Catty heads back to playoffs
For the first time since the 2013 season, Catasauqua is back in the playoffs.
With their 21-18 victory at Northwestern last Friday, the Roughies gained enough points in the District 11 Class 2A power ratings to secure the fourth and final spot in the bracket.
As a result, Catty (3-7) will travel to top-seeded Palmerton (7-3) Friday night. The Roughies’ last appearance was in the postseason was in the PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinals where they were shutout by Imhotep Charter 49-0.
Catasauqua’s Miguel Hernandez returned a pass 78 yards in the final thirty seconds of the game against Northwestern that lifted the Roughies into the postseason. Hernandez, a wide receiver, moved to quarterback due to the injury to starter Andrew Brett, tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass and completed two of six overall for 39 yards.
Hernandez, a senior, credited the Roughies’ defense to save some solace from an apparent lost season.
“Our defense deserves a lot of credit at the end,” said Hernandez. “It was criticized all year long, but our defense kept us in the game.
“It feels good to get to the playoffs after four years. I think we can put all of this behind us now.”
“It is a great feeling,” added Brett. “This is something we have been shooting for all season. I wished I could have played last week, but it is cool to extend the season.”
Palmerton will enter the game on a three-game winning streak, having defeated the Roughies, 26-7, on Oct. 13. The Blue Bombers have outscored their opponents, 117-63, during the span.
In their previous meeting, Palmerton quarterback Tekoah Guedes was a one-man wrecking crew, as he ran for 141 yards on 22 carries and he threw for 167 yards with a touchdown. Catty has had trouble handling the rush all season, as they have allowed an average of 277 yards per game and 110 yards per contest through the air.
Entering the game, Hernandez remains the prime passing target as he has caught 60 passes for 784 yards with five touchdowns, and Corey Raysely has 31 receptions for 323 yards with two touchdowns.
Brett, who suffered a knee injury against Palmerton two weeks ago, likely will miss the game, leaving Hernandez back at the controls. The senior starting quarterback has thrown for over 1,500 yards.
Derrick Rodriguez had been the Roughies’ leading rusher with 787 yards with six touchdowns and Wil-Quon Clemons has 771 yards with seven touchdowns.
“We played our best game as a team against Palmerton” said Raysely. “I’m excited to see what the coaches will draw up for us against Palmerton.”