Most seasons quarterbacks and tailbacks get the attention leading up to and after the Pittston Area-Wyoming Area game. Last year, the quarterbacks were on the cover this week and a tailback won the Falcone MVP. A quarterback or tailback has won the MVP in eight of the last nine seasons.
This season things could be different, as two pass catchers, one from each team, are on the cover and are key parts of the respective offenses.
The Patriots’ Kevin Krawczyk and the Warriors’ Marc Minichello are similar players. Both are senior wideouts and they are both ranked in the top five among receivers overall in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Going into Friday’s game they were the third and fourth in the conference in receptions. Krawczyk, 6-0, 190, had 36 catches. Minichello, 5-10, 180, had 37.
Krawczyk got more mileage out of his receptions with 661 yards for an 18-yard per catch average. He has one more touchdown than Minichello, six to five. Minichello has 407 yards for 11 yards per catch average.
So Krawczyk is more of a deep threat and also has a lot of experience working with fellow senior quarterback Walter Coles. An advantage, yes, but not a huge one.
When WA senior quarterback P.J. Angeli was lost for the season to a knee injury in the Warriors’ first game, sophomore Dominic DeLuca replaced him. DeLuca grew up fast and now with nine games experience he and Minichello work well together.
Minichello also can run and throw. He has 32 carries this season for 108 yards, a 3.4 average. He is 2-for-2 passing with one touchdown.
Krawczyk has an added incentive. He has never played in a winning game against Wyoming Area and Friday will be his last shot.
Minichello will be guided by the memory of his father, Marc, who passed away unexpectedly at age 48 in January. The elder Minichello was a passionate advocate of Wyoming Area athletics and a respected youth coach.