Abington Heights scored points on seven of its eight possessions and rolled to a 44-7 win over North Pocono in a Lackawanna League Division 1 contest Oct. 25.
Running back Quinn Karam gained 41 yards on the Comets first play from scrimmage and Joe Carroll hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from JC Show five plays later. Colin McCreary added the extra point to give Abington Heights a 7-0 lead with 6:49 left in the first quarter.
“Our game plan was to get the running game going,” Carroll said. “The offensive line was opening some big holes. We wanted to score on the first drive and we were able to do it.”
After forcing a North Pocono three-and-out, Karam capped a 3-play, 55-yard drive with a 14-yard score. Show connected with Nate Hollander for 41 yards on a slant to set up the touchdown. McCreary’s extra point made the score 14-0 with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter.
“I thought we were very balanced offensively,” Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis said. “That was something we emphasized all week in practice. We blocked very well at the point of attack, our back ran very well downhill, and we were really efficient in our passing game.”
McCreary added a 37-yard field goal with 10:30 left in the second quarter after a touchdown was nullified by a penalty.
On the ensuing drive, North Pocono moved the ball to the Comets 9-yard line, but a 5-yard sack by freshman Logan Hivner and a incomplete pass on fourth down ended their threat.
“I thought the defense played well very and with great effort tonight,” Repshis said. “North Pocono was able to make some plays, but when we had our backs against the wall they responded.”
Abignton Heights (8-1, 5-1 LFC Division 1) struck again, in the final seconds of the first half, when Hollander made a one-handed touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone to cap a 15-play, 85-yard drive. Show threw for 62 of his 153 yards on the drive.
“We feel very confident with our ability to throw the football and the athletes that we have to catch the ball and make plays,” Repshis said. “The passing game is a big part of our offense.
Karam, who rushed for 155 yards on 18 carries, scored on a 6-yard run on the Comets first possession of the second half.
Karam scored his third touchdown of the game on a 20-yard run to cap a 4-play, 70-yard drive and give the Comets a 37-0 advantage with 4:50 left in the third quarter.
North Pocono (1-8, 0-6) got into the scoring column when Trojans running back Pat Monahan, who gained 83 yards on 15 carries scored on a 49-yard run with 1:39 left in the third quarter. Corey Rinaldi added the extra point to make the score 37-7.
Senior fullback Kevin Wellard added the final score of the game on a 4-yard plunge with 6:54 remaining in the game. Sam Vale converted the extra point.
Abington Heights will play its final regular season game on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Scranton.