Wyoming Area picked up a 21-20 win over Williamsport in the opening game of the football season thanks to a late touchdown.
Ryan McDonnell plunged into the end zone from one yard out to give the Warriors the lead with six minutes to play. Matt Rynkiewicz caught a 20-yard TD from Justin Pontkowski in the first quarter. Tyler Saville scored from one yard out in the second quarter.
Against heavily-favored GAR, Wyoming Area’s attack woke up with a 35-6 triumph in the team’s home opener.
Ben Kopka ran for 130 of the Warriors’ 220 yards on just 18 carries. He added a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Tony Scatena passed for 93 yards on just three completions. His 73-yard touchdown pass to Nick Carsia in the second quarter was the highlight of the game.
Pittston Area coach Bob Barbieri said the Patriots were in it all the way, despite losing 21-0 to Wyoming Valley West.
Pittston Area’s John Baloga returned a kick 44 yards, which was one of the Patriots few bright spots. The Patriots’ offense totaled just 128 yards. Pittston Area also turned the ball over four times.
In a battle of Pittston City rivals, the Panthers and the Junior Jets put on a defensive show at West Park, posting a 0-0 tie.
Despite several threats by the Jets behind running back Jackie Donahue, the Panther defense was able to prevent any scoring. Leading the defensive charge were John Giamber, Jeff Singer, Streaky Dardes, Frankie Lombardo and Sammy Ristagno.
Defensive standouts for the Jets were Mike Banul, Tony Lieback, Pete Rizzo and Joe Boylan.
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