Upon Further Review: Pittston Area’s Carmen LoPresto went wild in 1976 football win


By Nick Wagner - [email protected]



Wyoming Area quarterback Justin Piontkowski fires a pass against Pocono Mountain East during a game in 2006.


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Pittston Area’s Chris Phillips hauled in a touchdown pass in 1986.


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Wyoming Area’s Ben Kopka breaks through the line during a game against GAR in 1996.


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Pittsotn Area’s Carmen ‘Homer’ Lopresto, left, finished the game with 101 yard rushing in a 14-7 win over Bishop O’Reilly in 1976.


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September 2006

Mike DiPietro scored three touchdowns as Wyoming Area got past Pocono Mountain East, 35-6, in the second game of the high school football season.

DiPietro caught a slant pass from Justin Piontkowski and turned it into a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter. In the third quarter, DiPietro lined up in the slot and took a handoff 20 yards for a score. In the middle of the fourth DiPietro scored on a 57-yard run. He finished with 80 yards rushing on three carries and 101 yards receiving on five catches.

Piontkowski was 8-for-9 passing with 166 yards.

September 1996

Wyoming Area scored 14 points in the final quarter to take down GAR, 21-6.

Senior Nick Giambra scored two touchdowns, while junior quarterback BJ Stelacone and junior running back Jeff Kostik contributed in the win. Following a GAR fumble with less than 10 minutes to play and the Warriors leading 7-6, Kostik scored from four years out. Stelacone then intercepted a GAR pass and returned it inside the 5 to set up Kostik’s second touchdown and the clincher.

The Warriors got on the board in the first quarter when Stelacone found Giambra for a 6-yard score.

September 1986

Pittston Area got back on track with a 21-6 win over Wyoming Valley West, thanks to defensive play and limiting the Spartans to just seven yards passing.

The Patriots took a 7-0 lead when Nick Barbieri scooped up a loose ball and returned it 76 yards for a defensive touchdown. Later up 7-6, quarterback Tom Musto connected with Chris Phillips for a 3-yard score. With just nine minutes to play, the Patriots tacked on their final score with a Musto to Sam Perrins 32-yard touchdown.

September 1976

Pittston Area’s Carmen “Homer” LoPresto scored two touchdowns, including an 87-yard kickoff return, in a 14-7 win over Bishop O’Reilly to open the high school football season.

The Patriots scored first on a one-yard plunge by the senior tailback. O’Reilly’s Brian Judge scored from five yards out to make it 7-6 Queensmen in the second quarter. The deciding score came before Pittston Area’s offense even took the field, when LoPresto raced 87 yards after fielding the kickoff. Harry Ardoline found Bruce Barbini for the the two-point conversion to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead.

Wyoming Area quarterback Justin Piontkowski fires a pass against Pocono Mountain East during a game in 2006.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Piontkowski.jpgWyoming Area quarterback Justin Piontkowski fires a pass against Pocono Mountain East during a game in 2006. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittston Area’s Chris Phillips hauled in a touchdown pass in 1986.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ChrisPhillips86CMYK.jpgPittston Area’s Chris Phillips hauled in a touchdown pass in 1986. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Wyoming Area’s Ben Kopka breaks through the line during a game against GAR in 1996.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kpka96CMYK.jpgWyoming Area’s Ben Kopka breaks through the line during a game against GAR in 1996. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

Pittsotn Area’s Carmen ‘Homer’ Lopresto, left, finished the game with 101 yard rushing in a 14-7 win over Bishop O’Reilly in 1976.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_LoPresto76CMYK.jpgPittsotn Area’s Carmen ‘Homer’ Lopresto, left, finished the game with 101 yard rushing in a 14-7 win over Bishop O’Reilly in 1976. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

By Nick Wagner

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

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

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