Hazleton Area (0-1) at Coughlin (1-0)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Hazleton Area’s Jim Drumheller (5-16, 3rd year); Coughlin’s Ciro Cinti (41-37, 8th year)
Last Meeting: Coughlin 17-0 in 2012
All-Time Series: Coughlin leads 26-17-1
Quick Fact: Hazleton Area had 1 yard rushing and 34 yards of offense in last year’s game.
Scouting Hazleton Area: The Cougars dropped their seventh in a row last Friday, losing 45-29 to Scranton. They were down 32-7 late in the second quarter before scoring twice before halftime. QB Julius Ward put up solid numbers passing and running, but the defense was again bad vs. the run.
Scouting Coughlin: The Crusaders jumped out to an 18-point lead and hung on to defeat Tunkhannock 18-13 in Week 1. QB Tim Pilch (169 yards) and RB Paul Cole (101) had big days as Coughlin ran for nearly 300 yards. Although the Crusaders were planning to throw more this season, they attempted just seven passes in keeping with past strategy.
What To Expect: Coughlin won’t likely be throwing again, especially after the way Scranton tore through Hazleton Area’s run defense. The Crusaders’ ground game will be too much for the Cougars.