BIG SCHOOL

  1. Valley View (2-0) – It was a dominant performace for Valley View over a below-average Abington Heights team, but you can see the potential this team has. Janaasah Boone made his season debut at quarterback and the Cougars scored all points in the first half that included 222 rushing yards before they called off the dogs.  HIDDEN STAT: All of Valley View’s scoring drives were either four or five plays long against Abington.  Last Week: 1  Next Game: at West Scranton (1-1)
  2. Berwick (2-0) – Berwick’s defense has taken care of business the first two weeks, but the biggest focus was the play of Alex Force at quarterback. He is emerging as a playmaker rather than a placeholder and they will need that to unseat Valley View as district champs. HIDDEN STAT: The Dawgs also opened up the season with two shutouts in 2016.  Last Week: 2, Next Game: at Williamsport (1-1)
  3. Delaware Valley (1-1) – The Warriors weren’t dominant against West Scranton scoring a late touchdown to clinch a victory. But more credit goes to the Invaders who are much improved. DV still has work to do, but they should get better each week.  HIDDEN STAT: Last time the Warriors did not have a 100-yard rusher in the first two weeks was in 2015. Last Week: 4, Next Game: at Wallenpaupack (0-2)
  4. Dallas (2-0) – Mountaineers were pass happy in Week 1 but showed their versatility in Week 2 pounding the ball with Lenny Kelley.  Two WVC victories to start the season will give team that is still young a boost of confidence. HIDDEN STAT: QB Michael Starbuck already has seven touchdown passes this season. He had 10 total last year. Last Week: 6, Next Game: vs Hazleton Area (1-1)
  5. Wyoming Valley West (2-0) – A dramatic victory on the road at Hazleton Area propels the Spartans into the Super Six for the first time this season. And Valley West has found the next Sean Judge in Carson Canavan. HIDDEN STAT: Spartans began the season 2-0 in 2016 with wins over Scranton and Hazleton, the two teams they have beaten to start the 2018 season .Last Week: NR, Next Game: vs Crestwood (1-0).
  6. West Scranton (1-1) – Yes, the Invaders lost last week but they jump into the rankings anyway. They went toe-to-toe with Delaware Valley on the road after dominating North Pocono in Week 1. West’s defense is the real deal and the return of QB Nick Gioia, who missed most of the 2017 season, has given the Invaders offense some life. Last Week: NR, Next Game: va Valley View (2-0)

DROPPED OUT: Williamsport, Hazleton Area

SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Scranton Prep (2-0) – We know the Cavaliers will take care of business with most small school, but to dominate the Class 6A Scranton Knights shows Prep can play with just about anyone and beat bigger schools. The offensive line has been impressive and RB Ryan Cosgrove has been the recipient with two 100+ yard rushing performances to start the season. HIDDEN STAT: The Cavs started last season with four shutouts and they have two to start this season. Last Week: 1, Next Game: vs Abington Heights (0-2)
  2. Wyoming Area (2-0) – Another dominating performance by the Warriors, this time over WVC foe Coughlin. It was a 42-0 game at halftime and Dominic DeLuca is emerging as a legit dual threat as he threw for four touchdowns. HIDDEN STAT: Last time the Warriors played as a small school (Class 2A), they won the district title and played in the state tournament.  Last Week: 2, Next Game: vs Northwest (0-2) 
  3. Dunmore (1-1) – The Bucks got their house back in order with an impressive win over Mid Valley.  However, even though this team is solid, it still has some work to do, especially up front. The only returning starting lineman Jake Sawka is injured so they will have to play with basically five new starters for the near future. HIDDEN STAT: Dunmore lost to Prep in 2014 26-0 and went on to play in the state championship game. Last Week: 5. Next Game: vs Carbondale (0-2)
  4. Lakeland (2-0) – The offensive line for Lakeland has shown people why the Chiefs are a Class 3A contender. They went up against Honesdale’s huge front five two weeks ago and shut out the Hornets. They ran all over previously ranked Old Forge this past Friday. Even with a young core, Lakeland looks pretty good after a slow start last season. HIDDEN STAT:  Lakeland avenged a 43-7 loss to the Devils last season. Last Week: NR, Next Game: vs N0rth Pocono (0-1)
  5. Western Wayne (1-1) – The Cats might have lost to North Pocono this past weekend, but they were competitive. With eight teams eligible for 3A playoffs in 2018. Western Wayne looks like they could be playing at home in the first round agains this season. HIDDEN STAT:  Last Week: 4, Next Game: at Honesdale (1-1)
  6. Lackawanna Trail (2-0) – Lions made the always tough journey to Susquehanna and came away with a very big division win. The offense seems to be running on all cylinders after two games and should be able to put up more points this week before running into Dunmore in Week 4. HIDDEN STAT: Trail starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2014. Last Week: 6, Next Game: at Montrose (0-2)

DROPPED OUT: Old Forge