Brish’s 5 TDs propel Haven by Bears
Schuylkill Haven blows past Mahanoy Area 48-0 in Division II game
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.”