Coughlin (6-1) at Pocono Mtn. East (3-4)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Coughlin’s Ciro Cinti (46-38, 8th year); PM East’s Phil Dorn (22-56, 8th year)
Last Meeting: Coughlin 45-35 in 2012
All-Time Series: Coughlin leads 1-0
Quick Fact: PM East led 20-17 at halftime last year and gained 410 yards.
Scouting Coughlin: After throwing the ball more frequently earlier in the season, Coughlin is back to its ground-and-pound attack. The Crusaders have rushed the ball 112 times in the last two games while passing on just 13 occasions. Of course, the opponents dictated that strategy since neither was very stout vs. the run. RB Paul Cole went over 1,000 yards for the season in last Friday’s 32-13 victory over Pittston Area. After a four-turnover game vs. Wyoming Valley West, the Crusaders haven’t coughed up the ball in the last two contests. The defense picked off three passes for the third time this season.
Scouting PM East: Football became less important to the Cardinals about four weeks ago when starting QB Steve Dienno and RB Justin Bullock were critically injured in a car accident. Another student suffered minor injuries. Since then, PM East has lost three in a row, all by six points or less. In fact, losing close games has been too commonplace. Junior QB Luke Hohenstein has had some solid moments since becoming the starter. WR R.J. Sarajian is a big-play threat, but the Cardinals prefer running the ball to a 2-to-1 ratio.
What To Expect: A long road trip and an PM East team that is better than its record indicates could add up for quite a tussle for Coughlin.