As most of Northeastern Pennsylvania began recovering from mid-week rains which caused major flooding throughout Luzerne and Wyoming counties – especially in West Pittston and Duryea – only the Pittston Area football team knew exactly when its next game would be.
Players from both Wyoming Area and Old Forge went to bed Friday night not knowing when or in the Blue Devils case, where, they would be playing next.
The Patriots’ home-opener with Scranton High was moved to Monday at 7 p.m. Pittston Area did not have school on Thursday and Friday as the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium was turned into an American Red Cross evacuation center.
Officials at the school did announce however that school would re-open on Monday and festivities scheduled to honor the 10th anniversary of 9-11 would be held before the football game later that night.
As of Friday night, Wyoming Area was set to play West Scranton on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Scranton Memorial Stadium. But the Warriors had not practiced since Tuesday, and students had not been in school since Wednesday.
According to Wyoming Area Football Parents Association President Dan Resciniti, players from the outlying areas couldn’t even make it to a meeting held Friday afternoon.
“We called a meeting today and only 23 players were able to make it. That’s only 50 percent of our roster,” said Resciniti who’s son Tyler is a sophomore lineman. “Our players from Harding and Falls have no way of getting to us.
“We we’re hoping to have the game moved to Monday at 7 p.m., but we still don’t know for sure.”
The Blue Devils were slated to play GAR at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Friday night, but the Home of the Grenadiers, Meyers and Coughlin is located just blocks from the Susquehanna River. It’s also located close to the heart of the city of Wilkes-Barre where residents were evacuated on Thursday for at least 72 hours.
Officials decided Thursday afternoon that the game would be postponed with a date, time and site to be announced. Discussions took place to possibly move the game to Lake-Lehman or Crestwood as GAR did not want to travel to Old Forge for a second straight season.
As of late Friday night, GAR was still waiting to see when its players would be allowed back into their homes. Once that is determined, a date and time will be determined.
Reports that evacuees needed to be out of Wilkes-Barre for at least 72 hours would have GAR players returning home sometime on Sunday, meaning the probability of a game being played Sunday would be remote.
The likely scenario is that the Blue Devils will face the Grenadiers on Monday at a site and time to be determined.
With the three teams more than likely playing on Monday it can be assumed that Friday night’s Week 3 games will be bumped to Saturday.
The Week 3 schedule has Pittston Area playing at Crestwood, Wyoming Area hosting Lake-Lehman, and Old Forge hosting Northwest.