Former Pittston Area Patriots, Old Forge Blue Devils lead defense at King’s

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

Pittston Area and Old Forge graduates will be prominent on the defense when King’s College hosts Wilkes University Nov. 11 at noon in the annual Mayor’s Cup football game between the two Wilkes-Barre schools.

King’s took a 4-4 record into Saturday’s game against Widener. Wilkes was 0-8 going into a game with Stevenson University.

The team’s top six tacklers include senior linebacker Hassan Maxwell from Pittston Area, senior defensive back Jake Manetti from Old Forge and redshirt freshman linebacker Mando Sallavanti from Old Forge.

Manetti, one of the team captains, leads the team with nine tackles for losses, including four in one game against Stevenson.

While Sallavanti is one of the team’s top newcomers, Maxwell and Manetti entered the year as two of the veteran leaders.

Maxwell had started 25 games in the previous three seasons. Manetti had started all 20 the past two years.

Sallavanti is second in tackles (32) and has been in on the second-most total tackles on the team (49). He spent last season at Division II East Stroudsburg University, but did not appear in any games and wound up redshirting.

Manetti has been in on 38 tackles, the fifth-highest total on the Monarchs.

Maxwell is sixth in tackles with 19.

Freshman defensive back Jaret Horn, another Old Forge graduate, has made 12 tackles and assisted on four others. He has two sacks for a total of 20 yards in losses.

Brandon Goodlavage, a sophomore offensive lineman from Pittston Area, has made one appearance.

Old Forge graduate Trevor Brown, a 300-pound freshman offensive lineman, is also on the King’s roster.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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