NEPA Sports Nation

Hunter leads UNICO Game victory

WEST PITTSTON – Jacob Hunter threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for 60 yards Saturday night to lead the Pioneers past the Miners, 20-7, in the 72nd UNICO All-Star Classic at Wyoming Area’s Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Stadium.

The Holy Redeemer graduate was named Most Valuable Player of the all-star football game for graduating Wyoming Valley Conference football players.

Hunter found Zach Perta, his high school teammate, for second-half touchdown passes of 28 and 84 yards after the game was tied, 7-7, at halftime. He finished 5-for-11 passing for 126 yards.

Perta had 4 catches for 126 yards.

The game was scoreless until the last 2:16 of the first half.

Pittston Area’s Harry Pugliese scored on a 7-yard run to give the Pioneers a 7-0 lead.

The Miners came right back to tie the score on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Crestwood’s Noah Schultz to Hanover Area’s Sean Dooner.

The coaches of last season’s division champions led each team.

Nick Barbieri from Pittston Area coached the Pioneers, who had players from Lake-Lehman, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Area, Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Valley West in addition to those from Pittston Area and Holy Redeemer.

Ryan Arcangeli from Crestwood led the Miners squad, which had players from Berwick, Dallas, Hazleton Area, Nanticoke and Wilkes-Barre Area along with Crestwood and Hanover Area.

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