Becahi falls to Parkland in showdown
The Bethlehem Catholic football team fell into an early hole, and could not dig themselves out last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Golden Hawks found themselves down 17-3 heading into halftime against Parkland, and then trailed 24-3, their biggest deficit of the game, early in the third quarter.
They were able to battle back and make things interesting, but the Trojans answered any Becahi score and held on for a 38-24 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams at the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) South Division.
It doesn’t happen very often, but the Golden Hawks (6-1 overall, 5-1 EPC South) were outmuscledat the line of scrimmage, and were gashed by the Parkland (7-0, 6-0) offense. The Becahi defensive unit came in giving up just 220 yards of total offense per game through their first six games, but the Trojans amassed 458 yards, led by senior running back Jahan Worth’s 243 yards on 16 carries.
“They were the better team tonight,” said head coach Joe Henrich. “They were more physical than us up front, and we didn’t tackle [Worth] well enough. They seemed to have a little more desire tthanwe did. I don’t know, we just didn’t have it tonight”
Along with Worth, quarterback Michael Ruisch had a big night. He threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Parkland began quickly as it scored on its first two possessions of the game.
After an interception during Becahi’s opening drive, the Trojans found the end zone on just two plays, capped by a 33-yard touchdown run by Worth. Then they went 97 yards on their next possession, with 67 of it coming on a touchdown throw from Ruisch to Tyler Hays.
The Golden Hawks, on the other hand, could not really find a rhythm or get anything going early on.
Quarterback Javon Clements was 7 of 19 for 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Starting running back Tavion Banks was out due to an injury, so it was a running back by committee with Zaheer Seabrooks (39 yards), Paul Carreras (29) and Matt Bisko (73) all contributing while they tried to replace Banks production.
Down 24-3, Becahi kept battling. It scored three touchdowns in the final quarter-and-a-third to make things interesting.
Bisko and Daizhun Rhodes each had touchdown runs of one yard and 21 yards respectively. Shamus Williams caught a 42-yard pass for a touchdown from Clements for the game’s final score.
“I was proud of our kids, we battled,” Henrich said. “We could have very easily tucked our tails and ran home, but they didn’t. I know that this group won’t do that. I know that this group won’t do that moving forward. We’re going to take the loss. We’re going to accept the fact that we got our tails whipped a little bit, we’re going to move on and learn from it.”
Becahi returns home to take on Whitehall (5-2, 4-2) in another pivotal EPC matchup.