The Wyoming Area football team is used to battles. All week long they work in practice to prepare to battle their opponent on Friday nights.
This past Thursday handed the Warriors a different task when instead of rushing for the endzone, they rushed to the aide of West Pittston residents who were being affected by flooding.
“We were helping the less fortunate people and the elderly of West Pittston,” said Dan Resciniti, President of the Wyoming Area Football Parents Association.
The whole idea came when Head Coach Randy Spencer realized the need for help in his neighborhood as floodwaters quickly rose around his house and others.
“At 8 o’clock in the morning, Coach Spencer called me up and he said ‘How quickly do you think we can get our team together,’” said Resciniti. “By 9:30 we were full swing, more than 15 players.”
It didn’t just stop at 15. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. there were up to 28 Warrior football players there helping to fill, deliver and carry the sandbags to those who needed them.
“We delivered probably 350-400 sandbags,” said Resciniti. “The players themselves stayed at that location to help people that were coming to get their homes sandbagged.”
With a trailer full of sandbags and a truck full of WA players, Resciniti would pull up to an intersection close to the flooding and they would announce that they had sandbags and let the residents tell them how many sandbags they needed. Then, the players would carry the sandbags to the resident’s homes, placing them around basement windows and other areas.
“(The kids) were absolutely horrified, they couldn’t believe it,” Resciniti said. “They absolutely stepped up and they took the bull by the horns. They did a lot of work and made sure everything was ready to go.”