CHS falls to Palisades
Catasauqua opened its game against Palisades last Friday with a methodical nearly six-minute drive, one with a good balance of run and pass.
However, the Roughies were stopped at the Palisades’ 15 when Andrew Brett couldn’t connect with Corey Raysely in the end zone on a fourth-and-three.
From there, things took a turn.
Palisades marched downfield with its own piecemeal drive and converted on the first of five straight possessions as they routed the Roughies, 35-14, at Alumni Field. The defeat dropped Catty to 2-3 overall and Palisades remained unbeaten with a 5-0 mark.
The Roughies couldn’t find their rhythm the rest of the way in the opening half, and they fell victim defensively to the Pirates, mainly due to big plays.
Palisades’ running back Trey Gretzinger found a big hole and darted across the field for a 47-yard scamper, one of his two first-half touchdowns. He later scored on an 11 yard run after the Roughies fumbled and failed to convert on a fourth-and-one from their own 30.
“On our first drive we should have scored, but we didn’t,” said quarterback Andrew Brett. “We had some confusion on the fourth-and-one play and that hurt.
“They have a good defense and I thought we were able to move the ball on them.”
Pirates’ quarterback Ethan Brader hit Jared Colletti on touchdown passes of 43 and 34 yards before he found Andrew Nickels down the sideline on a 40-yard strike in the final minute of the first half.
A 35-0 deficit gave Palisades a running clock to begin the second half. The Pirates also made wholesale changes on both sides of the ball in the second half.
Catasauqua broke through on their opening drive of the second half when Brett flipped a five-yard touchdown pass to Miguel Hernandez in the closing seconds of the quarter. The Roughies added a score after they recovered a Palisades fumble when Derrick Rodriguez found the end zone on a 17-yard scamper. Two plays earlier, Brett’s touchdown pass to Miguel Hernandez was called back due to a holding penalty, one of eight overall penalties for 55 yards for the Roughies.
Brett finished the game with 16 completions out of 24 attempts for 118 yards. Rodriguez was the Roughies’ leading rusher with 65 yards on 10 carries. Hernandez caught nine balls for 65 yards.
“In the second half, we started to get some things going, but we had a lot of penalties,” added Brett. “But we have to get back to it for next week.”
“We got off to a fast start like we wanted to, but we couldn’t get anything to click,” said Raysely, who had three catches for 26 yards. “We just have to remain confident.”