PIttston Area Head Coach Mike Barrett will coach the Unico West All-Star team.
First-year Pittston Area Head Coach Mike Barrett will coach the West All-Stars when they kickoff against the East All-Stars in the UNICO All-Star Football Classic on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Wyoming Area’s Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium.
Barrett is one of four Patriots represented on the West squad with the others being players John Ameen, Dave Dragon and Mike Stankoski. The West roster is made up of players from Dallas, Berwick, Lake-Lehman, Northwest, Tunkhannock, Valley West, Wyoming Area and PA.
Ameen was the leading tackler on the Pittston Area team with 75 stops on the season. He also registered five tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks. The 6’7, 300-pound lineman also recovered a fumble. Dragon made 43 stops on the season with two TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Stankoski snagged two interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown for the Patriots. He also made 43 tackles and also caught a pass for 31 yards.
Wyoming Area will also be well represented on the West roster. Five Warriors will play in the game after they had their season end in a loss to GAR in the District 2 Class 2A title game.
Seniors Ahmad Bouie, Matt Kintz, Corey Popovich, Jake Smith and Nick Bartoli have been selected to play in the game.
Bouie rushed for 252 yards on 28 carries this season and scored three TDs. The speedster also caught six passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. Popovich and Kintz – who shared fullback duties for the Warriors – combined to rush for 306 yards and two touchdowns.
Bartoli and Smith paved the way for an offense that gained close to 4,000 total yards, including 3,000-plus on the ground. Defensively, the duo combined for 81 tackles. Kintz and Popovich were also defensive stalwarts for the Warriors, combining for 97 stops.