Northwestern downs Catty
Catasauqua came into last Friday’s game against Northwestern with slim hopes of reaching the District 11 Playoffs, even though their record stood at 2-7. Unfortunately for the Rough Riders, Northwestern ended those hopes with a 48-20 win over Catty.
After Northwestern took a 14-0 lead over the Roughies, Catasauqua struck back with a nine-play drive in the second quarter to cut Northwesternn’s lead to 14-7. Andrew Brett connected with Ryan Greene on a 49-yard pass down the home side of the field for the first score of the night for Catasauqua.
Unfortunately, the Tigers got a strong return on the ensuing kickoff, putting them at their own 45 and when Trevor Cunningham broke open for a 46-yard run on a third-and-one play, the quick three-play drive led to another Northwestern score and a 21-7 lead that took a big bite out of the momentum for Catty.
“That play really hurt, because the touchdown gave us some momentum and we were looking to hold them there, but we just couldn’t bring down Cunningham and he was able to break one on us just when we had things starting to turn our way,” said coach Phil Dorn.
Cunningham would wind up hurting the Rough Riders all night long, finishing with four touchdowns and 317 yards of total offense for Northwestern.
“He’s a good player and it’s hard to keep him down sometimes,” said Dorn. “He’s obviously the guy you look to stop, but sometimes, that’s not an easy thing to do.”
Down 28-7 to start the second half, Northwestern put together a sustained drive to start the third quarter, eating up a little over five-minutes. The Tigers pushed it into the end zone on a six-yard run by sophomore Tyler Lobach. When Catasauqua went three-and-out on their next drive, Northwestern took over at the Rough Riders 37-yard line and seven plays later, were into the end zone again, making it a 42-7 game.
Catasauqua didn’t show any quit though, needing just one play, a 62-yard strike to a wide open Thanjhae Teasley, making it a 42-14 game. Teasley would finish the night with three big catches, two going for first downs, and the third into the end zone, for a total of 94 yards receiving on the night. Quarterback Andrew Brett completed 20-of-33 passes for a total of 245 yards passing on the night for the Rough Riders.
“A big difference was the line play. They have some pretty big guys up front and they all seemed to have big games for them and really helped to control the game on both sides of the line,” said Dorn.
Catasauqua got the ball down 48-14 with just under eight-minutes to play in the game and ate up seven-minutes with a 15-play drive that ended with Derrick Rodriguez going five yards for the final score of the game and a 48-20 final.
The Rough Riders fell to 2-8 on the season with the loss. They have one game, the annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry against Northampton, on their schedule. The Konkrete Kids come into town with an 0-10 record on the season.
“That game doesn’t erase all of the memories of a tough season, but if you win it, you certainly feel much better about yourselves,” said Dorn. “We want our seniors to go out on a good note with a win in that game. We think we have some good underclassmen for the future, and our seniors have been a great group for us in their time here.”