NHS falls to Catty
Four years ago, Drew Filchner and Kenzie Bradley first met each other playing on the same traveling basketball team.
Sunday night in Catasauqua, they both moved a step closer to the final chapters in their high school careers, a fare that was mostly light hearted, yet some pretty intense.
Bradley, a Catasauqua senior, led the Roughies to a 27-0 win over Northampton in their annual Powder Puff clash at Alumni Field. The event is the first step in a series of events toward the Thanksgiving Day football battle between the two schools.
“I have known Kenzie (Bradley) for a while,” said Filchner, who plays basketball and runs track as well as cheerleads for the Konkrete Kids and played center and defensive end in the game. “It was a lot of fun playing against her. This was my first experience and everyone came together to have fun.”
“It was pretty competitive at times, and girls can get a little feisty. But we all had fun in the end.”
The game usually features senior girls, but Catasauqua had some juniors in the mix due to the size of the two schools.
Bradley, who played quarterback, scored three of her team’s four scores on the night, as she ran for two touchdowns and returned an interception for one. Tyra Brown also rushed for a touchdown for the Roughies.
“The game was extremely intense, but we had great teamwork and the win was an ecstatic feeling,” said Brown. “It definitely was one of the most memorable things that I will remember after graduation.”
Alexia Reichl and Emma Bellsfield also had big game on the ground for Catty and Taylor Richards handled the kicking duties.
Hanasia Jenkins, Hannah Greenberg, Madison Emery, and Bethany DeLucia also all had strong showings on the night for the Roughies.
“We were all excited for the game and wanted to win,” said Bradley. “On the field, every single person worked together. It wasn’t just one or two players out there and it was great playing against some of my good friends on the other side.
“In all, it was a great experience for all of us seniors.”
Northampton senior Lauren Yeaw knew it would be a lifelong memory.
“It was great to see our class come together for something like this,” said Yeaw, who plays basketball, lacrosse, and softball at Northampton and played linebacker in the game. “It was everything I thought it would be. Girls can get physical at times, and it was competitive.
“This is something I won’t forget.”
Steve Bradley, who has served as coach for the past three years and has won all the contests, was pleased with the performance and the game.
“We went over everything about an hour-and-a-half before the game, “ he said. “The girls executed really well. They did a good job overall and they all had fun. That’s really is what this is all about.”
“Hopefully, the girls next year will be able to pull out a win and continue the streak.”