Catasauqua opened its game against Palisades last Friday with a methodical nearly six-minute drive, one with a good balance of run and pass.
However, the Roughies were stopped at the Palisades’ 15 when Andrew Brett couldn’t connect with Corey Raysely in the end zone on a fourth-and-three.
From there, things took a turn.
Catasauqua begins the second half of the season with both optimism and skepticism.
The Roughies closed out their first five games of the season with an overall 2-3 record. They dropped their opening game to Salisbury, then won consecutive games against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before suffering lopsided defeats to Saucon Valley and Palisades.
Up next Saturday afternoon is an unpredictable Wilson squad, which will host the Roughies with an overall 3-2 mark.
This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.
The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.
The Catty girls soccer team found their scoring touch in a 4-0 win over Tamaqua.
Alexis Rushatz scored two second half goals to help Catasauqua pull away from Tamaqua.
Allanah George and Trinity Kern also found the net for the Rough Riders, both coming in the first half to give Catasauqua an early lead.
Flo Rios had 12 saves in goal for the Raiders who outshot Catasauqua by a 20-9 count in the game.
The JV game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Catty girls soccer team fell to Pen Argyl 4-3 in overtime.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
The archery deer hunting season for antlered and antlerless deer kicked off Saturday, Sept. 16, in Wildlife Management Units 2B and local 5C and 5D. The season statewide gets underway Sept. 30 and runs until Nov. 11.
Throughout the early part of the season, Catasauqua’s boys’ soccer team played with plenty of promise and optimism, getting out to a 2-2-1 start under first-year head coach Josh Inman.
Then, like most teams during a season, the Roughies hit the proverbial wall.
Catty dropped three consecutive games, suffering shutouts against Southern Lehigh (6-0), Moravian Academy (4-0), and Salisbury (3-1). However, they bounced back with a 6-0 thumping of Lehigh Valley Christian Tuesday afternoon.
After the win, the Roughies improved to 3-5-1.
On paper, it easily can look like a mismatch.
Catasauqua will enter their game against Palisades Friday night with an overall 2-2 record. After the Roughies dropped their opener to Salisbury, they rallied to post consecutive wins against Northern Lehigh and Pen Argyl before they fell to Saucon Valley last weekend.
Conversely, Palisades hasn’t missed a beat.
Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.
In their first three games of the season, Catasauqua’s girls’ soccer team was among the top team in the Colonial League and also recognized as one of the rising teams in the Lehigh Valley.
The Roughies had disposed of Northern Lehigh and Wilson and then battled league contender Saucon Valley to a draining, 0-0, double overtime tie. Catty apparently was riding high with a 2-0-1 record.
“Saucon Valley threw everything at us,” said head coach Randy Gillespie about the game.
“We played 100 minutes of soccer and left everything out on the field. That was huge for us.”