CHS looks for clean slate
Next fall, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn is optimistic that he and his staff will see the whole picture.
In his first season at the helm of the Roughies' program, Dorn and his team's season was fractured through a series of continuing injuries that actually didn't allow the Roughies to assemble the same lineup in a campaign that ended with a 33-14 defeat to Northampton in their annual Thanksgiving Day tilt.
Overall, Catty finished with a 3-8 record, but they also showcased a number of younger players who likely wouldn't have had the chance to play due to a rash of injuries.
"We definitely would have wanted a different outcome, but we just had too many injuries," said Dorn, who previously coached at Pocono Mountain East. "We were hit hard with adversity, but the kids had a great effort.
"They fought through every game and a number of them gained some valuable playing time."
Among those who will return next season will be junior Cristian Burker, who split time with graduating senior Brandon Keks at quarterback this fall.
"(Burker) is fantastic athlete, a good quarterback, and a good defensive player," said Dorn. "He developed his game and he is also a gifted runner. He will work hard and we're excited to have him back next year."
Dorn is also optimistic about the return of freshman Miguel Hernandez, sophomore Ryan Greene, and junior Kevin Bond as prime targets as the trio will open up the Roughies' passing game. Junior Devin Greene started five games at tight end before he was sidelined with an injury.
"Hernandez did a number of good things for us and Greene has all the tools," said Dorn. "Bond is a big target and blocks well and Greene had a good start before he was injured. They will all figure in our plans.
"We also have some good young running backs. We had a number of younger players who got some valuable playing time."
Looking to begin with a clean slate next fall, Dorn believes his team will raise their game as he and his staff will have plenty of time ahead.
"That's exciting," proclaimed Dorn. "We came in late last year and we got a ton of stuff done. Now we'll have a full offseason to work with them. If we stay healthy, we know we can keep the program headed in the right direction."