Berks Catholic beats Hamburg with big plays to stay unbeaten

This article can be found published on the Reading Eagle‘s website.
(Reading Eagle)

(Reading Eagle)

Berks Catholic entered Saturday’s game against Hamburg unbeaten and gave an early look why with a 78-yard touchdown return by Chris Warren on the opening kickoff.

But it was the offense that really impressed in a 35-7 Berks Football League Section 2 victory.

“We took some steps forward with our passing game,” Saints coach Rick Keeley said. “That’s something that was lacking, so all week we focused on throwing the ball and it paid some dividends today.”

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It sure did.

Junior quarterback Matt Kase went 3-for-4 for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and senior fullback Jack Huntsman caught two passes for 91 yards and two scores. Huntsman also had 92 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries.

“It’s always fun scoring,” Huntsman said. “I’m not usually that involved in the passing game, but I was open in the flat a couple times and had blockers in front of me.”

“We got the ball to Jack and Jack made something happen,” Keeley said. “He had nice catches and made some nice runs after the catch.”

Though Berks Catholic (3-0, 7-0) set the tone at the start, Hamburg had an early chance to stay in it.

A 42-yard reception by junior Cody Miller set the Hawks up at the Saints’ 10-yard line on their second possession. Hamburg (2-2, 3-4) could only gain 2 yards over four attempts, however.

“We have a lot of confidence in our goal line defense,” Keeley said. “It was like, ‘No pressure, (the) goal line defense was going to come in’ and they stopped them in four downs.”

Despite that stand, Keeley said he feels the defense still needs some work.

“We have to stop giving up big plays like we did there (and) getting beat deep,” Keeley said. “Our overall defense is getting better.”

Keeley, who is in his 27th season as a head coach, has an unbeaten team this late for the first time.

“I’ve never been 7-0 before, so this is a nice feeling,” he said. “A lot of hard work goes into getting that (feeling). We know every Monday we’ve got to start all over again to get ready for the team we’re playing.”

Huntsman scored on a 39-yard pass and a 52-yard pass from Kase, and on a 52-yard run.

“It’s awesome for my senior year to be undefeated and staying undefeated,” Huntsman said. “Hopefully we can continue that through the rest of the season.”

Carsen Allen had the Saints’ other touchdown, on a 24-yard run.

To avoid any sense of invincibility the players may begin to feel, Keeley said he keeps the team on a game-by-game mentality.

“We focus one game at a time,” Keeley said. “We’ve got to make sure we come out ready to play and teach them that we just want to be the best team on this field.”

Hamburg’s Joey Raffensperger rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries to go over the 1,000-yard mark in his career.

Rob Henne led the Hawks with 76 yards rushing on five carries. He scored the team’s only touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.


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