Girls get rivalry started with powder puff win
Catasauqua High School powder puff quarterback Paige Kogelman hooked up with Lauren "Plu" Pluchinsky on a 32-yard pass and catch with 9:20 to play and newcomer Laura Gerhard kicked her third extra point in the 21-18 win at Al Erdosy Field in Northampton on Sunday night.
That play proved to be the difference in the last football game played on the existing field in Northampton.
Pluchinsky made up for a long bomb she dropped with six minutes left in the first quarter.
After the victory, Pluchinsky said, "My adrenaline was pumping. I did just what my coaches told me to do."
Erika Lebron returned the opening kickoff to the Catty High 40-yard line, then ran 15 yards on a sweep. Emily Williams got four, tough yards and then followed her blockers and dashed 45 yards for a touchdown with 12:26 in the first quarter. Gerhard booted her first extra point and Catty went up 7-0.
Northampton's Lauren Tierney scored on a two-yard run after she received a 31-yard pass from Shelby Herstine. The Rough Riders thwarted the two-point conversion and kept the score 7-6.
Northampton took a cue from Ohio State's head coach, Urban Meyer, and alternated quarterbacks every play. Tori Gollie proved she could throw the long pass and run with the ball. The very athletic Gollie has accepted a field hockey scholarship to LaSalle University.
Catty stayed on the ground in the second quarter. Kogelman kept the ball and ran for six yards. Megan Covert rumbled for 20 more and Williams was good for another 20 yards. Olivia Falko caught a nine-yard pass and then fought for four more yards. Rachel Peters gained two more as Northampton's Monica Hanson made the stop. Kogelman finally bootlegged 25 yards for the TD. Gerhard, who transferred back to Catasauqua three weeks ago from Whitehall, had the golden toe again and the Roughies were up 14-6 with 11:36 to play in the first half.
Northampton was unlucky passing in the third quarter as Gerhard broke up a Gollie pass. Herstine's pass went through three Konkrete Kids hands. Gerhard flew to the ball getting Serena Kocher's flag for an eight-yard loss. An incomplete pass led to a turnover on downs.
K-Kid Lindsey Sandlick stopped Catty with 7:05 to play in the third period.
Northampton went back to work on offense and Gollie scampered 15 yards on a keeper to Catty's 33-yard line. Gerhard and Jordan Dardas stripped Kocher of her flags as she tiptoed down the Northampton sideline. Hannah Hartman got the ball to the three and Gollie took it in herself following her line after a six-minute drive left 14:05 to go in the contest. Gerhard nabbed Kocher at the three on the conversion attempt and the Kids trailed 14-12.
Five minutes later, Pluchinsky scored for Catty to up the score to 21-12.
The Orange and Black grounded out the ball for another six-minute drive. Megan Tiwold ran for six. Herstine went to the air hitting her favorite target, Tierney, on a 34-yard pass play. Kocher got down to Catty's 8-yard line and Gollie threw an eight-yard strike to Michele Dally. The conversion was stopped yet again to keep it at 21-18.
Jordan Dardas led Catty with five flags pulled, one was a sack. Natalie Leggett had an interception and three flags. Gerhard broke up two passes, and pulled three flags. Williams pulled three flags and Natalia Candelaria, Shannon Bundra and Becky Turner had multiple stops.