Coach Nick Barbieri Drew Delucca Ciaran Bilbow

TEAM: Pittston Area Patriots

COLORS: Red, White & Blue

COACH: Nick Barbieri, 7th Season (24-36)

PIAA: Class 5A

2023 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 2

2022 RECORD: 7-4 (6-0 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 18-31

STADIUM: Charley Trippi Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 1

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 1

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro I

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-3

2023 PREVIEW

It was a great year for the Pittston Area program going unbeaten in WVC Division 2 and winning the league title. Unfortunately, most of the players that contributed to that championship aren’t on the roster going into this season. It will be rough to start for the Patriots as players get experience, but they are hoping they can build on the success from last season.

The good news is the one returning starter on offense is quarterback Drew Delucca. He threw for 1,598 yards last season and that experience should pay off this season with a young offense around him. C.J. Pietrzak takes over at running back and will be backed up by Xzaviyer Blackshear.  Brody Spindler will be the new fullback with Collin Smith behind him. Lucas Lopresto, Matt Walter, Gerry Groom, and David Eymer are all in the mix at wide receiver. Ciaran Bilbow, Colten Lis, and A.J. Scialpi are on the depth chart at tight end.

The offensive line will be all new faces. Adam Wynn will be the left tackle. Kayden Walker will be at left guard. Nico Cielo or Brandon Lockett will take over at center. Steven Smith and Sam Hankey will take over the right side of the line.

On defense, Lis and Bilbow will be the defensive ends while Scialpi and Jaylen Hart will be at the defensive tackle spots. Pietrzak and Smith will be the outside linebackers with Spindler, the only returning starter on defense, at inside linebacker. Competition at the cornerback position will be Malcolm Blackshear, Lopresto, Eymer, and Brian Antigua. Walter, Groom, Lucca and Aiden Brody are candidates for the safety spots.

Gavin Wolfe will handle the kicking and punting duties.

QUOTE FROM COACH BARBIERI: With only 1 starter returning on both sides of the ball we will be very inexperienced. The talent level is excellent though. How quickly we can mature on both side of the ball will determine how our season goes.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 2
First Team Linebacker – Brody Spindler
Second Team Quarterback – Drew DeLucca

2023 Pittston Area Roster

#PlayerPosition2023 GradeHeightWeight
1Lucas LoprestoDB, WR95'9160
3Drew DeLuccaDB, QB125'9170
4Matt WalterDB, WR116'1177
5Antonio LombardoDB, WR105'6130
6Paulie FerentinoDB, WR105'10150
7Ciran BilbowDL, TE126'0190
8Steven BarnicDB, QB105'9175
9Malkolm BlackshearDB, WR105'11145
10Gerry GroomDB, WR115'10170
12Xzavyier BlackshearLB, RB116'0175
13Aiden RomanczukDB, WR105'7130
14Victor NarsavageDB, QB105'7170
16Geno PuglieseDB, RB105'10160
18Aiden LevandoskiDB, WR105'8150
20Brody SpindlerLB, RB105'10221
21Jonnie WrubelDB, WR105'10152
22Gavin WolfeK, P115'10192
23Bryan AntiguaDB, WR125'10145
25Chris PietrzakLB, RB115'11200
26Aiden BrodyDB, RB105'6145
27Alex MustoLB, RB115'8160
28Bryce HearstLB, RB105'6135
32Ethan UngureitDL, OL125'8155
33Alec KapacsDL, TE126'3195
34Sam HullDB, WR105'9140
36A.J. ScialpiLB, RB125'10255
38Blake JaworskiDL, FB105'11180
40Billy DessoyeDB, WR105'11140
45David EymerDB, WR125'9140
50Jakob BolchuneLB, OL105'11200
51Nico CieloDL, OL105'9245
52Collin SmithLB, OL115'10185
55Jayden LovolloDL, OL105'8214
56Brian HankeyDL, OL105'8200
57Jaylen HartDL, OL105'10200
60Brandon LockettDL, OL106'0230
63Ayden RalstonDL, OL106'5250
64Kayden WalkerDL, OL105'11225
65Ben ZelinskiDL, OL106'2195
66Patrick FrancisDL, OL105'10245
68Zak RidgleyDL, OL105'6150
70Carlos PerezDL, OL105'5165
74Elijah MurrayDL, OL105'9280
75Matt D’AielloDL, OL105'11195
76Steven SmithDL, OL115'8215
77Adam WynnDL, OL116'2275
79Sam HankeyDL, OL116'1300
81Ross LatonaDB, WR95'6135
82Ethan RosinkoDB, WR106'0155
85Kristian ConchaDB, WR116'0140
87Colten LisDL, TE96'4190
90Isiah BarrDL, TE126'4260