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Dominant rushing attack carries Souderton to victory over Hatboro-Horsham

HORSHAM — Koby Kahn can’t remember having a game like the one he had Friday night against Hatboro-Horsham.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, kind of,” the Souderton running back said after the game. “I’m glad it happened but I’m also glad we got the win.”

HORSHAM >> Koby Khan can’t remember having a game like the one he had Friday night against Hatboro-Horsham.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, kind of,” the Souderton running back said after the game. “I’m glad it happened but I’m also glad we got the win.”

Khan finished the game with 127 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground for Big Red. It took him just 20 carries to get there. The result was a 42-27 Souderton team victory over the Hatters.

“Koby…is a bull to tackle out in the open field,” Souderton head coach Ed Gallagher said. “Once he gets any space out there I wouldn’t really want to tackle him myself. I can’t imagine what a d-back is gonna think when (Koby) is bearing down on him.”

jeff davis — for digital first media Hatters’ Brandon Crews goes for the tackle of Shane Day from Souderton on Friday night.

Hatboro-Horsham’s Brandon Crews goes for the tackle on Souderton’s Shane Day during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jeff Davis/For Digital First Media)

The senior wasn’t the only one who ran well for Souderton on the night. Brandon Taragna carried the ball eight times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Joey Curatto was efficient with his carries, taking five for 34 yards.

In all, Souderton executed 51 run plays for 347 yards. Good for a 6.8 yards per carry average.

“Honestly, our offensive line did an outstanding job tonight, which opened up holes,” Gallagher said. “(All the running backs) ran hard, and they all blocked when they didn’t have the ball. It’s a very unselfish backfield. It was just a great team effort.”

The man who scored 30 points himself echoed his coach’s thoughts.

“It was definitely the line, I think,” Khan said. “They put in a lot of hard work this offseason, this season. They just helped me get what I want.”

Improvement from Hatboro

Despite the loss, Hatboro took some strides on offense Friday night. The Hatters had their highest point total of the season at 27, surpassing a previous high of 6.

“The offensive line really took some strides in the right direction this week, which I’m happy about,” Hatboro head coach Mike Kapusta said. “We were able to run the ball. Chris (Edwards) ran the ball really hard and (Adam) Suder ran the ball well…Then the connection with Chris and Brandon (Crews) was hitting because we were able to run the ball.”

Edwards was 12-of-21 on the night for 180 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran the ball 17 times for 91 yards.

“I think he’s comfortable back there in the shotgun, where he can see things in front of him and make his reads easier,” Kapusta said about his quarterback. “Back there, of course it gives you an extra set of legs as a running back and he’s a really good athlete. We can use him in both ways there.”

Crews proved to be Edwards’ main target, catching 5 balls for 106 yards and both of his TDs.

Souderton balance on offense

jeff davis — for digital first media Quarterback Joey Curotto gets ready to pass on Friday night.

Souderton quarterback Joey Curotto gets ready to pass during the Indians’ game against Hatboro-Horsham on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jeff Davis/For Digital First Media)

The running backs scored all the touchdowns for Souderton, but Big Red set the tone on offense with the passing game. Curotto hit two bombs, one to Austin Miller and the other to James Malm, on the first two drives of the game.

“If (coach) calls a play for me, I try my hardest to get in the end zone, but it’s an all-around effort from all of us,” Khan said. “We try to get it and work as a team.”

“We threw the ball pretty efficiently tonight,” Gallagher added. “Joe made a couple good reads and Austin (Miller) is a really electric receiver when he gets the ball in his hands.”

Miller may be used to making big plays, but Malm is not. The senior might be riding home on the team bus with a certain football in his bag.

“James Malm, that’s his first career catch and I couldn’t be prouder for him,” his coach said.

Thunder and lightning

While Koby Khan is listed at 6’0″ 232 lbs, and he’s all of that, his backfield mate is a bit smaller in stature. Brandon Taragna stands at just 5’10 170, but he proves to be a nice change of pace for Souderton. While Khan does his damage up the middle, Taragna found success around the end.

“Brandon is a kid that worked and paid his dues,” Gallagher said. “He was still playing JV last year as a junior and he thought he needed an opportunity. That’s a great example of a kid that when he gets his opportunity he makes the most of it.”

The senior played a huge part in Friday night’s game. He broke a 60-yard run on the first play of the second half with the score 28-21, and put the Hatters’ chances to rest with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Trending teams

With this result the teams find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum, as Souderton sits at 3-0 and Hatboro-Horsham 0-3.

The Hatters have a de facto bye week next week because Springfield was originally on the schedule. That means they’ll have two weeks to prepare for Upper Moreland and conference play.

“We’re going into league play, so now it gets real,” Kapusta said. “We gotta look at these three games as the preseason and now we kind of have a little break to really learn from it, slow things down a little bit, do more teaching, and some other things that we know we need to do to get better.

“Now we’re looking to the new season here. It starts with a new week 1 against Upper Moreland and then Quakertown. The ultimate goal is to win the league now and that’s still attainable.”

Souderton’s schedule is quite the opposite, as they start conference play next week with known foe Pennridge.

“There’s no doubt that the intensity level is gonna go up and the excitement level is gonna go up because we’re playing our biggest rival next week,” Gallagher said. “There’s not gonna be a letdown, I’ll tell you that much.”

The Souderton players are staying up as well.

“It’s very big. We haven’t been 3-0 in ten years, so we haven’t had that momentum going into our conference play,” Khan said. “It’s very big to help us get what we need…and hopefully make the playoffs.”

Results

Team1234TOutcome
Souderton14147742Win
Hatboro-Horsham7146027Loss

First Quarter

S: Koby Khan 10 run (Zach Bradshaw kick), 7:26

S: Khan 5 run (Bradshaw kick), 3:35

H-H: Crews 19 pass from Edwards (Jin-Wook Kim kick), :50

Second Quarter

H-H: Anthony Kwiatanowski 1 run (Kim kick), 10:44

S: Khan 29 run (Bradshaw kick NO GOOD), 8:49

H-H: Crews 36 pass from Edwards (Kim kick), 5:30

S: Khan 4 run (2-point conversion good), 1:21

Third Quarter

S: Khan 5 run (Dylan Molyneaux kick good), 10:23

H-H: Calvin Broaddus Jr 14 run (Kim kick NO GOOD), :57

Fourth Quarter

S: Brandon Taranga 1 run (Molyneaux kick good), 6:42

Souderton

# Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
10Joey CurottoQuarterback7141640053400000000000
7Koby KhanRunning back0000020127521400000000
27Brandon TaragnaCornerback00000812910000000000
11Austin MillerCornerback0000000026300000000
21Shane DayTight end0000000024500000000
89James Malm-0000000014200023000
29Ben YerkSafety0000032800000000000
3Jared McDonoughFullback0000031000000000000
2Camerin Carroll-000007400000000000
4Troy Mokluk-000001100000000000
6Anthony SimpkinsRunning back000001300000000000
48Nick BlessingFullback000001600000000000
20Chase Cole-000001300000000000
34Dean LomonacoHalfback000001200000000000
8Dylan Molyneaux-000000000000022000
75Zach BradshawKicker000000000000000000
 Total 71416400513476716400045000

Hatboro-Horsham

# Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
7Chris EdwardsQB122118020179100000000000
1Brandon Crews-00000000510620000000
6Calvin BroaddusWR00000114144800000000
24Adam SuderFB/LB0000073701700000000
28Anthony KwiatanowskiRB0000057111100000000
11Ben EjimonyeuwoWR000000001800000000
8Jin KimKicker000000000000034000
 Total 1221180203014921218020034000

Top Photo: Souderton’s Koby Khan carries the ball against Hatboro-Horsham during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Jeff Davis/For Digital First Media)

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