Wyoming Valley West was much too strong for Pittston Area in Friday night’s Wyoming Valley Conference football game.
All that was left for Patriots coach Mike Barrett after the Spartans rolled up a 54-6 rout was to look forward to the possibility of better days in the future.
“We have a lot of sophomores that are stepping up and playing hard,” Barrett said. “We’re starting three sophomores on the line.”
One sophomore scored the team’s only touchdown. Another led the Patriots in rushing.
Kyle Petrosky went up over a defender at the goalline to pull in a 40-yard touchdown pass from James Emmett.
Ryan Davis came off the bench to carry eight times for 28 yards on a night when the rest of the Patriots averaged less than 1.4 yards per carry.
The Patriots (2-7) went the first seven possessions without producing a first down. Emmett changed that with a 26-yard pass to Angelo Aita one play before the touchdown.
Wyoming Valley West (8-1) rolled offensively behind quarterback Michael Baur, receiver Michael Sands a deep group of running backs.
Baur threw for 158 yards and a touchdown by going 8-for-13. He also carried eight times for a game-high 91 yards and a touchdown. Sands caught five passes for 117 yards. With Eric Acosta being held out for precautionary reasons with an injury, Yashinski carried six times for 56 yards and a touchdown, caught a pass for nine yards and a touchdown, and returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for another score.
“They’re outstanding,” Barrett said. “They’re big, they’re strong, they’re mean, they’re fast.”
That combination of talent accounted for 412 yards total offense in the first half when the Spartans opened a 48-6 lead and forced the entire second half into the Mercy Rule.
Pittston Area moved into Wyoming Valley West territory on four second-half possessions but was unable to score until Emmett’s pass to Petrosky.
Michael Harth made six tackles, including two for losses, and assisted on another for Pittston Area in the first half.