BETHLEHEM – The Hurricanes rushed for 349 yards and four different players scored rushing touchdowns as Bethlehem Liberty scored 35 unanswered points in a 49-10 win over Bethlehem Catholic Saturday night at BASD Stadium.
The win by Liberty puts them in a four-way tie for second place in the Lehigh Valley Conference with Freedom, Easton Area and Parkland. On top of the standings are Whitehall and Nazareth.
On their opening drive, Bethlehem Catholic drove 66-yards on 18 plays down to the Liberty 16. Tom McLoughlin’s 34-yard field with 3:25 left in the first quarter put the Golden Hawks up 3-0.
After the Golden Hawks took almost nine minutes off the clock. It took Liberty two plays to put points on the scoreboard. Quarterback James McCarthy optioned left and went 58 yards down to the Golden Hawks 18. One play later Jack Long took it in from 13-yards out. Tim Kane’s kick put Liberty up 7-3.
In the second quarter Liberty took over. McCarthy hooked up with KJ Williams twice. McCarthy threw touchdown passes of 67 and 18 yards. Devon Jones scored from five yards out.
Liberty went into halftime leading 28-3 over the Golden Hawks. Liberty out rushed the Golden Hawks 136 to 68 and had 220 yards of total offense at the half.
Liberty continued their dominance on the ground in the third quarter. Mid-way through the third quarter Liberty’s big play ability struck again. Another big run by McCarthy set up another score. Jones took the handoff and went 56 yards for the score. Michael Harris’ six-yard run with 1:05 left in the third quarter put Liberty up 42-7.
The Golden Hawks stopped the bleeding when Connor Casey hit Chris Figler for a 14-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
Liberty finished the scoring with a Leo Cortez eight-yard run with 4:39 remaining.
James McCarthy led the way rushing for 106 yards and passing for 85. Jack Long added 110 yards and Devon Jones had 88 yards rushing.
Bethlehem Catholic quarterback Connor Casey passed for 158 yards on 10 of 15 completions and one score.
Bethlehem Liberty (6-2) travels to Easton Area next Friday night. Bethlehem Catholic (3-5) plays Bethlehem Freedom.
Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Bethlehem Liberty 7 21 14 7 49
Bethlehem Catholic 3 0 0 7 10
BC – FG 33 Tom McLoughlin
L – Jack Long 13 run
L – KJ Williams 67 pass from James McCarthy
L – Devon Jones 5 run
L – KJ Williams 18 pass from James McCarthy
L – Devon Jones 56 run
L – Michael Harris 6 run
BC – Chris Figler 14 pass from Connor Casey
L – Leo Cortez 8 run