Monaco comes back strong from leg in­jury

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Keith Groller

Po­cono Moun­tain West’s Kaleb Monaco en­tered the Eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­fer­ence North Di­vi­sion foot­ball sea­son as one of the top play­ers to watch.

Monaco was one of the top rush­ers in Dis­trict 11 in 2018 when he car­ried the ball 232 times for 1,754 yards and 23 touch­downs.

But Monaco suf­fered a ham­string in­jury in Week 2 and missed the ma­jor­ity of the next four games.

How­ever, the se­nior made a big come­back against Dieruff last week with 129 yards on 19 car­ries and a 40-yard TD run in a 19-6 win.

Here’s a look at other top Week 7 per­for­mances and the lat­est EPC North lead­ers:

Rush­ing Lead­ers

East Strouds­burg North beat Pleas­ant Val­ley 28-21 to end a 29-game los­ing streak, and Rah­saan Ja­cobs led the way for the Tim­ber­wolves with 204 yards on 27 car­ries and scored all four North touch­downs.

Join­ing Monaco with a big rush­ing day for West was Pre­ston Green with 108 yards on eight car­ries, in­clud­ing an 18yard TD run.

Strouds­burg fell to Northamp­ton, but it wasn’t for a lack of ef­fort by Dim­itri Ro­jas. He ran 30 times for 195 yards and had the team’s lone touch­down. Ro­jas en­ters Week 8 as your EPC North rush­ing leader.

Pass­ing Lead­ers

Northamp­ton’s Joe Ker­bacher emerged on the lo­cal foot­ball scene with a solid ef­fort late in the Konkrete Kids’ loss to Strouds­burg in 2018.

One year later, Ker­bacher again per­formed well against the Moun­ties and this time it was in a win. He com­pleted nine of 16 passes for 176 yards and three TDs and added 26 yards rush­ing in a 35-7 vic­tory over Strouds­burg.

Re­ceiv­ing Lead­ers

Northamp­ton’s Jared Russell had just three catches against Strouds­burg, but they went for 84 yards and two touch­downs.

Wayne Hamil­ton had five re­cep­tions for 73 yards in his team’s loss to the K-Kids.

East Strouds­burg South’s Chris­tian Sapp had six catches for 101 yards and a touch­down in a 35-14 loss to Beth­le­hem Catholic. Sapp is your leader in re­ceiv­ing yards with 435, but he trails team­mate Evan Roche in re­cep­tions by three.

Scor­ing Lead­ers

It wasn’t enough to give his team a win or put his name among the league lead­ers, but Allen’s Nyjier Reed had one of the most ex­cit­ing scores of Week 7 when he scooped up a botched snap in the Po­cono Moun­tain East back­field and ran for a 64-yard touch­down in a 19-12 loss.

THE MORN­ING CALL

Po­cono Moun­tain West’s Kaleb Monaco ran for 1,754 yards and 23 touch­downs last sea­son.

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