Catasauqua Press

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Catty falls to Wilson

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For nearly 47 minutes, Catasauqua had a victory within their grasp.

Unfortunately, they saw it slip way in the final minute.

Wilson scored with 19.5 seconds left in the game and sent the Roughies to a gut-wrenching 28-21 defeat Saturday afternoon at Wilson.

Cameron Clark scored on a two-yard plunge for the go-ahead score. Catty moved the ball down to the Wilson 40, but Andrew Brett’s Hail Mary attempt in the end zone fell short as time expired.

With the defeat, the Roughies dropped to 2-4 on the season, as they suffered their third straight defeat. However, it arguably was one of their better efforts of the season.

Catty trailed 7-0 at halftime and 13-7 to begin the final quarter. Running back Wil-Quon Clemons scored on runs of 11 and 3 yards, and he led the team with 81 yards on 15 carries.

Clemons, a junior and the team’s leading rusher with 582 yards this season, stated that it was a long Saturday night and weekend for the Roughies. He noted how the team was its own worst enemy at times. The Roughies were penalized 11 times for 95 yards.

“It was emotional,” Clemons said. “It was sad to go through and even worse watching it on film. We overcame some penalties. But we beat ourselves with a lot of holding penalties and mental mistakes.”

Clemons also cited how his team’s behavior off the field could hamper their performance on the field.

“We have to focus and prepare more,” he added. “We are doing some immature things in school and that’s part of it, too. We need to get through school first and be student-athletes. It will help us better prepare for Friday nights.’

Brett, who completed 11 of 19 attempts for 173 yards accounted for the Roughies’ other tally. When he scored on a nine-yard run. For the season, Brett has completed 91 passes out of 144 attempts for 917 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions.

He also saw a key potential victory slip away, as the Roughies host Notre Dame this weekend.

“In the first half, we were moving the ball on every drive,” said Brett. “But we shot ourselves in the foot with too many penalties. Two long touchdown passes got called back because of holding penalties.

“This really stinks because a win would have really helped us with districts and losing the way we did was really heartbreaking. We know it will be a dogfight against Notre Dame and we gotta win this week.”