Catty youth teams play well in opener
Catty youth football is back.
Four teams traveled to Williams Township to take on the Rams of Williams Township.
The flag team put on an impressive show as the kids ran up and down the field snagging every flag they could. Since the league mandates that this level be used as an instructional level, no score is kept and no touchdowns are recorded.
Coach Silva and his staff did an excellent job keeping with the spirit of fair play and substituted each student-athlete according to the rules.
The 90-pound team found themselves in an early hole when Williams Township returned the opening kickoff 55 yards for a TD. The early score didn't hamper the spirits of the Roughies, tough.
The next series the Rough Riders put on their own little show of speed and power by scoring on a 55-yard scamper, only to have it called back for a facemask penalty. In the second quarter, Williams scored its second TD of the day and went into the locker room at the half with a 13-0 lead.
Coach Russo and his crew lit a fire in the kids and the Roughies were ready for a what turned out to be a great second half.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter, and it would be a preview of things to come in the fourth quarter. The Roughs were wearing down the Rams and eventually Mikhail Hartranft took the snap and ran for a 37-yard TD that cut the deficit to just seven at 13-6 with 4:07 in regulation.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Monberger came up with a big fumble recovery which would lead to another Rough Rider score. This time, it was a Kyle Melson 13-yard run.
Unfortunately the extra point came up short and Catty fell 13-12.
The 110-pound team had a bit of a rougher time. An early fumble recovery by Zach Scheirer led to the only Rider score of the day. It proved to be enough as Jaylen Green's QB sneak put Catty up 7-0.
In the second half, the Rams were determined to come back and show the Riders they were not going down without a fight. They scored on a 25-yard run to make it 7-6, and it came down to the extra point for a tie. After a timeout, the Rough Rider defense showed they will not be intimidated and they came up with a huge stuff to keep the score at 7-6.
With time running out and the Rams looking to score, Tyler James landed on a Ram miscue with 17 seconds to go to seal the 7-6 win.
The 130-pound team showed a new-look offense and it proved to be a juggernaut.
Their spread offense and early no huddle made a big difference, scoring 30 points while the defense allowed nothing in the 30-0 win.
The scoring began with Tyler Melendez's one-yard run to make it 6-0. QB Andrew Brett caught Jack Yanders wide open down the middle of the field for a 35-yard strike to put the Roughs up 12-0.
Melendez would have another TD run, this time for five yards to make it 18-0. Dominic Rogers had a big fumble recovery that would lead to another Catty score. William Melson found the end zone on a 20-yard scamper before Melson would round out the scoring off a right end sweep for a 35-yard TD. That TD was set up by a Brett interception.
Rodgers made sure the Rams wouldn't get on the scoreboard by landing on a fumble with less than a minute to play.
All four teams will travel to Wilson on Sunday, Aug. 26, to battle the Warriors. The flag game kicks off at 11 a.m. with the 90-pound game around noon and the 110-pound game approximately 1:30. The 130-pounders will start at 3 p.m.
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