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CoGo's Feature Matchup: Carlynton at South Park

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After coming off of a two-game road trip, the South Park Eagles (4-2) host the Carlynton Cougars in a late-season AA Century Conference matchup this Friday.

South Park started out the season losing two of their first three, including a 59-20 home loss to conference rival South Fayette. Since then, the Eagles have won three in a row with an average margin of victory of almost 20 points.

“We regrouped with our kids,” head coach Tom Loughran said. “We said ‘listen, we’re not a bad team’…and the kids bought into that.”

A big reason for South Park’s recent success this year can be attributed to the defense, giving up an average of 20.7 points per game. That number is reduced to only 13 PPG if the South Fayette game is removed. But Loughran believes his defense’s performance against South Fayette was hurt by six Eagles turnovers, and that protecting the football is essential to not give the other team any favors.

“Our offense needs to help the defense. We have to be protective of the ball,” Loughran said.

South Park’s offense is led by senior quarterback Nick Scholle, who has run for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns so far through the season. Scholle has performed very well during the three-game winning streak, racking up seven rushing touchdowns and averaging 146 rushing yards a game. Scholle has thrown three touchdowns against five interceptions on the season. He has found the most success throwing to senior wide receiver Harry Zaremba, as Zaremba has a team leading 11 receptions and averages over 12 yards a catch.

Carlynton has had a difficult season, both on and off the field. To go along with an 0-6 record, first year head coach Mauro Monz resigned after an 0-3 start due to safety concerns after 22 players went down with injury. New head coach Scott Yoder has not fared much better on the field, as the Cougars have been defeated by at least four touchdowns in every contest during his tenure.

Still, sophomore quarterback Courtney Mickens gives the team hope for the future, as he tossed six scores and only three picks this year.

Despite the way both team’s seasons have gone, Loughran is making sure his squad knows Friday night’s contest is an important game.

“We’re aware of the situation,” Loughran said. “We tell our guys nothing should be taken for granted…It’s our obligation to prepare hard, play hard and accomplish our goals.”

The game will start at 7:00 PM at South Park High School.South Park Eagles

Aug. 29 Quaker Valley 25 - Keystone Oaks 19
Sept. 5 Knoch 19 - Greensburg Salem 14
Sept. 12 Chartiers-Houston 21 - Western Beaver 14
Sept. 19 Franklin Regional 34 - Indiana 20
Sept. 26 Washington 34 - Mount Pleasant 15
Oct. 3 Mars 36 - Gateway 7
Oct. 10 Carlynton at South Park
Oct. 17 Plum at Penn Trafford
Oct. 24 Bethel Park at Baldwin

Tonight’s game is the Pittsburgh Sports Report and CoGo's Feature Matchup. Students and fans, be sure to take plenty of pictures and Tweet them to @PghSportsReport #Eagles. The best photos will appear online after the game!

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