Tro­jans bounce back against Cough­lin

North Po­cono al­lows just 85 yards in blowout win, snap­ping two-game los­ing streak.

The Times-Tribune - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - BY RANDY SHEMANSKI COR­RE­SPON­DENT

MOSCOW — North Po­cono head coach Greg Dol­hon made sure to re­mind his team how good they can be af­ter Fri­day night’s game against Cough­lin.

For those in at­ten­dance at chilly Tro­jan Sta­dium, the per­for­mance on the field was likely all the con­vinc­ing they needed.

No. 9 North Po­cono rolled up 409 yards of to­tal of­fense while hold­ing Cough­lin to just 85 en route to a

42-0 win, snap­ping a two-game los­ing streak.

“Some­times you have to tell kids that be­cause they can lose con­fi­dence eas­ily,” Dol­hon said. “We played good foot­ball tonight and we can still get bet­ter in spots.”

Tail­back Ja­cob Owens led the at­tack with 161 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 137 on 16 car­ries. He scored a pair of first-half touch­downs — a 24-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass, and a five-yard run — as the Tro­jans (5-3) took a 21-0 half­time lead.

Gabe Hribal added 61 yards and two scores on six car­ries and Donny Blaine threw for 109 yards and a score while adding an­other touch­down on the ground. Dale Moore caught four passes for 53 yards to lead the air as­sault.

“We’ve got good ath­letes around the field and an elite quar­ter­back,” Dol­hon said. “We have to use them. If we block peo­ple up front, it gives them an op­por­tu­nity to do good things.”

On the de­fen­sive side, North Po­cono held Cough­lin (0-8) to just 69 yards on 28 rush­ing at­tempts and only four first downs. The Tro­jans forced four turnovers, in­clud­ing two in­ter­cep­tions by Blaine. Sam Smith added an 11-yard fum­ble re­turn for a score in the fourth quar­ter.

De­spite the fi­nal re­sult, Cough­lin bat­tled early in the con­test, forc­ing North Po­cono to turn the ball over on downs on its sec­ond pos­ses­sion. The Cru­saders also forced an early sec­ond-half turnover deep in Tro­jans ter­ri­tory, but couldn’t turn it into points that would’ve put them back in the game.

“They’re a very good team, they’re well-dis­ci­plined and they come off the ball hard,” Cough­lin head coach Ciro Cinti said of North Po­cono. “Our kids played hard, but their size and strength was too much. It was just a mat­ter of time un­til that was go­ing to wear us down.”

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