Becahi beats Parkland
For nearly 15 minutes of game action last weekend, or a quarter-and-a-half, the Bethlehem Catholic High School football team looked like it was going to be another victim of the Parkland High School football team on its home turf.
It could not get anything going and the Trojans defense, normally stifling to the point of consistently recording shutouts, had not yet allowed a point to the Golden Hawks.
But a strong second half, which saw Becahi score 17 straight points and not allow any, propelled the Golden Hawks (3-1 overall, 2-1 EPC South) to a 24-16 victory last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division clash of reigning District 11 champions (Becahi 4A, Parkland 6A) at Parkland.
After the lone loss this season, a 37-20 setback to EPC first-place Freedom, Becahi has won two in a row and two pivotal conference games against rival Liberty and then Parkland.
“I told them they really don’t have any idea how good they can be, but they really need to cut out all the other little things and just play the game,” said head coach Joe Henrich. “I thought we did that in the second half.”
After Parkland kicker Devin Bartholomew blasted a school-record 48-yard field goal just as the clock ticked to zero, the Golden Hawks jogged to the locker room trailing 16-7 and searching for answers.
Nick Lucien, who caught a 76-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put Becahi on the board, began the comeback effort late in the third. His second score of the game from quarterback Zamar Brake was from 29-yards out and came with 3:10 left in the third.
Paul Carreras then provided the go-ahead score on a long 62-yard touchdown run on the Golden Hawks’ next possession, giving them their first lead of the game with 1:14 to go in the third.
“We came up with some new pass concepts at practice,” Lucien said. “And coach was talking about executing at practice all week. Parkland’s a good team. We knew we had the athletes, but we knew if we didn’t execute as good as them, we weren’t going to win. When my name was called, I just had to make the play.”
Anthony DaSilva added the exclamation point, a 37-yard field goal with 10:23 remaining, to stake Becahi to the eight-point lead.
Isiah Rico scored the game’s first points, an 18-yard touchdown run on Parkland’s first possession just 2:08 in. Trojans quarterback Andrew Lee added a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter as Parkland took a 13-0 lead after one quarter.
Brake, who finished 11-of-17 for 193 yards, had the first of his two scores thereafter to get his team going.
“We came out, we knew we had to play hard,” Brake said. “We knew what it was going to be from the beginning. Parkland is a great team at home. They’ve only lost a couple games the last couple years. It was a different mentality we had to have this week at practice and up until the game.”
Lucien had four catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Becahi returns home to face Nazareth Saturday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.