A loss to Catasauqua is never the way the Northampton football program wants to end their year on Thanksgiving.
A 52-21 defeat littered with four turnovers might have made things even worse for the 2012 K-Kids season.
But after a 2-9 finish in first-year head coach Jeff Brosky's inaugural season, he hopes that the foundation for a future has been laid.
For the eight seniors on the Catasauqua football team this past fall, beating Northampton probably tasted better than their anticipated Thanksgiving Dinner.
For seniors Eric Matz, and Zach Stopay, the victory probably felt better than a few slices of pumpkin pie after the turkey.
The trio played a significant role in the Roughies' 52-23 rout of Northampton on Thanksgiving morning. In their final high school football game, each one again excelled like they have throughout their team's miraculous 12-1 run this past fall.
After a possible team-shattering loss in the Class 2A district final a week earlier, Catasauqua's football team went back to business again.
Having a 10-point lead at halftime over archrival Northampton in their traditional Thanksgiving morning tilt, the Roughies exploded for 29 unanswered points in a 52-21 romp over the Konkrete Kids before a standing-room-only crowd at Alumni Field.
With the win, the Roughies finished with a 12-1 mark, tying the school record for victories set in 1991.
Zack Bradley has some vivid memories about a Thanksgiving Day game against Northampton two year ago. More precisely, some cold ones that quickly conjured thoughts of a warm dinner ahead.
"It was the game that it snowed and we all expected rain," said the junior quarterback. "I remember having snow down the back of my neck the whole game and thinking about being home soon.
"Basically, it is a game of pride, and mainly it is a good send off for our seniors."
When Catasauqua took the field last Saturday night at Alumni Field against Pen Argyl in the PIAA District 11 Class 2A championship game, it has been exactly 371 days - over one year - since they lost their last football game.
That game was a wild 33-32, double-overtime loss to Tamaqua in an opening round Eastern Conference playoff game in the same field. Since then, they started a 12-game winning streak that began with a victory over Northampton last Thanksgiving morning that snapped an eight-game losing streak against their neighbors.
Catasauqua High School powder puff quarterback Paige Kogelman hooked up with Lauren "Plu" Pluchinsky on a 32-yard pass and catch with 9:20 to play and newcomer Laura Gerhard kicked her third extra point in the 21-18 win at Al Erdosy Field in Northampton on Sunday night.
That play proved to be the difference in the last football game played on the existing field in Northampton.
Pluchinsky made up for a long bomb she dropped with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Most people in the Lehigh Valley thought Catasauqua would be preparing for two football games this week.
Their annual Thanksgiving day contest with Northampton is always a given, but after an undefeated run up till November 17, the Rough Riders were expected to be preparing for the PIAA playoffs this weekend.
That's not the case anymore after they suffered the biggest upset of the year at the hands of Pen Argyl (10-2) last Saturday night, losing 26-20 to the Green Knights in the District 11 2A final.
When Catasauqua football head coach Tom Falzone and his staff drove to Tamaqua last Saturday to scout their semifinal district playoff game against Pen Argyl, they expected to see what undefeated Tamaqua would try and execute against them the following week.
Instead, they saw a team that showed how they have been riding the crest of a tidal wave the past few weeks.
Advancing to the PIAA District 11 Class final marked a special win for the Roughies and one they will surely remember for a long time.
Along with a series of glowing performances on the field in their 42-15 win over Northern Lehigh that punched their ticket to the district final, they also will remember an incident during the week that marked their resolve and character as not only a tight football program but also a football family.
The moms of Catasauqua played a game of flag football against the moms of Hokey in the Second Annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff Game.
The game was held at the Hokey field in Whitehall on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27 with a kickoff time of 2 p.m. There were 29 players who filled the Catasauqua roster, while Hokey secured 18 players combined for their offense and defense. Both teams joined together to raise more than $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation.