Tunkhannock (0-1) at West Scranton (1-0)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Tunkhannock’s Rod Azar (3-18, 3rd year); West Scranton’s Joe Gerek (20-22, 5th year)
Last Meeting: West Scranton 38-6 in 2012
All-Time Series: West Scranton leads 14-6
Quick Fact: In last year’s contest, Tunkhannock trailed 14-6 midway through the third quarter.
Scouting Tunkhannock: The Tigers got their offense going a little too late vs. Coughlin last Friday, resulting in a 18-13 loss. QB Brian Beauchemin had his best rushing game of his career with 131 yards. RB Ryan Cywinski had 53 more on 10 carries, but will probably tote the ball more tonight. The Tigers fell into an 18-0 hole and aren’t the type of team capable of climbing out. They can’t fall behind by much tonight.
Scouting West Scranton: The Invaders (the best nickname in District 2) steamrolled Riverside 54-12 in their opener. That would be very impressive in past years when Riverside was a Class A power. But with Riverside undergoing a major rebuilding, we’ll reserve judgment. Still, the running game was very strong and Tunkhannock had trouble stopping Coughlin runners last week.
What To Expect: West Scranton’s running attack will eventually wear on Tunkhannock in the second half like in last year’s matchup.