Schuylkill Haven storms past Marian
Marian’s Nick Falls tries to get away from Mason Reber and Shawn Fitzpatrick. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Mike Farr might have started to wonder if the calvary was coming.
A sluggish start to the season left the Schuylkill Haven coach searching for answers – and reinforcements.
The Hurricanes found some help Friday night.
Schuylkill Haven stormed to its first win of the season Friday night, running past Marian 67-0 in the Schuylkill League Division 2 opener for both teams.
The Hurricanes (1-4) scored on all 10 of their drives in the game, rolling up 508 yards of total offense, all of which came on the ground.
“This is the first time we had all of our players play at the same time since the Jim Thorpe game,” Farr said of the team’s 10-7 loss to the Olympians in the season opener. “We had everybody back.
“Against Jim Thorpe, I thought we played really well. But this is the first night since Thorpe we have everybody back.” It didn’t take long for Haven to set the tone, scoring touchdowns on its first two plays from scrimmage – a 46-yard scamper from Kobe Brish, and a 2-yard plunge by Caleb Riegel – and finding the end zone eight times in the first half for a 55-0 lead at the intermission.
Three players rushed for over 100 yards for the Hurricanes, with Kobe Brish’s 167 and four touchdowns leading the way. Caleb Riegel, who had missed the past three games, carried the ball seven times for 147 yards and three scores. Connor Goehring rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns on six carried.
“That’s a great football team over there,” said Colts’ head coach Pat Morgans. “And they showed it tonight. They showed why they’re a great program.
“Their backs run hard, and they run tough. Kobe Brish is one of the best backs in the state, and Riegel, you talk about getting players back, that’s a nice little pickup.”
While Haven returned to full strength, Marian (0-5) and Morgans were still dealing with the injury bug, forcing lineup changes and new faces in different places.
“It’s a coach’s dream. I wish that, I really do,” Morgans said of the situation. “Hopefully, we’ll get to that point. But right now, we got what we got. We’re going in a different direction. They got everybody back, and we’re going in the opposite direction.
“They’re a great program, a great team, and they’re going to do great things.”
Xavier Ocasio led the Colts with 49 yards rushing. Luis Teron (33 yards) and Nick Goff (21) each caught two passes from quarterback Mason Miller (6-of-17, 62 yards).
BOUNCING BACK ... Though Marian completed the first half of the regular season winless, it’s the same situation the program was in a year ago when the Colts went 4-1 and made an appearance in the district playoffs. “The kids want to get better,” said Morgans. “And they work hard.”
BREAKING OUT ... Prior to Friday night, Schuylkill Haven had not scored more than 14 points in a game this season. The Hurricanes had just one 100-yard rusher, which came when Brish ran for 113 in a 47-14 loss to North Schuylkill a week ago.
MOVING FORWARD ... Marian hosts Minersville (2-3) next Friday.