Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams presented by Dickson City Hyundai. The games will be listed 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. Records are from 2021.

Matchup Scale

Must-see: Four Footballs Rating

Great: Three Footballs Rating

Good: Two Footballs Rating

Fair: One Football Rating

WEEK 1

Scranton Prep Cavaliers (11-1) at Lakeland Chiefs (10-2)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: Fox56/MyTV stream
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lakeland 22-15
Last Meeting: 2019 – Scranton Prep 49-7
Players To Watch
Scranton Prep: QB Sean Monahan; Lakeland: DB Jon Seamans
The Skinny: Lakeland hasn’t beaten Prep since 2010 but this is as good a matchup as there could be Week 1 as the No. 1 and No. 2 Small Teams meet. After this, they will head their separate ways as the Lakeland moves to Class 2A while Prep stays at Class 3A. However, this game has been dampened a bit with the news of RB London Montgomery getting injured in the scrimmage last weekend and is now out for the season. Next man up for Prep. Also, the Chiefs have one of the best passing attacks in the area so the Cavaliers secondary that will be tested.
Key Matchup: Lakeland passing game vs. Prep secondary
Favorite: Lakeland by 3


Dunmore Bucks (4-7) at Old Forge Blue Devils (11-1)

Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Dunmore 40-23-8
Last Meeting:
2021 – Old Forge 28-7
Players to Watch
Dunmore:
QB Thomas Bowen; Old Forge: WR Casey Holzman
The Skinny: Another early matchup of ranked teams and two programs with rich football history. The Blue Devils could definitely make a state run again while the Bucks need to get back where they were the two previous decades in terms of being one of the best small schools in District 2. This game also had some unfortunate news this week as Dunmore suspended 11 players for violating team rules.  The Bucks will have to find a way to slow down Old Forge quarterback James Sobol while the Bucks offensive line needs to become a dominating force up front like they have been in the past.
Key Matchup: Dunmore skill players vs. Old Forge linebackers
Favorite: Old Forge by 16


Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (4-7) at Scranton Knights (4-7)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Wilkes-Barre 2-0
Last Meeting:
2021 – Wilkes-Barre 35-14
Players to Watch
Wilkes-Barre:
DL John Jace; Scranton: QB Billy Maloney
The Skinny: Battle of the County Seats for Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. Both teams are coming off losing seasons and trying to start the season off right. The defenses could determine both team seasons and how many games they win. The Wolfpack have more weapons returning while the Knights will be starting a new quarterback.
Key Matchup: Wilkes-Barre speed vs. Scranton’s size
Favorite: Wilkes-Barre by 12


Honesdale Hornets (4-6) at Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (4-7)

Wallenpaupack Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series: 
Wallenpaupack 25-23-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Wallenpaupack 41-6
Players to Watch
Honesdale:
LB C.J. Hinton; Wallenpaupack: TE Jordan Santiago
The Skinny: The annual Wayne-Pike Shrine Bowl always attracts a crowd as does this rivalry. The Buckhorns won big last season, but still ended up with a losing record in 2021. The Hornets are trying to be more competitive with the better teams in the LFC. These teams are totally polar opposites with Honesdale bringing back a quality group of skill players while Paupack has one of the biggest and most experienced lines in the area.
Key Matchup: Wallenpaupack offensive line vs. Honesdale front 7
Favorite: Wallenpaupack by 6

 

Valley View Cougars (12-2) at Crestwood Comets (3-8)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Valley View 6-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Valley View 38-7
Players To Watch
Crestwood: LB Cole Kakalecik; Valley View: QB Adam Howanitz
The Skinny: This game matches up the last two Class 4A district champions. The Cougars got the best of the Comets beating them twice last season by identical 38-7 scores en route to the title. Crestwood underachieved last year so they are looking to bounce back. The game will also mark the return of Cougar QB Adam Howanitz who hurt his knee in the first meeting with Crestwood and missed the rest of the season.
Key Matchup: Crestwood defensive front vs. RB Connor Hilling
Favorite:
 Valley View by 11


Wyoming Valley West Spartans (3-8) at North Pocono Trojans (10-3)

NP Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
First Meeting
Players To Watch
Valley West: QB Luke Buss; North Pocono: LB Zach Hoover
The Skinny: First ever meeting between these two football programs and both coming off very different season. This game will matchup two of the better running backs in the area in Isaiah Cobb and Michael Blaine. The Spartans are hoping for a more balanced offense while the Trojans are breaking in a new quarterback. Look for a lot of carries for the running backs in this one.
Key Matchup: RB Isaiah Cobb vs. North Pocono linebackers
Favorite: North Pocono by 9


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (4-6) at Western Wayne Wildcats (4-7)

Sharkey Rosetti Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm 
Conference Crossover
Series:
Western Wayne 2-1
Last Meeting:
2019 – Western Wayne 33-7
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: DL: Mason Lee; Western Wayne: QB Frankie Leyshon
The Skinny: The Wildcats and Black Knights are both coming off down years and hope to bounce back to challenge in Class 3A. The running games will be on display with two good backs in Javon Borger and Luke Janiszewski both expecting big seasons. Whoever’s defense can stop the run better will probably win at the end of the day.
Key Matchup: Both offensive lines vs. Both defensive lines
Favorite: Western Wayne by 10


West Scranton Invaders (0-10) at Riverside Vikings (2-9)

Riverside Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm 
LFC Crossover Game
Series:
West Scranton 42-26-2
Last Meeting:
2015 – West Scranton 27-14
Players To Watch
West Scranton: LB Joe Harris; Riverside: QB Chase Tadonnio
The Skinny: A long-time rivalry returns for the first time since 2015. This game marks the debut of Jake Manetti as coach of West Scranton.  The Invaders are trying to break a 21-game losing streak while the Vikings want a fast start to 2022 and get their first winning season since 2018.  Lots of question marks in this one for both teams, but it should be a very competitive game.
Key Matchup: West secondary vs. Riverside passing game
Favorite: Riverside by 8


Hazleton Area Cougars (8-4) at Pittston Area Patriots (3-8)

Charlie Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Hazleton Area 20-15
Last Meeting: 2021 – Hazleton Area 21-14
Players To Watch
Hazleton Area:
RB Matthew Buchman; Pittston Area: QB Drew Delucca
The Skinny: The Cougars are the preseason favorite to be the best team in the WVC while the Patriots are trying to move the program to the next level. Pittston almost pulled an upset last season in a very competitive game but will have to find a way to deal with Hazleton’s skill players which might be the best in the WVC. Patriots will have to control the clock with the running game to try to keep the Cougars offense off the field.
Key Matchup: Hazleton run defense vs. Pittston’s Harry Pugliese
Favorite: Hazleton Area by 20

 

 

Abington Heights Comets (2-8) at Dallas Mountaineers (8-3)

Mountaineer Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series: Abington Heights 3-1
Last Meeting: 
2019 – Dallas 56-14
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: DL Jack Burke; Dallas: OL Colby Klinetob
 The Skinny: The Comets are trying go get back to their winning ways while the Mounts have been one of the better programs in the area over the past several seasons. Both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks so which one adjusts to varsity football better could fare better early in the season. Abington’s defensive line has some players who have had success while Dallas brings back experience on their offensive line. Question will be if the Comets offense is better because it struggled last season.
Key Matchup: Abington defensive front vs. Dallas’ Parker Bolesta
Favorite: Dallas by 14


Southern Columbia Tigers (15-1) at Berwick Bulldogs (7-5)

Memorial Field, Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Southern Columbia 43-0
Players To Watch
Southern Columbia: WR Braedon Wisloski; Berwick: RB Ryan Bankes
The Skinny: Last season was the first time the two Columbia County based teams ever met as basically it was the old-school state dominant program vs. the new-school dominant program. New school and the Tigers won easily and although they will be the favorite, the game should be closer this time around.
Key Matchup: Berwick defense vs. Tigers speed
Favorite: Southern Columbia by 21


Tunkhannock Tigers (3-7) at Wyoming Area Warriors (10-2)

Jake Sobeski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2 Game
Series:
Wyoming Area 23-4
Last Meeting:
2020 – Wyoming Area 35-6
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock:
QB Ben Chilson; Wyoming Area: OL Ethan Speece
The Skinny: Wyoming Area will be the inexperienced team on the field for the first time in recent years. How much will that matter is hard to say. The talent pipeline has been pretty good this past 10 years. Tunkhannock will have to lean on QB Ben Chilson and that might not be easy of he has to run for his life on every play. Tigers haven’t won in this series since 2009.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock pass protection vs. Wyoming Area blitzers
Favorite:
Wyoming Area by 13


Nanticoke Trojans (5-6) at Carbondale Area Chargers (5-6)

Cerra Sports Complex (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover Game
Series:
Nanticoke 1-0
Last Meeting:
1927 – Nanticoke 26-2
Players To Watch
Nanticoke:
RB Zach Fox; Carbondale: QB Darryl Bennett
The Skinny: Expect this game to go by quickly as both teams love to run the ball and have 1,000 yard rushers returning. Both teams finished one game under .500 so a good start to the see could push them over that threshold.
Key Matchup: Nanticoke defensive front vs. RB Vincent DePalma
Favorite:
Carbondale by 6


Mid Valley Spartans (9-3) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (8-4)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 18-14
Last Meeting: 
2021 – Mid Valley 21-7
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: RB Zach Popko; Lackawanna Trail: DB Evan Litwin
The Skinny: The Spartans will be putting many new players on the field but their goal will be to run the ball like they did in 2021. It won’t be easy with a rebuilt line and new running back. Trail will continue to run the Wing-T but with some new offensive weapons.
Key Matchups: Mid Valley run defense vs. FB Hunter Patterson
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by


Susquehanna Sabers (3-8) at Holy Redeemer Royals (2-8)

McCarthy Stadium (Turf), Saturday 7pm- Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Susquehanna 8-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Susquehanna 39-26
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: QB Colton Stone; Holy Redeemer: RB Josh Wesneski
The Skinny: Both these teams would love to get off the a fast start to begin 2022. Both teams like to throw the ball so expect a high-scoring game. Whose defense makes the most plays will probably win the game.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna pass protection vs. Redeemer pass rush
Favorite: Holy Redeemer by 1


Holy Cross Crusaders (4-7) at Hanover Area Hawkeyes (2-7)

Hanover Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Holy Cross 1-0
Last Meeting: 2021- Holy Cross 22-14
Players To Watch
Holy Cross: RB Logan Tierney; Hanover Area: QB Christian Torres
The Skinny: This game was very competitive last season with Holy Cross coming out on top using their running game. The Hawkeyes will see the debut of the new head coach Jason Majiros who is tasked with the turning the program around.
Key Matchup: Holy Cross offensive line vs. Hanover run defense
Favorite:
Holy Cross by 6


Delaware Valley Warriors (9-4) at Mosley Dolphins (11-2)

Freedom (FL) High School Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
State Crossover
Series: First Meeting
Players To Watch
Delaware Valley: OL Justin Hernandez; Mosley: WR Cree Ross
The Skinny: The Warriors take another trip to Florida where they have had mixed results but have been competitive against high-level teams. The Dolphins are coming off of their best season in four decades when they went 11-2 and advanced to the region finals last season. DV has a solid core but will be breaking in new quarterback Tyler Bird who won the job in camp.
Key Matchup: DV secondary vs. Mosley speed
Favorite:
 Mosley by 13


Williamsport Millionaires (6-6) at State College Little Lions (8-6)

State College Memorial Field (Turf), Friday 7pm 
District Crossover Game
Series: Williamsport 22-16
Last Meeting: 2021 – State College 17-14
Players To Watch
Williamsport: RB Nasir Hennigan; State College: OL Thomas Dincher
The Skinny: This was a defensive battle last year with the Little Lions coming out on top and eventually getting to the state semifinals. They line up two quarterbacks on the field at the same time which won’t be easy to defend as both are capable of running or throwing the football. This game will mark the debut of new Williamsport head coach Mike Pearson. The offense will be totally different so it will be the main thing to keep an eye on.
Key Matchup: Williamsport offensive line vs. State College linebackers
Favorite: State College by 10