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The Coaches: Pittston Area‚??s Mike Barrett (3-8, 2nd year); Scranton‚??s Mike Marichak (22-21, 5th year)
Last Meeting: Pittston Area 21-14 in 2011
All-Time Series: Pittston Area leads 10-9
Quick Fact: Pittston Area snapped an eight-game losing streak to Scranton last year.
Scouting Pittston Area: The Patriots got off to a bad start vs. Abington Heights and couldn‚??t recover in a 28-0 loss. It was the first time they were shutout in their last 24 games. Neither quarterback was had success through the air, but that could change as they get more snaps. The defense allowed two scores, with the other two TDs via interception returns.
Scouting Scranton: Scranton methodically dismantled Hazleton Area 43-0 in its opener. The pitch-catch duo of Marlinn Waiters and Karlon Quiller hooked up twice for touchdowns. The running game averaged 5 yards a pop. The Knights are 9-2 since losing to the Patriots in week two of last season.
What To Expect: Pittston Area needs to cut down mistakes (it fumbled six times vs. Abington) to have any chance of knocking off powerful Scranton, which is looking like a team out to defend its District 2 Class 4A championship.
-- John Erzar