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FOOTBALL: Week 3 Game Capsules

September 7, 2018

Berwick (2-0) at Williamsport (1-1)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Williamsport 32, Berwick 27 (2017)

Series history: Berwick leads 22-9

How they fared last week:

Berwick 38, Pittston Area 0

Altoona 38, Williamsport 0

Coaches Corner

Berwick: Frank Sheptock (3rd season, 20-8)

Williamsport: Charles Crews Jr. (8th season, 4th at Williamsport, 37-41 overall, 26-12 at Williamsport)

Players to watch

Berwick: Running back Owen Shoemaker is averaging 6.7 yards per carry.

Williamsport: Wide receiver Marcus Simmons is averaging 23.9 yards per reception.

Scouting report

All eyes will be on this early season conference matchup. Berwick has not allowed a point this season, while Williamsport, when healthy, has a dynamic offense capable of putting up points in bunches. That wasn’t the case last week at the Millionaires were shut out for the first time since Week 10 of the 2013 season. Williamsport running back Trey Potts did not play in the game, and obviously Crews is hoping to have the running back in the lineup this week against the Bulldogs. The Millionaires could not get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, while the defense gave up over 500 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week. Berwick’s defense continued to dominate the competition again last week, posting its second consecutive shutout to begin the year. Berwick is giving up a total of 126 yards per game. That includes an average of 14.5 yards against the run, and 111.5 against the pass. Offensively, Berwick is averaging 8.3 yards per carry, led by Owen Shoemaker, who has rushed for 228 yards and one touchdown.

 

 

Crestwood (1-1) at Valley West (2-0)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Valley West 39, Crestwood 7 (2017)

Series history: Valley West leads 10-1

How they fared last week:

Dallas 32, Crestwood 12

Valley West 21, Hazleton Area 20

Coaches Corner

Crestwood: Greg Myers (15th season, 12th at Crestwood, 90-83 overall, 80-73 at Crestwood)

Valley West: Pat Keating (10th season, 78-30)

Players to watch

Crestwood: Wide receiver Brandon Niemenski is averaging 13.5 yards per catch.

Valley West: Quarterback Jake Shusta is averaging 11.6 yards per completion.

Scouting report

Valley West is off to a 2-0 start for the second time since the 2016 season. That year, after winning its first two games, the Spartans dropped their next two. Traditionally, there has been no love lost between these two teams. This is always a physical game, and both teams are going to need to keep the emotions in check. After a penalty-filled season opener when Crestwood was flagged 17 times for 140 yards, the Comets were able to clean some things up and were only whistled eight times for 63 yards in Week 2. The Comets struggled running the ball last week, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. They were able to throw the ball efficiently, throwing for 162 yards, but still only managed 12 points. Valley West came away with a big win on the road last week, blocking a potential game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter. The Spartans are averaging 5.5 yards per carry, and 14.8 yards per pass completion. They have turned the ball over three times this year, while the defense has generated one. Valley West is averaging 22.5 points per game, while Crestwood is averaging 16.5.

 

Tunkhannock (0-2) at Pittston Area (1-1)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Pittston Area 36, Tunkhannock 20 (2017)

Series history: Pittston Area leads 23-14-1

How they fared last week:

Nanticoke Area 53, Tunkhannock 31

Berwick 38, Pittston Area 0

Coaches Corner

Tunkhannock: Mike Marabell (1st season, 0-2)

Pittston Area: Nick Barbieri (2nd season, 7-6)

Players to watch

Tunkhannock: Quarterback Jack Chilson has thrown three touchdown passes on the year.

Pittston Area: Quarterback Mike Nocito is completing 57.1 percent of his passes up to this point in the season.

Scouting report

Tunkhannock found itself in a high-scoring game last week against Nanticoke Area, while Pittston Area headed to Berwick and saw first-hand how well the Berwick defense is playing to start the year. The biggest issue for Tunkhannock was the second quarter when it allowed 33 points. That proved to be the difference for the Tigers. If there was one positive to take away, it’s that the offense had some success moving the football. It’s clear the Tigers are going to need to get better on the defensive side of the ball. Tunkhannock is allowing 494.5 yards and 53 points per game. The Tigers rank fifth in the conference in passing offense with 143.5 yards per game. The Tigers average 5.3 yards per carry, but haven’t had a runner reach 100 yards on the year as of yet. Garrett Hopkins is the closest at 97 yards rushing. Pittston Area finished with 77 yards of total offense last week. On the bright side, taking care of the football was a concern heading into the season, and so far so good. The Patriots have yet to turn the ball over in 30 pass attempts and 67 rushing attempts.

 

 

Coughlin (0-2) at Nanticoke Area (1-1)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Coughlin 49, Nanticoke Area 7 (2007)

Series history: Coughlin leads 45-29-1

How they fared last week:

Nanticoke Area 53, Tunkhannock 31

Wyoming Area 42, Coughlin 14

Coaches Corner

Coughlin: Ciro Cinti (13th season, 71-65)

Nanticoke Area: Ron Bruza (9th season, 34-50)

Players to watch

Coughlin: Running back Marquise Silva is averaging 7.3 yards per rushing attempt.

Nanticoke Area: Keanu Ammons is averaging 21 yards per catch and 10.7 yards per carry.

Scouting report

Coughlin fell behind early in the first quarter and could not recover in dropping its second game to start the season. It is the second consecutive year the Crusaders lost their first two games to start the year. The running game remained pretty consistent, rushing for over 100 yards again. The passing game took a bit of a step back. In Week 1, the Crusaders threw for 172 yards. Last week, Coughlin threw for 17 yards, but on nine fewer attempts than the first week. As it continues to navigate its way through Class 4A, Nanticoke Area is in a position where it is seven points and a few untimely mistakes from being 2-0. But the Trojans can’t worry about what might have been, and just continue to focus on what they can control. Last week, the Trojans showed they have potential to be a dynamic offensive team after scoring 33 points in the second quarter in a win over Tunkhannock. Quarterback Colby Butczynski only completed 8 of 22 attempts, but he threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Joe Ammons continues to impress, and is averaging 8.8 yards per carry.

 

 

Northwest (0-2) at Wyoming Area (2-0)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Wyoming Area 55, Northwest 13 (2013)

Series history: Wyoming Area leads 3-1

How they fared last week:

Meyers 53, Northwest 14

Wyoming Area 42, Coughlin 14

Coaches Corner

Northwest: Lon Hazlet (20th season, 4th at Northwest, 107-93 overall, 22-13 at Northwest)

Wyoming Area: Randy Spencer (11th season, 55-56)

Players to watch

Northwest: Running back George May has rushed for one of the team’s three rushing touchdowns on the year.

Wyoming Area: Wide receiver Brian Williams leads the team with an average of 14.3 yards per reception.

Scouting report

For the third consecutive week, the Rangers will hit the road. And for the third consecutive week, the team is looking to win a football game. The Rangers flat out struggled last week in all phases of the game. They had trouble moving the ball offensively, while on the defensive side of the ball, they had no answers for the run game. Part of the problem was tackling. Too many times the ball carrier was allowed to pick up positive yards after initial contact was made. The Rangers are under .500 after two weeks for the third time since the 2014 season. At 2-0, Wyoming Area is off to its best start since the 2016 season. That year, the Warriors raced out to a 4-0 start. The Warriors have relied on the run game through the first two weeks. The Warriors have run the ball 72 times this season and thrown it 15. Quarterback Dom DeLuca was effective last week, completing five passes, with four of them going for touchdowns. The Warriors have given up 132 yards on the ground this season.

 

Meyers (1-1) at Lake-Lehman (1-1)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Lake-Lehman 30, Meyers 23 (2017)

Series history: Meyers leads 28-21

How they fared last week:

Meyers 53, Northwest 14

Lake-Lehman 42, Hanover Area 0

Coaches Corner

Meyers: Jeff Labatch (4th season, 20-16)

Lake-Lehman: Jerry Gilsky (9th season, 58-35)

Players to watch

Meyers: Running back Nazir Dunell is averaging 12 yards per carry.

Lake-Lehman: Casey Kaminski leads the team with two interceptions.

Scouting report

Dunell announced his presence with authority last week, rushing for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 14 yards per carry against Northwest. In all, the Mohawks rushed for 527 yards and picked up 600 yards of total offense, the best team output in the conference through two weeks. The last time Meyers defeated Lake-Lehman was in 2009. However, since the 2013 season, three of the outcomes have been decided by a total of 12 points. One Meyers player to keep an eye on going forward is quarterback Talee Swinney. In his first season as the starter, Swinney started to look comfortable running the offense last week, and he has the arm to get the ball down the field. He is also a threat to run the ball. Lake-Lehman rushed for 273 yards on 32 carries last week in the win over Hanover Area. Based on the first two games, the Black Knights appear to be committed to establishing a passing game. Lehman has thrown the ball 25 times. Three of those attempts resulted in interceptions, but the commitment seems to be there. The Black Knights were better against the run in Week 2, allowing just six yards rushing. In Week 1, they gave up 308.

 

 

Hanover Area (0-2) at GAR (1-1)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: GAR 30, Hanover Area 13 (2017)

Series history: GAR leads 55-29-5

How they fared last week:

Lake-Lehman 42, Hanover Area 0

GAR 43, Holy Redeemer 0

Coaches Corner

Hanover Area: Mike McCree (4th season, 6-26)

GAR: Paul Wiedlich Jr. (9th season, 53-39)

Players to watch

Hanover Area: Running back Cameron Holeman is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

GAR: Wide receiver Malachi Williams is averaging 17.3 yards per catch.

Scouting report

From an offensive perspective, Hanover Area needs to find its identity quickly. The Hawks are averaging just 2.1 yards per carry and have scored only six points on the year. The passing game has not been much better, throwing for just 84 yards in two games while completing 42.3 percent of their attempts. The Hawks only picked up six yards on the ground last week in the loss to Lake-Lehman. Turnovers have been a problem for the Hawks in the first two weeks. Hanover Area has turned the ball over three times, twice on interceptions. GAR’s offense continues to be a work in progress, but it began turning things around last week. The Grenadiers worked on their inside run game, and the results were positive. There are still some things to clean up on the defensive side of the ball, but they are mistakes that can be corrected. GAR got caught lined up wrong in certain situations last week, but as the game progressed, those mistakes were fixed. Now, it will be interesting to see how much progress the Grenadiers can make between last week and this week, and how that translates to the rest of the season.

 

 

Holy Redeemer (0-2) at Mahanoy Area (0-2)

When: 7, tonight

Last meeting: Mahanoy Area 42, Holy Redeemer 0 (2017)

Series history: Mahanoy Area leads 2-0

How they fared last week:

GAR 43, Holy Redeemer 0

Tamaqua 35, Mahanoy Area 0

Coaches Corner

Holy Redeemer: Dwayne Downing (8th season, 3rd at Holy Redeemer, 31-51 overall, 4-19 at Holy Redeemer)

Mahanoy Area: Dave Holman (7th season, 32-36)

Players to watch

Holy Redeemer: Ryan Williams leads the team in rushing with 83 yards.

Mahanoy Area: Running back Tyler Clewell has rushed for 99 yards and one touchdown this year.

Scouting report

Mahanoy Area is a District 11 Class 2A school. The Bears have struggled to move the ball offensively in their first two games and have been outscored 61-7 in their first two games, losses to Tri-Valley and Tamaqua. Both of Mahanoy Area’s opponents this year are 2-0. Quarterback Danny Lawrence has rushed for 65 yards and thrown for 21 with two interceptions. Lawrence has attempted nine passes on the season, completing two. Running back M.J. Terry has rushed for 50 yards. He had three touchdowns in last year’s game against Holy Redeemer. Last week against GAR, the Royals had trouble stopping the run game. They were also hit hard by injury during the game, including seeing quarterback Colin Conway leave the game in the first quarter. That left the Royals adjusting on the fly in terms of offensive play calling.

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