High School Sports

Scholastic football preview: St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-1) at Coudersport (1-1)

St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (1-1) at Coudersport (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Coaches: SJCA — Dave Carson, first season; C — Chris Fink

Key players: SJCA — Kahsim Buey, RB; C — Ethan Hite, QB

The skinny: After running out of gas in the second half last week against a bullish Towanda squad, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy looks to rebound Friday at Coudersport.

The Wolves (1-1) trailed just 21-20 at halftime before the Knights pulled away for a 42-20 win.

The road won’t get any easier when the Wolves face the Falcons this week.

Senior quarterback Ethan Hite and senior running backs Coy Hoffman and Zac Elenchin lead Coudersport (1-1).

Hite has thrown for 275 yards on 17-for-31 passing in two games this season. He also has four touchdown passes to just one interception.

On the ground, Hoffman leads the team with 23 rushes for 194 yards, while Elenchin adds 121 yards on 23 carries. Hoffman also has eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the Falcons have yet to earn a rushing touchdown this season.

The variety of the Coudersport attack will undoubtedly test the stamina of an 18-man Wolves’ roster, but St. Joseph’s has its own multiple-threat offense.

Phil Fenstermacker has been sensational in two games at quarterback. The junior has thrown for 349 yards and six touchdowns on 26-for-41 passing (63.4 percent).

The combination of fellow junior Khasim "NuNu" Buey and Mike Jabco gives the Wolves multiple points of attack.

Buey is a big-play threat whenever the ball finds his hands. The speedster caught nine balls for 105 yards against the Knights.

Jabco is a possession receiver with good size and strength. He grabbed six balls for 103 yards and two scores in the first half last week.

On the season, the pair caught 21 of Fenstermacker’s 26 completions and five of his six touchdown passes.

A lack of roster depth will make it difficult for St. Joseph’s to win a high-scoring shootout. The defense will have to get stops.

Junior Titus Tice and freshman Elisha Lipscomb are playmakers on the defensive side.

The Wolves return home Sept. 20 to meet Curwensville.