The Moravian College football team held a lead through most of the first half and the majority of the fourth quarter until visiting McDaniel College scored its only touchdown of the game with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 13-10 victory over the host Greyhounds at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday in the Centennial Conference opener for each school.
We have a new team at the top of the poll following Nazareth’s 35-33, thrilling win over Freedom last Friday night.
It was one of the best high school games the area has seen in a while and now the Blue Eagles have the task of upholding their status at the top by hosting Bethlehem Catholic Friday night. It could mark back-to-back weeks where Nazareth is involved in the top contest in the area and those things tend to happen when you have the best quarterback in the region with Anthony Harris under center.
Liberty senior Casey Frank had his brother Cole’s back as they finished second and first, respectively, at last Tuesday’s cross country meet at Pleasant Valley.
Cole Frank’s time was 16:35 in the Hurricanes’ meet against Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West, and Pleasant Valley. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic also competed against the Pocono teams.
After a tepid first quarter, the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks (3-1, 2-2) pounced on, and all over, the Parkland Trojans (2-2, 1-2) in a 44-7 mercy-rule ambush at BASD Stadium. The victory raised as many questions as it answered.
“What you saw tonight is what we are capable of,” coach Joe Henrich told his team after the contest. “Our ceiling is so high...We hold our destiny in our hands.”
The Freedom football team needed a clock-eating drive late in the game to potentially stave off a late-charging Parkland team that was beginning to get its legs.
A powerful offensive line and skillful backfield took the stage and came through when they needed to most and killed off the final 6:38 off the clock to hang on for a 21-18 win last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
Joe Henrich said that high school football can be a crazy game. If you saw last week’s Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty affair, that sentiment would be justified.
The Golden Hawks escaped with a 27-22 win at BASD Stadium, thanks to Matt Stianche’s 30-yard TD grab in the final minute of the fourth quarter to catapult Becahi (2-1) to the win and rip the hearts out of their city rival Hurricanes (2-1).
The offensive disparity in the less than 24-hour period between games was evident for the Freedom field hockey team. After opening the 2019 season with a 5-0 victory at East Stroudsburg North in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action, the Patriots struggled to find the back of the cage the next day, falling 2-1 in a nonconference game to Salisbury Saturday morning at Freedom High School.
Freedom (1-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) fell behind 2-0 after the opening half, and then cut its deficit in half, but was unable to get all the way back and find the tying goal.
After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.
The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.
Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.
Liberty’s boys’ soccer team hosted Bethlehem Catholic this past Saturday and won its season opener, 5-1.
“I think our team movement going forward was quite decent. I think we were able to string a lot of healthy combinations together,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer. “Execution was lacking today but it was good to see a lot of ideas we have rehearsed come to life on the field.”
Liberty’s Chris Schray was finally able to break through Becahi’s intensity and score the first goal for the Hurricanes in the 10th minute.
Unlike some other seasons, Bethlehem Catholic’s Tim McGorry is having fun.
The veteran golf coach is in the midst of a season in which expectations aren’t too high with only eight players on his roster.
Entering this week, his young squad was battling through a 1-4 season, but McGorry has been seeing the big picture.
“We have a lot of guys who are out there on a team for the first time, and they are keeping with it.