Derek Troxell may only be a junior, but he certainly is one of the elder statesman on the Catasauqua soccer team.
He has taken the cue from his older brother, Devon, who graduated last year and was a mainstay on the team as well in the community.
In his team’s recent 7-0 win over Dieruff, Troxell not only scored a pair of goals, but he also provided the team with insight and leadership.
Catasauqua’s early cross country returns can be a successful run for the Roughie harriers throughout the season.
The Roughies’ girls squad took second place in the class A bracket of the Moravian Academy Invitational Aug. 30 to begin the season.
Junior Lexi Rushatz topped the field for Catty with a 12th-place finish from the 109-girl field. Overall, the Roughies finished seventh as a team.
“The girls are off to a great start,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “They ran really hard and we have a strong nucleus overall.
Last season, Catasauqua’s Maddie Hicks was named as the Colonial League first team goalkeeper, as he has a banner year with 178 saves.
However, she admittedly wasn’t expecting it.
“My coach pulled me aside to tell me,” said Hicks. “I didn’t have any clue that I would be mentioned. I was so surprised, and I didn’t expect it at all.
“It felt really great being recognized by other players and coaches for what I was able to do for the team. I definitely hope I can continue to do it this year.”
So far, she has.
Catasauqua had its first win of the season in its sights when it trailed winless Palisades 13-0 at halftime at Alumni Field last Friday night. They had intercepted a pass late in the half that gave them some momentum.
Unfortunately, the Roughies (0-4) quickly lost their focus.
Palisades (1-3) erupted with 29 unanswered points after halftime and cruised to a 42-0 victory at Alumni Field.
About 10 minutes before kickoff at Pen Argyl Saturday, Catasauqua head football coach Mike McClarin finally learned that starting senior quarterback Adam Reinhart wouldn’t be available due to a probable bout of mononucleosis.
Freshman Christian Fye literally got a last-minute nod to step under center, and he did a credible job in the team’s 49-6 defeat to the previous winless host Green Knights (1-2) last Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon, something has to give.
Seeking its first win, Catasauqua (0-2) travels to winless Pen Argyl (0-2) Saturday when the host Green Knights also will be looking for their initial win this year.
Last Thursday night, the Roughies dropped their second game of the season, a 51-20 decision at Northern Lehigh, which ran for 363 yards and amassed 423 yards overall.
Catty fell behind, 2-0, midway through the opening quarter when a fourth-down snap in their zone sailed out of the end zone. The Roughies eventually fell behind 38-6 at the half.
Riley Reinhard knew it had been a while since he scored three different ways in a football game.
It was likely in a youth game that he had scored three different touchdowns, and he hadn’t accomplished the feat in his previous three seasons as a Catasauqua Rough Rider.
Reinhard scored on a 78-yard kickoff return, caught a 33-yard touchdown pass, and recorded a two-yard rushing plunge as he accounted for all of the Roughies’ scores in their 51-20 loss to Northern Lehigh last week. He also intercepted a pass that stopped an early Northern Lehigh drive.
For the Catasauqua football team, the process began.
The young Roughies battled through their season opener against Bangor last week with the kind of moxy head coach Mike McClarin has been seeking, especially on defense.
However, it wasn’t enough in a 34-6 defeat.
“Overall, I thought we played well defensively,” said McClarin. “We had guys flying to the ball. I thought that was the best that we have played defensively in two years.
“It was a good effort.”
Knowing that it would be his senior season, Adam Reinhart wanted to maximize his effort for his team this fall.
So, he decided to try his hand at quarterback.
“We had some young guys, but it looked like they weren’t going to come out,” said Reinhart. “I wanted to do what was best for the team. I told the coaches that I would play quarterback if they wanted me to.
“I played a little bit when I was younger, but it wasn’t anything serious. I like to run and I believe that I can throw the ball pretty well.”
Catasauqua’s football team’s strength will have a good test in their season opener Friday night at Alumni Field.
The Roughies will host Bangor, a 6-5 team and a district playoff team a year ago, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
It will be a good litmus test for the Roughies’ line against the usual run-heavy Slaters, who will have plenty of new faces in their lineup. One major addition has been longtime Pen Argyl head coach Paul Reduzzi whose success there helps bring some instant credibility to the Slaters.