Andrew Martinez knew his senior year would be different.
This summer, he found out just how different it would be.
Martinez was indoctrinated to lead a triple-option offense under new head coach Mike McClarin, an offense he previously has not seen.
Through 10 weeks, Martinez has done an above-average job at running the show, and he has one last shot in his high school career on Thanksgiving morning.
“I was a little confident with it at the beginning of the year,” said the senior quarterback. “But around the Notre Dame, things got interesting.
Judging Catasauqua’s football season simply shouldn’t be on wins and losses.
Instead, it should be viewed in the picture of a young team growing along the way toward next season.
The Roughies ended their regular season with a 61-27 loss to Northwestern last Friday night and finished with an overall 1-9 record. Now, they will await Northampton on Thanksgiving morning.
Over the final two weeks of the season, Catasauqua head girls’ soccer coach Chris Hain noticed some issues with attrition with his squad.
Yet, the Roughies still had enough drive and determination to overcome any physical problems.
“Over the last two weeks, the girls have really give everything they have,” said head coach Chris Hain about his squad. “We may look a little tired physically, but they still have a lot of heart and drive.
“Their heart and soul in the play has been there all year long.”
In their recent game against Notre Dame, Catasauqua was trailing 14-0 in the first quarter and was pleased with its progress.
However, a fumble late in the quarter proved costly as Notre Dame added 14 points in the final 30 seconds.
Editor’s note: We’ll have results of the Colonial League meet in next week’s edition.
For the Catasauqua cross country team, it has been a momentous year.
They also can continue to build on it.
During the regular season, the girls’ team won nine meets and the boys’ squad captured five meets.
Head coach Kyle Rusnock believed the Roughies’ success was a record one. From the start, Catty has been on a steady incline. The Roughies will have 37 runners in the postseason.
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.