Tigers remain in playoff race
Tunkhannock entered Week 11 of the 1986 season looking to keep its Eastern Conference playoffs hopes alive.
A victory over Hazleton and a Coughlin loss to Valley West in Week 12 would put the Tigers (6-4, 2-3 Division 2) in position to earn their firstever EC bid.
“This is our biggest game of the year,” Tunkhannock coach Tom Oldziejewski said. “Everyone is excited about the possibility of gaining a playoff berth. We’d like to control our own destiny, butwe can’t. However, we have to beat Hazleton first and then sit, watch and hope for a win by Valley West over the Crusaders.”
Wyoming Area also entered Week 11 looking to stay in the EC Class A wildcard picture. The Warriors needed a win over Meyers to stay in the hunt.
“Obviously, we have to find a way to shut down Rocket Ismail,” Wyoming Area coach Paul Marranca said. “He’s their bread and butter.”
The Tigers and Warriors kept up their end of the bargains by earning victories.
Tunkhannock beat Hazleton 36-22 to keep their Class A hopes alive. The Tigers now need some help from Valley West in Week 12. A Crusader loss gives Tunkhannock the title.
Tunkhannock’s Gary Brennan threw a 49-yard touchdown pass and Joe Nally had 184 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. Fullback Brian Mast had three scoring runs and Kevin Hutchins kicked a 28-yard field goal.
For Wyoming Area, Phil Russo threw for 208 yards and a touchdown, Paul Angeli and Charles Milazzo had a touchdown runs and Eric Uporsky returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
The Warriors were helped when Ismail went down with an injury. He had 102 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the second quarter.
In other games
GAR ran for 308 yards in a 28-0 win over Hanover Area. Leroy DeGraffenreid finished with 140 yards and Dave Maharty added 100 to lead the Grenadiers.
Jerry Ogurkis had a 4-yard touchdown run and kicked a 25-yard field goal to lead Dallas to a 9-7 win over Pittston Area.
Matt Walsh had a 4-yard touchdown run as Coughlin beat Crestwood 9-0.
Joe Dougherty scored two touchdowns to lead Hoban to a 20-9 win over Lake-Lehman.