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Friday, November 15, 2019

Hawks looking to rebound in Holy War

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

To say that Bethlehem Catholic’s performance on the road last weekend at Emmaus was a disappointment would be an understatement. The Hawks suffered one of the worst losses in the Joe Henrich era, stumbling to an average Emmaus team by a 27-13 margin and giving them more questions than answers heading into a pivotal week 10 clash at home Friday night against Central Catholic.

The anticipation of the Holy War will certainly boost the competitive juices for everyone in the brown and gold, but can the Hawks find their footing moving forward?

After stumbling to a 6-3 mark following last week’s loss, head coach Joe Henrich was not happy with the team’s effort in a game that he deemed as the most disappointing of the season.

“I don’t know what it is right now,” said Henrich. “I didn’t expect anything like this and I can’t believe what I saw. Something wasn’t right and I have to ultimately figure this out as the head coach. I’m not quitting on these guys, but they gotta understand they have to come out and play every week. We made so many mistakes and ultimately that comes down to me and I need to make sure we’re better.”

After jumping to a 13-0 lead, Emmaus (5-4) went on to score 27 unanswered points, an uncharacteristic stat for the Hawks in the Henrich era.

Emmaus freshman quarterback Jake Fotta gave the Hornets life, when he spun out of the defense’s grasp just before halftime and rolled to his left to throw an eight-yard TD to Chad Newhard as time expired to pull them within 13-7 and give them a jolt of momentum heading into the break.

Brandon Camire then reeled off TD runs of 26, 16 and 29 yards in the second half, as he totaled 220 yards on 36 carries to pace the Emmaus offense.

On the other side, Becahi backs Tavion Banks and Malik Thomas were held to 91 yards combined on 22 carries. Becahi quarterback Jared Richardson completed 11-of-20 passes for 71 yards and an interception, as the Hawks passing game has struggled to catch on this year.

“The problem is we can’t keep putting the defense back on the field,” Henrich said. “When you can’t produce on any drives and you can’t get first downs, the defense is going to wear down. Everything starts up front and we’re going to have to look at that.”

Now the Hawks are forced to regroup with their toughest Holy War date in recent memory with a stingy Central Catholic (5-4) squad coming to town Friday night for a 7pm kickoff.

The Vikings lost to Freedom 34-31 last week, but battled back from a 34-17 halftime deficit, only to fall short of tying the game with 10 seconds left in the fourth, when Central kicker Chris Matejcek hit the upright on a 33-yard field goal attempt.

Both Becahi and Central have clinched district playoff berths, but this week’s contest will certainly play a factor into postseason seeding.

With all that in play, Henrich just wants to see better effort across the board.

“We got to do a better jobs in so many areas,” said Henrich. “I still believe in these guys and we’re a good team, but we can’t have games like this, this late in the season.”