Palmerton downs Roughies
Three weeks ago, Catasauqua traveled to Palmerton and they had trouble containing them on the ground in a 26-7 loss.
This time around, the script wasn’t much different. However, the lone difference had the two teams pitted in a District 11 Class 2A semifinal playoff game at the same site.
Palmerton again won the battle of attrition with its productive ground game in a 42-15 victory. Catasauqua (3-8) appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 2013 season, and they will prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Day clash with Northampton.
The host Blue Bombers were once again paced by quarterback Tekoah Guedes, who ran and threw for two touchdowns apiece. Guedes had a game-high 112 yards rushing and was a perfect 10-for-10 through the air with 116 yards.
In the earlier meeting between the two teams, Guedes ran for 138 yards and threw for 164.
Palmerton rushed for 285 yards overall and amassed 15 first downs on the ground, as they recorded 401 overall yards on the night.
The Blue Bombers opened the game with a 64-yard drive in seven plays. Guedes rushed for a touchdown and threw for two others in the opening half that saw Palmerton jump out to a 21-7 halftime lead.
Wide receiver Miguel Hernandez, starting at quarterback for the injured Andrew Brett, tossed a 24-yard pass to Andrew Martinez just before halftime. Hernandez finished the night completing four of 12 for 66 yards. Austin Brett, the younger brother, hit Jakeem Jourdain with a six-yard pass that closed out the Roughies’ scoring for the game. Brett completed two of three passes for 35 yards and he also ran for nine yards.
Palmerton took a 42-7 advantage into the final quarter mainly due to its effective ball control throughout the game. Catasauqua ran for 192 yards on the ground and 101 in the air, but the Roughies turned the ball over on downs five times.
Hernandez was the Roughies’ leading rusher with 64 yards on 18 carries, and Wil-Quon Clemons added 45 yards on nine carries.
“Palmerton is a talented, well-coached team, and we wish them the best of luck moving forward,” said Catasauqua head coach Phil Dorn. “They played physical tonight, we saw that from them earlier in the year, but our kids played hard as well and fought the whole way. That’s a good football team we played tonight.”