North Pocono bounces back; looks to make it two in a row Friday night
North Pocono suffered a surprising lopsided loss to West Scranton in Week One of the Lackawanna Football Conference season last week.
The Trojans were outplayed in every facet of the game as the Invaders rolled to a 27-0 win.
However, after an intense week of practice, Coach Greg Dohlon's lads bounced back to dominate their Week Two encounter with Western Wayne.
North Pocono dominated this one from opening kick-off to final whistle. The Trojans scored in every quarter en route to an impressive 28-3 victory.
“We were definitely flat last week,” Coach Dolhon said of his team’s Opening Night loss to West Scranton. “I think the biggest difference this week is that we played with a sense of urgency.
“The kids worked very hard in practice and they were much more focused against Western Wayne.”
With the win, North Pocono evened its record at 1-1.
The Trojans are back in action Friday night against Scranton High. The Knights come into the contest at 0-2 having suffered losses at the hands of Prep (29-0) and Valley West (24-13).
“I think their record is a little misleading,” Coach Dolhon said. “Those are two very good teams they lost to. Scranton is big, strong and fast. But, if we can win the battle up front and contain them ... limit the number of big plays ... we should be okay.”
Opening kick-off for this Week Three LFC contest is set for 7 p.m. in Moscow.
Offensively, Coach Dolhon was pleased with his team’s performance across the board.
However, he singled out two players in particular for special praise: Daniel Walsh and Jake Owens.
Walsh is a senior wide receiver who also excels at defensive back, intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble against Western Wayne.
Daniel terrorized the Wildcat secondary in this one, catching four passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
The first was a 35-yard strike from quarterback Donny Blaine just three minutes into the game. The second came from 30 yards away midway through the third period.
“Daniel has great instincts for the game,” Coach Dolhon said. “He attacks the ball, just goes up and gets it. Daniel has a knack for making big plays in big situations.”
Owens is North Pocono’s tailback and another two-way standout who plays outside linebacker. On Friday night, he led the Trojans in rushing with 64 hard-earned yards mostly between the tackles.
“He’s a heck of a football player,” Coach Dolhon said. “Jake is very physical and he runs all over the field. I’m proud of his effort. Jake works very hard and it shows.”
Defensively, North Pocono kept a high-octane Wildcat attack in check all night.
The Trojans limited the Wildcats to less than 200 yards of total offense while also forcing three turnovers.
Chase Hinton and Robert Van Brunt led the way.
Hinton is a senior defensive tackle who also contributes on the O-Line. His biggest play of the game was a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on fourth and one.
“Chris has developed into a real leader up front,” Coach Dolhon said. “He’s very physical and aggressive and tough to block.”
Van Brunt is still just a junior, but he’s already carved out a spot for himself at both defensive end and tight end.
“One of the things that stands out about Chris is his work ethic,” Coach Dolhon said. “He always gives 100 percent and he’s really solidified things on the line for us.”
North Pocono struck first at Western Wayne.
Blaine hit Walsh with a 35-yard touchdown pass with 11:48 left in the first period.
After Jake Shepherd cut the margin to 7-3 midway through the period, the Trojans tallied again.
This time, Blaine hooked up with senior wideout Dale Moore on a six-yard strike.
Walsh’s second TD catch came at the 8:38 mark of the third quarter and Blaine closed things out with a five yard scramble in the fourth.
Senior placekicker Ryan Dommes split the uprights on all four of his conversion attempts.
Score by Quarters...
NP (1-1) 7 7 7 7 – 28
WW (1-1) 0 3 0 0 – 3