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"But he handled the situation as well as any adult could have. I know I couldn't have played that night. But it was therapeutic for him. He has a strong sense of discipline and focus in and out of the classroom. "Simmons will lead the Blue Eagles into battle tonight when they take on Liberty in a Lehigh Valley Conference game at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium. "This is definitely a big match up for us," Simmons said. "They have a lot of explosive players and they're a lot like us. They lost a lot of starters from last year and they're searching for an identity just like we are.
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The Blue Eagles senior spent the week leading up to opening night saying goodbye to his father. Harold Simmons Jr. died of Pick's Disease a rare neuro degenerative disease that causes progressive destruction of the nerve cells in the brain on Aug. 24. Seven days later, Simmons was leading the Blue Eagles to a 50 28 opening night win over Pleasant Valley the same day he buried his father. "It was pretty hard," Simmons said. "It was important for me to be at the funeral, and it was important for me to be (at the game) for my teammates. My father would want me to be strong and be there for my team. "Strong is an understatement.
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"When it happened, we didn't expect to have (Parish) for that first game," Melosky said.
Simmons ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another two scores to lead Nazareth to the win. The dual threat quarterback followed that performance by running for 182 yards and two touchdowns and completed 11 Adidas Superstar Rose Gold of 15 passes for 144 yards and a score in Nazareth's 63 28 rout of Northampton last week. His Week 2 performance earned him Express Times Player of the Week honors. "The way Parish Adidas Superstar All White