This high school football season featured many thrills and great accomplishments from the Triboro area teams. Both Riverside and Old Forge were fortunate enough to advance to the PIAA District 2 Class A playoffs, which is the reflection of having a solid regular season.
The only downside to making the playoff is that unless you win a state championship, the season will end in a loss. Two weeks ago Old Forge and Riverside matched up in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs and the Blue Devils ended the Vikings season with a 42-7 win.
The match up was the second time during the football season in which Riverside and Old Forge squared off. Old Forge also won the first game by a score of 54-7.
The playoff win against Riverside was crucial for the Blue Devils. The win wasn't just a win against their arch rivals, but it kept Old Forge unbeaten at 11-0 and gave the Blue Devils a chance to play for the PIAA District 2 Class A title against Dunmore.
The Dunmore at Old Forge title game was also a rematch from a regular season tilt, won by Old Forge by a score of 21-0. The Blue Devils offered a strong defensive showing in the title game, allowing just seven points, but that was enough for Dunmore to win by the slimmest margin - netting a 7-6 win.
The loss was Old Forge's only loss of the season. Since only one team advances to the PIAA Class A state playoffs the Blue Devils' magic season came to an unfortunate end last Friday night.
Although Old Forge didn't win the PIAA District 2 Class A title the team will be remembered as one of the best Blue Devils' team in history. The 11-win season is the most wins in the history of the Old Forge football program.
The Blue Devils were a complete team having an explosive offense and a tough defense. The Blue Devils' offense scored the most points in team history and senior running back Brian Tomasetti was the main reason why.
Tomasetti's senior season was a statistical dream. He scored 36 touchdowns and had more than 1,800 yards rushing on the season. He has had eight interceptions on the season from his defensive back position.
Senior quarterback Brenden Wahl had a very impressive season, often working with fellow senior wide receiver Anthony Piccolini for sizeable yardage. Four-year starter Michael Vieira had another great season and continued his great family tradition at Old Forge.
Riverside also had some great senior performances during its 6-5 season. Senior quarterback Nick Drachak completed a very successful career at Riverside. He was a three year starter at quarterback and played receiver during the Riverside state title run during his sophomore season. He ends his career as Riverside all-time leading passer and made the Vikings one of the most exciting offensive teams in the Lackawanna Football Conference.
Dave Sweetman was one of the fastest players in the league. He was an all-purpose player who can score anytime he touches the ball as either a runner or receiver. Mike Loftus emerged as one of the most dangerous tight ends in the league during his senior campaign. Jim Tucker also had a stellar senior season as he was one of Riverside's top deep threats during the season.
The good news for both Riverside and Old Forge is that each team has strong younger players who will keep both teams on the right track next season. Many of the graduating seniors will have the chance to play one last game next summer in the annual Dream Game.