North Pocono Thumps Coughlin
MOSCOW — North Pocono head coach Greg Dolhon made sure to remind his team how good they can be after Friday night’s game against Coughlin.
For those in attendance at chilly Trojan Stadium, the performance on the field was likely all the convincing they needed.
North Pocono rolled up 409 yards of total offense while holding Coughlin to just 85 en route to a 42-0 win, snapping a two-game losing streak.
“Sometimes you have to tell kids that because they can lose confidence easily,” Dolhon said. “We played good football tonight and we can still get better in spots.”
Tailback Jacob Owens led the attack with 161 total yards, including 137 on 16 carries. He scored a pair of first-half touchdowns — a 24-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass, and a five-yard run — as the Trojans (5-3) took a 21-0 halftime lead.
Gabe Hribal added 61 yards and two scores on six carries, and Donny Blaine threw for 109 yards and a score while adding another touchdown on the ground. Dale Moore caught four passes for 53 yards to lead the air assault.
“We’ve got good athletes around the field and an elite quarterback,” Dolhon said. “We have to use them. If we block people up front, it gives them an opportunity to do good things.”
On the defensive side, North Pocono held Coughlin (0-8) to just 69 yards on 28 rushing attempts and only four first downs. The Trojans forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by Blaine. Sam Smith added an 11-yard fumble return for a score in the fourth quarter.
Despite the final result, Coughlin battled early in the contest, forcing North Pocono to turn the ball over on downs on its second possession. The Crusaders also forced an early second-half turnover deep in Trojans territory, but couldn’t turn it into points that would’ve put them back in the game.
“They’re a very good team, they’re well-disciplined and they come off the ball hard,” Coughlin head coach Ciro Cinti said of North Pocono. “Our kids played hard, but their size and strength was too much. It was just a matter of time until that was going to wear us down.”
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