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Coughlin at Wyoming Valley West

September 27. 2013 12:22AM

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Coughlin (4-0) at Wyoming Valley West (4-0)

7 p.m. today

The Coaches: Coughlin’s Ciro Cinti (44-37, 8th year); Valley West’s Pat Keating (34-15, 5th year)

Last Meeting: Valley West 12-6 in 2012

All-Time Series: Valley West leads 28-17-3

Quick Fact: The teams combined for less than 400 yards of offense in last year’s game.

Scouting Coughlin: As expected, Coughlin had its hands full with winless Dallas last Friday. A Dave Parsnik TD catch in the third quarter led to the 7-0 win. RB Paul Cole and QB Tim Pilch were coming off 100-yard rushing performance vs. Western Wayne, but neither found much running room. The Crusaders finished with 72 rushing yards after averaging 293.7 in their first three games. The shutout was nice, but came against a struggling offense.

Scouting Valley West: The Spartans fell at rival Berwick 42-28 last Friday. The 42 points were the most the Spartans have allowed since surrendering the same in the 2009 season finale against Whitehall. The run defense was carved up a bit in the second half and gave up 254 yards, more than it allowed in the last two games combined. Turnovers, including one at the Berwick 1-yard line late in the first half, were costly.

What To Expect: Coughlin always seems to play Valley West tough, but the Crusaders can never get over the hump for a victory. Look for a similar game tonight.

— John Erzar

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