MS football unbeaten again
Catasauqua head middle school football coach Travis Brett can’t specifically recall when his teams last lost a football game.
It’s for a good reason, too.
The young Rough Riders have posted consecutive undefeated, 10-0 seasons, and had an 8-2 mark in the previous year, compiling an extraordinary 38-2 mark during the span.
“I believe we have won 26 or 27 (games) in a row,” said Brett, who is in his sixth year with the middle school program and 18th overall in the Catasauqua system. “We have had a really good run the last two years.
“I believe we had about half of our kids back for the second year we were undefeated.”
This past season, Brett highlighted the contributions of quarterback Nasir McLean, who has guided the team the past two seasons and will be a freshman next year.
“He (McLean) has all of the qualities of a good quarterback,” said Brett. “He worked really hard and got better this year. He is a freshman who can immediately help the varsity next year.”
Up front, Miles Melendez was a force as a nose guard and guard, and also served as the team’s kicker.
“He (Melendez) was a beast out there,” said Brett. “He was awesome on both sides of the ball, and loves the weight room. He is the type of player who can lead and take charge.’
Donovan Bonilla and Chad Beller also had stellar years. Hunter Reitz, who was expected to be a major contributor, broke his collar bone in a bicycle accident and missed the season.
“Those guys were a big part, too,” added Brett. “But we really had a team effort. Most of these guys have played together for a while, and they all know each other well. They also have won titles together, so they know how to win.”
Brett believed that this team’s character and mettle were tested throughout the season. He noted the third game of the season in which the Roughies battled through a 27-6 victory over Pen Argyl, and also in a 22-14, rainy day win over Palmerton in which they had to make a two-point conversion for the victory.
He also has been pleased with his team’s adaptation and flexibility.
“We started off with 28 players and we finished with about 24 due to injuries,” said Brett. “But we have had more interest from kids who want to come out after they have seen what we are doing.
“These kids can easy adjust to any offense. We also ran some spread, some I-formation, some wishbone and our triple-option. They just pick up on everything really fast.”
Brett truly has cherished the moments from the past two years, and has high aspirations for their futures.
“I think this team can be unstoppable if they all start and stay together,” said Brett. “We have had good teams over the years, but some players leave the program.
“I have never had a team like this. They are special. They all can have a big impact on the varsity program.”