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Hornets must stop Central Catholic RB Bachman

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus football team’s seventh game of the 2018 season puts them helmet-to-helmet with the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings (3-3, 1-3) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Coach Bob Pietrobon’s Vikings are fighters. After surrendering 75 points to Whitehall on Sept. 14 in a 75-35 loss, the Vikings regrouped and potentially salvaged their season.

In their Sept. 28 match up with Easton, Central Catholic gave the Red Rovers everything they could handle before falling 31-24. Their competitive spirit is all the more impressive considering Central Catholic roster has only 10 seniors.

The Viking offense is led by quarterback Frank Rauscher, who is coming off a 13-for-22, 190-yard passing performance against Easton, although he was dumped for six sacks for losses of 35 yards. F

or the year, the crafty Rauscher is averaging just under 130 passing per game and is completing 64 percent of his passing attempts, but has also thrown more interceptions (five) than TD passes (four.) He is also a threat to run the ball in the Central Catholic offensive system.

On the receiving end of Rauscher’s bullets are a talented group of receivers. Leading the way is Justin Pasquale, who is coming off his best game of the season against Easton where he caught six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

George Hlavac is also another viable receiving target. Hlavac has caught at least one pass in every Viking game this season and is coming off a five-reception performance against Easton. Jeremy Rivera adds balance to the Viking passing game.

But the Vikings’ are primarily a running team.

Leading the ground attack is senior Logan Bachman. In four of Central Catholic’s games this season, Bachman gobbled up 815 yards on just 101 carries.

The talented running back was controlled in the other two contests (against Parkland and Easton), acquiring just 105 yards on 32 carries. The Green Hornets (6-0, 4-0) believe if they control Bachman they have a good chance to control the Viking offense.

“We have to stop the run,” says Emmaus coach Harold Fairclough. “We’re going to have to fly to the football and contain Bachman.”

Most of Central Catholic’s inexperience is on the defensive side of the ball. Since the Whitehall disaster, the Viking defense has improved on fundamental and positioning. Their future looks good.

For Emmaus, this season has the potential to be more than good.

“This team doesn’t just want to be good,” Fairclough says. “They’ve kind of done that already. They want to be great.”

Whether the season is truly memorable may come down to the ability to concentrate.

“This team has the ability to lock in and focus,” Fairclough says. “They have been buying into what we have been asking them to do all season.”