Pocono Mountain West
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Crestwood's Greg Myers (46-45, 7th year); West's Jim McCarroll (36-77, 11th year)
Last Meeting: Crestwood 21-6 in 2011
All-Time Series: Crestwood leads 8-2
Quick Fact: West's first victory in school history was a 19-7 win over Crestwood in 2002.
Scouting Crestwood: Crestwood played a terrific second half of football last Friday, turning a 13-7 deficit into a 33-13 victory at Hazleton Area. RBs Frank Aigeldinger (153 yds.) and Evan Callaghan (122) both went over 100 yards for the first time in their careers. It was also the first time since week 2 of 2011 that the Comets had two backs run for 100 yards in the same game. And that came against P.M. West. WR Kota Kishel recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.
The defense wasn't challenged much in the second half as Hazleton Area had only two possessions. It did give up a season-high 153 yards passing, but many came on short throws that didn't amount to much. It will see plenty of footballs in the air tonight.
Scouting West: The Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak, but it wasn't in impressive fashion. They won 17-6 against Allentown Allen, one of the weakest Class 4A programs in the state that has been blown out on a regular basis throughout the years. Allen allowed an average of 42 points in its previous five games.
QB Jeff Krisiak has thrown the ball well out of a new spread formation offense. He set a school record for passing yards in a game in the opener. McCarroll, a former Wyoming Valley West assistant, has been West's coach since the school was formed in 2002.
What To Expect: A win over a second consecutive Class 4A opponent would provide a big boost for Crestwood in the District 2 Class 3A race. The Comets should get it.
-- John Erzar