7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Coughlin's Ciro Cinti (38-34, 7th year); Pittston Area's Mike Barrett (5-11, 2nd year)
Last Meeting: Coughlin 27-14 in 2011
All-Time Series: Coughlin leads 25-18
Quick Fact: Coughlin has won six of the past eight meetings, including the last three.
Scouting Coughlin: The defense was stout once again as the Crusaders defeated Williamsport 36-8. It has two shutouts this season and has allowed over 17 points just once. It's stymied three consecutive opponents with quality running backs.
The offense's point total was the most since a 48-11 victory over Tunkhannock in week two of 2011. After a couple tough weeks, the running game broke loose for 212 yards, with RB Zac Evans getting 165. The Crusaders also have nice size up front with guys like Brad Emerick and Aaron Tohme, and Pittston Area has struggled against bigger lines.
Scouting Pittston Area: The Patriots were shut out for a third time this season, losing 35-0 at Dallas. The run offense netted 4 yards mainly because QB James Emmett was sacked four times. Emmett had decent stats passing, but the Patriots never got a play needed to sway the momentum when the game was still close.
What the Patriots did get was banged up as Dallas' line dominated up front. They also turned over the ball four times, equaling their season high which happened against Abington Heights to start the season.
What To Expect: Coughlin has one of the WVC's best defenses and that with Pittston Area's inconsistency on offense should mean a Crusaders' victory.
-- John Erzar