It was a test of grit and resiliency on Saturday night for Bethlehem Catholic and Hawks answered against Nazareth in resounding fashion.
Trailing 20-13 at halftime against the Blue Eagles, Becahi exploded in the second half, outscoring Nazareth 38-7 en route to a 51-27 victory.
Matt Bisko poured in three rushing scores on the night and Tavion Banks added 200 yards of total offense (149 rushing) and two touchdowns to pace Becahi to a 4-0 start to the season.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Moravian Academy’s Lion Invitational saw 24 schools participating in cross country races with 1,075 runners on Sept. 1 at Moravian Academy Upper School.
In Class 1A team results, Moravian Academy’s boys’ and girls’ teams took first place.
Krysta Nichols ran the fastest time for the Lions’ girls in 22:45. Quinn O’Connor, Maddie Tran, Justine Dell, Carley Caruth, and Elizabeth Burke also competed.
Hunter Zahm ran the fastest time for the Lions’ boys in 18:25. Also competing were Dylan Carter, Noah Young, Aaron Salen, Joseph Zaladonis, Mason Tran, and James Foran.
Indescribable at first, but soon after an emotional, nail-biting, girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Freedom and Liberty on Monday night at BASD Stadium, the words finally came.
“Absolutely amazing,” said Freedom captain Julia Ackerman when the Patriots defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in the first game of the night. “We knew we had a better chance than ever because we’ve been working so hard, we’re incredibly passionate, and we’ve got great speed.”
In the second game, the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots 1-0 when Christian Tackett scored a goal in the final three minutes.
We head into week four of the football season the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
Despite falling behind by two touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the game, Bethlehem Catholic didn’t panic last Friday against defending league champ Emmaus.
The Golden Hawks quickly answered with three unanswered first-half touchdowns then held off Emmaus in the fourth quarter for a 28-21 win over the host Hornets.
“All coach talked about all week was battling and adversity,” said Beca quarterback Javon Clements. “No one put their head down. We kept it up the whole game. We’ve got to keep fighting each and every drive and that’s how we got the win.”
Two determined teams could produce only one winner last week when Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team faced off against Dieruff in a back-and-forth game that ended with the Hawks scoring a 4-3 victory in the final minutes at Becahi.
“I thought our offense was playing really well and really determined, but Dieruff’s a good team, and they always fight really hard, and their defense was no exception,” said Becahi midfielder Michael Spirk, whose header put the Hawks on the scoreboard first.
It’s been a slow start to the field hockey season for area teams, as games have been backlogged due to postponements last week.
Liberty (1-0) headed into this week with just a lone 4-1 win over Easton up to date, while Freedom (1-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (1-2) were both sitting behind the .500 mark.
Liberty should get a full week coming up, starting with yesterday’s biggest league tilt against Emmaus (4-0) before hosting Pocono Mountain West (0-5) on Thursday and Freedom Saturday afternoon.
If there’s one thing that the top volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference look forward to, it’s taking on the best the league has to offer.
Liberty will get that opportunity this week when they battle Emmaus Friday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hurricanes (3-0) have had an easy slate to open their season, picking up a trio of consecutive sweeps over Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South, but move into real league play tonight when they travel to Whitehall (2-0) and then cap off the week at home against the Hornets (2-0).
Freedom’s girls’ soccer team had a 1-0 lead on Bethlehem Catholic at halftime, but four more goals by the Patriots would put the game away at 5-2 on Saturday at Becahi.
“I think we came into this game strong, and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Freedom mid/forward Doris Muncan, who scored the Patriots’ second goal. “We worked on our technical skill, but today, we just had a good game. Basically, on all our goals, we did a good job connecting passes, which I’m really proud of.”