HS FOOTBALL: North Pocono Rolls Over Abington Heights
CLARKS SUMMIT — Halftime could not have come at a better time for North Pocono.
The fifth-ranked Trojans were back on their heels and about to surrender a 14-point lead, but a goal-line stand preserved a
one-touchdown lead at the break and North Pocono broke through in the third quarter with three touchdowns to pull away for a 41-14 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division I game Saturday at Comets Stadium.
North Pocono (3-1 overall, 2-0 in Division I) started fast with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. On their opening drive, the Trojans went 75 yards in
11 plays. Donny Blaine went 3 for 3 passing on the drive and also ran the ball twice, including a 9-yard touchdown run to give North Pocono a 7-0 lead.
After forcing a punt, North Pocono took over at its 46 and, on the first play, Blaine hit Dale Moore for a 54-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 14-0.
“We had twins and their corner was over top of Dale and their safety was over top of Danny (Walsh),” Blaine said. “Danny on the inside just got the safety’s eyes and took him and ran him inside and it left Dale one-on-one and he just had to beat his man.”
(0-4, 0-1) answered with a long drive, going 70 yards in eight plays. George Tinsley hit Corey Perkins three times on the drive, including a 34-yard reception down to the Trojans’ 10. Three plays later, Tinsley rolled out to his right and found Perkins in the corner of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-7.
The Comets then forced North Pocono to punt and put together another impressive drive, going 79 yards in 20 plays, using much of the second-quarter clock. But North Pocono forced an incompletion on fourth-and-goal from the Trojans’ 1-yard-line with less than a minute left in the half.
“That was very key because we sort of controlled early in the game and then they did a great job of coming back and making a lot of plays,” North Pocono coach Greg Dolhon said. “They called a great game and put us in some binds. So to get down there and then to get a stop I think was great for us.”
North Pocono took the ball to start the second half and went 63 yards with Blaine again connecting on three straight passes to three receivers. Jacob Owens capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
“The whole halftime adjustment stuff is overrated,” Dolhon said. “We did the same stuff in the first half, we just did it a little bit better.”
The Trojans got a sack on third-and-3 on the Comets’ next drive, forcing a punt, and took over at Abington Heights’ 43. Six plays later, Blaine scored on a 1-yard run. He first tried a sneak up the middle, but hit a wall and then bounced outside to get in the end zone.
Blaine finished with 148 yards passing and a touchdown and 31 yards rushing with two scores. Tinsley and Perkins connected eight times for 142 yards and a pair of scores for the Comets.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game against a physical team,” Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis said. “Hopefully our players can see the positive things that we did today and things that we need to go back and continue to work on across the board, which I know they will. A lot of good things to take from the game but also there’s a lot of things that we need to continue to improve upon.”
Contact the writer: