Pittston at Williamsport
Pittston PPG–16.5, PPA–28.8; YPG–286, YPA–255.5
Pittston facts: The Patriots nearly erased a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit against defending Class AAAA Eastern Region champion Dallas, losing 34-31 after producing 21 fourth-quarter points. Pittston defeated Williamsport, 20-7, a year ago and dropped a 26-24 heartbreaker against Wyoming Valley West in its second game. Pittston has shown some explosiveness with Dave Sudo, Bryheem Patterson and Alex Hoban all having run well. Sudo ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns against Dallas while Patterson went for 148 yards and a score against Valley West. Quarterback P.J. Pisano played one of his best games last week, completing 16 of 24 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. Pittston gained a season-high 398 yards against Dallas and also produced 397 yards against Valley West. The Patriots also limited Dallas to 233 yards.
Pittston player to watch–David Brehm: A dangerous wide receiver, Brehm has scored in all but one game, catching 17 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a season-high seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown against Dallas.
Williamsport PPG–35.6, PPA–10.4; YPG–334.4, YPA–191.6
Williamsport facts: Off to its best start since 2016, Williamsport is trying to beat a fourth straight opponent which defeated it last year. The Millionaires are the top seed in the District 2-6 Class 6A standings with the top two finishers meeting in the district final. Williamsport is seeking its first district championship since 2016 and overcame an early deficit to defeat Valley West, 48-13, last week. The defense is one of District 4’s best and has not let an opponent reach 20 points. Defensive end Nassir Jones has six sacks and nine tackles for loss while Nasir Hennigan has a team-high 39 tackles, including 11 a week ago. Sebastian Robinson, Avery Campbell, Roman Morrone and Riley Bower also fly to the ball and have each topped 20 tackles while Dade Splain has been tough in the middle of the defense. Offensive linemen Splain, Austin Best, Beau Smith, Charles Crews, Joel Feleppa and Hunter Entz have jelled throughout the season and paved the way for 407 yards last week. That unit could receive an added lift soon as 2019 starter Connor Adkins returns from injury. Quarterback Frankie Morrone has thrown a touchdown pass in every game and Jones is second among area receivers in catches with 25. Cam Sims and Keith Freeman have combined for seven touchdown catches with Freeman adding 260 rushing yards and four scores. Hennigan is one of several young running backs making an impact and ran for 96 yards against defending Class AAA state champion Wyoming Area.
Williamsport player to watch–Beau Smith: The senior is making a smooth transition to left guard after starting at left tackle the previous two seasons. His leadership and experience provide a strong asset.
Outlook: Pittston showed how dangerous it can be against Dallas so its record does not reflect its prowess. The last three weeks have been a revenge tour and now Williamsport has a fourth opportunity after the Patriots defeated it last year. Then again, Williamsport is only focused on this year, this game and it remains dangerous entering this contest.