passing while scoring one touchdown through the air and on the ground, which came on a 2-yard quarterback sneak to give Phillipsburg a lead.
The Stateliners defense held Fromberg to just 4 of 13 passing in the second half and forced two incompletions at the goal line to seal the victory in the last seconds of the game. The Stateliners move on from win No. Desmond Boyle may be reached at dboyle lehighvalleylive. Follow him on Twitter DesJBoyle.
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