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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For Miguel Hernandez, it is about playing on the big stage.

“You feel like you’re playing in a college game because of the crowd,” said Hernandez. “It is part of a great tradition every year and you have to feel proud to have the chance to be there.

“It will be very exciting because it is my last game, and I have a lot of mixed emotions about it.”

Hernandez will be one of 15 seniors who will be playing in their final Thanksgiving Day rivalry game against Northampton at Al Erdosy Field at 10 a.m. The game will mark the 95th overall meeting (91st on Thanksgiving) between the two teams with Northampton holding an overall 57-33-4 advantage.

The Konkrete Kids have won the last three contests, last year winning 42-25 over the Roughies.

“It is such a great feeling to be out there,” added fellow senior Joey Sparacello. “This is such a huge game for the town, and it is special going against your rival, no matter what the records are.”

Catasauqua will bring an overall 3-8 record into the contest. They did qualify for the PIAA Class 2A district playoff, dropping a 42-15 decision to Palmerton Nov. 3. Northampton also will enter the contest with a 3-8 record, posting a 34-22 win over Pottstown in their last game on Nov. 3.

Andrew Brett, who suffered a torn ACL in the second last game of the regular season, is expected to call signals under center, as he will wear a brace for support.

Brett has completed 142 of 214 attempts for 1,502 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hernandez, a wide receiver, took over as quarterback and helped guide the team to its playoff-clinching win over Northwestern and the playoff loss to Palmerton.

“Turkey Day is going to be a good one,” said Brett. “This is my last game as a Rough Rider. Everyone is excited and we’ll be ready.”

Hernandez was the team’s top target as he caught 60 passes for 784 yards with five touchdowns. He also completed 6 of 18 passes for 105 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Senior Corey Raysely also was a prime target as he caught 31 passes for 323 yards with two scores.

In the backfield, Wil-Quon Clemons was the team’s leading rusher with 816 yards on 135 carries and seven touchdowns. He formed a strong backfield with Derrick Rodriguez, who rushed for 807 yards on 131 carries and had six touchdowns.

Kicker Devon Troxell converted 27 extra points and added a pair field goals.

With 15 seniors, Catty began the year with plenty of promise. They won two of their first three games, posting a season-high 38 points in their win over Northern Lehigh. Catty scored 84 of their 233 points thus far in their first three games

But the Roughies’ season quickly began to spiral downhill, losing six straight games. Their main flaw was their run defense, as they allowed an average of almost 278 yards per