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Kids ready for clash with Roughies

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

It’ll be the 95th overall meeting between Northampton and Catasauqua this Thanksgiving and it’s the annual clash that both communities are always excited for, no matter what the records are for both teams.

This is the community Super Bowl for both teams, as they enter the 91st actual Thanksgiving Day clash with identical 3-8 records.

Northampton owns a 57-33-4 lead in the series, including three wins in a row in the series following last year’s 42-25 victory.

The Kids knocked off Pottstown in 34-22 in week 11 to snap a seven-game losing streak. They hope they can end their year with two straight wins, with the most important victory coming on turkey day.

“This is the biggest game of the season for both teams,” said Northampton head coach Mark Scisly. “Very few high schools get to experience a tradition like this and it is an honor to be a part of this game.”

The Kids ran for 351 yards in their win over Pottstown, which points to a good trend heading into this week’s contest, as they amassed 425 yards of offense in last year’s blowout win over Catty, as they built a 21-0 lead in the first half a year ago.

The Kids hope they can start out the same way when things kick off at 10 a.m. on Thursday on their home turf.

“We need to limit big plays and slow down their passing game on defense,” said Scisly. “On offense we need to be balanced and control the clock.”

Roughies’ quarterback Andrew Brett has been on the mend with a knee injury that he suffered late in the season and is hoping to make it back for this week’s contest.

It would be a major boost to the Roughies to have him back, as he’s thrown for 1,502 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

Miguel Hernandez has filled in for Brett under center, but is served best at wide receiver with his 60 receptions for 784 yards and five scores.

“Catty has some outstanding players at the skill positions,” Scisly said. “Hernandez is one of the best receivers we will see all year and Brett had an outstanding season at the quarterback position.”

Now, the Kids hope to put the clamps on any Catasauqua hope for a win this week. With having nearly a month to prepare for the game, Scisly understands that his team must prepare the right way heading into this clash.

“Having three weeks to get ready for the game makes us prepare differently,” he said. “So far, our team seems very focused and understands the important of the game.”