Coudersport – Cameron County Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
The Game: Coudersport (9 A) @ Cameron County (9 A)
Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, from Cameron County High School in Emporium
2008 Record: Coudersport (3-1), Cameron County (4-0)
About Coudersport: First-year head coach Brendan Hathaway had the pressure of replacing District 9’s all-time winningest coach in Paul Simcoe and continue the winning ways of the last three Falcon football teams, which combined for a 34-5 record and two District 9 championships. Thus far, Coudersport has averaged 33 points per game, and the only blemish on the season record was a 28-21 loss to Curwensville.
A big reason why Coudy has been successful is the establishment of a ground game opponents must respect. Leading rusher Tim Thomas (58 rush, 366 yards, 7 TD) is just 33 yards away from matching Dirk Cowburn’s team leading season total of 399 rush yards. Zach Buckler (25, 220, 2), Brett Whitman (23, 215, 3), and Dirk Cowburn (7, 127, 1) also contribute on the ground. Coudersport averages 271 rushing yards per game.
Eric Babcock has taken over at quarterback, and completed 17-of-31 passes for 274 yards and 3 scores. Babcock’s favorite targets are Nate Minor (8 rec., 161 yards, 2 TD) and Brett Whitman (6, 136, 1).
About Cameron County: It is safe to say that the Red Raiders are one of the most dominant teams in the District 9 Class “A” landscape, having already defeated Kane Area in Week 1 and a vastly-improved Curwensville squad last week. Both wins came in overtime.
Cameron County is a running-oriented football team that averages 31 points per game, but the formula works, as the Raiders have posted a 15-2 record in their last 17 games and played for the D9 “A” championship last year. The red and black averages 233 rushing yards per game, and three backs (Andrew Kesterholt, Randy Schatz, and Jason Blouse) have all exceeded 200 rushing yards.
Blouse is the Cameron County field general, and in addition to his five rushing touchdowns, he has thrown for 186 yards and three scores. His favorite target is Andy Barr, who has six catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Coudersport and Cameron County individual stats can be found on Maxpreps.com.
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