Br­ish’s 5 TDs pro­pel Haven by Bears

Schuylkill Haven blows past Ma­hanoy Area 48-0 in Di­vi­sion II game

The Republican Herald - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - by Jim mis­stishin Cor­re­sPon­dent

MA­HANOY CITY — Schuylkill Haven head coach Mike Farr was ec­static in the postgame in­ter­view.

He had ev­ery right to be as his Hur­ri­canes dom­i­nated all as­pects of the game en route to a 48-0 vic­tory over Ma­hanoy Area.

There were many dif­fer­ent rea­sons why Farr could be ec­static af­ter Fri­day night’s Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion II game.

First, Ma­hanoy Area rushed for over 500 yards last week in a vic­tory over Ham­burg. Fri­day night, his Hur­ri­canes de­fense held the Golden Bears to 17 yards.

An­other rea­son is Kobe Br­ish, who was com­ing off a 215-yard, five-touch­down per­for­mance. He rushed for 228 more yards and five more touch­downs.

But nei­ther was the rea­son Farr was ec­static. He was ec­static be­cause of his ju­nior full­back, Jake Luck­en­bill.

“Jake Luck­en­bill is our MVP of the game tonight,” Far said. “What a night he had. The blocks he made tonight at the point of at­tack, get­ting us to the edge and then tak­ing the shots in­side, wow, what a game.”

Luck­en­bill and the of­fense got started early and of­ten.

On their first drive Br­ish scored from 21 yards out to make it 7-0. Then, af­ter Haven re­cov­ered a Golden Bear fum­ble, Br­ish found pay­dirt again from 8 yards out.

Af­ter Ma­hanoy’s sec­ond three-and-out of the quar­ter, it was Br­ish again. This time the touch­down run went for 29 yards.

Haven forced an­other three-and-out and the re­sult was the same as the pre­vi­ous three. Br­ish scored from 8 yards out to make the half­time score 28-0.

The stats of the first half re­ally told the story. Schuylkill Haven rushed for 251 yards to Ma­hanoy Area’s 22. The Hur­ri­canes had 13 first downs to Ma­hanoy Area’s one. And the Hur­ri­cane de­fense forced four Golden Bear turnovers.

The sec­ond half started like the first ended. Schuylkill Haven re­ceived the kick­off, drove 62 yards and Br­ish fin­ished the drive with a 14-yard touch­down. The sopho­more ended the night with 25 car­ries for 228 yards, five touch­downs and he also had an in­ter­cep­tion.

While the Hur­ri­cane of­fense was rolling, the de­fense was just as dom­i­nat­ing. Af­ter a week when Ma­hanoy Area put up huge num­bers out of its op­tion of­fense, the Hur­ri­cane de­fense was ready for it Fri­day. In the first three quar­ters the Golden Bears rushed 23 times for 10 yards. Farr cred­ited his de­fen­sive coaches and some fa­mil­iar­ity.

“Steve Spol­ski did a great job prep­ping us this week,” Farr said. “It’s about dis­ci­pline and it’s about be­ing tough. For most of these kids it was the fifth time pre­par­ing for this of­fense and the more you see it, the more com­fort­able you feel with the reads.”

Af­ter an 0-4 start the Hur­ri­canes have now won two straight and more im­por­tantly are 2-0 in the di­vi­sion.

“We are try­ing to go 6-0,” Farr said. “We have for­got­ten about the first four games and we are in a six-game sea­son. We are try­ing to fin­ish out as strong as we can.”

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