Here is the Super Six Power rankings presented by Golden Dome Abstract. Check back as we count up to No. 1 for the preseason.
1. Delaware Valley
The Warriors are not a stranger to the Super Six rankings and after another strong season in 2019, they are poised to be the best Big School in the area. Defensively, they should be very good led by Old Dominion commit Jason Henderson, who has over 400 career tackles. With Albany recruit Mike Gecik leading the crew up front, it will be very hard for opponents to run on this unit. On offense, Aiden Oliver takes over at quarterback, a position DV has thrived over the years. It should be a balanced attack with a big offensive line and very experienced receiving corp. The Warriors will be the team to beat in Class 6A and in LFC Division I.
2. Berwick Bulldogs
Berwick has had very good teams the last three seasons, but were stuck behind two of the best teams in the area in Valley View and Dallas. Now, the Dawgs feel it’s their turn. Although they have been to the district championship game several times, the last time they won the title was in 2013. The defense has been one of the best in the WVC and will continue to set the standard for the Bulldogs. Division I prospects Blane Cleaver and Mason Laubach will be the leaders while Cleaver takes over at quarterback. If the offense can improve, Berwick will be the favorite in Class 4A and WVC Division 1.
3. Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack
Wilkes-Barre’s program’s first season was a success with a winning record and a playoff win under their belt. The coaching staff did a nice job meshing the three former programs (Coughlin, G.A.R. and Meyers) together. Now, the ‘Pack want to make a run at the division and Class 6A. With quarterback Kam Taylor, a very strong offensive line and playmakers all returning, Wilkes-Barre is poised to be a formidable opponent every week. They have a good mix of upper classmen mixed in with some young talent.
It was a great start to the 2o19 season for Williamsport as they won their first two games. They battled Berwick in a tight loss Week 3, but that game left them without starters because of injury and they never recovered. But in 2020, the Millionaires return 8 starters on both sides of the ball and that experience puts the in the mix in WVC Divison 1. Quarterback Dallas Greiss was one of those players injured and the coaching staff thinks he can really make an impact on the offense in his junior season. Up front is where the strength of the team with four starters returning on the offensive line and all four starters coming back on the defensive line.
Valley View has been on a role the last three seasons making appearances in three district title games and winning two. Although graduation has taken a lot of talent, the depth the Cougars have shown has paid off and while new faces will have to make strides to get back to a fourth championship game, the talent is there. T.J. Noto leads the senior class and defense as the Cougars linebacking corp is one of the best in the LFC. Up front, Tyler Swartz will be a candidate for Lineman of the Year in the LFC 2 as he excels on both sides of the ball. But the key to the offense will be new quarterback Adam Howanitz. If he can manage the game for Valley View, the Cougars will be a threat in the district once again.
6. Dallas Mountaineers
The Mounts lost 21 starters from the team that made a trip to Hershey last season. So, it should be a rebuilding year this season? Not that fast. Dallas coach Rich Mannello has a solid philosophy that the players are buying into and although the current crop of players might not have been starters last season, they did get a plenty of playing time with Dallas blowing out most opponents. R.J. Wren takes over at quarterback and will be depended on to push the Mountaineers to compete for a WVC Division 1 title.
1. Wyoming Area Warriors
They are the champs and until someone beats them, they will remain on top of the Small School rankings. But that’s not the only reason. The Warriors bring back four offensive lineman and any time a high school teams does that, especially one that had success, that’s a formula for success. The skill players will have some new faces but did get playing time last season. Watch out for sophomore Drew Mruk on defense and lineman Nick Elko on both lines. They are expected to be two of the players that will keep Wyoming Area at the higher level. Class 3A is the strongest classification in District 2 so the Warriors will be challenged but remain the favorite.
2. Scranton Prep Cavaliers
The Cavaliers run of four straight district titles came to end last season, but only because of a state champion that stood in the way of the fifth. Prep brings back some explosive offensive weapons in QB Paddy Grady, RB London Montgomery and WR Robert Rossi. The offensive line will determine their fate in a very competitive Class 3A. They will also have to replace some team leaders that graduated on defense. The Cavaliers were one of the best programs the last decade and should kick off the next decade with a chance to win a division and district championship.
3. Lakeland Chiefs
The Chiefs are poised to make a run at the toughest classication 3A. The last two champions in that classification will be in the mix with them, but Lakeland has the most returning starters in 2020. C.J. Dippre leads a very good defense and they expect running back Giovanni Spataro, who had various injuries last season, to be the main offensive weapon as he tries to set the school record for career rushing yards. The offensive line is experienced and that always bodes well in high school football. It won’t be easy, but there are high expectations for the Chiefs at Chapman Lake.
4. Old Forge Blue Devils
Old Forge has been very good the past two years including winning the LFC 4 title last season. However, they couldn’t get past Lackawanna Trail in the playoffs. But the Blue Devils are poised to make a run in Class 1A in 2020 and Trail is no longer an obstacle as they have moved to 2A. Plenty of returning starters for Old Forge as four-year starter quarterback Dante Lucarelli begins his senior season. On defense, Colin Holzman is the leader of a unit that should be one of the best in LFC. If the inexperiencd players can make quick strides in the shortened season and the Blue Devils stay healthy with their small roste, the Blue Devils can repeat as the division champs and be in good spot for any postseason.
5. Dunmore Bucks
Every year it seems Dunmore will be hurt too much by graduation to win another district title and every year, well, they win another district title. This year’s version of the Bucks is led on offense by Cristian Buckley who will be the full time running back this season. The line will have to replace some good players but there always seems to be some good linemen in the pipeline for Dunmore. We expect the defense to still be very good with Karl Kincel and Dom Temperino both returning. Peyton Badyrka was one of the most reliable kickers in the area in 2019 and should be a factor in close games.
The high-flying passing attack at Lake-Lehman (yes, we said that) will be even more dangerous in 2020. Even with leading receiver Ryan Eiden moving to tailback, we expect him to still be a major target for veteran quarterback Ethan Adams. The Knights will have to deal with a very competitve Class 3A, but the offense should be just fine. The defense is where Lehman will have to improve and if that happens, they can challenge in the post-season.