WILKES-BARRE — Running back Paul Cole and quarterback Tim Pilch each rushed for over 100 yards Saturday night against Western Wayne. Part of their performance was because of their running ability. Part was the job the offensive line did up front.
The big guys helped Coughlin gain 354 yards on the ground as the Crusaders stayed unbeaten with a 35-14 non-conference victory over Western Wayne.
Cole finished with 146 yards and Pilch added 106, and each ran for a score. Tom Mitchell added 55 more on just three carries, and Tyler Layton had 45 on four rushes.
“We always know we’re strong up front,” said Coughlin lineman Pat Pilch, Tim’s twin — and much bigger — brother. “The line, all five of us were working hard today. That’s how we make holes and how we had two 100-yard rushers. It was a whole team effort.”
Pat Pilch was referring to fellow interior linemen Jason Evans, Brendon Jones, Anthony Khalife and Chris Sebia. Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti also added tight end Frank Wojtash, who also had one of three interceptions on defense.
The combined total put Coughlin at 3-0 and dropped Western Wayne to 1-2.
As for the defense, it essentially pitched a shutout. Western Wayne scored one touchdown via punt return and the other came with 14 seconds remaining in a battle of starters versus the Coughlin backups.
Of course, Cinti — like most high school coaches — found a few flaws in an otherwise dominating performance.
“Overall, I’m happy we won and that’s the bottom line,” Cinti said. “But we’re still doing things we shouldn’t be doing in Week 3. As coaches, we have to do a better job stressing that to our players. We go over things and we’re still making the same mistakes.”
Coughlin stressed this week stopping Western Wayne running back Jayson Figueroa. Figueroa was basically a one-man offense for the Wildcats. He accounted for 226 yards rushing and receiving. The rest of the Wildcats totalled 22 yards.
Figueroa’s final numbers were pumped up by a 59-yard run and a 51-yard reception. Other than those two plays, he wasn’t a big factor.
“We were working on keying on him all week and their formations,” Pat Pilch said. “It was all of us studying hard, and we were able to stop him because we knew what they were running.”
Coughlin led 21-0 at halftime as Cole scored on a 6-yard run and Tim Pilch threw TD passes of 39 yards to Darik Johnson and 29 yards to Dave Parsnik.
Coughlin 35, Western Wayne 14
COU — Paul Cole 6 run (Brandon Butry kick), 6:53
COU — Darik Johnson 39 pass from Tim Pilch (Butry kick), 3:38
COU — Dave Parsnik 29 pass from Pilch (Butry kick), 0:26
COU — Pilch 5 run (Butry kick), 6:18
WW — Jayson Figueroa 49 punt return (Tanner Gillette kick), 1:12
COU — Tom Mitchell 27 run (Butry kick), 11:50
WW —Kyle Haines 16 run (Gillette kick), 0:14
RUSHING — Western Wayne, Figueroa 17-142, Kyle Smith 4-(minus-14), Kourtney Harp 4-5, Andrew Stine 1-0, Haines 4-17, team 1-(minus-7). Coughlin, Cole 24-146, Pilch 11-106, Tyler Layton 4-45, Mitchell 3-55, Derek Nunez 2-3, Josh Hozdovic 1-0, team 1-(minus-1).
PASSING — Western Wayne, Smith 2-4-2-11, Haines 4-13-1-94. Coughlin, Pilch 5-7-1-94.
RECEIVING — Western Wayne, Scott Walck 2-9, Figueroa 3-84, Rich Sherman 1-12. Coughlin, Johnson 4-65, Parsnik 1-29.
INTERCEPTIONS — Western Wayne, Smith 1-12. Coughlin, Johnson 1-0, Mitchell 1-6, Wojtash 1-0.
MISSED FGs — None.