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Football falls to Central

The Whitehall football team traveled to take on Central Catholic Saturday night in the rain but fell to the Vikings 21-7.

The Vikes got off to a 7-0 lead thanks to a first quarter touchdown run from Caiden Shaffer. This was a one-yard plunge in the end zone for the early lead.

Jareel Calhoun hauled in a 27-yard pass from quarterback Tamlin Ferguson to put Central up 14-0 in the second quarter.

But the Zephs would strike back quick with a Damonte Foreman run. Foreman took off for a 78-yard touchdown and after an Andrew Deutsch kick, the score was 14-7 heading into halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Shaffer would strike again, this time on a 39-yard TD run to put Central up 21-7.

Shaffer ran 20 times for 184 yards and two TDs on the night. Calhoun finished with six catches for 57 yards and his score. Ferguson was 10-for-16 throwing for 94 yards, but was picked off three times.

Foreman ran 22 times for 152 yards and a TD in the loss. Foreman was one of three Zephs to add an interception on defense. Bryce Bashore also had a pick as did Tommy Buskirk.

With two weeks of action left, the Zephs are still in a position to clinch a District 11 5A playoff berth. As of this week, the Zephyrs are second behind East Stroudsburg South, which sits at 5-3. Whitehall is 3-4 on the season and a game-and-a-half ahead of Southern Lehigh, which is 2-6 and in the third spot. Wyoming Valley West is 3-5 and in fourth with Pocono Mountain East (1-5) and Abington Heights (1-7) sitting at fifth and sixth in the standings, and likely will be on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs go.

The Zephs have now dropped four-straight games and will take on Nazareth on the road this week before ending their regular season with a home game against rival Northampton in two weeks. Nazareth is 5-3 and in sixth place in the District 11 6A standings. The Kids are 8-0 on the season and sit in second place behind first place Parkland (6-1) in 6A.

Foreman leads the Zephs in rushing this season with 82 carries for 457 yards and five touchdowns in seven games. Nigel Linton has played in two less games and has 53 carries for 412 yards and nine TDs on the year. QB Quinn Wentling has rushed 62 times for 264 yards and five touchdowns.

5A standings

Eastburg South 5 3 .651

Whitehall 3 4 .583

So. Lehigh 2 6 .457

Wyoming Vy. W 3 5 .424

Pocono East 1 5 .415

Abington 1 7 .306

6A standings

Parkland 6 1 .799

N’ampton 8 0 .772

Freedom 6 2 .763

Emmaus 7 1 .747

Easton 4 2 .663

Nazareth 5 3 .661

Pleasant Vy. 4 3 .611

Stroudsburg 4 4 .556

Pocono West 4 4 .553

Dieruff 2 5 .462

Liberty 1 7 .378

Allen 0 8 .289

Press photo by Linda Rothrock Whitehall's Damonte Foreman, right, leads the Zephs in rushing and has been a staple on defense as well.