Wyoming Area beat Berwick, 19-13, in the District 2 Class 3A semifinal game. Mark Mattei caught a 25-yard touchdown pass with 5:43 to play to secure the win.
Pittston Area also won — it beat Valley View, 32-0 , to set up a Pittston Area-Wyoming Area District 2 Class AAA championship game. Tony Avvisato had 225 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
Wyoming Area set the tone in the cross-river rivalry with a 42-13 win over Pittston Area.
Wyoming Area scored four second-half touchdowns after the Patriots trailed just 14-7 at halftime. A costly roughing the kicker penalty on the first drive of the second half half was the turning point in the game.
Jim Pizano won the Carmello Falcone MVP trophy with a 140-yard performance and three touchdowns. It was the second time in three years Pizano has won the award. He was the first two-time winner.
Pittston Area football team’s playoff hopes were shattered with a 24-8 loss at the hands of Coughlin. The loss dropped the Patriots to 7-3.
The only Pittston Area touchdown came from a Nick Biscontini touchdown toss to Bobby Lombardo - a 71-yard scoring strike. With a win against Coughlin and a win the next week against Wyoming Area, the Patriots would have secured a playoff spot. Pittston Area was held to just 53 rushing yards, while Coughlin racked up 241 on the ground.
Wyoming Area’s Jack Langan and Rick D’Orio led the Warriors to a 36-6 win over Hanover Area for the locals’ seventh straight victory. The Warriors had 315 yards rushing and another 145 through the air.
Langan led the Warriors with 20 points on TD runs of 9 and 10 yards. He also had an 83-yard scoring catch from quarterback D’Orio. D’Orio had two touchdowns through the air and rushed for another.
Exeter High School’s Dick Davala finished out a brilliant college football career at Bloomsburg State Teacher’s College, now known as Bloomsburg University.
Davala, a 6’2” 185-pound split end, had 28 catches, a school record, with one game still to play. In his most recent game, Davala snagged eigh balls, also a school record. In ‘63, Davala was the team’s leading scorer. He had three touchdowns and made eight out of 10 extra points. He was a 1959 graduate of Exeter High School.