WEST PITTSTON — Every time Coughlin touched the ball in the first 17 minutes Friday night, the Crusaders produced a bigger play – and a touchdown.
The Crusaders turned their first five offensive plays into 198 yards and three touchdowns, then added another score on special teams to take charge early on the way to a 42-7 Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A victory over host Wyoming Area.
Coughlin (5-3) had possession for just 1:28 during the first 22:02 while producing the flurry that opened a 28-7 lead and paved the way to the team’s third straight victory.
Quarterback Jacob Soller, who wound up running for three touchdowns, threw a 60-yard pass to Josh Hvozdovic on Coughlin’s first offensive play.
“Soller had an outstanding game and I thought our line blocked real well up front,” Coughlin coach Ciro Cinti said. “That’s what (Soller) has been giving us all year. He’s an underrated kid.
“He threw the ball well. First play from scrimmage, he stepped up into the pocket and threw a great pass. He showed he can hurt you with his arm as well as his legs.”
Soller only attempted one other pass but he also carried nine times for 122 yards.
Tom Mitchell scored from the 1 on the play after the long pass for a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Coughlin scored in two plays again for a 14-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter.
This time, the long play went all the way to the end zone. Tyler Layton hit a seam in the middle and went 51 yards for the touchdown.
The Crusaders turned their first snap of the second quarter into the game’s longest play. Soller faked a reverse and ran 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play after Jeff Skursky ran 47 yards for a Wyoming Area touchdown.
Coughlin did not even need the ball to take a three-touchdown lead.
Frank Wojtash blocked a punt, picked it up and ran it 17 yards for a score with 6:54 left in the second quarter. The Crusaders took a 28-7 lead into the locker room.
Skursky carried 20 times for 106 yards in the first half, but left the stadium at halftime to have an injury to his midsection evaluated.
Soller added both second-half touchdowns. He ran 1 yard with 4:26 left in the third quarter after Wyoming Area misplayed a punt at its 29.
The Crusaders moved 60 yards in 11 plays on a drive that straddled the third and fourth quarters. Soller ran 20 yards for a touchdown on third-and-five with 9:01 left, putting the remainder of the game in the Mercy Rule.
On October 24th, the 2014 Class of the Ring of Pride will be honored at halftime of the Wallenpaupack game at Jake Sobeski Stadium. This year’s Class of the Ring of Pride is Jim Carmody, Jamie Kudrako, Jeff Hague, Scott Schalles and Fred Marianacci. The 1984 Championship team, which was led by Leo Malsky and Jeff Hague, will also be honored this night. Induction ceremony and introduction of the 1984 team will take place at half time. This event is always a crowd pleaser and promises to be another great night this year. “After” party will be held at Cheer’s Café in West Pittston.
A reminder that on Oct. 24th, in addition to the Ring of Pride, we will be honoring all of the players and coaches from the 1984 Championship Team.
Warriors Huddle Up For a Cure
Friday, October 24th is Breast Cancer Awareness Night for Wyoming Area Warrior Football.
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Skursky named "Other to Watch" on PFN Preseason All-State team
Old Forge's DL Corey Souryavong was named to the PFN Preseason All-State Class A team. The following District 2 players were named to the Others To Watch list in their respective classifications: RB Joe McCarthy, Scranton; LB Matt Wagner, Delaware Valley; RB Jeff Skursky, Wyoming Area; OL Zach Venesky, Valley View; DL Ryan Monk, Dallas; LB Frank Aigeldinger, Crestwood; DL Chase Wickenheiser, Abington Heights; TE Joe Arcangelo, Abington Heights; OL Dalton Perla, Berwick; LB Austin Mazonkey, Northwest; WR Nick Long, Northwest; OL Dan Drewes, Dunmore; DL Dan Drewes, Dunmore; DL Saul Wilkins, GAR; DL Carlo Tolesco, Meyers; DL Christian Miller, Susquehanna.http://pafootballnews.com/2014-pfn-preseason-all-state/
WARRIORS HOME GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON INTERNET
All Wyoming Area Football home games will be broadcast on this web site for the 2014 season. As in the past three years, both video and audio will be broadcast over the "Livestream" system. Just click on the "Livestream Broadcast" link above and you should be able to hear and see the action. Many Warrior fans who can't make it to the game tune in. In particular, relatives, older fans and alumni who are out of town, constitute a big part of the audience. In additon, many of the younger football alumni who are off at college like to tune in. The Livestream system has a chat mechanism that allows fans to comment on the action. In addition, the broadcast can be viewed anytime after the game--a favorite activity of players on Friday nights after the game.