WEST PITTSTON – Dallas linebacker Chris Murray was the top defender and Tunkhannock’s Logan Cywinski was one of the leading two-way performers for the Pioneers June 1 when they defeated the Miners, 28-14, in the 67th annual UNICO All-Star Game.
The football game for Wyoming Valley Conference seniors made the move from Thanksgiving weekend to the late spring for this year’s graduating class.
Murray had four tackles, including one for a loss, assisted on two others and broke up a pass to lead a defense that got contributions from 26 different players while limiting the Miners to one touchdown. The other Miners’ score came on a return of the second-half kickoff.
Cywinski was the only other Pioneers player with four tackles. One of them was a sack and another went for a loss. He also carried three times for 23 yards.
The Pioneers never trailed. They scored on the opening drive and ran up statistical advantages of 15-8 in first downs, 256-82 in rushing yards and 348-135 in total offense.
Murray was one of six Dallas players on the winning team. He was joined by James Hunter, Nate Maransky, David Schuster, Bradley Adams and Dalton Simpson.
Hunter recovered a fumble to set up the touchdown that put the Pioneers ahead to stay in the second quarter. He also assisted on a tackle.
Maransky averaged 47.5 yards on his two punts, which included a 62-yarder. Schuster made two tackles. Adams assisted on one.
Cywinski was joined by Tunkhannock teammates Billy Prebola and Evan Turner.
Prebola kicked two extra points. Turner made a tackle and broke up a pass.
Dallas and Tunkhannock players were joined on the Pioneers by players from Wyoming Valley West, Hazleton Area, Crestwood, Pittston Area, Holy Redeemer and host Wyoming Area. Holy Redeemer’s Dwayne Downing coached the team to the win.
Lake-Lehman players joined those from Berwick, Hanover Area, Nanticoke, GAR, Northwest, Coughlin and Meyers on the Miners team that was coached by Jeff Labatch from Meyers.
Jack Symeon, Trey Borger, Nate O’Donnell, Liam O’Brien and Kaleb Konigus represented Lake-Lehman.
Symeon was the second-leading tackler on the Miners with four tackles and an assist.
Borger caught two passes for 12 yards, had a carry for eight yards and made three tackles while assisting on another.
O’Donnell quarterbacked the Miners for much of the game. He went 5-for-13 passing for 23 yards, caught the team’s longest pass for a 21-yard gain and was sacked once.
O’Brien had three tackles and an assist. Konigus had a tackle.
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