First Posted: 9/5/2013
Scranton (1-0) at Pittston Area (0-1)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Scranton’s Mike Marichak (33-22, 6th year); Pittston Area’s Mike Barrett (6-15, 3rd year)
Last Meeting: Scranton 43-0 in 2012
All-Time Series: Tied 10-10
Quick Fact: Scranton held Pittston Area to just six first downs in last year’s win.
Scouting Scranton: The Knights rolled Hazleton Area 45-29 in Week 1. The score wasn’t as close as it appeared as they led 32-7 late in the second quarter. RB Jake McCarthy rushed for 232 yards and three TDs. That’s not news; McCarthy is lightning quick and among the best backs in District 2. The eyebrow raiser was new starting QB Kyle Pieczynski, who was 10-of-19 for 167 yards and two TDs. If he could add balance, Scranton will prove to be tough.
Scouting Pittston Area: The Patriots lost their season opener 28-0 to Abington Heights, a game that was 7-0 midway through the third quarter. The Comets’ running game finally broke it open. As for Pittston Area, it didn’t play as badly as the final score indicated. But the Patriots were susceptible to big plays and the offense once again failed to score against a quality opponent.
What To Expect: Like Hazleton Area a week before, if the Patriots don’t shut down or at least limit McCarthy’s big plays the Knights will run away with a victory.