High school football season is in full swing and eight games featuring Wyoming Valley Conference teams are on the slate Friday night to open the second week of play.

All kickoffs are set for 7 p.m. Check back to this page throughout the night for updated scores as they come in.

KINGSTON — Down by 14 points early in the second quarter to Wilkes-Barre Area, Wyoming Valley West had a golden opportunity to get back in the game.

The Spartans had a first-and-goal from the 4. But four plays and three yards later, it was the Wolfpack who were celebrating after a goal-line stand that helped lead a 28-0 victory at Spartan Stadium. They claimed the inaugural Battle for the Bridge trophy that will now be kept by the team victorious in the rivalry game.

“It’s always big. We got the momentum there and it gave our defense some confidence,” WBA coach Ciro Cinti said. “That was a real turning point in giving us more confidence.”

The drive that started at the end of the first quarter for the Spartans (1-6) consisted of 10 plays and 72 yards but ended without any points as four runs by Brendan Woods and Zack McDaniels gained just two yards.

The final play of the drive came from the 1, but the fullback McDaniels was stood up at the line and lost a yard, resulting in the turnover on downs.

“We had the ball three different times inside the 15 and came away with zero points each time,” Spartans coach Jack Baranski said. “The icing on the cake was we’re on the one with our fullback and we’re stuffed inside the hole. It’s not the first time that’s happened this year and it’s something we need to fix, and we’re running out of time right now to do it.”

Prior to the stand by the Wilkes-Barre Area defense, the Wolfpack (4-3) offense was in sync. Kam Taylor (10 of 17, 152 passing yards) threw a pair of touchdown strikes in the first 12 minutes. The first score was a slant pattern to Malachi Williams from 19 yards for a 7-0 lead with 5:29 on the clock.

After the Spartans lost yardage on three plays then had a failed punt attempt, Taylor found Nino Cinti for a 22-yard strike putting the team in front 14-0 with 2:22 remaining.

WBA brought out all its weapons during the game. Rafael McCoy had a pair of receptions for 78 yards and gained some big yardage on four runs.

Talee Swinney, who also plays quarterback, had a TD strike of 40 yards to McCoy in the second quarter putting the team in front 21-0. Swinney also had two receptions and three rushes. Noah Taylor churned for a game-high 72 yards on the ground on 11 carries and added a 3-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

“They’re well-coached. They have a lot of team speed and they’re getting more and more physical every week,” Baranski said of the Wolfpack offense. “So, they’re a problem to prepare for. You start with Rafy McCoy, he’s a district (track) champion out there. Then they go with Malachi Williams and Kam and Nino Cinti.

“They have tremendous athletes. They have kids on the outside that could really play. … They’re really putting athletes in position to make plays, and I tip my hat to them.”

Valley West’s offense couldn’t get much going the entire night picking up just 189 total yards and just 68 on the ground. Quarterback Donte Rhodes returned after missing five weeks with an injury. He had just three completions, but two went for 61 and 60 yards.

“He’s a super kid and I’m glad that he’s starting to get healthy,” Cinti said of Rhodes, whose playing time was limited due to his recovery.

PASSING – WBA, Kam Taylor 10-17-2-152; Talee Swinney 1-1-0-40. WVW, Donte Rhodes 3-15-0-121, Dylan Nastanski 0-0-0-0.

RUSHING— WBA, Corey Brown 10-30, Rafael McCoy 4-29, Noah Taylor 11-72, K. Taylor 4-20, Swinney 3-18, Jermaine Curtis 3-0, Aiden Redding 1-3, TEAM 2-(minus-2). WVW, Brendan Woods 11-26, Donte Rhodes 5-25, Zack McDaniels 10-11, Darius Redguard 2-11, Nastanski 2-(minus-2), Nah-syr Garner 2-(minus-2).

RECEIVING— WBA, Aiden Redding 1-6, Malachi Williams 3-47, McCoy 2-78, Nino Cinti 2-31, Brown 1-15, Swinney 2-15. WVW, Nastanski 1-61, Redguard 1-0, Woods 1-60.

WILKES-BARRE — Ethan Adams had himself a field day throwing the football on Friday, connecting for six touchdown passes as Lake-Lehman cruised past Holy Redeemer 41-6 at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.

Nearly half of Adams’ 13 completions went for scores. The junior quarterback threw for all of his scores in the first half before being relieved by Jacob Monko for the entirety of the second.

Lehman moved the ball at ease on a beleaguered Redeemer defense, racking up 445 yards of total offense including an impressive 311 for Adams through the air.

The Royals did come up big in the takeaway department, forcing three Lake-Lehman turnovers and scoring their only touchdown of the evening on a 55-yard fumble recovery by Matthew Schuler for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Other than that, it was all Lehman in the first half, scoring the first touchdown on the first drive and never looking back.

Adams connected with Zack Kojadinovich for the first score of the game just two minutes in. Kojadinovich would finish as one of the Knights’ leading receivers as well as the leading rusher, carrying the ball five times for 79 yards.

The Knights didn’t need to rely on the ground game too much, as Adams found Casey Kaminski for three touchdowns in the first half and Danny Kutz for two more, running away with the game early.

The second half was played under the running clock, and both teams seemed to ease off the throttle a bit, with neither Redeemer nor Lehman finding the end zone after the break.

Lake-Lehman will hit the road to take on Mid Valley next week while the Royals, still looking for their first win, are still waiting to hear whether their next opponent will be a 1-5 Shikellamy team or undefeated Wyoming Area pending a Monday meeting by Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference officials.

RUSHING — LL, Kojadinovich 5-79, Adams 6-36, Jeremy Scouton 2-10, Jacob Monko 1-(-1), Kaminski 1-4. HR, Christian Leon 5-5, Peter Shay 5-5, Colin Conway 3-13, Ryan Williams 1-(-1), Zachary Perta 1-(-4).

RECEIVING — LL, Luke Spencer 3-93, Kojadinovich 4-86, Kaminski 4-86, Kutz 3-36. HR, Alex Hajkowski 3-66, Perta 2-13, Jack Daoud 2-16, Shay 2-13.

DUNMORE – When Dominic DeLuca’s play at quarterback and safety is not enough to help separate Wyoming Area from an opponent, sometimes the Warriors need a little special extra from their senior leader.

Already having a big game as a punter, DeLuca took on additional special teams duties in the return game with Wyoming Area’s second straight unbeaten regular season in jeopardy Friday night.

The move paid off in DeLuca’s 79-yard kickoff return for the game-winning touchdown, sparking a 21-point burst over the final nine minutes to pull away from host Dunmore 35-14 in a non-league game between two of District 2’s top small school teams.

State-ranked Wyoming Area (7-0) currently leads the race for the district’s top seed in Class 3A. Defending champion Dunmore (4-3) led the Class 2A race going into the night.

The Bucks controlled the game’s first 20 minutes, scored first and came back to force a fourth-quarter tie.

On a night when Dunmore had more first downs, more yards and more time of possession, Wyoming Area needed to find another way to win the game.

DeLuca’s kickoff return put the Warriors ahead to stay. He fielded a ball on the right side, made it across the field to stick to the “return left” that was called.

“We didn’t have much momentum in the beginning of the second half,” DeLuca said. “I feel like that kick return changed the whole game.”

After getting to the sideline by working around a block by Jayden Rusyn, DeLuca cut back inside almost to the hashmarks, worked back to the sideline, then won a footrace to the end zone.

“I’m usually the emergency guy when we need a big return or a big play, or when we have injuries,” DeLuca said of his part-time role as a kick returner. “I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do sometimes.”

DeLuca’s 46-yard run up the middle with 5:36 left provided an insurance touchdown. His interception and 48-yard return a little more than a minute later essentially finished off the Bucks.

“Our coaching staff is constantly evaluating situations,” Wyoming Area head coach Randy Spencer said. “In big games and situations, we have to use all of our resources.

“Dominic is an outstanding player. Even in the special teams game, he is explosive and can make big plays.”

As a quarterback, he carried 11 times for 94 yards and a touchdown, hit three of seven passes for 32 yards and even slipped out of the backfield for a 9-yard catch. On special teams, three of his four punts covered at least 50 yards and he finished the night averaging 47.3. Defensively, he contributed three tackles and five assists in addition to the interception.

“He’s best at being a football player,” Spencer said, “and we needed every aspect of it tonight.”

Rodney had scored on a 2-yard run in the final minute of the half, capping a momentum-changing, 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive to send the teams to the locker room tied.

“We certainly weren’t executing and Dunmore was doing a great job up front in the first half, limiting what we could do,” Spencer said.

Rodney gave Wyoming Area its first lead on a 1-yard, third-quarter touchdown run that completed a 40-yard drive that consisted of seven straight runs.

The short field was the end result of a big advantage in the kicking game behind DeLuca’s punts and the returns of DeLuca and Brian Williams. Two of the punts pinned Dunmore at the 6 and 1.

The come-from-behind win was the second straight for Wyoming Area, which came from 10 down to beat Lake-Lehman 35-30 last Friday.

RUSHING — WA, DeLuca 11-94, Rodney 16-93, F.J. Braccini 1-6, Dillon Williams 1-5. DUN, Buckley 15-65, Rayshaun Dawkins 11-49, Borgia 9-32, Nick Stanco 2-22, Kameryn Reyes 4-16, Karl Kincel 1-3, Team 2-minus 2.

RECEIVING — WA, Brian Williams 3-32, DeLuca 1-9. DUN, Buckley 2-3, Tommy Lewis 1-41, Dawkins 1-12, Stanco 1-8, Dom Temperino 1-7, Charles Valvano 1-6.

BERWICK — After all he did to jump-start the Berwick Bulldogs, Teagan Wilk couldn’t help kicking himself.

“I was scary bad at quarterback,” Wilk said, citing the interception he threw on a trick play. “I’m never going to throw the ball in my life again.”

Wilk ripped off touchdown runs of 57 and 48 yards and extended his Berwick record with his 17th career interception at the school as the Bulldogs bounced right back from their first loss of the season by hammering Hazleton Area, 40-8 at Crispin Field.

“It’s huge,” Wilk said. “People don’t understand how big of a win it is right after a loss.

The Bulldogs did just that, scoring three touchdowns in the game’s first five minutes while smothering Hazleton Area’s offense and allowing a total of four yards for the game.

“That’s a very young football team they have,” Berwick coach Carm DeFrancesco said of the Cougars, who started five freshmen Friday — including Tyler Wolfe due to an injury to regular Hazleton Area starter Kellen Warner. “We expected to dominate.”

Better known as a receiver and defensive back, Wilk lined up in a wildcat formation, took a direct snap and flew around right end for a 57-yard touchdown that gave Berwick a 7-0 lead 16 seconds into the night.

Wilk then used a 12-yard run to set up a 5-yard scoring run by Alejandro Lopez on Berwick’s second possession. He snagged a 15-yard pass to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Laubach the third time the Bulldogs touched the ball and took a 20-0 lead. And before the first half ended, Wilk took a handoff from Laubach and out-ran everyone with a 48-yard touchdown burst to give Berwick a 27-0 lead early in the second quarter.

“It’s good,” said Wilk, who finished with a game-high 117 rushing yards on three carries. “I would like to carry it more.”

It was out of the Wildcat where Wilk took another direct snap and floated a duck that was promptly intercepted by Hazleton Area’s Matt Buchman, ending a chance for Berwick to score on its first four possessions.

That’s OK, DeFrancesco said, because when the ball’s in Wilk’s hands, good things happen more often than not for the 6-1 Bulldogs. Like when the East Carolina-bound senior he leaped to not only snatch away a pick from Berwick’s defensive backfield to extend the school record he set last week, but returned it 23 yards deep into Cougars territory.

Laubach added touchdown runs of 1 and 12 yards and fired an 8-yard scoring strike to Preston Robbins as Berwick built a 40-0 lead and Shawn Sheptock caught a pair of passes for 23 yards before leaving with a sprained ankle in the second half.

The win helped Berwick leave behind a difficult 35-28 loss to Valley View in a battle of unbeatens last week, a game where the Bulldogs held a 28-14 lead late in the third quarter only to fall behind Valley View in the race for the No. 1 seed in the District 2 Class 4A playoffs.

“We were concerned with how they were going to respond,” DeFrancesco said of his Bulldogs. “Last week was a devastating loss for us. When we got back here, a lot of kids said, ‘Coach, we didn’t play as well as we could have, we lost that football game, we beat ourselves.’ “

“We came in thinking we were going to dominate the game,” Wilk said. “After the loss to Valley View, it hurt.”

RUSHING — HAZ, Matt Buchman 6-21, Ryan Matyas 3-14, Kevin Meluskey 6-7, Matt Cusatis 1-4, Lance Johnson 3- (minus 1), Jose Rodriguez 3- (minus 2), Hunter Madl 2- (minus 2), Evan Matyas 1- (minus 2), Tyler Wolfe 2- (minus 11), TEAM 1- (minus 16). BER, Teagan Wilk 3-117, Aiden Mason 8-44, Ryan Laubach 6-19, Alejandro Lopez 7-17, Benjamin Moore 4-10, Evan Meighan 1-6, Brendan Spezialetti 4-6, Drayton Wilk 1- (minus 5), TEAM 2- (minus 10).

PASSING — HAZ, Wolfe 3-13-1- (minus 8), Matt Fisher 0-1-0. BER, Laubach 6-10-0-70, Moore 1-1-0-8, Wilk 0-1-1.

RECEIVING — HAZ, Johnson 1- (minus 4), Cusatis 1- (minus 4). BER, Shawn Sheptock 2-23, Mason 1-18, Wilk 1-15, Devon Smith 1-8, Preston Robbins 1-8, Blake Maurer 1-6.

The visiting Hanover Area Hawkeyes pulled away late to earn the big 24-14 road victory over the Northwest Rangers on a frigid Friday night.

Both evenly matched squads were riding into this contest on a high of winning the week before and snapping losing skids in the process. Hanover Area, which snapped its four-game losing streak by trouncing Holy Redeemer 35-7 at home, won its second in a row. Northwest had ended a two-game slide the week before by winning a nail biter 7-6 on the road at Susquehanna.

Northwest got on the scoreboard first this time, as the Rangers cashed in on their highly successful opening offensive drive on a 22-yard touchdown hook up through the air. Junior quarterback Ryan Wassel hit senior wideout J.T. Brubaker just over three minutes into the first quarter to jump out to a 6-0 early advantage.

Hanover Area would answer right back, taking its own opening offensive possession all the way down the field, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown plunge from senior fullback Austin Stefanowicz to snatch a 7-6 lead for the Hawkeyes.

Then just like the week before in their victory, Hanover Aera would capitalize on key turnovers forced from their stingy defense. This time junior linebacker Tavon Hines picked off a Wassel pass and brought the ball deep into enemy territory at the 30-yard line with 5:47 left in the second quarter.

From there, quarterback Joe Curcio threw a rainbow 31-yard touchdown pass into the end zone to fellow junior wide receiver Bobby Sabecky to increase the Hawkeyes’ advantage to 14-6 with 3:54 left before halftime.

However, Northwest would grab back the momentum just before halftime and finished off a drive with standout tailback George May when he barreled into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown with just 27 seconds left in the second quarter. After successfully converting their two point passing attempt, the Rangers had knotted up the ball game at 14-14.

Hanover Area would grab back that momentum in the second half, as the gritty defense shut down Northwest’s offense and held the Rangers scoreless for the rest of the game.

With 3:14 left in the third, senior kicker Auggie George, who missed a long field goal attempt mid-way through the second quarter, got redemption. He converted his 39-yard field goal try to give his Hawkeyes the slim 17-14 advantage they would take into the fourth.

Hanover Area would pull away from the Rangers for good, again capitalizing on a turnover as Wassel was picked off by Curcio.

The starting quarterback then lined up as a running back and took the hand off for a 4-yard touchdown scamper into the end zone to give the Hawkeyes the 24-14 lead they would never relinquish.

“Anytime we can go on the road and go into someone else’s stadium and get a win, it’s huge for us,” Hanover Area coach Rick Hummer said. “The kids enjoy it and it just puts their minds at ease that we can play. Plus you know what that does, this week in practice, they are going to go harder because they know they can do it.

“So I’m happy about the way we performed tonight. We had some minor mistakes but we will fix them. We are OK and I’m happy about the way they are going.”

Now 3-4, the Hawkeyes will look to win their third straight game when they travel next Friday to play at Lackawanna Trail.

It was just that easy for the undefeated Dallas football team before hitting the meat and potatoes of its schedule.

The Mountaineers had little trouble dismantling Nanticoke Area in a 62-7 victory on a chilly Friday night. Dallas had nearly nine times the total yardage as the Trojans (475-54).

“In the end, it doesn’t matter who you are playing,” Dallas coach Rich Mannello said. “It has to be the same approach every week. We went through the same process all week long. I thought we were really challenged a week ago with the weather and a good Wilkes-Barre team.”

After a short-yardage carry to start the game, the Mountaineers reached the end zone on three consecutive plays.

Lenny Kelley blasted for a 46-yard run a mere 53 seconds into the game. After a Ben Fife interception, Luke Delgaudio found open room for a 67-yard receiving score. Kelley capped off the scoring barrage with a 31-yard rushing touchdown with wide-open real estate for him to go untouched.

Kelley finished the night with 116 yards on seven carries with two rushing touchdowns. Delgaudio caught five passes for 104 yards.

Dallas quarterback Michael Starbuck found three different receivers for each of his passing touchdowns. Starbuck completed nine of 14 attempts for 149 yards.

The Mountaineers wrap up their regular season against three opponents with a combined 18-3 record. Dallas plays Valley View next weekend in a battle of two 7-0 programs.

“It never is good, it never is bad,” Mannello said. “There are going to be teachable moments on that film. We’ll go through it with the kids and start that whole process again for Valley View.”

For the second consecutive week, Nanticoke Area spoiled a shutout thanks to a big Sincere Shiloh play. Trailing 62-0, Shiloh returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown with 10:38 remaining.

RUSHING — NAN, Devon Lohman 6-11, Pierson Park 12-29, Keanu Ammons 1-(minus-2), Mike Marcella 1-(minus-7); DAL Cole Hart 2-1, Kelley 7-116, Meuser 3-38, Bolesta 3-2, Fife 1-5, Starbuck 4-37, Jackson Wydra 2-6, Jacob Fenske 5-39, Matt Jesse 1-8, Burgess 1-16, Michael Lukasavage 1-6, JDelgaudio 8-46, Logan Young 1-3, Mark Karcutskie 2-3

RECEIVING — NAN, Ammons 1-15, Shiloh 3-8; DAL LDelgaudio 5-104, Bolesta 2-17, Jack Farrell 1-16, Fife 1-12

Taking on a tough defense — even one missing some starters — was going to be a challenge for Pittston Area.

But the Patriots took the long bus ride out to Williamsport, shook off an early touchdown deficit and boosted their outlook for the postseason with a 20-7 win over the Millionaires on Friday night at STA Stadium.

Pittston Area got a touchdown late in the first half on a goal-line plunge by Mike Nocito to tie the game, then connected on a few deep passes after the break to set up two more short scores and earn the road win.

The Patriots improved to 3-4 on the season as Bryheem Patterson ran in what proved to be the winning touchdown in the third quarter. Nocito then put the game away with a passing score to Franny George early in the fourth.

Williamsport managed to block the last extra point try, but the offense couldn’t rally in the final frame.

Already a team that relied mostly on defense this season, Williamsport (3-4) was missing two key weapons in quarterback Dallas Griess and running back Keith Freeman, according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

Sophomore Frankie Morrone started under center for the Millionaires, who turned to Drake Mankey in the backfield with their top two rushers unavailable. Mankey scored the lone touchdown for Williamsport in the first.

The Patriots are back in action next Saturday afternoon with another road test at Scranton Prep before closing out the schedule with Crestwood and rival Wyoming Area.

Williamsport will take one of the longest road trips in the area next Friday with a hike to Delaware Valley and then play two more WVC squads in Wilkes-Barre Area and Wyoming Valley West.

It’s feeling like fall now as Wyoming Valley Conference teams battle for playoff positioning tonight in Week 7 action across District 2.

Eight games featuring WVC squads are on the schedule across the region and Wyoming Seminary is also on the field tonight in Kingston.

Four days after making history by claiming four golds in the District 2 Golf Individual Championships, the Wyoming Valley Conference couldn’t overcome the Lackawanna League in the District 2 Team Championships at Elmhurst Country Club.

Dallas and Wyoming Seminary both finished as a runner-up in the district on Friday in Class 3A and 2A, respectively. The Mountaineers dropped a 316-323 match to Abington Heights and couldn’t repeat as district champion. Meanwhile, the Blue Knights fell to Scranton Prep 326-335 as the Cavaliers won the title for the fourth consecutive time and the sixth time in the last eight years.

The Comets and Cavaliers move on to the subregional against a District 4 opponent on Thursday at Eagles Mere Golf Club.

Taking care of the home course advantage, Scranton Prep and Abington Heights both held leads after the first nine holes and didn’t relinquish the lead.

For the Mountaineers, sophomore Logan Paczewski, who claimed the individual district title earlier in the week, tied with the Comets’ James Flickinger for medalist honors on Friday as both shot 74.

The next three Abington Heights golfers all shot lower scores than Dallas’ next three. Mike Marion and Dan Flickinger each carded 80s, while Will Brown scored 82. Freddie Lombardo had the second-lowest score for Dallas with 81, while Brett Ostroski, Matt Dolan and Cooper Kelley followed with 84s on a cool and gloomy day in Roaring Brook Township.

In last week’s WVC team playoffs, Wyoming Seminary used a strong performance on the back nine from all of its scorers to rally and defeat Holy Redeemer.

Two Blue Knights players improved on Friday against the Cavaliers on the back nine, but a seven-stroke deficit at the turn against a perennial power was too much to overcome.

Prep’s MJ Stivala earned the medal by carding 77 to top Sem’s top scorer, Andrew Maddock by five shots. Matt Tressler (81), Mike Sewack (82) and Thomas Lynch (86) also scored for Scranton Prep.

The Blue Knights’ Jeremy Callahan, who picked up the individual gold earlier in the week, carded an 83, as did his teammate Davis Flannery. Harrison May’s 87 rounded out the scores for Wyoming Seminary.

Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference officials will meet Monday concerning football schedule switches that would allow Southern Columbia to play Wyoming Area and Shikellamy to play Holy Redeemer next Friday.

The meeting is scheduled after Shikellamy (1-5) filed a request Friday to drop perennial state power Southern Columbia and instead play Redeemer (0-5). Southern Columbia would then play at Wyoming Area (6-0) in a matchup of state-ranked teams. Southern Columbia is ranked first in Class 2A and Wyoming Area is ranked fourth in Class 3A by pennlive.com.

The PHAC turned down the same request from Southern Columbia on Wednesday. PHAC bylaws prohibit dropping conference opponents to schedule non-conference opponents, although Southern Columbia’s football team has been allowed to do so twice this season.

Crestwood and Tunkhannock have a mathematical chance to get any of the top-three seeds in the District 2 Class 4A football playoffs.

Realistically, though, neither probably will no matter how the schedule trilogy between Berwick, Dallas and Valley View transpires.

That’s what makes Tunkhannock’s visit to Crestwood for a 7 p.m. game today so important. The winner has a good shot at the fourth seed and a home playoff game that goes along with it. The loser is likely headed to a road contest in the D2-4A quarterfinals against either Berwick, Dallas or Valley View.

“That’s the way we’re looking at it,” Crestwood first-year coach Ryan Arcangeli said. “We’ll look at other teams down the road. You can’t really worry about next week’s game (with Berwick) or catching those guys or having them beat each other.

“We have to worry about Tunkhannock. We know this has a huge impact on the possibility of being about to achieve one of our goals this year and that’s to host a playoff game and be that fourth seed.”

Both teams enter the game at 4-2, a bit surprising considering where they were a year ago. Crestwood won just twice as the Comets missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. Tunkhannock posted three victories and failed to make the playoffs once again. The Tigers haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2007, the longest active streak in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Neither appears in danger of missing the eight-team D2-4A playoffs. Crestwood is in fourth place in the power rankings and Tunkhannock is in fifth, with the eighth spot occupied by Abington Heights (1-5). Two teams behind Abington Heights also have one win while two others are winless.

Crestwood came into its first five games with the idea of pulling off at least one upset. That came Week 5 when the Comets made the long trip to Williamsport and came home 15-14 winners.

“We said in the first five we had to take a game no one expected us to have a chance in,” Arcangeli said. “The Williamsport game, we were able to win that one. We had a really good defensive game plan.”

Crestwood will need another good defensive game plan tonight. Tunkhannock defeated Towanda 62-26 last Friday, scoring the most points in program history in the post-merger era, which began in the mid-1960s. (A Tunkhannock team defeated Meshoppen 115-0 in 1923).

Tunkhannock quarterback Jack Chilson threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns — both career highs — in the Towanda victory. He went over 1,000 yards passing for a second consecutive year. He utilizes his complete receiving corps. Running back Gavin D’Amato shook off a tough game against unbeaten Wyoming Area to rush for 126 yards and two scores.

Crestwood doesn’t have similar firepower, but the Comets have proven they can put points up while also shutting down opposing offenses. Running back Ryan Miller posted his third 100-yard rushing game with 130 yards in a 44-7 win over Nanticoke Area last Friday. Tight end and UConn commit Brandon Niemenski has 18 catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns.

Facebook can be a waste of time. Nobody really needs to see 25 pictures of somebody’s kids at the bus stop on the first day of school. However, there is one Facebook page that is worth checking out — Sports Teams of the Wyoming Valley Prior to 1972.

Bob Nardone, of West Wyoming, started the page in March 2018 and runs it with his two administrators — Fred Gosart, of Dallas, and Bob Gongleski, of Swoyersville. The page features all sports from many Wyoming Valley schools, but has more than enough high school football to take a nostalgic trip back to the gridiron.

Nardone, a 1964 graduate of West Wyoming High School, chose 1972 as the cutoff for material because of the Agnes Flood that year.

“The ’72 flood was when everybody lost their prized possessions, whether they were wedding albums or anything to do with the family,” Nardone said. “I would presume people that had yearbooks that they were gone. Don’t forget, the Wilkes-Barre schools were affected and so were the historical societies to some degree and the Times Leader.

Nardone emphasizes team and group shots. He gets many submissions from people wanting to share their memories. The page is closing in on 1,200 members.

“No superstars, no heroes, no individuals,” Nardone said. “I want to show the players’ names and every player who was on the team in the picture. I thought that was important. And we only wanted the local high school teams we had back in the days before the jointures. I think that’s where the nostalgia comes from.”

The masterpiece of the collection is a 10-minute film of the 1951 Thanksgiving Day game between West Wyoming and Wyoming high schools in well-preserved color. Nardone obtained it from a former Wyoming Area teacher who found the reel in the old Exeter elementary school. Nardone had it transferred to a DVD and put it on the Facebook page.

It take some time to find the film since it was posted May 10, but it’s well worth the effort. Here are some of the highlights:

• The halftime show features a majorette twirling a baton with flames at both ends. This practice was extinguished for the most part in the 1980s and it’s doubtful it will ever be seen again with all the artificial playing surfaces now used.

• Treatment of injured players was quite different. When a West Wyoming player is knocked woozy, a teammate hovers over him and shakes him a bit. A doctor takes over and pulls out smelling salts, which were the era’s version of concussion protocol.

Smelling salts, which are still made, are held under the nose. If a player reacts, then he’s just had “his bell rung,” as they used to say. If he doesn’t, he’s out cold. Unfortunately, we don’t get this part in the film.

• Even if you have no interest in either school, just to see the fashions and automobiles from that era are worth the watch. Because the field sits below street level, numerous vehicles can be seen as well as the neighborhood, much of which remains intact.

• The field is behind Wyoming High School, which is currently the Wyoming Area Primary Center on 10th Street. The field is still used by the Wyoming Area boys and girls soccer teams and the boys lacrosse team and looks very much the same with the slanted stone wall still in place.

Nardone spends plenty of time sifting through submissions and searching through other means for photos.

“I don’t like getting credit for this stuff,” Nardone said. “I do this for everybody with a memory of a player or cheerleader or majorette.”

• Tunkhannock quarterback Jack Chilson passed for a career-high 303 yards and a career-high four TD passes as Tunkhnnock rolled Towanda 63-26. The 63 points were the most by the Tigers in the post-merger era, which is roughly 1966 to the present.

• Pittston Area receiver Andrew Krawczyk recorded his third 100-yard receiving game, making four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in a 28-27 victory over West Scranton. Krawczyk has 31 receptions for 506 yards and six TDs, already topping his numbers from 2018.

• Dallas running back Lenny Kelley ran for 151 yards and a score on 17 carries in a 35-7 victory over Wilkes-Barre Area. Kelley has 980 rushing yards and is on pace to top last year’s regular-season total of 1,327.

• Wyoming Area running back Darren Rodney had just 28 yards rushing in the first half, but finished with 145 and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 35-30 win over Lake-Lehman. All three stats were career highs for Rodney.

• Crestwood running back Ryan Miller posted his third 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 130 yards and two TDs in a 44-7 win vs. Nanticoke Area. Crestwood had just four 100-yard rushing games all of last season.

PITTSTON — Paint Pittston Pink wrapped up on Saturday with a series of events that brought residents to its Main Street for competition and camaraderie, while raising money for breast cancer research. The day’s 5K […]

KINGSTON TWP — Every dog has its day, and for many area pooches that day was Saturday. About 150 guests brought their furry friends to Frances Slocum State Park for the 29th annual Walk For […]

AVOCA — At least one Republican is already eyeing the 2020 election. Teddy Daniels has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th Congressional District. The 8th District seat is currently […]

While an implementation deadline looms, Luzerne County Council members will take the necessary time to select a new paper-trail voting system, council Chairman Tim McGinley said Friday. “We won’t rush into it,” McGinley said. Council […]

WILKES-BARRE — It was announced Friday that Pennsylvania has recorded its first death attributed to “vaping.” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed the death and multiple cases […]

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf last week took executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) — a market-based collaboration among nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic […]

DALLAS — Who says it’s too early to celebrate Halloween? Tell that to the kids and parents decked out in their spookiest costumes (and more than a few soccer uniforms), with faces painted and goodie […]

HARRISBURG — Four state senators plan to introduce legislation that would impose a moratorium on the scheduled closing of the White Haven and Polk state centers for people with disabilities. The announcement from Sens. John […]

EXETER — Dallas Woodruff stared at the picture of dead soldiers lined on the ground after the Battle of Antietam, and explained why she found it so compelling to see them so arranged: “It’s like, […]

WILKES-BARRE — The owner of the Chicken Coop restaurant will plead guilty to withholding but not paying more than $109,000 in employees’ federal income and payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, according to court […]

WILKES-BARRE — The last time he was up for a mayoral appointment City Administrator Rick Gazenski withdrew in order to avoid a controversy. Four months later Gazenski said he’s standing firm in his nomination by […]

WILKES-BARRE — State Sen. John Yudichak on Friday said the last time the Sans Souci Parkway was pothole-free, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was singing at San Souci Park dances. It was a joke, but there […]

WILKES-BARRE — It was announced Friday that Pennsylvania has recorded its first death attributed to “vaping.” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed the death and multiple cases […]

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf last week took executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) — a market-based collaboration among nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic […]

You’ve probably noticed a nip in the air lately, at least at night. You’ve almost certainly seen ads for pumpkin spice — well, pretty much everything. (A recent comic strip portrayed a store display of […]

Pennsylvanians have many choices to seek an advanced degree, including a range of high-quality private colleges and universities that not every state can boast. These private institutions of higher education award more than 75,000 degrees, […]

Because all budgets are limited, whether they be those of a family, a business or a government program, choices must be made. Families try to make these decisions based upon what products or services they […]

Diamonds to Lori Masi of Bear Creek Township and ADT for using a happy ending to a potential disaster as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. Masi invited the media to her home […]

One of the nation’s emerging public health issues seemed to be making headlines from hour to hour this week. On Thursday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Delaware health officials announced their state’s first death of […]

The article “House GOP leaders: ‘No interest in legalizing recreational marijuana’” by Bill O’Boyle published on Sept. 29 highlights the GOP’s opposition to the overwhelming public support for legalizing adult-use cannabis. A survey conducted during […]

Imagine you see someone standing on the sidewalk as a car passes by, going through a mud puddle that splashes all over him. The next day you read about the event in a newspaper. The […]

I’m a lipstick-wearing, red-meat-eating, Diet-Coke-drinking, heterosexual, cis-gender patriotic American feminist of Sicilian and French-Canadian descent who can recite both “Who’s On First?” and “Little Women” in their entirety without breaking a sweat. I don’t like […]

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act. The law will allow athletes at California’s universities and colleges to monetize their names and likenesses. More simply put, the athletes will […]

How disappointing that Gov. Tom Wolf has come out in favor of recreational marijuana. Contrary to anecdotal information that we hear, the National Institute of Drug Abuse states that marijuana can be addictive and can […]

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