It almost seems like the last two weeks of football was just a formality for Bethlehem Catholic, but the dirty work has been completed and berth in this Saturday’s District 11 4A championship has been booked for the Hawks after handling Pottsville 40-28 Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium.
The win matches Becahi (9-3) with a date against Saucon Valley (10-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Nazareth.
For the third straight year, Freedom will play for the District 11 Class 6A football title.
After losing to Parkland in each of the past two seasons, the Patriots advanced to this year’s title game with a win over the Trojans in Saturday’s semifinal at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
Freedom capitalized on four Parkland turnovers and Patriot quarterback Jared Jenkins threw for three touchdowns in a 35-21 win over the Trojans, ending their streak of six consecutive district titles.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team signed off Saturday night after losing, 1-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal to Wilson-West Lawn.
The quarterfinal, which was played at Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, started an hour late on an unseasonably cold afternoon, mostly due to wind.
About halfway through the first half, Wilson-West Lawn forward Sage Klein scored on a corner by David Dries.
Ten minutes later, a Wilson forward was one-on-one with Patriot goalie Derek Bast, but Bast made the save.
DARTS & trapshooting
SUBURBAN DART LEAGUE
Star of Beth 22 5 .815
St. Paul’s 13 8 .619
Christ UCC 14 10 .583
Bath Luth 13 11 .542
Light of Christ 12 12 .500
St. Stephen’s 10 14 .417
Farmersville 10 14 .417
Emmanuel 10 14 .417
Salem UCC 10 14 .417
Ebenezer 9 15 .375
Dryland 9 15 .375
Emmanuel (5-2) at
St. Paul’s (5-4, 6-4)
SP - 4-12: Rich Kern, Kevin Gross, Dave Clark, Amber Gross HR
Em - Bob Bast 4-11, Bruce Danyluk 4-13 HR.
Farmersville (2-1) at
The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks advanced to the District XI 4A semifinals with a 45-13 victory over Blue Mountain on Saturday.
The Hawks entered the game as the #1 seed following a 7-3 campaign in the EPC. Blue Mountain qualified for the last spot in the District XI 4A playoffs despite a 3-7 regular season record and going 0-6 in the Schuylkill League.
Becahi started the scoring on their first drive of the game, traveling 61 yards on 7 running plays. Zaheer Seabrooks got the final touch, taking the ball to the end zone from 12 yards out.
We had a predictable first week of the postseason, but things spice up a bit this week in all classes as the cream rises to the top.
Freedom and Parkland highlight the big boy affair in 6A, while Becahi should keep pounding their way in 4A. Notre Dame is looking for a 3A title, but the second most interesting game of the weekend takes place in Saucon Valley with a Colonial League showdown with Northwestern.
Who will come out on top this week? Check out this week’s picks below.
1. Freedom (10-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Can the Pates get back to normal?
As has been the Freedom way all season, the Patriots played to a double overtime, this time in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer final against Emmaus, and defeated the Hornets, 1-0, for district gold on Nov. 1 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
The second overtime had just begun when Bradley Turocy scored the game winner.
Freedom’s 1-0 victory over Pleasant Valley in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer semifinal on Oct. 30 guaranteed the Patriots a place in the PIAA State tournament, but the district final against Emmaus would be next in the Pates’ quest for more gold.
Bethlehem Steel FC saw its best season in its young history conclude in the USL Eastern Conference Semifinals as the club fell to defending USL Cup Champions Louisville City FC, 2-0.
Pressure was a word Freedom football coach Jason Roeder used repeatedly following last week’s 14-7 win over Liberty in the opening round of the District 11 6A playoffs, but it was an accurate noun to describe what the Freedom players, coaches and fans endured for six days following a disappointing loss to the Hurricanes in the regular season finale.
Instead, all that mental and physical stress associated with taking on your arch rival in back-to-back weeks came to a head at BASD last week in a grind it out affair in a torrential downpour.