Last season, Catasauqua’s girls soccer team just missed making the district playoffs, as they finished with an overall 6-10-1 record.
Getting there this season was a major priority.
In two weeks, the Roughies will have reached their goal when they will open play in the District 11 Class A bracket, likely facing Moravian Academy. Ironically, they finished this year with a 6-10-2 record.
It is a welcome relief from a regular season that didn’t quite go as planned. The Roughies got off to a good start only to be later stymied by a five-game losing streak.
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.
Grouse season opened Saturday to little fanfare. Unlike pheasant season, with stocked birds that are essentially a put and take situation, our state bird remains a truly wild game bird and are the toughest to hunt.
Of late, their numbers are diminishing primarily because of a loss of habitat and disease promoted by West Nile virus. They’re not over-hunted because these beautiful birds inhabit rugged terrain that some hunters don’t relish trekking through. And those who do, a good hunting dog can do much of the brush kicking work for these fast flyers.
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.
Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.
It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (8-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Another week to heal any players banged up.
The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.
Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.
The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.
Upland hunters will experience some changes when the statewide season for pheasants opens Oct. 21.
This past Saturday (Oct. 7) the season opened for junior hunters, giving them first shot at a pheasant before the regular season opens.
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.”
After letting potential magic number seven slip through its fingers, the Catasauqua boys soccer team is hoping that six might be their lucky number.
Palmerton defeated Catasauqua 5-2 on Monday, Oct. 9, in a battle of teams jockeying for a District 11 playoff berth. With a week remaining in the season, seven wins appears to be the cutoff spot for playoff entry, with an outside shot of getting in with six.
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.