Survive and advance.
That’s the name of the game at this point of the PIAA football season and Bethlehem Catholic epitomized that mantra in last week’s 33-32 victory over Selinsgrove.
With 11 seconds to play in the PIAA 4A quarterfinal at Shamokin, Becahi faced the survival aspect of the state playoffs. The back and forth affair with Selinsgrove provided a 34-point fourth quarter between both teams.
For two straight weeks, Bethlehem Catholic has looked like a team of men playing against boys.
The Hawks imposed their will again last Friday night against Pottsgrove, trouncing the Falcons from start to finish en route to a 49-14 victory at Spring-Ford High School in the opening round of the PIAA 4A tournament.
Matt Bisko led the way again for Becahi, rushing for 141 yards and three touchdowns in a contest that reached mercy rule status in the third quarter, as Becahi (11-2) advances to play Selinsgrove on Friday at 7 p.m. in Shamokin.
You could see it from the opening whistle of the District 11 4A championship game Saturday night at Nazareth. There was no way Bethlehem Catholic was going to lose to Saucon Valley.
The Hawks bullied their Colonial League counterparts all over the field and throttled them en route to a 42-7 mercy-rule victory at Nazareth.
Becahi (10-2) led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back, as they knocked off the Panthers in back-to-back years for the district crown.
Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?
Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.
Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes?
League bragging rights are on the line this week, so let’s see who can keep talking.
Bethlehem Catholic will see a familiar foe Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the District 11 4A football championship when they take on Saucon Valley at Nazareth.
The Golden Hawks advanced thanks to a 48-7 demolition over Pottsville last week, but face a tougher task with the Panthers this week, fresh off their 41-10 thumping over Central Catholic in the opening round of districts.
After the frustrating season Liberty’s football team had endured through nine weeks, last Saturday’s dominating 21-7 victory over Freedom gave everyone on the Hurricane sideline a monstrous smile.
Sparked by Jaden Vazquez punt block after Freedom went three and out on their opening drive, Trevor Harris scooped up the football and raced six-yards for the opening score that felt like a grand slam of emotion for the early 7-0 lead.
Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.
One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.
Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.
Things are heating up even though it’s finally getting brisk outside. Bundle up for this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (10-0)
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic saw their field hockey seasons come to an end Monday afternoon in the District 11 semifinals.
The Hurricanes lost to Easton 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by Ellie McIntyre that stood up for the final.
The loss ends Liberty’s season at 19-4 after defeating Easton 4-1 in the season opener and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference semifinals, only to see their season go down in districts to the Rovers.
With the District 11 volleyball semifinals taking place on Tuesday, all three Bethlehem schools were battling for spots in Thursday’s championship round.
Liberty and Freedom are on opposite sides of the bracket as they encountered final four battles on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Hurricanes took on fifth-seeded Nazareth, while Parkland and Freedom were set for a three-seven matchup respectively.
In the 3A bracket, fourth-seeded Becahi faced top-seeded Southern Lehigh, with all the mentioned matchups taking place after Press deadlines.
It was closer than expected, but last Friday’s Holy War between Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic displayed what rivalry games are all about, as the Hawks held on for a 38-37 overtime victory.
The Vikings (6-4) tried to steal the win on the BASD turf in overtime, electing to go for the two-point conversion after Logan Bachman’s 10-yard TD run brought Central within a point.