Throughout the season, Catasauqua's football team has seen its share of various defenses and predictable offenses from their opponents.
For the better part of their first nine games, the Roughies' opponents have given them a new wrinkle on defense and the smash-mouth approach on offense that is typically designed to wear down the usual undersized Catty defensive unit.
Such was the case when the Roughies blanked Northern Lehigh, 40-0, last week to clinch a 2A playoff spot and...
You know what I dislike more than drive by candy pickers during Halloween?
An MVC team holding the top spot in the subregional rankings heading into the postseason.
That's what East Stroudsburg South is doing as we head into the final week of play, as they battle East Stroudsburg North in a barn burner Friday night.
Anyways, here's my holiday treat to you with this weeks picks.
1. Parkland (8-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans need a win to jump...
There were a couple of key games - losses to Palisades and Southern Lehigh - that Northwestern could have won this season. Had the Tigers won either of those, their chances of qualifying for districts would be much better coming into the final week of the regular season.
Instead, Northwestern lost those two games and one to Pen Argyl that have them in a situation that requires a win over undefeated Catasauqua to qualify for districts.
The Tigers did a nice job of handling the...
Devin Flores has always prided himself on making big hits on defense for the Roughies.
Along with his customary calling card from either a defensive back or linebacker role, Flores likely will be a big hit on the offensive side as well.
In his team's recent win over Palmerton, Flores got the starting nod at running back to replace Ra'Von Burton, who earlier underwent emergency appendectomy surgery Tuesday morning. There is currently no timetable for Burton's return.
Catasauqua's football team will travel to Slatington Friday for an evening battle with Northern Lehigh with the first of their three season goals in mind.
If the Roughies remain undefeated and register their ninth win of the season, they will gain a share of the Colonial League title and 13th title overall in school history. Southern Lehigh and Palisades, who both have identical 7-1 records, will meet with the loser being out of contention for the CL crown.
For Catasauqua's Jake Rusnock, one race can't define a season.
But for a senior that's had a stellar season on a Rough Rider cross country team low on numbers, the disappointment from a 35th place finish in the 2013 Colonial League cross country championships was undeniable.
Rusnock finished with a time of 18:50, which put him out of contention for a medal, something the senior had his sights set on coming into the day.
"All year he's been one of the better runners in...
This past weekend (Oct. 19) marked the opening of squirrel hunting season, the one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer, plus the ruffed grouse and woodcock season. These all coincide with the ongoing archery deer-hunting season throughout the Pennsylvania.
These multiple seasons pose a situation for all hunters in that muzzleloader hunters need to wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange at all times while hunting. And this requirement, says the PGC, applies...
Becky Tyson didn't hesitate in reference to her reaction to being a participant in the third annual Football for a Cure Powder Puff Football game that is a fundraiser for breast cancer.
"Absolutely," boasted the Hokendauqua player, who has played all three years of the contests. "Heck, yeah, I love it! We all played hard and it is very intense. It is for a great cause and a terrific fundraiser.
"We all want to win, but we're really playing to help stop breast cancer."
A season full of minimal twists finally brings some intrigue this week with perhaps the most evenly matched up games in the poll this year.
Can Whitehall steal a win at Easton?
Has Nazareth hit their full stride heading into the final two weeks?
Will a reeling Bethlehem Catholic wake up from their slump?
And who earns the right to say they play second fiddle in the Colonial League?
All things are answered in this week's top ten.
1. Parkland (7-1)...
All season long, Catasauqua has been seeking to play the perfect football game.
Although scoring roughly 51 points per game and allowing just over 14, the Roughies might have an argument about their cause. Still, head coach Tom Falzone has watched his offense dominate the first five games of the season, while his defense has raised its status over the past two games.
Whatever the case, there was little doubt about the most emotional game of the year last Friday when Catty...