Battle of unbeatens: BC vs. PHS Hawks take on Parkland this week
High school football games don’t get much bigger than this Friday’s tilt between Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland.
The 7 p.m. showdown in Orefield pairs both undefeated squads in the crosshairs, as the winner grabs sole possession of the EPC South.
Coming off last week’s 24-17 victory over Easton (4-2), Bethlehem Catholic (6-0) is ready for another pivotal showdown against one of the area’s top programs.
“Parkland is just a consistent, well-coached team,” said Hawks’ head coach Joe Henrich. “They run the ball well, they throw well and they’re not the type of team that’s going to hurt themselves. It’s going to be interesting to see how we can do against their power run game.”
Parkland knocked off Whitehall 31-21 last week, marking the first game this season that they’ve given up over seven points in a contest. Parkland running back Jahan Worth will be the focal point for the Hawks heading into this week, as his 515 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns paces the Trojan backfield this season.
“He’s a big kid and is tough to bring down,” said Henrich of Worth. “You can’t really bring him down up top and you have to focus on getting his legs, but our guys have faced physical runners this season. I think we’ll rise to the challenge of playing them.”
Becahi rose to the challenge in last week’s contest against the Rovers, coming back from a 17-14 deficit entering the fourth quarter to come out with the 10-point victory.
Matt Bisko’s six-yard TD run with 9:53 in the fourth quarter put the Hawks ahead 21-17 and Anthony DaSilva’s 33-yard field goal with 2:43 to play gave them a seven-point lead.
On a night where the Hawks gave up 228 yards passing to Easton, Christian Drayton III intercepted Easton QB Scott Poulson with 2:23 to play, as Becahi ran out the clock for the win.
Playing the likes of Easton and Parkland in back-to-back weeks, gives the Hawks two big tests in consecutive fashion, but Henrich knows his team is ready for the challenge.
“I don’t know if it helps one way or another playing teams like this two weeks in a row, but you get beat up either way,” he said. “I think you just go out and play. It’s a gauntlet everybody goes through and you just need to be ready.”
Liberty ended a four-game losing streak with a 35-7 win over Dieruff last week. The Hurricanes (2-4) host Northampton (2-4) Saturday night at BASD.