It started with Bob Barbieri and Jack Henzes. Forty-nine years later, it’s up to Pittston Area coach Jim Norris and Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer.
The Patriots and Warriors will meet for the 51st time — 49th consecutive season — at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at Wyoming Area’s Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium in West Pittston. Currently, Wyoming Area holds an all-time series lead of 26-24.
These photos take a look back at both the Patriots’ and Warriors’ seasons in preparation for the big game.
Wyoming Area kicker David Klaproth, left, and holder Steve Homza celebrate a successful field goal against Dallas as referee Chuck Suppon signals the press box.
Wyoming Area kicker David Klaproth (27) and holder Steve Homza (2) watch the ball sail through the uprights for a field goal as Dallas’ Christian Roberts goes for the block.
Pittston Area Quarterback Walter Coles (12) rushes past Coughlin’s Jeremy Welles (5) for a 25-yard gain to reach the first down.
PIttston Area’s Rich Wallace (2) scores Pittston Area’s first TD on a 94-yard kick-off return in the first period against Wyoming Valley West.
Pittston Area’s Kyle Petroski can’t haul in a pass against Valley View.
Pittston Area’s Carmen Falcone powers for yardage against Valley View.
Pittston Area’s Kyle Petroski hauls in a touchdown pass against Valley View.
Wyoming Area wide receiver Ryan Murray, right, evades Wyoming Valley West tacklers.
Pittston Area’s Jaylin Williams (7) moves in on the Comets’ Anthony Duboski (21) for the tackle.
Prior to the start of the game against Abington Heights, former NFL’er and Pittston Area alumn, Jimmy Cefalo, spoke to the Patriots prior to the game.
Carmen Falcone (34) finds an opening for extra yardage for Pittston Area against Abington Heights.
Pittston’s Walter Coles (12) passes for a touchdown that brought Pittston Area to lead 14-7 in the first quarter against Crestwood.
Crestwood’s Seamus Rother (15) holds off Pittston Area’s Paul Brady (8) while he runs for a first down.
Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles, right, makes good yardage as Berwick’s Justin Groshek and Luke Fisher make the tackle.
Wyoming Area’s Donovan O’Boyle, left, intercepts the ball ahead of Tunkhannock intended receiver Mike Taylor.
Wyoming Area quarterback P.J. Angeli runs a keeper for a touchdown against Tunkhannock.
Wyoming Area running back Brian Miles, left, carries the ball as Scranton Prep’s Braden Burrier defends.
Wyoming Area’s MarcAnthony Minichello, left, catches a pass deep in Cavalier territory.