Christian Cacchione said in the preseason that if he keeps getting the ball, good things will happen.
As if there was any doubt, Cacchione scored four touchdowns to help Berks Catholic open the season with a weather-shortened 46-12 victory over Executive Education Academy Friday in a non-league game at Forino Sports Complex.
Moments after Cacchione scored on a 47-yard run, lightning was spotted and the teams were pulled off the field before the Saints could attempt the extra point.
The teams never returned.
Executive Education is a first-year program that practices on a makeshift field that isn’t regulation size and doesn’t have its own locker room. The players suit up in an assembly room at the school.
In addition to his final run, Cacchione also scored on a 14-yard fumble return, a 36-yard punt return and a 16-yard run.
The senior, who was named to pafootballnews.com’s Class 4A All-State first team last year at slot/H-back, finished with 139 yards on six carries.
The Saints opened the scoring on the game’s first possession, capping a six-play, 56-yard drive with a 16-yard pass from Mitchell Gatz to tight end Aron Reinhart.
Cacchione scored his first touchdown on the Raptors’ ensuing possession when he scooped up a fumble following a completed pass to Emery Plummer and ran untouched into the end zone as BC went up 14-0.
The Saints took a 20-0 lead on Josiah Jordan’s 5-yard run and made it 27-0 with two minutes left in the first half on Cacchione’s punt return, which showed the Raptors’ inexperience.
Executive Education punted from its 9 and the ball hit at about the 40 and bounced backward. Not a single Raptor was around the ball, so Cacchione picked it up and ran in for the TD.
The Raptors scored their first points on a 56-yard pass from Darmel Lopez to Jyhmeik Roman on which Cacchione missed a tackle.
Berks Catholic responded with a 22-yard TD pass from Gatz to Jordan to make it 33-6.
On the play following the kickoff, Lopez hit Roman for an 80-yard TD.
Cacchione showed his talents on the next drive, spinning and breaking tackles on a 44-yard run that set up his 16-yard TD that made it 40-12.
Gatz, a senior, completed all four of his passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Source: Berkshire mont