Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Hurricanes anxious for first real test

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty has posted shutouts in its first two games of the season, but head coach John Truby still isn’t sure what type of team he has after a 2-0 start.

The Hurricanes knocked off Pocono Mountain East 20-0 last week, but it wasn’t the prettiest or easiest affair following a two-hour bus trip to Swiftwater.

Things won’t get any easier this week when Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are set to square off Friday night at 7 p.m. at BASD Stadium.

It’ll be the first real test of the season for the ‘Canes, who have outscored their opponents 90-0 so far, but it comes with a grain of salt.

“I’m really looking forward to see how our guys face this week’s challenge,” said Truby. “It’s tough to start the season off with two games against the [EPC] North, because we really haven’t been tested. Pocono Mountain gave us some stuff on film that we need to work on, which was good, but it’s just different playing teams in the South. Even practice this week has felt different. The kids know they’re going to have a real tough game Friday night and everyone is really excited.”

Becahi (1-1) has had Liberty’s number in recent years, rolling off four straight wins in the series, including last year’s 45-16 victory. The Hawks scored 21 points in the second quarter last year to gain separation in the affair and look to be every bit as dangerous this season as they have in the past.

Coming off a 24-21 defeat to top ranked Freedom (2-0) last week, showed everyone that Becahi can beat anyone in the area.

“I think we feel good about where we are as a team going forward,” said Hawks’ head coach Joe Henrich. “You can’t be devastated about one game. It’s good to get back to practice and have a big game to play again on Friday. The kids are eager to get that taste out of their mouth.”

And Liberty is eager for the opportunity to get its licks against a city rival, especially a defensive unit that Truby has been impressed with thus far.

The Hurricanes struggled in the first half last week, only leading 3-0 off a Sander Sahaydak 45-yard field goal.

Dallas Holmes got things going in the second half with a six-yard TD to Jason Estrella in the third quarter, while Jason Canada rushed for a 35-yard score midway through the fourth to pull out the win for Liberty.

“The defense has done a real good job so far playing against two teams that don’t have regular sets,” Truby said. “We’re playing fast and physical. Our linebackers are as good as advertised and our kicking game has been phenomenal so far. We just have to get more consistent on offense. It took us awhile to get things going last week and we know we can’t afford to have that happen anymore this season.”