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From left, Catty Turkey Day captains are: Eric Matz, Zach Stopay, Alex Parker, Zach Labezius. From left, Catty Turkey Day captains are: Eric Matz, Zach Stopay, Alex Parker, Zach Labezius.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Zack Bradley has some vivid memories about a Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton two year ago. More precisely, some cold ones that quickly conjured thoughts of a warm dinner ahead.

"It was the game that it snowed and we all expected rain," said the junior quarterback. "I remember having snow down the back of my neck the whole game and thinking about being home soon.

"Basically, it is a game of pride, and mainly it is a good send off for our seniors."

Bradley also views the game from head coach Tom Falzone's goals for the season: winning a Colonial League championship, a district game, and the Thanksgiving Day game.

"It's great for both towns," added Bradley. "It gives the one town some bragging rights for a while."

His teammates share some similar ideas as well as some different ones.

"I hope it (game) will be a good one," said senior lineman Zach Labezius, one of eight seniors on the roster. "A lot of us know each other. This will be my last game and I want to do what I can to make it a memorable one."

"It is always a great game," said fellow senior Zach Stopay. "I remember last year driving around town in a car blowing the horn after we finally won the game in while. It finally hit me that this will be my last game at Catty and we need to make it a memorable one."

Senior lineman Donald Hunter has some other thoughts.

"Usually this is a game in which both teams don't like each other too much," Hunter said. "I want to go out there and make the best of it. I want to play like I never did before. We lost a heartbreaker (to Pen Argyl) and we want to end the year on a positive note."

Hunter also would like to create some more memories in the process.

"I remember last year we dumped the water cooler on coach Falzone and broke his I-phone," stated Hunter. "Those are things you don't forget."

Falzone is confident his club can shake the district loss and rebound with their second consecutive T-Day triumph.

The former Roughie wide receiver/safety recalled his senior year when his team lost a district game and bounced back with a 35-0 victory over Northampton.

"It's very tough when you're in a situation like this," offered Falzone, who played on the same team with current offensive coordinator and former quarterback Rob Petrosky. "We thought it was the end of the world. But once we got back to practice, the incentive to beat Northampton was there.

"We came back and took it to them. Rob (Petrosky) was talking to Zack (Bradley) about that situation after the game. It is a new situation for them and they don't know how to react.

"But our kids have been resilient all year. They were looking forward to state playoff game, but they'll be ready for this one. It is always special and creates some special memories."