Randy Terry III scores 4 TDs
Just before the first half was about to end, Liberty was on the verge of putting together a drive that would tie or give the Hurricanes a lead against rival Bethlehem Catholic. Instead, after first downs on that drive, the ’Canes punted the ball back over to the Golden Hawks.
That turned out to be the game’s defining moment.
Bethlehem Catholic orchestrated a nine-play drive, and quarterback Javon Clements hit Karim Powell for a touchdown that put the Golden Hawks up 17-7. Becahi never trailed, as it added three more scores in the second half (all from running back Randy Terry) that propelled the Golden Hawks to a 38-7 route over Liberty at BASD Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“It was huge, the pass play and the momentum going into halftime,” said head coach Kyle Haas. “I think if it were 10-7 it probably would’ve been a little different. But you’re going up 17-7, having the momentum, seeing their demeanor, knowing we had a whole second half where we were going to keep the foot on the pedal, we felt pretty good about coming out.”
Clements looked particularly bright on that drive. He connected with a Golden Hawk pass-catcher on a third-and-20 opportunity that kept the drive alive. Then he hit a wide open Powell in the middle of the end zone for the cushion going into the break.
“For his first Liberty-Becahi game, I give him an A,” Haas said of Clements. “He made some big throws at crucial times. He ran the ball very well for us. You can’t say enough about his progress so far at this point.”
Once the second half got underway, Terry took over between the tackles. Already with a touchdown under his belt, he capped the Golden Hawks’ second drive of the third quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run. And just over three minutes later, Terry broke a Liberty tackle and scampered 11 yards up the middle of the field for another touchdown that put Becahi ahead 31-7.
Terry put the stamp on Becahi’s victory when he burst through the middle of the line untouched for a 46-yard scamper that made it a 38-7 game. He ran for 89 yards in the second half compared to 40 in the first second quarter.
“We came out more focused,” Terry said. “We went into the locker room saying the score was 0-0. We came out on the field and I told them that it wasn’t 17-7.”
“I give it up to the linemen. They stay on their blocks. I just try to cut back or do whatever I can to try and score.”
The Golden Hawks’ senior tailback did more than his fair share for Becahi. He normally suits up at cornerback on defense, too, but was held off that side of the ball due to a banged up knee. But that didn’t seem to matter, as the Golden Hawks’ defense rose to the occasion over the final 24 minutes.
Liberty moved the ball down the field 63 yards on its first possession of the game. The ’Canes later scored midway through the second quarter with another lengthy drive. But the second half was a different story.
The Golden Hawks forced Liberty into three-and-outs on its first three possessions of the second half. Quarterback Todd Erney and running back Gunner Anglovich struggled to get on track after the halftime whistle, and much of that can be credited to the Golden Hawks’ entire defensive lineup.
“At first we came in and they were giving us a little bit of a fight,” Terry said. “We put our nose in the dirt and everything, we got to work, and it wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be with this big rivalry.”
Haas believes his team’s conditioning also played a pivotal role in slowing down Liberty’s high-scoring attack.
“We push the pace as much as we possibly can in the game offensively. We kind of saw as the second quarter was winding down that their demeanor changed on the field. They were walking back to the ball. I told the kids at halftime this is why we condition and why we play at the tempo we play at.”
Becahi travels to Easton next week, while Liberty hosts Dieruff looking to stop its current two-game losing skid.