Tempers flared at the end of Saucon Valley’s 3-1 victory at Catasauqua in boys soccer, but in the end, it was all smiles and handshakes after Josh Inman’s first game against his old squad.
The new Rough Riders coach spent three years on the Saucon Valley sideline before taking the Catasauqua job this season. He had his team well-prepared to face the Panthers, but Saucon Valley’s depth was a little too much to overcome in their Sept. 8 meeting.
As one of the smaller schools in the Colonial League, Inman is getting his team ready to face the larger squads in the conference.
We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
Literally speaking, Catasauqua’s cross country team continues to make strides.
With increasing depth and lowering times, the Roughies should be a force throughout the season and beyond.
“Our runners are running really well,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “We had a good summer and the kids worked very hard. We are starting to see the results and it will look better as the year goes on.
“We have been improving in several ways.”
These days, it is the new mantra around the Catasauqua football program.
The Roughies’ recent stout defensive effort has produced two impressive wins over Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl. In the latter, Catty also had their character and mettle tested in a last-minute, 17-14 victory over the Green Knights.
With 57 second left in the game, Devon Troxell booted a 28-yard field goal to lift the Roughies to victory. The win gave the Roughies an overall 2-1 record, as they recorded consecutive road victories for the first time since the 2013 season.
Kyle Zimpfer recalled how he was introduced to the center position in his freshman year.
“I never really played center before high school,” he said. “It was early in the season, and I was told to go in and play center. I had some time in practice, but I really didn’t know what to expect.
“It was kind of different going through the process, and the coaches were a great help. I had mostly played guard or tackle. But I knew once I got it down, there was no turning back.”
Devon Troxell couldn’t recall a similar event to the one that recently happened to him.
It proved to be a momentous one that could totally turn the Roughies season on an upward swing.
Troxell booted a game-winning, 28-yard field goal with 28 second remaining that lifted Catty to a 17-14 victory over Pen Argyl last weekend. The victory – their second consecutive – gave the Roughies a 2-1 overall record heading into a key showdown with Saucon Valley Friday night.
The Catty girls soccer team was outplayed on the scoresheet but ended in a scoreless draw with Saucon Valley.
Saucon Valley fired 25 shots on goal and Madison Hicks had an answer for all of them making 25 saves.
Before that contest, Catty blanked Wilson 3-0.
The Roughs scored two goals in the first half and never looked back. Alexis Rushatz had both of those tallies before Cassie Barna added the team’s final goal in the second half.
Catty had 24 shots on goal to the Warriors 12. Hicks made 11 saves in the win.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
Back in 2004, Danny Richie set the course record at Willow Brook Golf Course when he shot a 62.
Since he was 14, Richie had called the Catasauqua-based course his home. He worked there in his teens and took over the course professional four years ago. The Allentown Central Catholic graduate left the area to pursue a collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, but he knew he would remain tied to his roots at the course.
A few weeks ago, Richie further solidified his presence at the course when he broke his own record by shooting a 59.
Much-needed victories usually don’t happen in the second week of the season. However, the Roughies arguably faced that task, and they answered the call.
Catty had dropped a 47-29 decision to Salisbury in their opener in which they allowed 588 yards of offense from the Falcons.
With anticipation and aspiration on a high note for the season, the Roughies couldn’t afford to put themselves in a 0-2 hole to begin the season when they traveled to Northern Lehigh, and still hold reasonable hopes of a .500 or better season as well as a district playoff.