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North Pocono’s senior class has worked its entire career for this opportunity. Joining a program coming off a three year, 2 28 stretch, this group resurrected the Trojans and returned to the district playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Tonight, second seeded North Pocono (7 3) hosts No. 7 Crestwood (3 7) in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 4A playoffs. The winner advances to the semifinals.
“Coming from our previous seasons, we really built the program back,” North Pocono senior Tyler Musgrave said. “We did it through hard work and dedication in the weight room.
“To be able to come out and play a home playoff game is going to be a great feeling.”
North Pocono began the season as the class of the Lackawanna Football Conference, reeling off five straight wins to start the season which included a 27 20 victory over Delaware Valley.
Matt Craig led the Trojans during the run, giving the team a boost on both sides of the ball and on special teams. The defense dominated, creating turnovers and turning them into touchdowns.
But in the second half of the season, the Trojans lost three of five games. Still, they are a serious threat to win the title.
Craig, a senior, enters the playoffs with 942 yards rushing and 108 points. Quarterback Donny Blaine has 999 yards passing this season and 1,816 yards in his career. Tackle Matt Slagus, also a senior, and center Matt Caputo lead the offensive line.
North Pocono also has four of the finest linebackers in the district. Senior Ben Dial has 87 tackles with four sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Musgrave has 83 tackles this season and 168 in the last two seasons. Brett Butler has 71 tackles and JC Gaughan has 69 tackles and 10 sacks. Mike Kowalski leads the secondary with six interceptions, while Craig has contributed three.
Lance Blass, a former all state defensive back, leads Crestwood. He missed some time with an injury, but has 317 yards passing and 656 yards rushing.
Scouting North Pocono: Trying to shake off the effects of going 2 3 in its final five games. When playing well, the Trojans have a solid running game with Matt Craig and Tyler Musgrave, who have combined for 1,532 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Donny Blaine has thrown for 999 yards. The defense has outstanding linebackers led by Ben Dial and Brett Butler.