Hawks down Blue Mtn.
The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks advanced to the District XI 4A semifinals with a 45-13 victory over Blue Mountain on Saturday.
The Hawks entered the game as the #1 seed following a 7-3 campaign in the EPC. Blue Mountain qualified for the last spot in the District XI 4A playoffs despite a 3-7 regular season record and going 0-6 in the Schuylkill League.
Becahi started the scoring on their first drive of the game, traveling 61 yards on 7 running plays. Zaheer Seabrooks got the final touch, taking the ball to the end zone from 12 yards out.
The Hawks’ first pass play of the game got them rolling on their second possession. Zamar Brake hit Nate Palanica for 29 yards to move the ball to the Blue Mountain 27. Six plays later, Brake (8 of 11 for 80 yards on the game), avoided a blitz and found a wide-open Paul Carreras for an 11-yard TD reception. After the PAT, the score was 14-0 and that score held to the end of the first quarter.
A fumble near midfield derailed the third Becahi drive. Blue Mountain drove to the 21 and passed on a field go attempt, electing to go for it on 4th and 6. The Golden Hawks forced an incompletion and turned away the Blue Eagles’ attempt to get back into the game.
The fourth Becahi possession lasted a total of 16 seconds, or just a few seconds longer than it took Tavion Banks to bolt up the middle and take a 70-yard carry to the house. Banks finished the game with 192 yards on 15 carries.
Banks got in on the action on the defensive side of the ball on the by intercepting a pass on the next Blue Eagles’ drive to give his team a short field at the 25.
A second Brake to Carreras TD connection was called back on a holding penalty and the Hawks were forced to settle for an Anthony DaSilva 32-yard field goal to the make it 24-0. Both teams missed field goals on their next drives and they went to their locker rooms with the score unchanged.
Becahi started the second half as strong as they started the first. Banks scored on his second long TD run of the day, a 29-yarder that also converted a 4th and 2.
On the ensuing kickoff, Blue Mountain’s frustration boiled over. They were flagged for a personal foul on the return and during the pile up, a Blue Eagle player started throwing punches and was ejected after earning his team another 15-yard penalty. Joe Peacock made them pay even further by scooping up a fumble on the first play from scrimmage and taking it 8 yards for a defensive score.
Seabrooks added his second TD of the game to push the score to 45-0 before Blue Mountain scored a couple of times to avoid the shutout.
Next up for the Golden Hawks is #4 seed Pottsville at BASD Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Crimson Tide thumped Bangor 54-14 in their opening round playoff game. Pottsville finished the regular season with a record of 6-4, including 2-3 in the Schuylkill League with a 41-40 win over Blue Mountain.