WILKES-BARRE — Coughlin’s Dave Parsnik only touched the ball four times during Friday night’s game against Dallas.
The quantity didn’t matter much as the senior wide receiver/defensive back made the most of his touches hauling in the lone touchdown of the game then grabbing a late interception to seal the Crusaders’ 7-0 win over Dallas at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
Parsnik wasn’t the only contributor on defense for Coughlin (4-0) as the the unit only allowed 67 total yards to the Mountaineers, picked off quarterback Justin Mucha three times and recovered a fumble. Darik Johnson had a pair of interceptions for the Coughlin defense.
“We hung around on defense. We had some good offensive plays and when we had to make to them we had to make them,” Parsnik said. “We covered well (defensively) and we prepared well and we knew what they were going to try to run on us and we had good depth.”
Dallas (0-4), which has scored just seven points all season, is known around the Wyoming Valley Conference for having a stout defense as well.
In fact, Coughlin was coming off a game against Western Wayne when it rolled up nearly 450 yards of offense. But the Mountaineers defensive lineman Ryan Monk, Rocky Rutkoski and Mark Michno kept pressure on Crusaders’ quarterback Tim Pilch sacking the senior four times and holding the team to just 149 total yards.
“Their three guys up front, Monk, Michno and Rutkoski are three studs,” Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti said. “They’re three loads and they play hard. They come and they’ll put the leather to ya.”
At halftime, the teams combined for just 99 total yards with Dallas holding the edge in the scoreless first 24 minutes. The Mountaineers also had three sacks in the first half.
Cinti and his staff made some blocking adjustments at halftime and it worked like a charm.
On the opening drive of the second half, Coughlin drove 54 yards on nine plays capped off by a 20-yard scoring strike from Pilch to Parsnik for the only touchdown of the game with the clock reading 7:07.
Then in the fourth quarter, Coughlin held the ball for all but 4 minutes, 11 seconds of the period handing the ball to running back Paul Cole 10 times to run out the clock.
Coughlin 7, Dallas 0
COU — Dave Parsnik 20 pass from Tim Pilch (Brandon Butry kick) 7:07
RUSHING — DAL, Logan Brace 7-31, Bill Gately 3-10, Justin Mucha 7-4, Mike Olenginski 1-0, Brett Storrs 2-0, TEAM 1-(minus-1). COU, Paul Cole 26-84, Tim Pilch 12-(minus-15), Tyler Layton 3-3, Tom Mitchell 1-2, TEAM 1-(minus-2).
PASSING — DAL, Justin Mucha 5-14-3-23. COU, Tim Pilch 6-16-1-77.
RECEIVING — DAL, Logan Brace 1-7, Bill Gately 1-1, Omar Nijmeh 2-13, David Simpson 1-2. COU, Dave Parsnik 3-49, Tom Mitchell 1-4, Darik Johnson 2-24.
INTERCEPTIONS — DAL, Justin Mucha. COU, Darik Johnson 2, Dave Parsnik
MISSED FGs — none