Editor’s note: It’s November. That can only mean one thing. The ‘Upon Further Review’ section will slowly switch gears from mostly football content to basketball and wrestling content. Enjoy!
Wyoming Area football fell to Strath Haven, 49-0, in a PIAA Eastern quarterfinal.
Dan Connor, who currently plays in the NFL and had an outstanding career at Penn State, rushed for 207 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns. The Panthers racked up 390 rushing yards and scored on six straight possessions.
Marlon Bayard ran for 77 yards on 11 carries, but the Warriors never got past the Panther 23 in the loss. Wyoming Area finished the season 9-4 as the District 2 Class AAA champions.
Connor, who is on injured reserve for the 2013 season, just signed a one-year contract on Nov. 13 to return to the Carolina Panthers, the team who drafted him in 2006. He was a two-time All-American at Penn State.
Wyoming Area’s Jim Pizano ran for 238 yards on 22 carries and sparked a rally to lead the Warriors to a 40-20 win over Lake-Lehman. The win secured a seat in the PIAA District 2 Class AAA title game against Dallas.
The Warriors ran for more than 400 yards. But it was Lake-Lehman that jumped out on top with a 14-0 lead thanks to a daunting aerial attack. Pizano scored the next two touchdowns to tie the game. The back then ran another 70 yards to put Wyoming Area up 20-14 with 53 seconds left in the half.
From there, Wyoming Area added another Pizano touchdown, and a Bob Wagner score to make it 34 unanswered points in the rally.
Local high school basketball got under way with Seton Catholic handling Riverside, 67-51, behind three-year Letterman Sean Haggerty. He finished with 29 points, while Jim Zaldonis had 12.
Wyoming Area fell to Dallas, 65-57. Mark Blannard led the locals with 22 points. But Wyoming Area only scored five points in the third period.
A successful buzzer-beater lifted GAR over Pittston Area, 40-38. Joe Mikiewicz was the only bright spot with a 12-point performance.