The Funding Zone
SAFR: Safer Through Science

Under The Radar, Bethlehem Catholic Continues to Roll On in EPC South Race

Tagged under: District 11, Gameday Hub, News, pfn

| September 17, 2023

Bethlehem Catholic Keeps Pace to Stay in the EPC South Title Chase With Win Over Cross-City Rivals.

BETHLEHEM- With all the top dogs in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South played on Friday, the only game in town was a “Christmas City” Battle between Liberty and Becahi at BASD Stadium Saturday night and when the dust settled, it was the Golden Hawks on top by a count of 48-16 before a large crowd on an excellent night for football.

Parkland and Nazareth have set themselves apart after their classic game Friday but lurking in the shadows are both Bethlehem Catholic and Allentown Central Catholic, who are also unbeaten after four games.

Liberty turned the ball over on their opening drive and it didn’t take long for Becahi to take advantage of the gift. Beginning on the Hurricanes 37. On the Golden Hawks first play RB Mekhi LaPierre took off through the line and dashed into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

On the next Liberty drive, they would go three-and-out and after a short punt gave Bethlehem Catholic excellent field position again. This time it took just two plays as Jacob Sutton sprinted in for a score from 36 yards with 4:54 left and a 14-0 lead.

The Hurricanes scored their only points in the half on a 21 yard field goal by Connor McLaughlin at the 11:11 mark of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-3.

A minute later though, Becahi would make it a 21-3 led when quarterback Cayden Vassa ripped off a 56 yard run around the left end and the rout was on.

Devin Green, defensive back for the Golden Hawks picked off a Jmaes Parman pass along the sidelines and three plays later Cayden connected with his brother Carter Vassa, who out leaped the defender and scored from 53 yards with 8:14 left before half and a 28-3 lead.

Bryce Medina was the recipient of the next Vassa touchdown pass from 19 yards with 34 seconds seconds left second quarter for a 34-3 lead. Vassa threw for 94 yards on just 5 completions and the 2 touchdowns and he also had 91 yards rushing with a score.

As a team Bethlehem Catholic had 285 yards in the first half alone and averaged 12 yards per play and held Liberty to just 63 total yards as the teams entered intermission.

Neither teams scored in the third quarter. Jacob Sutton scaored again early in the final quarter to put the game into the running clock scenario. Sutton finished with 105 yards rushing on 17 touches.

Carter Vassa scored again as well as quarterback Axel Burkart came in for Cayden Vassa to make it 48-3,

Liberty managed two scores in the final quarter a Parham pass to Jake Pukszyn from nine yards to make it 48-10 and a 23 fumble recovery by Nelson Perez closed out the scoring.

Carter Vassa had this to say about the Becahi win.

Bethlehem Catholic, one of three teams with an unblemished record (4-0) will be back at BASD STadium next Saturday to face Easton (2-2). The Rovers defeated Stoudsburg 21-3 Friday. Liberty (2-2) will be home as well at BASD Stadium Friday as they face Nazareth, who dropped a 31-24 decision to Parkland.

Follow PA Football News on Twitter @PaFootballNews

Rainbow Lettering