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Bethlehem Catholic’s Win Sets Up Another “Holy War” Championship Contest

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| November 6, 2022

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Superb Defensive Effort Allows a Second Meeting with Allentown Central Catholic.

BETHLEHEM- The District XI 4A top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic Hawks took full advantage of their size and speed dominance over their counterparts-the Blue Mountain Eagles Saturday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium on a unseasonably warm day in front of a modest crowd to advance to next Saturday’s championship game, with a convincing 41-16 win. The win sets up “Holy War II” against Allentown Central Catholic at Whitehall Zephyr Stadium with a kickoff set for 7pm, to see which team will advance in PIAA state playoffs and a shot to end up at Cumberland Valley the first weekend in December.

Defensively, the Hawks did not give up any points until contest was well decided in the fourth quarter and limited Blue Mountain’s run game to minus 47 yards in the opening half and forced three turnovers on the afternoon.

The Golden Hawks scored early and often as they took to the air behind quarterback Luke Thomas and his four touchdown passes and completing 10 of 14 passes for 152 yards and also had a rushing touchdown for good measure.

Becahi got the scoring barrage started on their opening drive beginning in Eagles’ territory after an excellent kickoff return. A 23 yard pass from Thomas to WR Eric Wert capped off the drive an made it 7-0 with just 2;18 ran off the clock made it 7-0 with Jeremy Fryer making the PAT.

Two minutes later on the Golden Hawks second possession Thomas hooked up with Jaiden Ellis-Lahey for the first of his two scores from 33 yards out and a 14-0 lead with 7:50 left in the opening quarter.

The Hawks would nearly put the game in mercy-rule mode by the end of the half, but a missed PAT with twelve seconds left made it 34-0 at intermission. Thomas would find the end zone from 14 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-14 and then a 30 yard pass from Thomas to Wert for their second connection with 58 seconds left made it 28-0. On the ensuing kickoff Blue Mountain would cough up the ball and Becahi recovered the ball in the red zone and would convert but came up a point short of the 35 needed to keep the clock running in the second half as the teams headed to the locker room.


The second half saw the Golden Hawks put up a single score when RB Jacob Sutton got his number called from two yards out to make it 41-0 with 6:58 left in the third quarter. Bethlehem Catholic began using their reserves for the remainder of the game.

Two late scores by Blue Mountain prevented the shutout as quarterback Tyler Miller hooked up with Tyler Stahley from eight yards out made it 41-8 with 5:41 left to play. A Miller pass to Gaige Gouers two-point conversion made it 41-8.

The Eagles then got their second touchdown with eighty seconds left on a 21 yard pass from Miller to Guers. The two would connect on the two-point try making it 41-16 as the horn sounded.

Bethlehem Catholic 6-5 will meet the Vikings of Central Catholic (6-5) for the second time in three weeks. The first meeting was won by Becahi 14-13 in overtime as the Hawks gamble of going for two instead of tying the game paid off.

Blue Mountain season game to an end at the hands of the Hawks for second time in the three years and finish their season with a 6-5 record.

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