Colossal classic at Wilkes-Barre Memorial
Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, a place were some of our football gods call home stirred up the echoes this weekend to the tune of a six overtime slugfest as the Coughlin Crusaders played host to the Pittston Area Patriots.
The Pats held a 7-0 lead at halftime courtesy of RB Chris Price who ripped off a 60 yard run to paydirt at the 6:10 mark of the second quarter.
Coughlin tied things up on their opening series of the second half with RB Matt Shimshock scampering 29 yards to the goldzone to cap the scoring drive.
The Crusaders would take the lead later in the third quarter as QB Matt McClosky scored on a bootleg right rumbling 16 yards to paydirt.
The Patriots tied things up at 14 with only 47.6 left in the regular session. Tight end Sam Parente hauled in a pass in the flat and rumbled 11 yards for the score. The PAT was good with the score 14-14 and the classic was on!
Coughlin would score first in the first OT with RB Justin Koslosky rushing eight yards to the goldzone. Kicker Joe Rother nailed the PAT forcing the Pats to put up seven on their offensive series.
The Patriots would get a touchdown from WR Carmen Lopresto on a 14 yard fade pass in the far left corner of the goldzone. The PAT by Paul Gattuso was good as we headed to the second OT.
Price would rip off a 16 yard rush to find paydirt in the second OT. Gattuso, again nailed the PAT and now Coughlin was forced to get seven to send it to a third OT.
McClosky would score on a six yard dash, Rother nailed the point after and we headed to the third OT of the night.
Coughlin was forced to attempt a field goal in the third OT as Rother nailed it from 25 yards out. If PA could score a TD on their next series the game would end with a Pats win.
Instead, Coughlin’s defense rose to the occasion forcing Gattuso to nail a 26 yard FG to send it to yet a fourth OT. As history would have it Gattuso, the boy with the golden foot, split the uprights.
Ronal Grayson scored for the Patriots in the fourth OT, this time the PAT was missed and Coughlin could now put a lid on it with a score and the point after attempt.
Coughlin’s McClosky did find the goldzone on a four yard juant, but the football gods insisted on more action as the PAT was no good and we headed to a fifth OT with the score all knotted at 37.
Believe it or not, both quarterbacks were intercepted in the fifth OT. Grayson would get the pick for the Pats and inturn McClosky, who plays both ways for the Crusaders, recorded the pick for Coughlin. We now would move to the sixth OT.
Price would find the goldzone for the Patriots on a 12 yard scamper, Gattuso nailed the ever important point after and again Coughlin was forced to score and nail the PAT to force the game into what would of been the seventh OT of the night.
The Crusdaders did score, but the point after missed and the Patriots stormed the field. Actually, many players from both teams just fell to the gridiron and lay there after be completely exhausted.
I have watch football for thirty some years now and I can honestly say this was the best game I ever had a chance to see.
Kudos to the members of both these football programs, there was no quit in anybody tonight. Ya, I know its and old cliche, but it was a shame one team walked away with a loss in this one.
You can say what you want about W-B Memorial Stadium, some just don’t care for the place. After a game like this how could you say this stadium does not house some football gods. Hey everyone needs a place to sleep. Looks like PA and Coughlin woke a few up tonight.
As I said on our live audio going into the sixth OT, OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Nelly, what a game!
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