Saucon next for Roughies
With a total of 169 points and a scoring average of 42.2 points per game through their first four contests, it may be hard to debate whether Catasauqua may have trouble with Saucon Valley Friday night.
The visiting Panthers will enter Alumni Field with an overall 1-3 record and they gained their lone victory last weekend in a 42-7 rout of Palmerton.
Still, Roughies' head coach Tom Falzone isn't about to celebrate any anticipated victories or a Colonial League title just yet. Instead, he had been preparing his team in regular fashion for another clash.
"Overall, this will be a biggest challenge so far," Falzone said. "We have watched films on all four of their games, and we consider them possibly the best overall team we will have faced this year. They (Saucon Valley) have played all of the top teams in the Colonial League and have been close in all of those games." Falzone referred to Saucon Valley's games with Pen Argyl (a 13-3 loss), Bangor (a 27-7 defeat), and Northern Lehigh (an 18-16 nail biter they lost). Both Pen Argyl and Bangor (4-0) will enter the weekend undefeated along with the Roughies, while Northern Lehigh (3-1) suffered their first defeat to Palisades last weekend.
"They played a great game against Pen Argyl and they missed a late field goal against Northern Lehigh," Falzone said. "They always play us tough and we expect to see the same thing Friday. They have a good running game and quarterback." Against Palmerton, the backfield tandem of Nick Savant and Chris Maway combined for 311 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Quarterback Keith Mosher has been efficient and effective in the offensive as he completed 7of 11 passes for 96 yards.
Consequently, the Roughies rushed for 212 yards behind Ra'Von Burton's 105 yards and pair of touchdowns. Backfield mate Eric Matz continues to be the perfect compliment as he added 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback Zack Bradley has continued to provide the ideal balance as he completed eight of 14 passes for 11 yards. This time around, however, the Roughies extended their offensive assault as Alex Parker and Jacob Stopay provided punt returns for touchdowns in the 43-3 rout over Salisbury last Friday night.
Along with their high-powered offense, the Roughies' defense has been spectacular. They limited Salisbury to 112 yards of total offense and have allowed a miniscule 17 points through four games.
"I can't say enough about our defense," Falzone stated. "They just have been so quick and relentless all season. Everybody talks about our offense and puts seven or eight men in the box to stop our running attack, but our defense has stepped up so many times. "We also need to credit the play of our offensive line that has been outsized every game. Despite playing with the size disadvantage, they have created holes and give Zack (Bradley) the necessary time to throw." Falzone is confident his club won't be looking ahead this week and can take care of business despite having undefeated Bangor and Pen Argyl on the horizon.
"We are taking one game at a time," he said. "We can talk about any playoffs and championships. It has been very nice so far, especially generating the mercy rule in our first four games and having a running clock in the second half. We know what's ahead and we'll be ready."