Football falls to Palmerton
In a game they needed to remain alive in the district playoff hunt, Catasauqua went into their locker room at halftime at Palmerton trailing 12-7.
The Roughies caught some late first-half momentum when quarterback Andrew Brett hit Miguel Hernandez on a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Unfortunately, the Roughies stopped there.
Palmerton added a pair of touchdowns in the second half and shut out Catasauqua on their way to a 26-7 victory.
With the win, Palmerton (5-3) remained the top team in the District 11 Class 2A bracket. Catasauqua (2-6), who is in the same bracket, stayed in the fifth spot, a game behind fourth-place Panther Valley (3-5). The top four teams will be in the playoffs.
Catty had trouble containing Palmerton quarterback Tekoah Guedes, as he was the team’s major threat on the ground and in the air. Guedes rushed for 138 yards on 18 carries and scored twice, and he connected on 16 of 32 passes for 164 yards with a touchdown.
Guedes engineered a 93-yard drive that killed more than five minutes off the clock in Palmerton’s final drive in the closing minutes of the game.
On the other hand, the Roughies had trouble getting their offense in sync, as Palmerton shut down their running game most of the night.
Derrick Rodriguez had 53 yards on 13 carries and Wil-Quon Clemons had 27 yards on 14 carries. The pair entered the game averaging more than 172 yards per game. Brett finished the night completing 18 of 28 passes for 142 yards.
“I hit a big play to Miguel (Hernandez) in the opening half,” said Brett. “We were right there. But then we had trouble getting yards in the second half.
“They were blitzing and coming right at us the whole time. It was rough. We just couldn’t get anything going. They took away the passing game and really shut down our running game.”
“This was like a playoff game for us, and we weren’t able to come through.”
The Roughies will play their final home game of the season against Southern Lehigh Friday night. The Spartans (7-1) have won four straight games, their latest a 28-21 victory over Northwestern.
Brett knows his team faces a huge challenge ahead, but he is optimistic they can stay focused despite a five-game losing streak.
“Southern Lehigh is a very good team,” he said. “They are on a winning streak and have played well.
“It has been frustrating and we haven’t been playing like we can. Some players have been dejected about it, but you have to keep your head up and keep playing. We all have to do the best we can.”