Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams. The games will be scored based on how competitive they are, rivalry impact and storylines. So, if you are looking for a game to go watch, this guide will help you each week.

Matchup Scale

Must-see: Four Footballs Rating

Great: Three Footballs Rating

Good: Two Footballs Rating

Fair: One Football Rating

WEEK 9

 Berwick Bulldogs (5-3) at Dallas Mountaineers (5-2)

Mountaineer Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC 4A Division Game
Series:
Berwick 16-8
Last Meeting: 2020 – Dallas 14-7
Last Week: Berwick 34, Pittston Area 7; Dallas 41, Crestwood 14
Players To Watch
Berwick: WR Bo Sheptock; Dallas: QB Jackson Wydra
The Skinny: This game will determine a lot in Class 4A seeding. Both teams are in the playoffs, but Dallas still has an outside chance at the No. 1 seed while Berwick can leapfrog the Mounts with a win. The matchup to watch is the Mountaineers offense vs. the Dawgs defense. Dallas wins a high-scoring game. Berwick wins a low-scoring game. Dallas has won the last four meetings between the teams after Berwick had won 7 straight before that.
Favorite: Dallas by 6


Lackawanna Trail Lions (6-1) at Mid Valley Spartans (6-2)

Spartan Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 18-13
Last Meeting:
2019 – Lackawanna Trail 34-8
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 21, Dunmore 7; Lakeland 34, Mid Valley 14
Players to Watch
Lackawanna Trail:
WR Evan Litwin; Mid Valley: RB Zach Popko
The Skinny: The Spartans are going to try to bounce back after their 6-game winning streak was halted. Both teams lost to Lakeland at home so this one is pretty even. Whoever runs the ball better will win the game. Trail has won six straight in the series.
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 4


Wyoming Area Warriors (6-1) at Dunmore Bucks (3-4)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Dunmore 5-4
Last Meeting:
2019 – Wyoming Area 35-14
Last Week: Wyoming Area idle; Lackawanna Trail 21, Dunmore 7
Players to Watch
Wyoming Area:
WR John Morgan; Dunmore: WR Daniel Pigga
The Skinny: It is surprising that this is only the 10th meeting between these two storied programs. The Warriors will have to shake off rust after sitting out last week while the Bucks have had tough back-to-back losses. Dunmore needs to find some offense but this is probably not the game for that as Wyoming Area’s defense has been very good.
Favorite: Wyoming Area by 16


Williamsport Millionaires (4-4) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (4-4)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Saturday, 2pm
WVC 5A/6A Division Game
Series:
Tie 1-1
Last Meeting:
2020 – Williamsport 26-0
Last Week: Williamsport 40, Valley West 7; Hazleton 29, Wilkes-Barre 10
Players to Watch
Williamsport:
WR Jamaire Harden; Wilkes-Barre: WR Mehki Nelson
The Skinny: We had the Millionaires as the No. 1 team to start the season, but injuries derailed the middle of the season. They were healthy last week with a dominating win. Tough to tell what Wolfpack team will show up. They only managed 10 points last week which is very low for the amount of firepower they have on the team.
Favorite: Williamsport by 7

 

Western Wayne Wildcats (4-4) at Valley View Cougars (8-0)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division II Game
Series:
Valley View 8-1
Last Meeting: 2020 – Western Wayne 25-16
Last Week: Western Wayne 34, West Scranton 13; Valley View 48, Honesdale 14
Players To Watch
Western Wayne: RB Nick Tomasetti; Valley View: FB Dante Randle
The Skinny: Western Wayne finally broke through last season beating Valley View for the first time in school history. At the beginning of the season, this looked like a marquee matchup, but injuries have changed the complexion slightly. The Wildcats are very banged up while the Cougars lost their QB several weeks ago. Look for Valley View to use last year’s loss as motivation.
Favorite: Valley View by 20


Abington Heights Comets (1-7) at West Scranton Invaders (0-8)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Abington Heights 37-19
Last Meeting: 
2019 – Abington Heights 19-7
Last Week: Wallenpaupack 21, Abington Heights 14; Western Wayne 34, West Scranton 13
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: WR Christian Henzes; West Scranton: QB Dan Van Dusky
The Skinny: This might be the best chance for West to get their first win of the year. Their offense has made some strides as the season has progressed and last week they managed two touchdowns when the game was still in question. Abington Heights’ defense continues to keep them in games, but the offense needs more big plays and less mental mistakes.
Favorite: Abington Heights by 11


Hazleton Area Cougars (5-3) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (3-5)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm
WVC 5A/6A Division Game
Series:
Wyoming Valley West 29-14-1
Last Meeting:
2019 – Hazleton Area 34-28
Last Week: Hazleton Area 29, Wilkes-Barre 10; Williamsport 40, Wyoming Valley West 7
Players To Watch
Hazleton Area: RB Matthew Buchman;  Wyoming Valley West: WR Conor Olisewski
The Skinny: Two teams headed in opposite directions. The Cougars defense was impressive last week while the Spartans were surprisingly blown out. Part of the issue for Valley West is Isaiah Cobb has been out and he is the Spartans offense. If he plays Friday, we will have a pretty competitive game.
Favorite: Hazleton Area by 11


Holy Cross Crusaders (3-5) at Holy Redeemer Royals (1-7)

Lewis & Miller Memorial Stadium (Northwest) (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Holy Redeemer 9-4
Last Meeting: 2021 – Holy Cross 34-28
Last Week: Old Forge 55, Holy Cross 6; Nanticoke 46, Holy Redeemer 14
Players To Watch
Holy Cross: QB Nate Cobley; Holy Redeemer: RB Josh Wesneski
The Skinny: The Holy Roller Bowl Part II. Holy Cross beat Holy Redeemer in Week 1 as the Crusaders fought off a frantic comeback by the Royals. Justice Shoats didn’t play in that game and could be the difference for Redeemer to avoid a series sweep from their diocese rival.
Favorite: Holy Redeemer by 1


Crestwood Comets (2-6) at Pittston Area Patriots (2-6)

Charlie Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC 4A Division Game
Series:
Crestwood 10-7
Last Meeting: 2019 – Pittston Area 21-20
Last Week: Dallas 41, Crestwood 14; Berwick 34, Pittston Area 7
Players To Watch
Crestwood: WR Ethan Shudak; Pittston Area: QB Drew DeLucca
The Skinny: Battle of teams that have played some tough games but have come out on the wrong end. Crestwood has run the ball well the last three weeks, even in two losses to ranked teams. Pittston has also had a good running game at times. This one could be a lot of running clock if the teams stay with their strengths.
Favorite: Crestwood by 7

 

 

Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (3-5) at Delaware Valley Warriors (5-3)

Warriors Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: Stream on WYNY
LFC Division I Game
Series: Delaware Valley 17-10
Last Meeting: 
2020 – Delaware Valley 28-21
Last week: Wallenpaupack 21, Abington Heights 14 ; Delaware Valley 35, Scranton 0
Players To Watch
Wallenpaupack: QB Mabret Levant; Delaware Valley: RB Ryder Machado
The Skinny: DV is on a five-game winning streak while Paupack broke their five-game losing streak with a win this past Saturday. The Warriors have dominated this rivalry with wins in 9 of the last 10 meetings, many of those blowouts. We don’t expect one this week, but odds are Delaware Valley will extend their winning streak.
Favorite: Delaware Valley by 17


Riverside Vikings (2-6) at Lakeland Chiefs (7-1)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday, 7pm
LFC Division III Game
Series:
Lakeland 29-16-1
Last Meeting: 2020 – Lakeland 55-25
Last Week: Carbondale Area 42, Riverside 34 ; Lakeland 34, Mid Valley 14
Players To Watch
Riverside: TE Richie Kostoff; Lakeland: TE Lacota Dippre
The Skinny: Riverside has lost their last two division games by a total of 11 points so they have managed to stay competitive. But the defense will have some issues with Chiefs high-powered offense as Lakeland continues to prove the doubters wrong. Lakeland has won 7 straight against the Vikes.
Favorite: Lakeland by 23


Scranton Knights (3-5) at North Pocono Trojans (7-1)

NP Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm
LFC Division I Game
Series:
Scranton 16-12
Last Meeting: 2020 –  North Pocono 27-0
Last Week: Delaware Valley 35, Scranton 0; North Pocono 38, Lake-Lehman 7
Players To Watch
Scranton:
 QB Arvel Chandler; North Pocono: WR Ashton Smith
The Skinny: The Trojans have cruised through their schedule since their only loss of the season. A win on Friday should set up a title shot against defending division champ Delaware Valley. Scranton only has one touchdown in its last two games.
Favorite: North Pocono by 16


Honesdale Hornets (2-6) at Nanticoke Trojans (3-5)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
First Meeting
Last Week: Valley View 48, Honesdale 14; Nanticoke 46, Holy Redeemer 14
Players To Watch
Honesdale: WR Kole Fries; Nanticoke: QB Payton Kepp
The Skinny: This is the first meeting between these two programs. Honesdale is mired in a four-game losing streak while Nanticoke has won two straight. The Trojans didn’t attempt a pass last Saturday while the Hornets also prefer the run. Should be another game with the clock running.
Favorite: Nanticoke by 3


Tunkhannock Tigers (2-6) at Towanda Black Knights (0-7)

Endless Mountains Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series: Towanda 23-16-1
Last Meeting: 2019 – Tunkhannock 63-26
Last Week: Scranton Prep 52, Tunkhannock 21; Troy 30, Towanda 6
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock: RB Ty Konen; Towanda: QB Grady Flynn
The Skinny: This is actually a long-time rivalry despite the two teams playing different districts. The schools are 39 miles apart so there is familiarity. Tigers will try to break their five-game losing streak while the Black Knights look for their first win of the season.
Favorite: Tunkhannock by 14

 

 

Old Forge Blue Devils (7-0) at Susquehanna Sabers (2-6)

William Emminger Field (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division IV Game
Series:
Old Forge 30-8
Last Meeting: 2020 – Old Forge 47-6
Last Week: Old Forge 55, Holy Cross 6; Susquehanna 37, Montrose 0
Players To Watch
Old Forge: WR Ethan Tallo; Susquehanna: RB Kaleb Shiner
The Skinny: Old Forge has been dominant in 2021 and also in this series winning 25 of the last 28 meetings. Should be more of the same.
Favorite: Old Forge by 38


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (3-4) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (7-0)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 2:30pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Scranton Prep 3-0
Last Meeting: 2017 – Scranton Prep 54-7
Last Week: North Pocono 38, Lake-Lehman 7; Scranton Prep 52, Tunkhannock 21
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: RB Jeremy Scouton; Scranton Prep: QB Sean Monahan
The Skinny:  This is the fourth meeting between the two teams (all in the last 7 years) and Prep has outscored Lehman 140-15. Question is will London Montgomery be back after missing two games. Other question is can the Black Knights generate any offense against the vaunted Cavaliers defense.
Favorite: Scranton Prep by 37


Carbondale Area Chargers (4-4) at Montrose Meteors (0-7)

Memorial Field (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series: Carbondale Area 23-15-1
Last Meeting: 2019 – Carbondale Area 30-12
Last Week: Carbondale Area 42, Riverside 34; Susquehanna 37, Montrose 0
Players To Watch
Carbondale Area: K Colin Bailer; Montrose: WR Cameron Johnson
The Skinny: Carbondale has a chance to go over .500. They have won four straight in the series and with Montrose winless, that streak looks to be extended. Should be a big night for the Chargers running game.
Favorite: Carbondale Area by 33


Canton Warriors (8-0) at Hanover Area Hawkeyes (2-5)

Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
First Meeting
Last Week: Canton 34, Athens 10; Hanover Area idle
Players To Watch
Canton: RB Riley Parker; Hanover Area: WR Jake Zola
The Skinny: Canton is state-ranked in Class 1A and is the heavy favorite against a Hanover team that had last week off to COVID issues. Warriors should have little issues on Friday.
Favorite: Canton by 35