Editor’s note: Each week, the Sunday Dispatch staff shuffles through the archives and picks the biggest sports story of the week. Here are the previous decades’ top stories for the second week of October. To no surprise, they’re all football-related.
Marlon Bayard and Joe Marianacci led Wyoming Area to a 48-13 win over Hanover Area on homecoming night. Hillary Gross was named homecoming queen.
Bayard finished the game with 181 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns, including a 92-yard scamper in the first half. Bayard had 161 yards at halftime.
Marianacci finished with 70 yards rushing and 68 yards receiving, including two touchdowns.
Down 21-0 with 39 seconds left in the first half, Pittston quarterback Jerry Ranielli threw a Hail Mary that was intercepted by Coughlin’s Dale Kozcielski and returned 85 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots fell 27-0. Coughlin racked up more than 300 yards on the ground, led by pounding running back Baldo Cinciarelli.
Pittston Area quarterback Nick Biscontini passed for 113 yards and one touchdown, while scoring another two on the ground to lead the Patriots to a 31-13 rout of Dallas.
The Mountaineers had a 7-0 lead at halftime before Biscontini cranked it up the air assault. Dallas ran for 160 yards to Pittston’s 154.
Wyoming Area exploded for a 44-0 win over Lake-Lehman to grab its fifth straight win. The Warriors rushed for 275 yards and passed for another 135 while racking up a 30-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Rick D’Orio completed 5-of-6 passes for 121 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dom Mazzarella.
Pittston’s gridiron brigade used the pass as its major weapon in a 20-0 win over Exeter in high school football action. Pittston quarterback Tony Bellanca completed 6 of his first 7 passes for 85 yards to lead the charge. Exeter struggled through the air.
The west team picked up only nine yards on its only completion of the game. It finished 1-of-9.
Duryea High School came out on the winning end of a 19-0 decision over Pittston in high school football. The Wildcats buttoned up on defense for coach Tom Kelly’s squad. Alfred “Buttons” Gryzbicki scored all 19 points for Duryea.