The Cochranton Cardinals got their revenge, defeating defending Region 2 champion Youngsville, 54-7, on Friday night at Mike Shine Field.
It was almost a year ago that the then-8-0 Eagles won this Region 2 battle, 58-6. This year's loss drops the Eagles' record to 1-7 on the season.
"We gameplanned the same this year like we did when we were 8-0 last year," Youngsville coach Luke Alex said. Only this year's team is banged up due to a multitude of injuries.
Times Observer photo by Cody Elms
Youngsville’s Dan McLaughlin, left, dives to make a tackle on a Cochranton ball carrier during a 54-7 Region 2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday at Mike Shine Field. For story, see page C-2.
Cochranton got off to an early start, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Cardinals' running back Austin Andrews racked up 158 yards and hit paydirt four times in the win. Cochranton was able to dominate the run game with 255 yards and five touchdowns total.
Run defense has been an issue all season for the Eagles, as they have given up over 200 yards rushing in every game thus far, and four times have been run on for over 300 yards.
"We need better tackling at the point of attack," Alex said. "This has been our issue all year, even when we were healthy. I did think we pursued the ball better. James Funkhouser has really stepped it up on defense."
Youngsville has been plagued by injuries all season, only having a handful of the team's original starters able to suit up against Cochranton. This has given opportunity for the Eagle underclassmen to step up into more prominent roles.
Jacob Lauffenburger scored the Eagles' only touchdown, a one yard run with under five minutes to go in the second quarter.
"Jacob Lauffenburger runs the ball so hard," Alex said of his sophomore quarterback.
Next week, Youngsville will travel to the Pasture of Pain to face the first-place Eisenhower Knights in a backyard brawl.
"This is always a big game," Alex said. "We have got to try to motivate ourselves."
C-Austin Andrews 10 run (Andrews run for two points), 10:59.
C-Jesse Staudt 53 pass from Chad Eisenhooth (Andrews run for two points), 5:06.
C-Andrews 25 run (Conversion failed), :00.
C-Andrews 5 run (Kick blocked), 9:18 .
Y-Jacob Lauffenburger 1 run (Hardy kick), 4:53.
C-Garrett Adams 14 pass from Eisenhooth (Conversion failed), 2:16
C-Andrews 16 run (Cameron Cyphert kick), 8:22.
C-Nathan Wigton 15 pass from Eisenhooth (Cyphert kick), 6:22.
C-Shawn Woolstrum 23 run (Conversion failed), :27.
RUSHING-C-Andrews 18-158 (4TD), Jacob Yarnell 9-44, Eisenhooth 6-30, Woolstrum 1-23 (TD). Y-Jake Marino 2-25, Lauffenburger 17-22 (TD), Dan McLaughlin 4-6, Kris Wilcox 5-3, Matt Fox 1-0.
PASSING-C-Eisenhooth 10 of 17 for 170 (2TD), Woolstrum 0 of 1 for 0. Y-Laufenburger 6 of 12 for 56 (1INT).
RECEIVING-C-Jesse Staudt 2-72, AJ Nageotte 3-56, Adams 3-23, Wigton 1-15, Jamar Moody 1-4. Y-Mcglaughlin 1-20, Fox 2-17, Skyler Wolfe 2-11, Tyler Hoffman 1-8.