Western Wayne (1-1) at Coughlin (2-0)
7 p.m. Saturday
The Coaches: Western Wayne’s Don McDonough Jr. (1-1, 1st year); Coughlin’s Ciro Cinti (42-37, 8th year)
Last Meeting: Coughlin 31-28 in 2012
All-Time Series: Coughlin leads 1-0
Quick Fact: Coughlin won last year’s game with a 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds to play.
Scouting Western Wayne: The Wildcats were trampled by Scranton Prep 49-0 last Friday, with their defense being victimized via ground and air. The offense, obviously, didn’t do much. RB Jayson Figueroa makes things happen for the Wildcats. He has 435 yards rushing – averaging 11.2 per carry – and stopping him will be the key. As for passing, there’s nothing here to see as Western Wayne has thrown for 38 yards this year.
Scouting Coughlin: The Crusaders bounced Hazleton Area 26-16 last Friday. QB Tim Pilch had the best statistical game of his career, although his stats were modest in general. Three receivers – Darik Johnson, Dave Parsnik and Tom Mitchell – all contributed. RB Paul Cole was a bull as usually. The defense did a solid job, but wasn’t on the field much. Coughlin ran 69 plays on offense compared to 34 by Hazleton Area.
What To Expect: Prior to the season, the matchup would appear to be a battle of grind-it-out teams. And it still might be. But Coughlin’s ability to mix in the pass effectively enough could be the difference.