Catasauqua Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Roughs struggle to stop Notre Dame GP

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

In their recent matchup, Catasauqua’s offense appeared they could try and match Notre Dame’s offensive output.

The Roughies just couldn’t stop them.

Notre Dame scored eight touchdowns – four apiece via the run and the pass – and eventually routed the Roughies, 60-28 at Alumni Field.

In the process, Catasauqua (2-5) suffered its fourth straight defeat, and they also further damaged their hopes of clinching a District 11 Class 2A playoff spot. The Roughies are currently in fifth place, a game behind Schuylkill Haven, Panther Valley, and Mahanoy Area, all of whom are tied for the second spot with overall records of 3-4.

Catasauqua jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the game’s opening drive when Derrick Rodriguez scored on a 10-yard run with 10:40 left in the opening quarter.

But Notre Dame then opened up the game as they responded with 24 unanswered points in the remaining 10 minutes to take a 24-7 lead after open quarter.

They didn’t stop there as the Crusaders erupted for 20 more points in the second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime with a commanding 44-7 advantage.

Notre Dame (5-2) finished the game with 548 total yards, gaining 362 of them through their passing attack. The Crusaders gained 186 yards on the ground, a continuing problem for the Roughies as they have allowed an average of 274 yards per game. Notre Dame also managed to more than double the average passing yards allowed per game. Catty entered the game issuing only an average of 114 yards per game.

Conversely, Catasauqua had 460 total yards, 362 of them also through the passing game.

“I thought our offense was moving the ball pretty good in the beginning,” said quarterback Andrew Brett. “We moved the ball pretty well all game, but we just couldn’t really come up with a stop.

“They do have a pretty good offense.”

Rodriguez finished with a team-high 113 yards and Wil-Quon Clemons added 89. Brett completed 16 of 21 passes for a season-high 302 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Miguel Hernandez was Brett’s favorite target as he caught 11 balls for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns, a 25-yarder and a 75-yarder.

Catty has a pivotal game Friday at Palmerton, one that can still keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Blue Bombers, who caught nearly everyone by surprise with a 4-1 start, have dropped their last two games, the latest a 62-6 debacle at Palisades last Friday. Palmerton (4-3) is the top team the Class 2A playoff bracket.

“We know this week is a must win if we want to make the playoffs” added Brett. “Palmerton is a quality team, so we have to have a good week of practice and go after it.”