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Allentown Central Catholic Dominates Northwestern To Earn District Crown.

Written by: on Thursday, November 19th, 2020

 

By Brian Ptashinski @BPtashinski on Twitter

WHITEHALL- Mistakes and missed opportunities are magnified come playoff time at any level of football competition. Thursday night the Tigers of Northwestern Lehigh felt the wrath of what can happen on any given night in the Lehigh Valley as the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings took advantage of a couple miscues en route to a 35-6 victory and captured the District XI 4A championship at Zephyr Stadium before a sparse crowd. It was the Vikings first District title since 2012.

After holding Northwestern on their opening drive of the game. Central Catholic wasted little time in taking advantage of a couple Tiger penalties on its first drive culminating in quarterback Matt Rauscher scoring from four yards out on a 4th and two play with 4:18 left in the opening quarter making the score 7-0.

Jack McGorry then picked off an errant Justin Holmes pass on Northwestern’s next drive, setting the Vikings’ up at the Tiger 31. Again, Matt Rauscher capped off the drive with a three yard score extending the lead to 14-0 with 1:12 to play in the quarter.

Central Catholic pushed the lead to twenty-one points, after taking possession on a bad snap on a Tiger punt gave the Vikings the ball on the 45 yard line. This time Rauscher took to the air and found McGorry along the sideline who took it to the end zone for a 50 yard touchdown increasing the score.

Running back Jayden Williams got the next big play for the champions as he dashed his way on a 55 yard score with just 5:28 left in the half. Williams finished the night with 182 yards on just 14 carries and two touchdowns. He added a 10 yard run with 7:17 left in the third quarter making the score 35-0 and putting the game into mercy rule status.

Northwestern did salvage a touchdown with just about tow minutes left in the game on a seven yard pass from Nick Henry to Wyatt Ledeboer, the two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 35-6.

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