Consistency will be a huge building block for head coach Mike McClarin’s program at Catasauqua.
The Roughies and their first-year head coach had an opportunity to gain some respectability and consolidation with a win at Salisbury last weekend, as the Falcons were in a similar predicament with a n identical 1-4 record.
But the Roughies (1-5) couldn’t get their offense in gear and had trouble keeping Salisbury’s in check in a 35-7 defeat.
“We just came out flat,” said McClarin, whose club was coming off a 37-34 overtime win over Wilson. “We just lacked the energy.
SUBURBAN DART LEAGUE
Star of Beth 7 2 .778
St. Stephen’s 6 3 .667
St. Paul’s 2 1 .667
Bath Luth 3 3 .500
Salem UCC 3 3 .500
Emmanuel 4 5 .444
Light of Christ 4 5 .444
Ebenezer 4 5 .444
Christ UCC 4 5 .444
Dryland 3 6 .333
Farmersville 2 4 .333
St. Stephen’s (7-1, 3-2) at Farmersville (3-1)
SS - Gary Buczynski 7-13, Dave Blaukovitch 5-12, Jim Blaukovitch 5-13.
F - Gene Grim 4-10, HRs - Ben Kerbaugh, Wade Chilmonik.
Light of Christ (4-0) at Emmanuel (1-0, 5-0)
Through five weeks of the season, I’m not sure we’ve had many more clear cut number one team in the area than Freedom this year. In a year of parody in the EPC, the top three teams in the poll have solidified their footing, but only Freedom has asserted themselves as the top dog.
That all could certainly change in the second half of the season, but Freedom and Saucon Valley are looking like league champs in their respective conferences.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s poll.
1. Freedom (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
With their win over Wilson last week, the Catasauqua again will be in a favorable spot, facing an opponent with a similar record.
The Roughies will travel to Salisbury Saturday afternoon to face a Falcons’ squad with an identical 1-4 record. Salisbury was defeated by Notre Dame, 55-21, last Friday night.
“Salisbury is a pretty good football team,” said Roughies’ head coach Mike McClarin. “They have some good, explosive players.
The Catasauqua girls soccer team evened their record at 4-4-2 on the season by trouncing Lehighton 6-0 at Thomas Field Monday evening.
The win nicely positions the Roughs to make a second half run to qualify for the District XI playoffs.
Freshman Haleigh Toto opened the scoring six minutes into the game when a beautiful through ball from Katie Weiss resulted in a one-on-one confrontation with the Lehighton keeper. Toto buried the ball in the back of the net.
For once, the momentum shifter was on Catasauqua’s side.
Down to Wilson, 31-18, with 1:30 left in the game, the Roughies appeared to remain winless and head to their fifth straight defeat.
But their determination and will eventually paid off.
Wilquon Clemons forced and returned a fumble 53 yards and Adam Reinhart caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Martinez with 52 seconds left that tied the game at 31 and sent it into overtime.
On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Catasauqua girls’ soccer team hosted Salisbury in a crucial midseason encounter.
The Rough Riders were hoping to continue their recent run of good results. They beat Notre Dame (3-0) last week and most recently tied Moravian Academy (3-3). This was an important game to see what the Roughs would need to in later games to secure a playoff spot. While Salisbury was coming into this game confident with their impressive winning record this season at 6-1-1.
On any given week during the soccer and football season, Haleigh Toto usually is busy.
In fact, she is among a likely a very small group of female athletes who could play in two different athletic events in one day, the ones that involve both girls’ and boys’ games.
This year, the freshman has been the leading scorer on the girls’ soccer team and also is the backup kicker for the Roughies’ football team.
So far, she is enjoying every moment.
The Catasauqua Rough Riders girls volleyball team dropped a home match to Notre Dame of Green Pond on Thursday in straight sets.
The Crusaders entered the game in second place in the Colonial League, so the Roughs were the decided underdogs on paper. The situation was made more difficult by the absence of three key Roughs players.
When Salisbury kicks off Week 6 against Catasauqua, fans will get a look at a rare sight when the two teams kick off on Saturday afternoon at the Falcons’ home field. Yes, a Saturday afternoon game for Salisbury on its turf.
The Falcons will look to snap its two-game losing streak in which opponents have outscored them 96-48. A win would get Salisbury back into the win column for the first time since its win on September 8 against Wilson, its only victory of 2018 thus far.