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Roughs set to travel to NL

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

On Friday night, Catasauqua’s football team will be looking for history to repeat itself.

The Roughies will travel to Slatington to meet Northern Lehigh in a battle of winless teams. Catty lost to Salisbury, 47-29, while Northern Lehigh was shutout by Southern Lehigh, 42-0.

A year ago, Catty opened its season at Salisbury and suffered a 38-24 defeat. They then rebounded with a second-half surge against Northern Lehigh with a 39-31 win to even their record at 1-1.

They hope their trip north isn’t a wasted one, but one that again will be a worthy one.

The Roughies didn’t have problem generating an offense against Salisbury last week.

They ran for 275 yards and threw for 178. The problem was their defense, a main focus entering the season as they allowed just over 40 points a game last season.

Salisbury jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and then took a 26-6 lead at halftime. From there, the visiting Falcons went on to amass 424 yards rushing and 82 passing for a total of 506 yards. Salisbury had two backs over 100 yards and their quarterback also had over 100 yards of offense.

On the other hand, the Roughies had a stellar showing from running backs Wil-Quon Clemons, who broke out for a career-high 168 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 2, 64, and 14. Backfield mate Derrick Rodriguez also had a good night, as he rushed for 99 yards.

Quarterback Andrew Brett had a fairly consistent night, connecting on 19 of 32 passes for 178 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Brett’s main target was Miguel Hernandez, who caught 10 balls for 93 yards.

The Roughies did rally late, scoring 23 points in the second half, but they couldn’t entirely close the gap.

“We started off slow especially in the first half,” said Brett. “We had a lot of mental mistakes. We picked it up in the second half, but we just fell short. We did fight back and we didn’t quit.”

Northern Lehigh is coming into the game off a similar situation against Southern Lehigh. The Bulldogs gave up 261 yards through the air and 240 on the ground as they couldn’t find their rhythm from the start.

The Bulldogs, who have a young team, had 111 yards rushing and managed only 15 yards passing.

After Northern Lehigh, the Roughies will play the same opponents as they did last year against Pen Argyl, Saucon Valley, and Palisades, the latter two seen as league contenders this season. They lost all three games by a combined score of 136-27.

However, their emphasis will be to even their mark Friday night in Slatington.

PREDICTION: The Roughies had some mental breakdowns early that left them in a 26-6 hole at halftime against Salisbury. Like they did last season, they rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.

They will need to get on the board early against Northern Lehigh, a team in transition. Look for them to go to the air more and also keep their running game going.

The question again will be their defense, and this is the game where they will need to shine. A loss here could be damaging.

Roughies pull it out, 24-19.