Berks Catholic wasted no time finding the end zone Friday night.
Kick returner Christian Cacchione ran back the opening kickoff for a 91-yard touchdown, and the Saints added two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Berks Catholic remained in control the rest of the game, defeating Daniel Boone 40-7 at Birdsboro in a Berks Football League Section 1 opener.
“To start the game off with a nice run like that by one of your senior leaders, it just set a tone,” Saints head coach Rick Keeley said. “We rode that momentum.”
Berks Catholic (1-0, 4-2) utilized a balanced offensive attack and benefitted from some big passing plays. Senior quarterback Mitchell Gatz had three completions over 30 yards, two of which went for touchdowns.
Gatz completed 8-of-9 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He led the Saints on several strong drives and was calm in the pocket.
“I thought he controlled the game very good,” Keeley said. “We started off the game with him throwing the ball and he delivered, which got us a little bit of momentum.”
The Berks Catholic rushing attack was led by fullback Luke Hughes, who ran for 73 yards and a touchdown. Cacchione also had 37 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.
The Saints led 19-0 at halftime and 40-0 early in the fourth quarter before Daniel Boone (0-1, 3-3) scored a touchdown. The Saints finished with 15 first downs.
The Blazers struggled to get much going on offense, as they were plagued by low snaps and subsequent lost yardage. Daniel Boone’s lone score came with under two minutes remaining when quarterback Dean Rotter threw a touchdown pass to tight end Riley Brady.
Blazers running back A.J. Hofer ran for 56 yards, but the Saints’ defensive line was strong throughout. They pressured Rotter and clogged up potential running lanes, preventing Boone from sustaining any long drives.
“Our defense got a couple of three-and-outs tonight, and I like the way our offense executed,” Keeley said. “I’m real happy with how we’re sitting right now.”
Source: Berkshire mont