thought it would,” said Marley. “We really didn’t have the whole team together except for our scrimmages and this game. We ended up playing more like individuals and we didn’t have many opportunities to score.”
Marley was glad to play the opening game, and she believes her team can move ahead. They traveled to Pen Argyl Wednesday and Northwestern Thursday.
“It was good to get the jitters out,” she said. “We had girls playing in all different positions, and it was hard for them to get a feel for each other.
Since they began workouts in late spring, Catasauqua head football coach Mike McClarin admittedly has seen improvement in his team.
Now, the Roughies have to translate that effort into wins.
With their 48-0 defeat to Northern Lehigh Aug. 29, the Roughies fell to 0-2 on the season and they have been outscored, 90-12.
“We’re playing hard,” said McClarin. “We were so close to two scores in the first half (against Northern Lehigh) that could have made it 14-14.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may be seeing an influx of Ruby Throated hummingbirds at your feeders, provided you have an appropriate feeder or flowers for them to feed from.
This influx is because these tiny, colorful and quick birds have begun their fall migration back to southern Mexico and northern Panama.
As they migrate southward, they refuel their bodies in the early morning as they travel by midday and forage again in the late afternoon in an effort to maintain their body weight.
Colonial League soccer is just beginning and every team hopes to start this new season strong.
Tuesday saw Catasauqua host Pen Argyl at Thomas Field. This match didn’t quite live up to the expectation and ended up being a lopsided affair.
Penn Argyl came to play on this blazing-hot afternoon game. The Green Knights came flying out of the blocks to score within the first minute.
Catasauqua answered back quickly though. Devon Troxell equalized for the Rough Riders, but from that point on, the game was dominated by Pen Argyl.
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
The first part of the small game season traditionally gets underway on the first day of September, and this is when dove and geese become legal game. This year, Sept 1 falls on Saturday, which is great for hunters as it’s a weekend.
Before the season, Catasauqua appeared to have two very competitive games on their early schedule against Bangor and Northern Lehigh, both of whom were coming off losing seasons like the Roughies.
Bangor gained some late-season momentum last year with three-straight wins to end the season, and the Slaters rode that wave to a 42-12 victory over the Roughies.
Northern Lehigh, though, loomed as likely target, as the Bulldogs began their season last week at Wilson with a 12-game losing streak that dated back to 2016.
Unfortunately for Catty, that situation quickly changed.
These days, patience is the buzz word around the Catasauqua football program.
With new systems on both sides of the ball, the Roughies will take time to jell as a unit and take some lumps along the way.
The first trace of evidence was a 42-12 defeat at Bangor Aug. 24 to open the season. The Roughies had trouble getting in-sync most of the evening, and they found themselves down 35-6 at halftime.
Overall, Catty had 173 total yards, but they gave up 334.
The Catasauqua High School Athletic Department recognized the following college-bound student-athletes at a ceremony in the Catasauqua Area School District Administration Office.
Kenzie Bradley, daughter of Steve and Lorry Bradley, will attend Bucknell University for track and field. She will major in mathematical economics.
Andrew Brett, son of Travis and Tonia Brett, will attend Moravian College to play football. He will major in history.