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Bethlehem Cath. knocks off LHS

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Peter Car in Sports

John Truby took all the blame after the final whistle blew at BASD Stadium last Saturday night.

With Liberty battling Bethlehem Catholic on a rainy night, the Hurricanes special teams let the game slip through their hands.

Special teams miscues led to 24 points for the Hawks, as they bounced back from Liberty’s opening score and went on to cruise to a 45-16 victory.

It was a rebound win for the Hawks (2-1) after losing to Freedom the week before and it was the first taste of defeat of the season for Liberty (2-1).

The Hurricanes played with confidence in the first half, going ahead 7-0 following Todd Erney’s nine-yard TD pass to Kendrick Wesley in the first quarter, but things would change quickly before halftime.

A partially blocked punt led to Becahi kicker Anthony DaSilva booting a 35-yard field goal to put the first points on the board for the Hawks. Liberty then saw two punts in the first half go through the hands of their punter to swing the tide in Becahi’s favor, setting up Tavion Banks for a three-yard score in the second quarter to put the Hawks ahead 10-7 and they would never look back.

Quarterback Zamar Brake then hit Matt Stianche on a 50-yard TD to slice open Liberty’s stingy defense, as the Hawks capped a 21-point, second quarter with Brake tossing a three-yard score to Stianche before halftime.

Truby knew the first half miscues killed his team’s chances of pulling off the upset.

“This one is solely on me,” said Truby. “I didn’t have our guys ready on special teams to take on an EPC South team. I got to do a better job next week. You can’t spot a team that good points.”

Brake didn’t get many attempts throwing, but he made them count, rifling two more scores in the second half, including a 50-yard TD to Paul Carreras in the third quarter and a 31-yard pass to Stianche in the fourth quarter. He finished the night 5-of-9 for 142 yards and four scores and an interception.

Becahi head coach Joe Henrich was happy to see his team bounce back with the win, knowing they still have room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball.

“It wasn’t pretty but it’s nice to say you won a game like this,” Henrich said. “Our guys we’re pretty down after losing to Freedom, but they had a good week of practice and responded with a win here. I still think we need to become more consistent on offense, but a lot of it is just being smarter football players. I have to do a better job emphasizing that point to these kids.”

Liberty also had their share of offensive struggles, as Erney struggled to connect passes on a night where he finished 8-of-18 for 79 yards and two scores with a pick.

“I saw some good stuff happen, but we need to do better in the passing game,” said Truby. “We certainly have things we need to work on.”

Liberty now turns their attention to taking on Easton (3-0) this Friday night, while Becahi travels to Parkland (2-1) on Friday.