Most weeks, Devon Troxell is a busy young man in many ways.
For him, it is all about giving back.
The Catasauqua senior is especially active during the fall when he simultaneously is a member of the Roughies’ soccer and football teams. During any week, Troxell can have as many three of four games, usually capping his week as the kicker on the football team.
The ever-optimistic and effervescent Troxell has kept a positive outlook through both seasons.
Catasauqua will look at its final three regular season games as a series of chances.
“We see it as an opportunity for all of our players,” said head coach Mike McClarin, whose club fell to 1-6 after a 59-14 loss to Palmerton last Friday night. “We spoke to them after the game (Palmerton) and what they can do for the rest of the season.
“The seniors only a few games left and they have an opportunity to leave a mark on the program. The younger kids have the opportunity to show what they can do and to get them a spot for the future.”
For the Catasauqua boys’ soccer team, it has been a slow, maturing process.
The Roughies began the week with an overall 2-11 record.
They began the season on a high note with an impressive 6-1 victory over Northern Lehigh, but they haven’t been able to maintain any consistency.
Consistency will be a huge building block for head coach Mike McClarin’s program at Catasauqua.
The Roughies and their first-year head coach had an opportunity to gain some respectability and consolidation with a win at Salisbury last weekend, as the Falcons were in a similar predicament with a n identical 1-4 record.
But the Roughies (1-5) couldn’t get their offense in gear and had trouble keeping Salisbury’s in check in a 35-7 defeat.
“We just came out flat,” said McClarin, whose club was coming off a 37-34 overtime win over Wilson. “We just lacked the energy.
With their win over Wilson last week, the Catasauqua again will be in a favorable spot, facing an opponent with a similar record.
The Roughies will travel to Salisbury Saturday afternoon to face a Falcons’ squad with an identical 1-4 record. Salisbury was defeated by Notre Dame, 55-21, last Friday night.
“Salisbury is a pretty good football team,” said Roughies’ head coach Mike McClarin. “They have some good, explosive players.
For once, the momentum shifter was on Catasauqua’s side.
Down to Wilson, 31-18, with 1:30 left in the game, the Roughies appeared to remain winless and head to their fifth straight defeat.
But their determination and will eventually paid off.
Wilquon Clemons forced and returned a fumble 53 yards and Adam Reinhart caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Martinez with 52 seconds left that tied the game at 31 and sent it into overtime.
On any given week during the soccer and football season, Haleigh Toto usually is busy.
In fact, she is among a likely a very small group of female athletes who could play in two different athletic events in one day, the ones that involve both girls’ and boys’ games.
This year, the freshman has been the leading scorer on the girls’ soccer team and also is the backup kicker for the Roughies’ football team.
So far, she is enjoying every moment.
Catasauqua has reached the point of the season where something has to give.
The Roughies, who fell to 0-4 with a 54-22 loss to Palisades last week, will meet winless Wilson (0-4) at Alumni Field Friday night.
Both teams have struggled to find consistency offensively, losing key members from last year’s cast. Defensively, they both have young players in key positions learning along the way.
For the Roughies, turnovers were the key against the defending Colonial League and district champion Pirates. Three first-half fumbles allowed Palisades to gain control at halftime.
Catasauqua’s cross country teams continue to elevate their status.
In a recent home meet, both the boys’ and girls’ teams picked up a pair of wins, marking the first time in recent history the Roughies achieved that mark.
The boys defeated Salisbury and Palmerton, and the girls beat Northwestern and Palmerton on the team’s senior night.
“We have been doing phenomenal,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “Me and (assistant coach Dave Burker) couldn’t remember when one of our teams did something like that.
As they head into the height of their season, Catasauqua’s girls’ soccer team will face some challenges.
After Tuesday’s postponement against Lehighton due to rain, the Roughies had a 2-1-1 record and will face a hectic month of games ahead.
They will need to battle through some injuries, most notably losing freshman scorer Brielle Davis to a broken leg.
“We have had some injuries,” said head coach Chris Hain. “But we have to be able to play through them the rest of the season.
“Brielle (Davis) was one of our better scorers. That one hurt.”