In a game they needed to remain alive in the district playoff hunt, Catasauqua went into their locker room at halftime at Palmerton trailing 12-7.
The Roughies caught some late first-half momentum when quarterback Andrew Brett hit Miguel Hernandez on a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Unfortunately, the Roughies stopped there.
Palmerton added a pair of touchdowns in the second half and shut out Catasauqua on their way to a 26-7 victory.
Over the final two weeks of the regular season, the road for Catasauqua’s football team doesn’t get any smoother.
The Roughies (2-6) will welcome a surging Southern Lehigh team into Alumni Field Friday night for its Senior Night and final home game of the season. Catty will be looking to snap a five-game slide.
Catasauqua’s cross country team was primed for their home meet at Bicentennial Park this week, a league field loaded with Bangor, Pen Argyl, Salisbury, Southern Lehigh, and Wilson. It also will be another measuring stick for the program.
“We have a good feel and it was something we were looking forward to” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We have been running hard and making progress. Our girls have had success and the boys are coming along. Other teams are taking notice.”
Catasauqua is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
The Roughies will enter the final three weeks of the regular football season still having district playoff hopes alive. They were in a similar situation last year needing at least one win over either Palmerton, Southern Lehigh, or Northwestern to grab a spot.
They lost to Palmerton and Southern Lehigh and still had a chance with a win over Northwestern at home. However, that game ended in a 48-20 defeat.
Now, the Roughies have another opportunity with the same situation facing them. In fact, it looms a must win.
In their recent matchup, Catasauqua’s offense appeared they could try and match Notre Dame’s offensive output.
The Roughies just couldn’t stop them.
Notre Dame scored eight touchdowns – four apiece via the run and the pass – and eventually routed the Roughies, 60-28 at Alumni Field.
For nearly 47 minutes, Catasauqua had a victory within their grasp.
Unfortunately, they saw it slip way in the final minute.
Wilson scored with 19.5 seconds left in the game and sent the Roughies to a gut-wrenching 28-21 defeat Saturday afternoon at Wilson.
Cameron Clark scored on a two-yard plunge for the go-ahead score. Catty moved the ball down to the Wilson 40, but Andrew Brett’s Hail Mary attempt in the end zone fell short as time expired.
With four league games left in their season, Catasauqua has reached its breaking point.
They will host Notre Dame Friday night at Alumni Field seeking to break a three-game losing streak, one that could easily turn the tide of their season. The latest being a crushing 28-21 loss at Wilson last week.
The Roughies have an overall 2-4 mark and find themselves in the sixth and final spot of the PIAA District 11 Class 2A power rankings. It is likely that the top four teams will make the postseason, and the Roughies likely would need at least two wins to be considered for a spot.
For the Catasauqua girls’ volleyball team, it is all about the future.
However, their present state is looking pretty good.
Having a young, maturing squad, the Roughies have been steadily improving throughout the season, and they have been looking at the big picture. Catty has a 2-7 record through their first five games, but they aren’t looking at the final results.
These are the challenging times for the Catasauqua field hockey team. Yet, there still is plenty of room for optimism and promise.
The Roughies got their first win of the season Monday afternoon when they downed Palisades, 2-1. It ended a 10-game losing streak to begin the season. They also only scored two goals through their first 10 games.
In the win over Palisades, Kenzie Bradley scored the winning goal and Tyra Brown tallied the first one with an assist from Tyza Klotz.
Catasauqua opened its game against Palisades last Friday with a methodical nearly six-minute drive, one with a good balance of run and pass.
However, the Roughies were stopped at the Palisades’ 15 when Andrew Brett couldn’t connect with Corey Raysely in the end zone on a fourth-and-three.
From there, things took a turn.