Here are the Super Six Power rankings powered by Gaughan Auto Store. All teams in the WVC and LFC are eligible for the rankings. Big School rankings consist of teams from Class 6A, 5A and 4A schools. Small School rankings consist of teams from Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools. Check back as we count up to No. 1 for the preseason.
1. Williamsport Millionaires
The Millionaires were unbeaten in league play in 2020 and their only losses came against two state-ranked teams. They did win the division and will be poised to win another one this season. They also could go on a run in the state playoffs. The main reason is the return of almost their entire lineup. QB Frankie Morrone, RB Nasir Hennigan and WVC Division 1 Offense Player of the Year Keith Freeman all return. Plus a very good offensive line has four starters back including Charles Crews III and Dade Splain. The defense should be even better than last season with 9 starters returning including DE Avery Campbell and LB Riley Bower. The big game on the schedule is Week 7 when they travel to Delaware Valley.
2. Delaware Valley Warriors
The Warriors lost some star power from the 2020 squad, but Coach Keith Olsommer keeps reloading and we don’t expect anything different this season. Delaware Valley is favored to win the division and the district again and has key players returning that should give them a good shot at accomplishing that. They will have a new quarterback as C.J Ross takes over, but he will have weapons at his disposal including WR Harlem Cook and TE Aiden Black. The offensive line returns three players including all-division players Ryan Freer and Justin Hernandez. The defense also has some key players back including defensive lineman Ryan Battaglia and linebacker Justin Kalitsnik. The Warriors schedule will be challenging early on so having the new starters will have to become acclamated to their roles quickly, but overall DV will still be the team to beat in the LFC.
3. Crestwood Comets
Crestwood won it’s first District 2 title since 2014 and went undefeated in the 2020 regular season. They bring some key members of the offensive line back and a good combination of returning skill players and new faces to the starting lineup. District 2 Class 4A and the WVC 4A division should be competitive, but Crestwood is the facvorite in both. Noah Schultz got time at quarterback last year including the district title game and Kaleb Benjamin had some big games when he was healthy. Aidan Jardine and John Jones are two of better returning offensive linemen in the WVC. Linebacker Cole Kakalecik will be the leader on the defensive side of the ball. The schedule will be challenging in the conference and some other teams outside the conference are considered contenders. The title defense will not be easy.
4. Valley View Cougars
The Cougars have had plenty of success over the past decade with three district titles on their resume. Last year, they were left out of the two-team playoff. This season the expectations are to get back to the district title game and win a fourth district title. Valley View returns 8 starters on offense including quarterback Adam Howanitz. The entire receiving corp returns as well led by all-division player Sean Mackinder. But the biggest factor for the Cougars is the return of all five offensive linemen including All-District 2 tackle Tyler Swartz. On defense, Valley View returns seven starters including the whole secondary and most of the defensive line. Linebacker might have the most questions with only one starter, Jordan Rebar, returning. The schedule is also favorable with four of their toughest five games at home. The Cougars were ranked No. 7 in the PennLive preseason Class 4A state rankings.
5. Wallenpaupack Buckhorns
The Buckhorns bring back some outstanding skill players which should make them a contender in Lackawanna Football Conference Division I. Both running back Shadrak Agyei and wide receiver T.J. Schmalze are back for their senior seasons and are considered the some of the best in the LFC at their respective positions. Mabret Levant will take over at quarterback but was a two-year starter on defense so he has varsity experience. Where the big questions will be are up front. Jeff Willams is the lone senior and will be the leader of the unit which will have size and power, but inexperience. A key player on defense will be Sam Filip who returns at nose tackle. The secret weapon, that is underrated on the high school level is kicker/punter Roman Levant. Don’t underestimate the powerful leg in both scoring and field position. He is considered one of the best in the state.
6. Dallas Mountaineers
Two years removed from their state championship run, the Mountaineers are trying to build a new core for Rich Manello. Last year, some younger players got playing time and that should translate to some success this season. Jackson Wydra takes over at quarterback while Parker Bolesta, Rocco Ormando and Jake DelGaudio will all get carries in the running game. The line return four starters so it’s an experienced unit. The defense will have to improve if the Mounts have district championship aspirations in Class 4A, but they are definitely in the mix.
1. Scranton Prep Cavaliers
Scranton Prep only lost one game in 2020 but were still left out of the district title game because of the point system. After a run of four straight district titles, other teams have raised the trophy the last two seasons. The Cavaliers area ready to start a new winning streak. With the entire offensive line returning and two All-District 2 players in RB London Montgomery and WR Robert Rossi, Prep is poised to get back to the top. The key will be at quarterback where a new starter will have to emerge as a leader and avoid making mistakes on this veteran team. The defense should be very good led by defensive lineman Jimmy Burke and linebacker Mike Golay. As we stated before, Class 3A is the toughest classification so if the Cavs can get there, they will earn it.
2. Wyoming Area Warriors
The Warriors won the state championship in 2019 but did not qualify for the two-team playoff in districts last year. With the playoffs going back to normal, Wyoming Area should be a playoff team and one of the favorites to win District 2 Class 3A. Coach Randy Spencer has some key players back on a defense that should be one of the best units in the WVC including defensive lineman Nick Elko, cornerback Rocco Pizano and linebacker Drew Mruk. Blaise Sokach-Minnick will step into the quarterback role which will be key as the Warriors offense struggled at times last season. Usamah Alansari, Leo Haros and Jayden Rusyn are all skill players with experience. Class 3A is the most competitive classification in the district but Wyoming Area has the pedigree to get the title back in 2021.
3. Western Wayne Wildcats
Coach Randy Wolff has done an outstanding job building the program at Western Wayne. The ‘Cats won a share of the LFC Division II title last season, but unfortunately were left out of a two-team playoff in Class 3A. They did lose some key players to graduation, but have two Division I commits on the roster in TE/LB Thomas Chernasky (Delaware) and RB/DB Caden Brungard (Army). The Wildcats also return all-division guard Kyle Guarino along with three other offensive lineman. On the defensive side, LB Luke Janiszewski will try to emerge from the shadow of his older brother while Jaiden DeRosa is a key member of the secondary. The division will be very tough, but Western Wayne should be in the mix again this season.
4. Old Forge Blue Devils
Old Forge was an untimed down away from playing in the state semifinal last season and are on a mission to get there in 2021. And more. The Blue Devils return a core of players that helped them win a state playoff game and an unbeatenr regular season. James Sobol is back at quarterback and will be behind a veteran line that includes all-stars Nick Rasmus, Lou Castaldi and Cyllel Rose. Hezekiah Dietz has rushed for almost 1,200 yards over the past two seasons and will have John Greenfield leading the way at fullback again. The Blue Devil have experience on the defense and the biggest question, like it is for every small school, will they be able to get by without significant injuries. No doubt Old Forge is a state contender at Class 1A and can make a run to Hershey. The Blue Devils were ranked No. 3 in the preseason PennLive Class 1A state rankings.
5. Lakeland Chiefs
Expectations were high for the Chiefs in 2020 and they came through with their first district title since 2006. Lakeland will be in the mix to defend that title despite losing some key players to graduation. But they do have enough returning to be a threat. Dominico Spataro begins his second full season as the starting quarterback while Mason Ormsby is the most experienced lineman to return. Eyes will be on Lakota Dippre as he fills the role at defensive end and tight end that his brother received accolades last season. Nick Mancuso will be a playmaker on offense and defense. Class 3A remains very competitive and although the Chiefs are not the favorite to repeat, they are considered a playoff team.
6. Dunmore Bucks
The Bucks continue to win Class 2A district titles so they should never be counted out. However, the 2021 version of Dunmore has some big shoes to fill after graduation took some star players to college. The defense should still be sound with all-league lineman Austin Brislin back. Quarterback Thomas Bowen started as a freshman last season and that year of experience will help him manage the offense. The biggest void to fill is who will be the playmakers. Keep an eye on Cal Talutto and Dan Pigga to fill that role. Dunmore was ranked as an Other Team To Wacth in the PennLive preseason Class 2A state rankings.