Becahi tops Saucon for title
You could see it from the opening whistle of the District 11 4A championship game Saturday night at Nazareth. There was no way Bethlehem Catholic was going to lose to Saucon Valley.
The Hawks bullied their Colonial League counterparts all over the field and throttled them en route to a 42-7 mercy-rule victory at Nazareth.
Becahi (10-2) led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back, as they knocked off the Panthers in back-to-back years for the district crown.
“Defensively, we wanted to be a more relentless defense and I thought we smothered a lot of what they wanted to do and that set the tone,” said Hawks’ head coach Joe Henrich. “Our kids just wanted to play. We didn’t care who it was. We know what our goals are and they just wanted to come out and put together a good effort.”
The Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game, capped by a three-yard TD run by Matt Bisko. They went 84 yards in 11 plays, using brute and force up front to punish Saucon defenders, before Bisko broke several tackles for the game’s opening score.
Cracks in Saucon’s foundation opened up on their next three-and-out series when Joe Kurtz blocked a punt to set up the Hawks at the Saucon 14.
Bisko scored on the next play, breaking more tackles en route to a 14-0 lead.
The Panthers special teams miscues continued on their next failed series, as they attempted a fake punt inside their own 20 late in the first quarter.
That play was bottled up and Daizhun Rhodes capitalized with a 20-yard TD run to put the Hawks ahead 21-0 and demolish any confidence the Panthers (7-5) had going into the contest.
Bisko finished the night with 81 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while Zahir Seabrooks ran for 113 yards and a score. Rhodes ran for 64 yards and a TD, as well as brining in 101 yards on five receptions.
Becahi had a 344-145 yard advantage over Saucon in a completely lopsided contest.
No matter the result, winning another district title was special for Henrich, after watching the team do it without him last year when he took a leave of absence.
“It means a lot and it’s very special to me because it’s special to these kids,” said Henrich. “It’s special to a lot of guys on our staff who have never won a district championship and it’s a great feeling for all of us.”
Next up for the Hawks is Friday’s 7 p.m. showdown with District One champion Pottsgrove (11-1) at Spring-Ford High School.
The Falcones knocked off Upper Perkiomen 38-14 last week and will bring with them the best running back Becahi will see this season in Rahsul Faison.
Faison ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns in their win last week. The Stony Brook commit now has 2,805 rushing yards this season and 34 touchdowns.
In last year’s opening round of the PIAA tournament, Becahi had little trouble scoring on the Falcons, marching to a 51-20 victory. In that game Faison, ran for 125 yards on 28 carries, his toughest outing of the season.
“I feel like we can make a run here,” said Henrich. “If we can keep getting healthy, build our confidence and focus on what we need to do, I think we can make some noise.”