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.

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WEEK 2

North Pocono Trojans (2-0) at Hazleton Area Cougars (2-0)

Harman-Geist Memorial Field (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
North Pocono 2-0
Last Meeting: 1991 – North Pocono 27-0
Last Week: North Pocono 28, Western Wayne 27; Hazleton Area 45, Wallenpaupack 7
Players To Watch
North Pocono: RB Michael Blaine; Hazleton Area: RB Matthew Buchman
The Skinny: Hazleton has been lights out on both sides of the ball while North Pocono squeaked out two victories by a combined 8 points. It will be a tough task for the Trojans to make the trip to southern Luzerne County and come away with a victory, but if their offense can control the football with the running game and the pass defense can limit big plays, they could make it interesting.
Key Matchup: North Pocono secondary vs. Hazleton wide receivers
Favorite: Hazleton by 10


Old Forge Blue Devils (1-1) at Western Wayne Wildcats (1-1)

Sharkey-Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Old Forge 9-6
Last Meeting:
2007 – Old Forge 54-0
Last Week: Old Forge 42, Nanticoke 7; North Pocono 28, Western Wayne 27
Players to Watch
Old Forge:
TE Joey Granko; Western Wayne: DL Kyle Guarino
The Skinny: It’s been awhile since these two teams have met. Both have had success over the past five years. And this one should come down to who can get off the field on third downs with both teams expected to run the ball effectively. Should be one of the better games of the week.
Key Matchup: Old Forge run defense vs. WW running back Janiszewski
Favorite: Western Wayne by 4


Wyoming Area Warriors (1-1) at Crestwood Comets (1-1)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Wyoming Area 15-5
Last Meeting:
2021 – Wyoming Area 27-0
Last Week: Honesdale 21, Wyoming Area 0; Dallas 35, Crestwood 14
Players to Watch
Wyoming Area:
DL Ethan Speece; Crestwood: LB Cole Kakalecik
The Skinny: Wyoming Area might still be in shock after getting shutout at home and Crestwood wants to get back on the field after a stinker last week. Head to head doesn’t apply in playoff seedings, but these two teams are both in Class 4A and any win helps with that.  The theme is also experience (Comets) vs. inexperience (Warriors).
Key Matchup: Wyoming Area defense vs. Crestwood single wing
Favorite: Crestwood by 12


Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-1) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (1-1)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series: 
Wilkes-Barre 1-0
Last Meeting:
2019 – Wilkes-Barre 45-24
Last Week: Hazleton Area 45, Wallenpaupack 7; Wilkes-Barre 21, Abington Heights 13
Players to Watch
Wallenpaupack:
RB Dylan Podrazil; Wilkes-Barre: RB Mehki Nelson
The Skinny: Wilkes-Barre opens up their new stadium in Plains and wants to establish a home field advantage right off the bat. Both teams prefer to run the ball as they have running backs who have combined for 93 carries through the first two weeks. So, maybe the passing games will need to make some plays to get a win.
Key Matchup: Paupack defensive line vs. Wilkes-Barre running game
Favorite: Wilkes-Barre by 7

 

Susquehanna Sabers (2-0) at Dunmore Bucks (1-1)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Dunmore 10-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Dunmore 35-7
Last Week: Susquehanna 35, Montrose 14; Mt. Carmel 42, Dunmore 14
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: WR Cooper Payne; Dunmore: RB Nico Ruggiero
The Skinny: The Sabers are off to a 2-0 start but the schedule has been light. The Bucks got brought back down to earth after their Week 1 upset. Susquehanna can prove they are for real by hanging with Dunmore on the road. Both teams like to throw the ball.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna secondary vs. QB Thomas Bowen
Favorite:
Dunmore by 15


West Scranton Invaders (1-1) at Scranton Knights (2-0)

Scranton Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Scranton 18-14
Last Meeting: 2021 – Scranton 35-7
Last Week: Scranton Prep 49, West Scranton 0; Scranton 21, Wyoming Valley West 14
Players To Watch
West Scranton:
QB Caiden Berardi; Scranton: RB Donovan Laybourne-Boddie
The Skinny: The Bell Game is one of the better rivalries in the area and on paper, Scranton seems to have an advantage and a chance to start the season 3-0. West wants the Bell back so a Knights victory won’t be easy.
Key Matchup: West Scranton linebackers vs. Scranton playmakers
Favorite: Scranton by 10


Nanticoke Trojans (1-1) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (2-0)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 2-0
Last Meeting: 2013 – Lackawanna Trail 39-7
Last Week: Old Forge 42, Nanticoke 7; Lackawanna Trail 22, Lake-Lehman 8
Players To Watch
Nanticoke: QB Jaylin Collins; Lackwanna Trail: RB Lukas Gumble
The Skinny: The Trojans had a shut out Week 1 and then were almost shut out themselves last Friday.Both teams run the Wing-T so expect a fast moving game with lots of running the football. In face, Nanticoke has yet to complete a pass this season and Trail has only allowed 21 points in two games.
Key Matchup: Nanticoke offensive line vs. Trail defensive front
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 9


Dallas Mountaineers (2-0) at Williamsport Millionaires (1-1)

STA Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
WVC Division 1
Series:
Dallas 7-3
Last Meeting:
2021 – Dallas 27-20
Last Week: Dallas 35, Crestwood 14; Williamsport 29, Pittston Area 12
Players To Watch
Dallas: WR Joe Peters; Williamsport: WR Yahmir Slaughter
The Skinny: Dallas’ offense has been one of the best in the area through two weeks both running the football with Parker Bolesta and the passing of Brady Zapoticky. Williamsport woke up in the second half to handle Pittston and seems to be getting their act together under the new coaching staff. The Mountaineers will be on the road for the first time this season so we will see how they handle it.
Key Matchup: Dallas receivers vs. Williamsport secondary
Favorite: Dallas by 4


Downingtown East Cougars (1-1) at Delaware Valley Warriors (0-2)

Warrior Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District Crossover Game
Series:
Downingtown East 2-0
Last Meeting: Downingtown East 39-14
Last Week: State College 32, Downingtown East 31; Harrisburg 32, Delaware Valley 3
Players To Watch
Downingtown East: QB Owen Yerka; Delaware Valley: WR Jayden Martinez
The Skinny: For the second straight week, the Warriors will take on a team called the Cougars (they will have a third time later in the season when they play VV). It didn’t go well on offense last week as DV was held without a touchdown and they struggled last year against Downingtown East, who lost on a two-point conversion to State College. Another 0-3 start is probable, but we know what usually happens after that.
Key Matchup: Downingtown RB Bo Horvath vs. DV run defense
Favorite: Downingtown East by 14

 

 

Wyoming Valley West Spartans (0-2) at Pittston Area Patriots (0-2)

Charlie Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division Crossover
Series: Wyoming Valley West 31-12
Last Meeting: Pittston Area 16-13
Last Week: Scranton 21, Wyoming Valley West 14; Williamsport 29, Pittston Area 12
Players To Watch
Valley West: TE Nick Giza; Pittston Area: QB Drew DeLucca
 The Skinny: Both teams are winless and both teams have played well in the first half of theiur two losses. Last year, this was a very competitive game that saw the defense rule and it could be the same in 2022. Both these teams are in the same classification now so they could meet again in the postseason.
Key Matchup: Valley West linebackers vs. Pittston Area offensive line
Favorite: Pittston Area by 2


Valley View Cougars (1-1) at Honesdale Hornets (1-1)

Hornets Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Valley View 15-3
Last Meeting: 2021 – Valley View 50-13
Last Week: Valley View 24, Berwick 21; Honesdale 21, Wyoming Area 0
Players To Watch
Valley View: QB Adam Howanitz; Honesdale: LB Max Mickel
The Skinny: The offense looked lethargic for the first 7 quarters of the season for Valley View but then exploded with three 4th quarter touchdowns last week against Berwick. The Cougars used a potent passing game by Adam Howanitz. Honesdale is coming off a historic shutout victory against Wyoming Area, but if they win this week in the home opener, it would be the biggest win for the program in almost a decade.
Key Matchup: Valley View passing game vs. Honesdale pass rush
Favorite: Valley View by 12


Berwick Bulldogs (0-2) at Abington Heights Comets (0-2)

Comets Stadium (Grass), Saturday 1pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Berwick 4-2
Last Meeting:
2019 – Berwick 28-6
Last Week: Valley View 24, Berwick 21; Wilkes-Barre 21, Abington Heights 13
Players To Watch
Berwick:
RB Bo Sheptock; Abington Heights: LB Austin Boersma
The Skinny: Berwick has collapsed twice now in the second half against pretty good opponents, but it is surprising considering the defense is supposed to be the strength of the team. The Comets have been giving up big numbers on the ground so they have to find a way to fix that.
Key Matchup: Berwick’s secondary vs. Abington’s big receivers
Favorite:
Berwick by 11


Holy Redeemer Royals (1-1) at Tunkhannock Tigers (1-1)

Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Tunkhannock 4-0
Last Meeting:
2018 – Tunkhannock 36-0
Last Week: Holy Redeemer 70, Holy Cross 7; Tunkhannock 49, Hanover Area 14
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer:
WR Louis Lussi; Tunkhannock: RB Tenzen Lewis
The Skinny: Redeemer scored a school-record 70 points but that was basically against a M*A*S*H unit called Holy Cross. The Royals could have another good offensive showing against the Tigers whose defense has struggled.  Bottom line is the over/under for this game is 80 points.
Key Matchup: Redeemer offensive line vs. Tunkhannock pass rush
Favorite:
Tunkhannock by 13


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (0-2) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (1-1)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Scranton Prep 4-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Scranton Prep 41-8
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 22, Lake-Lehman 8; Scranton Prep 49, West Scranton 0
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: TE Evan Paraschak; Scranton Prep: RB Jamie Barrett
The Skinny: The Black Knights have had very little offense scoring a total of 14 points in their first two games. It won’t get any easier against a Prep team that earned a shutout last week and has been dominant in this series.
Key Matchup: Lake-Lehman offensive line vs. Prep defensive front
Favorite: Scranton Prep by 38


Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-1) at Carbondale Area Chargers (0-2)

Cerra Sports Complex (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Hanover Area 5-3
Last Meeting: 2021 – Carbondale 44-0
Last Week: Tunkhannock 49, Hanover Area 14; Lakeland 52, Carbondale Area 7
Players To Watch
Hanover Area: WR Sean Dooner; Carbondale Area: RB Jonathan Orta
The Skinny: The Hawkeyes gave up a lot of points the first two games and will need to a better job so they don’t have to rely on their offense. Carbondale was without star running back Vincent DePalma who was suspended by the PIAA for two game. He is appealing this game and if upheld, the Chargers will have a chance to win the game.
Key Matchup: Hanover passing game vs. Carbondale secondary
Favorite:
Hanover Area by 6


Lakeland Chiefs (2-0) at Riverside Vikings (1-1)

Taylor Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series: Lakeland 30-16-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Lakeland 34-0
Last Week: Wyoming Area 48, Tunkhannock 28; Wallenpaupack 15, Honesdale 13
Players To Watch
Lakeland: LB Evan Pochas; Riverside: RB Robbie Garvey
The Skinny: Lakeland might mercy rule everyone this season. They are that good. Riverside found some offense and defense in Week 2, but it will be a tough task to hang with the Chiefs for four quarters.
Key Matchup: Lakeland passing game vs. Riverside secondary
Favorite:
Lakeland by 31


Mid Valley Spartans (0-2) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-2)

Msgr. Crotti Field at St. Anthony’s Playground (Grass), Saturday 1pm 
LFC Division Crossover
Series: Mid Valley 11-2
Last Meeting: 2021 – Mid Valley 42-6
Last Week: Riverside 30, Mid Valley 8; Holy Redeemer 70, Holy Cross 6
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: DL Dave Cataput; Holy Cross: RB Logan Tierney
The Skinny: Holy Cross was down to their 5th string quarterback and fumbled 12 times in the game. They also lost all-star running back and linebacker Logan Tierney halfway through the second quarter. If you think that doesn’t make a difference, he had over 100 rushing yards at that point. Mid Valley is running the spread offense and this will be a good chance to have some success doing it as they struggled last week with only 8 points.
Key Matchup: Mid Valley run defense vs. Holy Cross offensive line
Favorite: Mid Valley by 23