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FHS preps for Easton Becahi gets Eastburg S. next

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Peter Car in Sports

Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic both took steps in the right direction following victories last weekend to open up the second half of the regular season.

The Patriots (5-1) dispatched Pocono Mountain West easily last week 42-8 and Bethlehem Catholic (4-2) bounced back from their uninspiring defeat to Nazareth the week before to handle a winless Whitehall squad to the tune of 42-17.

After an easy game last week, Freedom now enters a pivotal week with a road trip to Easton (6-0) Friday night to take on the undefeated Rovers.

It’s the type of game that head coach Jason Roeder and his squad are used to after going through the rigors of playing some of the top teams in the EPC South already.

The Rovers, on the other hand, close out their season with the most difficult stretch of any team in the South, starting with Friday’s tilt against Freedom.

“Easton looks like a typical Easton team,” Roeder said. “They have an outstanding running back and they block well up front. They have dangerous skill on the outside and an athletic quarterback.”

Easton dismantled Central Catholic last week 44-14, backed by the legs of running back Nahjee Adams, who piled up 137 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings. Bottling up Adams is the primary focus for the Pates, as Roeder knows if they can limit the big plays, they’ll have a chance to give the Rovers their first taste of defeat this season.

“We need to limit explosive plays when we are on defense,” he said. “On offense we need to stay balanced, limit penalties and take care of the football.”

Bethlehem Catholic didn’t have much trouble with Whitehall last week and the Hawks shouldn’t struggle this week against East Stroudsburg South (5-1).

The Cavs suffered their first loss of the year last week in a 51-21 defeat to Northampton, but a Friday afternoon trek up north for this EPC crossover contest can always give teams slow starts.

“They’re a good team, that’s big with some very good athletes,” said Becahi head coach Joe Henrich. “They’re a team that will be hungry after suffering their first loss.”

After getting dismantled by Nazareth in week five, Henrich was happy with how his team responded against Whitehall.

“Bottom line is we needed to get back to the basics of blocking and tackling and I thought we did that,” said Henrich. “We had to play a lot of players because of injuries and I was proud of the way the guys performed. It was a gritty win. The development of depth is extremely important to the longevity of our season and this game forced us to play some guys who have not played much to this point. We hope that it is a step in the right direction for these guys to become a bigger part of what we do over the rest of the season.”