Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Becahi hurt by penalties

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Tavion Banks was confident it would be different this time around against Imhotep Charter.

Unfortunately for Banks and his Golden Hawks teammates, it wasn’t.

Now, the Becahi junior vows to play his role in his final crack to get to Hershey next season after Becahi dropped a 41-6 to Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 4A semifinal at Charles Martin Memorial Stadium in northeast Philadelphia Nov. 30.

The Golden Hawks dropped a 24-13 decision in 2016 and suffered a 34-14 defeat last season to the Panthers.

“They closed ground quick on both sides of the ball,” said Banks about the noticeable speed of their opponent. “Penalties killed us and we couldn’t get any momentum going.

“We had a great season and I love my brothers. I wish we could have gotten it for the seniors. But the war is not over. We still have more football to go. We have to keep pushing and keep our heads up. Our major goal is to make it to Hershey next season.”

Banks already has his sights set on next season. The Golden Hawks finished with an overall 11-4 record.

“I’m going to improve on everything,” said Banks. “Getting bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, having a better football IQ. This team has heart. We don’t quit, we don’t stop. We definitely have heart.”

Banks, who entered the game with 1,558 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, was contained all night by Imhotep, as he rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries. Over three years, Banks has rushed for 2,500 yards and has 46 career touchdowns.

His lone score was a 39-yard reception on a beautifully developed wheel route from quarterback Zamar Brake that closed the gap to 21-6 midway through the third quarter.

Brake, a senior, had a solid night throwing the ball, completing 10 of 18 passes for 123 yards and he also ran for 43 yards on 12 carries. He topped the 2,000-yard mark for the season the previous week against Pottsgrove and moved into sixth all-time overall for yardage during the season

The Golden Hawks had posted 216 points in their previous four playoff games. But, they were again plagued by penalties, committing 14 of them for 90 yards.

“We were confident coming into the game,” said Brake. “We knew we had to slow them down. The last two years we came up short and thought it would be different. They did a great job on defense against us.”

Senior lineman and Penn State recruit Dalton Daddona figured it would be a royal tussle. The senior had eight tackles and a sack.

“We made too many mistakes and had too many penalties,” said Daddona. “They didn’t do anything that caught us off guard. We had to play smart and the penalties killed us. We were moving up and down the field on them, but we couldn’t finish our drives.

Daddona cherished his every moment in a Golden Hawks uniform.

“It went way too quick,” said Daddona. “It seemed it was just two days ago when I was a little freshman.

“The things we have been able to do here is incredible. We all pushed each other to do the best.

“It was a blessing to play here and I am thankful for everything Beca has done for me.”