Roughs begin second half
Catasauqua begins the second half of the season with both optimism and skepticism.
The Roughies closed out their first five games of the season with an overall 2-3 record. They dropped their opening game to Salisbury, then won consecutive games against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before suffering lopsided defeats to Saucon Valley and Palisades.
Up next Saturday afternoon is an unpredictable Wilson squad, which will host the Roughies with an overall 3-2 mark.
The Warriors have averaged more than thirty points in wins over Pen Argyl (43-8), Salisbury (28-7), and Northern Lehigh (39-20), while they have struggled in losses against Palisades (42-0) and Northwestern (29-26).
They will face the Roughies off a 39-20 win over Northern Lehigh in which running back Job Goodman ran for 220 yards and scored four touchdowns. Quarterback Cam Clark ran for 112 yards and scored a touchdown, and he also threw for 80 yards with a touchdown. Goodman will enter the game as the league’s top rusher.
Stopping the run has been a problem for the Roughies the past two seasons. This year, they have allowed an average of 269 rushing yards per game and 35 overall. Teams have scored an average of 33 points per game.
In their recent game against Palisades, Catty held Jared Colletti, the Pirates main ground threat to 30 yards, but Trey Gretzinger ran for 75 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, one a 43-yarder.
Catasauqua will look to put the brakes on a potential side after losing to Saucon Valley (49-21) and Palisades (35-14). The Roughies ended last season with a five-game losing streak after they beat Wilson, 43-26, Sept. 30
After Wilson, the Roughies will face league heavyweights Notre Dame, Palmerton, and Southern Lehigh, all of whom are still in the running for the league crown and on the verge of locking down a postseason spot.
The Roughies will look to key their running game in motion behind leading rusher WilQuon Clemons (73-499, 5 TDs, 6.8 yards per carry) Derrick Rodriguez (63-401, 4 TDs, 6.4 per carry) Rodriguez rushed for 65 yards and scored a touchdown against Palisades.
Quarterback Andrew Brett has completed 79 of 124 attempts for 734 yards through five games with three touchdowns and five interceptions. His main targets have been Miguel Hernandez (30- 324 yards, 1 TD) and Corey Raysley (21-213, 1 TD).
“I thought we were moving the ball better (against Palisades) in the second half,” said Brett after his team was down, 35-0, at the half. “But we had a lot of penalties (eight for 55 yards) and had a TD called back.
“We know we have to get back at it against Wilson this week. They are a much-improved team.
“After the game, (head coach Phil) coach Dorn challenged us to step it up and play like he knows we can,” added Raysley. “I’m confident we will be able to turn things around in the upcoming weeks.”