Scranton at Hazleton Area
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Scranton’s Mike Marichak (32-22, 6th year); Hazleton Area’s Jim Drumheller (5-15, 3rd year)
Last Meeting: Scranton 43-0 in 2012
All-Time Series: Hazleton Area leads 2-1
Quick Fact: Hazleton Area was shut out for the first time in its last 66 games last year.
Scouting Scranton: The Knights graduated one of District 2’s best pitch-catch combinations in Marlinn Waiters and Karlon Quiller. But RB Jake McCarthy is back and he is among the best and fastest runners around. So stopping him will be key. Overall, the Knights are an inexperienced group.
Scouting Hazleton Area: Last year was rough all around for Hazleton Area. The offense showed up on a few occasions, but the defense was troublesome for most of the year. The Cougars enter tonight with a six-game losing streak, second longest in the WVC. A lot of guys are back and it’s time to take the next step to get the program back to respectability.
What To Expect: Hazleton Area has the experience factor, but Scranton has the X-factor in McCarthy. The Cougars can’t afford to let him run wild. Easier said than done.