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Roughs set to face the Tigers

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

When they travel to Northwestern Friday night, Catasauqua will look to end its losing streak and end the regular season on a high note.

The Roughies have been mired in a six-game losing streak, the latest was a 69-22 defeat to Southern Lehigh during their final home game of the season.

Southern Lehigh (8-1) still in the running for the Colonial League crown, jumped out to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and padded their lead to 42-14 at the half.

With the defeat, Catty’s (2-7) chances at the District 11 2A playoff picture became slim. They began the night sitting in fifth place and a game behind, as the top four teams would advance. The Roughies needed to win their final two games to stay alive.

Catty again had trouble stopping the run as running back Luke Strauss ran for 265 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground as well as two via the air for a six-touchdowns performance. Southern Lehigh quarterback Logan Edmond had a rather quiet night as he threw for 88 yards and three touchdowns.

Overall, Catty allowed a season-high 598 yards of total offense, 510 on the ground.

Offensively, the Roughies had 308 yards of total offense, 160 through the air and 148 on the ground.

Andrew Brett connected on 17 of 21 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Derrick Rodriguez had another big game as he ran for 145 yards with a touchdown. Miguel Hernandez caught six balls for 63 yards with a score.

But Brett suffered a knee injury and the remainder of his season could be in doubt.

For the season, Rodriguez has 743 yards on 116 carries with six touchdowns, and Hernandez has 60 catches for 784 yards with five touchdowns. Brett has completed 142 of 214 attempts for 1,502 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Northwestern (4-5) bounced back after a difficult 28-21 loss to Southern Lehigh and throttled local rival Northern Lehigh, 35-14.

Since they were besieged by suspensions and injuries at the start of the season, Northwestern has bounced back with its full offensive and defensive complement.

Against Northern Lehigh, seven different Tigers had carries in the game and all seven produced at different points throughout. They produced 192 rushing yards of offense on 39 carries, and scored all three TDs on the ground.

PREDICTION: Brett likely will miss the game, as his younger brother, Austin, finished against Southern Lehigh. Wide receiver Corey Raysely could also make the start at QB. With Northwestern’s recent ground prowess and it being their final home game of the season, ominous clouds again will begin to surface for the Roughies.

The Tigers also will look to get to .500 … Northwestern, 42-10.