Wyoming Area defeated Pittston Area, 28-21, in one of the best finishes in the cross-river rivalry to claim the District 2 football championship at Scranton Memorial Stadium.
The Warriors faked a field goal and Joe Marianacci, who wasn’t the usual holder for field goals, passed 22 yards to Mark Mattei with 1.7 seconds left to give Wyoming Area the win.
In the 27th meeting between the Warriors and Patriots on the gridiron, Wyoming Area scored 35 second-half points en route to a 42-13 win over Pittston Area to claim a spot in the playoffs.
The win was Wyoming Area’s sixth in a row and put the Warriors in the driver’s seat for the PIAA District 2 and Eastern Conference playoffs.
Nick Biscontini did it all for the Patriots in a 13-7 football win over Wyoming Area in the teams’ 17th meeting.
Biscontini picked off a pass with less than three minutes to play that set up Dave Burns’ game-winning touchdown with 2:20 left to play. Biscontini was named the game’s MVP.
The Warriors still had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Bob Lombardo’s interception put the final nail in the Wyoming Area coffin.
In the Sunday Dispatch Touch Football League, the Hughestown Highlanders, McGarrity’s Avoca Buffalos, Cyril Bosak Insurance, and Bender’s Bears each won their respective divisions.
In the previous week, the Bears defeated Whiskey Hill, 26-6, to improve to 8-1-1. Mark Tomassoni threw touchdown passes to Jack Shepulski and Richie Rava. Louie DeBiasi and Larry Shepulski also had scores for the Bears.
Northeast was the only local football team to win. It took home a 27-0 win over Taylor-Moosic.
Jerry Giles scored two touchdowns, as did Mike Clifford. Paul Yuhas caught a 30-yard touchdown from the throw of Art Humble, who converted three of the six-pointers.
The Pittston High School football team got revenge on Old Forge with a 14-12 upset victory. In the previous season, Pittston was humbled by Old Forge, 50-6.
Tiger Pisano, a lineman for Pittston, turned out to be the hero of the game. With Pittston down 12-7, Pisano scooped up an Old Forge fumble in the final two minutes of play and raced 72 yards for a touchdown.