Pittston Area offense falters in loss to Hazleton Area

By Nick Wagner - nwagner@timesleader.com and John Erzar - jerzar@timesleader.com | October 3rd, 2015 4:13 pm

YATESVILLE — Offensively, the Patriots thought that had it figured out.

After turning in its best performance this season in a loss to Crestwood last week, Pittston Area’s offense faltered when they needed it most. The Patriots totaled just 60 yards of offense in a 47-0 loss at the hands of Hazleton Area on Friday night at Charley Trippi Stadium.

Against Crestwood last Saturday, Sept. 26, the Patriots racked up 369 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Walter Coles threw touchdowns of 56 and 86 to Paul Brady in the first quarter. The Patriots had it clicking, only to see Crestwood kick a last-second field goal for the win.

Against the Cougars on Friday, the offense was completely shut down.

Coles completed just four passes for 19 yards and Pittston Area averaged less than two yards per carry in the loss. On the other side of the ball, it wasn’t much better.

Hazleton Area’s Adrian Otero ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. As a team, the Cougars ran 45 times for 293 yards.

The Cougars held Pittston Area to just 60 yards of offense and just four first downs. Pittston Area did not cross midfield all game. The defense forced two turnovers, including Leonel Peguero’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars lost three straight games coming into the matchup with the Patriots.

Freshman quarterback Sparky Wolk finished the game with seven completions for 122 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown strike to Jose Cabrera for the Cougars’ second score. The Cougars finished with 415 yards of total offense.

Crestwood 38

Pittston Area 35

WRIGHT TWP. — Overtime beckoned when Pittston Area’s Ryan Davis intercepted a Crestwood pass with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Patriots, though, tried to squeeze a few more plays out of regulation. The strategy backfired.

Crestwood’s Nate Smith recovered a Pittston Area fumble with 9.4 seconds left, leading to a 31-yard field goal by Connor Keenan with 3.5 seconds remaining and a wild ending to the Comets’ 38-35 victory in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3A game.

After a frenzied first half that saw four touchdowns of 51 yards or longer and Crestwood take a 35-28 lead, things settled down. Pittston Area finally put together a 53-yard scoring drive capped by a 1-yard TD run by Kyle Petroski to tie the score 35-35 with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter.

Crestwood managed to cross midfield on its ensuing drive, but Davis’ interception at the Pittston Area 22-yard line with 23 seconds left made overtime look quite possible.

Instead, the Patriots tried two pass plays. The first was incomplete. The second ended in disaster as Crestwood defensive lineman Shane O’Rouke blindsided quarterback Walter Coles, forcing the fumble that Smith recovered.

Keenan, the backup kicker last season and a soccer player, kicked his 31-yard field goal on the next play for the game-winner.

Pittston Area had scored a total of 39 points in its previous seven games, but the combination of Coles to Paul Brady clicked for touchdown passes of 56 and 86 yards in the first quarter. Rich Wallace also returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second time this season.

Pittston Area’s Walter Coles (12) passes for a touchdown against Crestwood on Saturday, Sept. 26.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_TTL092715HSFPittAreaCrest2.jpgPittston Area’s Walter Coles (12) passes for a touchdown against Crestwood on Saturday, Sept. 26. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Crestwood’s Seamus Rother (15) holds off Pittston’s Paul Brady (8) while he runs for a first down on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Crestwood.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_TTL092715HSFPittAreaCrest3.jpgCrestwood’s Seamus Rother (15) holds off Pittston’s Paul Brady (8) while he runs for a first down on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Crestwood. Sean McKeag | Sunday Dispatch
Hazleton Area running back Adrian Otero (32) goes in for a three-yard touchdown against Pittston Area Friday night at Charley Trippi Stadium.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_PA-HAZ11.jpgHazleton Area running back Adrian Otero (32) goes in for a three-yard touchdown against Pittston Area Friday night at Charley Trippi Stadium. Nick Wagner | Sunday Dispatch
Pittston Area’s Brandon Goodlavage, center, makes a play on Hazleton Area’s Adrian Otero Friday night at Charley Trippi Stadium.
http://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_PA-HAZ21.jpgPittston Area’s Brandon Goodlavage, center, makes a play on Hazleton Area’s Adrian Otero Friday night at Charley Trippi Stadium. Nick Wagner | Sunday Dispatch

By Nick Wagner

nwagner@timesleader.com and John Erzar

jerzar@timesleader.com

Hazleton Area 47, Pittston Area 0

Hazleton Area`20`6`7`14`—`47

Pittston Area`0`0`0`0`—`0

First quarter

HA — Adrian Otero 3 run (Tristan Williams kick), 7:42

HA — Jose Cabrera 53 pass from Sparky Wolk (kick failed), 6:02

HA — Otero 43 run (Williams kick), 3:38

Second quarter

HA — Otero 30 run (kick failed), 10:55

Third quarter

HA — Carson Kinney 12 run (Williams kick), 0:07

Fourth quarter

HA — Logan Jones 4 run (Williams kick), 3:51

HA — Leonel Peguero 35 interception return (Williams kick), 2:06

Team statistics`HA`PA

First downs`17`4

Rushes-yards`45-293`26-41

Passing yards`122`19

Total yards`415`60

Passing`7-13-0`4-10-1

Sacked-yards lost`0-0`2-7

Punts-avg.`3-30`7-35

Fumbles-lost`1-0`3-2

Penalties-yards`8-55`6-35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — HA, Otero 23-178 3TD, Kinney 8-42 TD, Cabrera 1-21, Josh Zukoski, 6-20, Wolk 2-16, Isaiah Santiago 1-1, Hunter Vanblargan 1-0. PA, Kyle Petroski 11-25, Walter Coles 6-0, Ryan Davis 4-15, Trevor Tigue 1-0, Trevor Woodruff 1-(-5),

PASSING — Wolk 7-13-122-0 TD. PA, Coles 4-9-19-0, Tigue 0-1-0-1.

RECEIVING — Cabrera 3-88 TD, Otero 1-12, Zukoski 1-9, Eddie Bielen 1-7, Will Strassner 1-7. PA, Niko Cinquegrani 1-11, Petroski 1-9, Nic Anastasi 1-5, Paul Brady 1-3.

INTERCEPTIONS — HA, Peguero 1-35 TD.

MISSED FGs — None.

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Hazleton Area 47, Pittston Area 0

Hazleton Area`20`6`7`14`—`47

Pittston Area`0`0`0`0`—`0

First quarter

HA — Adrian Otero 3 run (Tristan Williams kick), 7:42

HA — Jose Cabrera 53 pass from Sparky Wolk (kick failed), 6:02

HA — Otero 43 run (Williams kick), 3:38

Second quarter

HA — Otero 30 run (kick failed), 10:55

Third quarter

HA — Carson Kinney 12 run (Williams kick), 0:07

Fourth quarter

HA — Logan Jones 4 run (Williams kick), 3:51

HA — Leonel Peguero 35 interception return (Williams kick), 2:06

Team statistics`HA`PA

First downs`17`4

Rushes-yards`45-293`26-41

Passing yards`122`19

Total yards`415`60

Passing`7-13-0`4-10-1

Sacked-yards lost`0-0`2-7

Punts-avg.`3-30`7-35

Fumbles-lost`1-0`3-2

Penalties-yards`8-55`6-35

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — HA, Otero 23-178 3TD, Kinney 8-42 TD, Cabrera 1-21, Josh Zukoski, 6-20, Wolk 2-16, Isaiah Santiago 1-1, Hunter Vanblargan 1-0. PA, Kyle Petroski 11-25, Walter Coles 6-0, Ryan Davis 4-15, Trevor Tigue 1-0, Trevor Woodruff 1-(-5),

PASSING — Wolk 7-13-122-0 TD. PA, Coles 4-9-19-0, Tigue 0-1-0-1.

RECEIVING — Cabrera 3-88 TD, Otero 1-12, Zukoski 1-9, Eddie Bielen 1-7, Will Strassner 1-7. PA, Niko Cinquegrani 1-11, Petroski 1-9, Nic Anastasi 1-5, Paul Brady 1-3.

INTERCEPTIONS — HA, Peguero 1-35 TD.

MISSED FGs — None.


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