Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams presented by Dickson City Hyundai.

 

WEEK 12

Delaware Valley Warriors (6-5) at Scranton Knights (8-3)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Thursday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 5A Final
Series:
Delaware Valley 20-9
Last Meeting: 2022 – Delaware Valley 28-14
Last Week: Delaware Valley 41, Pittston Area 0; Scranton 42, Abington Heights 7
Players To Watch
Delaware Valley: RB Paulie Weinrich;  Scranton: QB Billy Maloney
The Skinny: The Warriors are trying to win their seventh straight district title while Scranton is trying to win their first district title since 2011. The regular season meeting was competitive, tied at halftime. But Jayden Ramirez took the second half kickoff to the house and Knights never recovered losing 28-14. The Warriors’ Ryder Machado ran for 111 yards and the Knights Billy Maloney threw for 161 yards in the first matchup.
Key Matchup: DV offensive line vs. Scranton run defense
Favorite:
Delaware Valley by 7


Dallas Mountaineers (9-2) at Valley View Cougars (9-2)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 2 Class 4A Semifinal
Series:
Valley View 5-3
Last Meeting: 2021 – Valley View
Last Week: Dallas 49, Wyoming Area 28; Valley View 54, Honesdale 7
Players To Watch
Dallas: QB Brady Zapoticky; Valley View: QB Adam Howanitz
The Skinny: This matchup has recent playoff history with each team winning a district title against each other the last time the two teams played in the postseason – Mountaineers in 2019 and Cougars in 2018. Dallas running back Parker Bolesta is the leading rusher in District 2 while Valley View boasts one of the best defenses in the LFC. The Cougars offense is well-balanced with QB Adam Howanitz looking fully recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him last season. Valley View is the defending Class 4A champs so Dallas has to go on the road and dethrone the Cougars.
Key Matchup: Dallas running game vs. Valley View linebackers
Favorite:
Valley View by 7


Berwick Bulldogs (5-6) at Crestwood Comets (10-1)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Saturday 1pm
District 2 Class 4A Semifinal – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Series:
Berwick 15-5
Last Meeting: 2022 – Crestwood 56-21
Last Week: Berwick 28, North Pocono 14; Crestwood 61, Nanticoke 7
Players To Watch
Berwick: LB Spencer Kishbaugh; Crestwood: QB Jaden Shedlock
The Skinny:In the first meeting, Crestwood outrushed Berwick 400 to 26 and this game was done at halftime. The Dawgs passing game wasn’t its best that night as QB Matt Lonczynski made some big plays but only completed 50% of his passes and that wasn’t enough.  Berwick has to find a way to stop the Crestwood running game and nobody has really done that this season. The game should be a little closer this time around, but Comets are still a big favorite to get to the championship game.

Key Matchup: Crestwood ground game vs. Berwick defensive line

Favorite: Crestwood by 16


Scranton Prep Cavaliers (8-3) at Western Wayne Wildcats (9-2)

Sharkey-Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm
District 2 Class 3A Final
Series:
Scranton Prep 22-0
Last Meeting:
2021 – Scranton Prep 41-14
Last Week: Scranton Prep 42, Lake-Lehman 7; Western Wayne 36, Carbondale 7
Players To Watch
Scranton Prep: QB Louis Paris; Western Wayne: RB Josh Vinton

The Skinny: This will be the biggest game in the history of Western Wayne football. They have never beaten Scranton Prep and never have won a district title. The Cavaliers are the defending Class 3A champions. Both teams are missing their star running backs (London Montgomery and Luke Janiszewski). This should be one for the ages and a fast one as well as both teams will run the ball as much as possible. So of course, a big pass play will probably be the difference in this game.

Key Matchup: Scranton Prep rushing attack vs. Western Wayne defensive front

Favorite: Western Wayne by 3


Dunmore Bucks (8-3) at Lakeland Chiefs (11-0)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Thursday 7pm
District 2 Class 2A Final – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Series: Dunmore 30-24
Last Meeting: Lakeland 55-14
Last Week: Dunmore 17, Riverside 14; Lakeland 69, Holy Redeemer 29
Players To Watch
Dunmore: RB Nico Ruggiero; Lakeland: TE Lacota Dippre
The Skinny: Another rematch that was a blowout the first time around. The location has changed to Lakeland but the teams are pretty much who they were in the first meeting. The Bucks must control the clock and keep the potent Chiefs offense on the sidelines. They also must limit their mental mistakes, turnovers and penalties to even stay in the game. Lakeland is on a mission and it would be a huge surprise if an upset occured at Chapman Lake on Thursday night.
Key Matchup: Dunmore passing game vs. Lakeland secondary
Favorite:
Lakeland by 27


Jenkintown Drakes (7-4) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (7-4)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Thursday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District 1/2 Class 1A Subregional
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 1-0
Last Meeting: 2016 – Lackawanna Trail 43-6
Last Week: Jenkintown 48, Morrisville 14; Lackawanna Trail 24, Old Forge 21
Players To Watch
Jenkintown: RB Keegan Eichert; Lackawanna Trail: RB Lukas Gumble
The Skinny: District 2 teams have had their way in this subregional over the years and the Lions already have a playoff win over the Drakes back in 2016. Trail is playing their best football right now and should take care of business, especially with the game on Thursday night in good weather at Tunnel Hill.
Key Matchup: Jenkintown running game vs. Lackawanna Trail defensive line
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 12