Season of ups and downs for Wyoming Area heading into showdown with Pittston Area

After playing its two strongest opponents first, Wyoming Area football games have taken on a different look throughout the rest of the season.

Wyoming Area has improved its ball-control offense and toughened up its run defense to the point that it has outgained five straight opponents.

The Warriors have won comfortably and put up strong battles in losses, but have not been able to string together as many wins as they would have liked. After a Saturday night game, Oct. 24, Wyoming Area was just 2-6.

Here’s a look back at the Wyoming Area season:

Wyoming Valley West 42, Wyoming Area 7

The Warriors were competitive early with what is now one of only two unbeaten teams in District 2. P.J. Angeli’s short touchdown pass to Dante DeLuca kept the Warriors within, 14-7, until they gave up a 68-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter, then got run out of the game on three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the second half for a 42-7 Spartans lead. Brandon Charney came off the bench to carry 15 times for 91 yards and a touchdown in the second half for Wyoming Area.

Scranton Prep 42, Wyoming Area 13

In a game very similar to its opener at home, Wyoming Area was behind just 14-7 late in the half against the team that is leading the District 2 Class AAA playoff points race going into the eighth weekend of the season. Scranton Prep scored twice in the final 3:15 of the first half and again just 3:09 into the second half to break the game open. Wyoming Area managed just 30 yards rushing in the loss.

North Pocono 26, Wyoming Area 21

The Warriors have had a strong kicking game all season, but a kick they could not make led to what may have been the biggest play of the season by a Wyoming Area opponent. Instead of going ahead 10-7 on a field goal with five minutes left in the third, the kick was blocked and returned 60 yards by Jake Przywara to the Wyoming Area 4 to set up a touchdown and 14-7 North Pocono lead. There was more agony ahead. The Warriors rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to move in front with 2:05 left only to give up a decisive 83-yard scoring drive. Wyoming Area lost despite a 202-17 advantage in rushing yards.

Wyoming Area 49, Tunkhannock 6

One week before Tunkhannock posted its first win since 2013, the Warriors made sure the losing streak lingered a little longer. Donovan O’Boyle had a 98-yard touchdown run on the way to 153 yards on nine carries. Before that long run, the Warriors put together four second-quarter touchdowns, including a pair of touchdown passes and a 38-yard touchdown run by P.J. Angeli.

Wyoming Area 32, Crestwood 7

The Warriors were too much for the defending WVC Class AAA champion Comets. A strong ground game again made the difference. Brian Miles carried 38 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Wyoming Area pulled away by scoring the game’s last 22 points in the second half.

Berwick 22, Wyoming Area 10

Wyoming Area scored the game’s first 10 points, but Berwick scored the final 22. The Warriors got another 100-yard rushing game from Miles and outgained the Bulldogs on the night, but lost three turnovers while not forcing any. Berwick’s goal-line stand at the 2 on fourth down with less than a minute left in the third quarter was the game’s pivotal sequence.

Dallas 17, Wyoming Area 6

The Warriors outgained an opponent in defeat for the second straight week. They also repeated a problem from the previous week. The Warriors made four trips into the red zone without producing a touchdown, settling for a pair of David Klaproth field goals. Dallas broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie for the win.

Coughlin 27, Wyoming Area 24

Coughlin led 20-10 at halftime. Jacob Soller threw 50 yards to a wide-open Nick Zalaffi for one touchdown and Vincent Todd ran 73 yards for another in the first quarter. Soller closed out the first-half scoring with a 6-yard run 45 seconds until the break. Wyoming Area, though, moved within 20-17 when Donovan O’Boyle returned an interception for a touchdown at 5:59 of the third quarter. The Warriors took a 24-20 lead with 3:06 left in the fourth on 13-yard run by O’Boyle. Soller darted up the middle on fourth down for a 29-yard touchdown, giving Coughlin a 27-24 victory over Wyoming Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3A game.

Wallenpaupack 27, Wyoming Area 16

Brian Miles ran for 137 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. His touchdown midway through the fourth quarter put the Warriors within striking distance, but a late touchdown from the Buckhorns put the game away. David Klaproth kicked a 22-yard field goal in the loss. Miles’ scoring runs came from one yard and 64 yards.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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