Trojans fall to Becahi
For nearly 15 minutes of game action last weekend, or a quarter-and-a-half, the Bethlehem Catholic football team looked like it was going to be another victim of the Parkland Trojans on their home field. The Hawks could not get anything going and the Trojan defense came out strong.
But the second half saw Becahi score 17 straight points and not allow any, propelling the Golden Hawks to a 24-16 victory over the Trojans) last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division clash of reigning District 11 champions (Becahi 4A, Parkland 6A).
It is the second straight loss for the Trojans (2-2 overall, 1-2), who were defeated by Freedom a week earlier. It’s also the second consecutive game in which Parkland led for a majority of the game but did not win. It is the Trojans’ first losing streak since the 2012 season.
“Two straight weeks we haven’t finished the game in the second half,” said head coach Tim Moncman. “We’ve got to put it away. It’s a lesson that we have to learn and we have to put a full 48 minutes together.”
Parkland scored the first 13 points of the game, all in the first quarter, and led by that total after one.
After kicker Devin Bartholomew blasted a school-record 48-yard field goal just as the clock ticked to zero, the Golden Hawks jogged to the locker room trailing 16-7 and searching for answers.
Nicholas Lucien, who caught a 76-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put Becahi (3-1 overall, 2-1 EPC South) on the board, began the comeback effort late in the third. His second score of the game from quarterback Zamar Brake was from 29-yards out and came with 3:10 left in the third.
Paul Carreras then provided the go-ahead score on a 62-yard touchdown run on the Golden Hawks’ next possession, giving them their first lead of the game with 1:14 to go in the third.
“We came up with some new pass concepts at practice,” Lucien said. “And coach was talking about executing at practice all week. Parkland’s a good team. We knew we had the athletes, but we knew if we didn’t execute as good as them, we weren’t going to win. When my name was called, I just had to make the play.”
Anthony DaSilva added the exclamation point, a 37-yard field goal with 10:23 remaining, to stake Becahi to the eight-point lead.
Isiah Rico scored the game’s first points, an 18-yard touchdown run on Parkland’s first possession just 2:08 in. He led the team with 57 yards on 11 carries, but he suffered an injury in the second quarter that forced him to leave the game.
Trojans quarterback Andrew Lee added a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter as Parkland took a 13-0 lead after one quarter. Christian Hudson and Nick Johnston both finished with three catches.
Brake, who finished 11-of-17 for 193 yards, had the first of his two scores thereafter to get his team going.
Parkland remains at home as it will host Liberty (2-2, 0-2) Friday night looking to get back to its winning ways.