Josh Smith leads way with 3 TDs
First there were touchdowns.
Then there were takedowns.
For the third straight year, the annual Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving football game featured a brawl. Officials ended the contest with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter after a routine K-Kids run erupted into a scrum.
When the dust settled, Northampton left Al Erdosy Stadium with a 46-19 victory. It was the K-Kids’ fourth-straight win in the series, giving the Northampton senior class a sweep over their rival.
Senior quarterback Josh Smith was awarded the K-Kids’ MVP trophy. Smith scored three rushing touchdowns and added 72 yards through the air.
Northampton got the scoring started in the first quarter when a K-Kids’ punt struck an unsuspecting Catty defender and was recovered by Northampton. Sophomore Tyrese Brandon scored on a 19-yard run four plays later.
Brandon returned the second half kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown to give the K-Kids a 26-7 lead, but the Rough Riders dominated the rest of the quarter. Wil-Quon Clemons’ 72-yard run set up a Catty touchdown, and Northampton fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The Rough Riders would add another touchdown to pull within a score heading into the final period.
But the fourth quarter was controlled by the bigger, deeper K-Kids. Smith scored on consecutive drives, and running back Hunter Wacik delivered the final blow with five minutes remaining.
The teams combined for 17 penalties and over 160 penalty yards in the contest.
Clemons, a junior, was named Catty’s MVP after tallying over 100 yards on the ground and two receptions. Senior quarterback Andrew Brett completed 13 passes after previously tearing his ACL earlier in the season.
Northampton ended its season 4-8, while Catasauqua dropped to 3-9.
Smith and Wacik will graduate for the K-Kids, but Brandon is an emerging playmaker that will return next season with junior running back Aiden Jones and sophomore wide receiver Jared Russell.