If his team's season were to follow a preseason designated script, Catasauqua head football coach Phil Dorn would be inserting some of his younger players into the lineup.
However, due to an increasing rash of injuries that has spread throughout the Roughies' program in recent weeks, Dorn has had to expedite the process.
Catasauqua's recent reservation for a field hockey district playoff spot was accomplished with an exclamation point.
The Roughies clinched a spot during their final home game of the season as they shutout Salisbury, 4-0. It marked the third consecutive season they have secured a district berth.
Catty followed with an impressive 3-0 shutout over Lehighton.
"It is relaxing knowing that we will be back in the playoffs," said head coach Carrie Saul, who has led the team to the postseason in each of her first three seasons at the helm. "This was one of our preseason goals."
These days, Catasauqua's football program is looking more like an army MASH unit than a solid unit.
Injuries have begun to severely hamper the Roughies' depth and execution as 10 starters have missed at least one game this season. Beginning practice this week in preparation for their game at Salisbury Friday night, Catty has 13 players from their 42-man roster with injuries that kept them from participating.
Still, the injuries haven't depleted the Roughies' sense of will and determination.
Zack Bradley thought the Sept. 27 game against Juniata would be any of the other three previous routine weeks of the first year of his collegiate career at Franklin and Marshall. The former Roughies' quarterback and freshman signal caller is one of six quarterbacks on the roster, and he knew someday his time would come.
A few days before his team's game against Juniata, Bradley's call came sooner than expected.