Upon Further Review: Controversial call ended Pittston Area football loss to Coughlin in 1985


By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com



Pittston High’s Danny Brogna throws a block on Newport’s Al DeLucca to spring quarterback Lou Giordana during a game in 1965.


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Pittston Area’s Caroline Champi pops up the ball against in field hockey action against GAR in 2005.


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Pittston Area’s Ken Scalpi eludes defenders during a game against Coughlin in 1985.


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West Pittston scored a record-breaking 74 points in a win over Wyoming in 1955. Here, Bobby Tambur, far left, eludes a Wyoming defender on his way to a touchdown.


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Wyoming Area quarterback Tom McDonnell (14) escapes the rush against Coughlin during a game in 1975.


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Wyoming Area’s Nick Garcia intercepts a Nanticoke pass in a 14-0 win over the Trojans in 1995.


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October 2005

It was a tough week for Pittston Area’s field hockey team.

The Patriots dropped matchups against GAR and Wallenpauck when they played much better than the score indicates. Against Paupack, Katie Connors tied the game at one midway through the second half. Two minutes later, Paupack rattled off two goals in less than four minutes for a 4-1 win.

Against GAR, after falling into a 3-0 hole, Marina Castellino and Kristen Baumes scored to make it 3-2. The Patriots eventually fell, 5-2.

October 1995

Following just one win in 1994, Wyoming Area’s football team got another key win — a 14-0 triumph over Nanticoke — to position itself in the running for a championship.

Ben Kopka, Don Hindmarsh and Joe Spencer combined for 199 yards on 38 carries. Kopka finished with 20 carries for 113 yards and scored both WA touchdowns.

October 1985

In a controversially-called game, according to Pittston Area coach Bob Barbieri, the Patriots suffered a 9-7 loss on a last-second field goal against Coughlin.

With 13 seconds left, Coughlin kicker Carl Yaztremski kicked a 20-yard field goal to take a 9-7 lead. The Patriots, however, had one last chance. After recovering the squib-kick on their own 37, quarterback Mike Lazevnick hit John Baloga for 32 yards to the Coughlin 31 with one second left. Before the Patriots could line up for a play, however, the refs ended the game.

Ken Scalpi scored Pittston Area’s lone touchdown.

October 1975

In a defensive battle with Coughlin, Wyoming Area’s offense couldn’t get over the hump in a 7-6 loss.

Wyoming Area’s Paul Argenio rushed for 105 ands picked up a 23-yard gain that set up the Warriors with a potential tying score late in the game.

Warrior signal-caller Tom McDonnell scored Wyoming Area’s lone touchdown with 34 second left to make it 7-6. The locals decided to go for two and the win, but failed.

October 1965

The Pittston Panthers improved to 4-0 with a 27-0 win over the Newport Nutcrackers.

Pittston fullback Danny Brogna scored two touchdowns, while Eddie Booth and quarterback Lou Giordano each registered one. Booth’s touchdown came on a 38-yard punt return. Joe Lenza added three extra points.

October 1955

In one of the closest games of the Pittston Township-St. John’s rivalry, the Johnnies squeaked out a 13-7 win in a game played at Bone Stadium.

Billy Munday scored the first St. John’s touchdown with a 27-yard run in the single wing. The Township tied the game when Jimmy Sciabucchi hit Amelio Pirelli for a 15-yard touchdown. The deciding touchdown came in the third quarter when “fleet-footed” Joe Kelly raced around the end for a score.

Pittston High’s Danny Brogna throws a block on Newport’s Al DeLucca to spring quarterback Lou Giordana during a game in 1965.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_65PSDhistory5.jpgPittston High’s Danny Brogna throws a block on Newport’s Al DeLucca to spring quarterback Lou Giordana during a game in 1965. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittston Area’s Caroline Champi pops up the ball against in field hockey action against GAR in 2005.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_05PSDhistory1.jpgPittston Area’s Caroline Champi pops up the ball against in field hockey action against GAR in 2005. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittston Area’s Ken Scalpi eludes defenders during a game against Coughlin in 1985.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_85PSDhistory3.jpgPittston Area’s Ken Scalpi eludes defenders during a game against Coughlin in 1985. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

West Pittston scored a record-breaking 74 points in a win over Wyoming in 1955. Here, Bobby Tambur, far left, eludes a Wyoming defender on his way to a touchdown.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_55PSDhistory6.jpgWest Pittston scored a record-breaking 74 points in a win over Wyoming in 1955. Here, Bobby Tambur, far left, eludes a Wyoming defender on his way to a touchdown. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area quarterback Tom McDonnell (14) escapes the rush against Coughlin during a game in 1975.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_75PSDhistory4.jpgWyoming Area quarterback Tom McDonnell (14) escapes the rush against Coughlin during a game in 1975. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area’s Nick Garcia intercepts a Nanticoke pass in a 14-0 win over the Trojans in 1995.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_95PSDhistory2.jpgWyoming Area’s Nick Garcia intercepts a Nanticoke pass in a 14-0 win over the Trojans in 1995. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com

Reach Nick Wagner at 570-991-6406 or on Twitter @Dispatch_Nick

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