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 6

Lackawanna Trail Lions (3-2) at Old Forge Blue Devils (2-3)

Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division III
Series:
Old Forge 26-20
Last Meeting: 2021 – Old Forge 35-0
Last Week: Dunmore 24, Lackawanna Trail 7; Lakeland 47, Old Forge 20
Players To Watch
Lackawanna Trail: DB Max Kimmel; Old Forge: DL Cyllel Rose
The Skinny: A preview of the District 2 Class 1A title game with the winner Friday probably getting home field and the LFC Divison III title. It’s unusual to see these two programs with a combined five losses halfway through the season. Trail has been good on defense but has struggled on offense. Vice versa for the Blue Devils. One of those trends will change this week.
Favorite: Old Forge by 6


Dallas Mountaineers (5-0) at Hazleton Area Cougars (5-0)

Harman-Geist Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 1
Series:
Hazleton 6-4
Last Meeting:
2021 – Hazleton 28-21
Last Week: Dallas 45, Wyoming Valley West 14; Hazleton Area 42, West Scranton 7
Players to Watch
Dallas:
QB Brady Zapoticky; Hazleton Area: LB Qay’von Minor
The Skinny: Battle of unbeatens as both teams have cruised through the first half of the season. The winner gets the upper hand for the WVC Division title. Both teams are very balanced on offense so we give the win to the team that makes the most plays and gets the most stops on defense. Look for this game to have a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Key Matchup: Dallas secondary vs. Hazleton wide receivers
Favorite: Hazleton by 7


Crestwood Comets (4-1) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (3-2)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series:
Crestwood 1-0
Last Meeting:
2019 – Crestwood 28-27
Last Week: Crestwood 51, Williamsport 13; Wilkes-Barre 35, Berwick 21
Players to Watch
Crestwood:
OL Aidan Jardine; Wilkes-Barre: OL Ian Bednar
The Skinny:  The Wolfpack had a huge win on the road last week and now can get back to their new home in Plains to play a Crestwood team that has been rolling. Since the hiccup against Dallas in Week 2, the Comets have averaged almost 50 points per game over the last three weeks. Wilkes-Barre has become an efficient running team. This game will feature two of the top six leading rushers in the district in Noah Schultz and Mekhi Nelson.
Key Matchup: Crestwood offensive line vs. Wilkes-Barre linebackers
Favorite: Crestwood by 3


Delaware Valley Warriors (1-4) at North Pocono Trojans (2-3)

North Pocono Sports Complex (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series: 
Delaware Valley 16-8
Last Meeting:
2021 – Delaware Valley 12-6
Last Week: Scranton Prep 20, Delaware Valley 13; Scranton 35, North Pocono 0
Players to Watch
Delaware Valley:
DB Ryder Machado; North Pocono: QB Noah West
The Skinny: These two teams played last year with the LFC Division I title. Now, both are trying to get their heads above water. Delaware Valley lost their first division game last week in four years while North Pocono is a on a 3-game losing streak which saw them outscored 122-20. Both teams are desparate which will make this an intense game to watch.
Key Matchup: Delaware Valley running backs vs. North Pocono linebackers
Favorite: Delaware Valley by 6

 

Honesdale Hornets (3-2) at Lakeland Chiefs (5-0)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division II
Series:
Lakeland 15-8
Last Meeting: 2019 – Lakeand 28-8
Last Week: Honesdale 34, Tunkhannock 0; Lakeland 47, Old Forge 20
Players To Watch
Honesdale: DL Rocco Fluck; Lakeland: WR Kevin Snyder
The Skinny: Lakeland will face their toughest opponent since the opener. Honesdale’s defense has been one of the better ones in the LFC with the exception of one game. Can they slow down the Chiefs? Won’t be easy, but the way the Hornets have played can keep them in the game.
Key Matchup: Honesdale pass rush vs. Lakeland QB Dominico Spataro
Favorite:
Lakeland by 18


Pittston Area Patriots (2-3) at Nanticoke Trojans (2-3)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Pittston Area 17-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Pittston Area 21-0
Last Week: Valley View 40, Pittston Area 12; Nanticoke 32, Lake-Lehman 0
Players To Watch
Pittston Area:
DB Robbie Barbieri; Nanticoke: RB Mychal Julian
The Skinny: Nanticoke can jump into the WVC Division 2 race with a win this week. Pittston can run the table until Week 10 when they play rival Wyoming Area. The Patriots have a nice mix on offense while the Trojans want to run, run, run.
Key Matchup: Pittston defensive line vs. Nanticoke running backs
Favorite: Pittston Area by 9


Carbondale Area Chargers (2-3) at Riverside Vikings (2-3)

Taylor Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division III
Series:
Riverside 10-5
Last Meeting: 2021 – Carbondale 42-34
Last Week: Western Wayne 38, Carbondale Area 7; Riverside 41, Mahanoy Area 18
Players To Watch
Carbondale: OL Chaz Kovaleski; Riverside: TE Richie Kostoff
The Skinny: Riverside left the district to get their second win of the season while the Chargers saw their two-game winning streak ended. Both teams would love to play spoiler in LFC Division III so the winner of this game gets the upper hand to chase Old Forge and Trail
Key Matchup: Carbondale offensive line vs. Riverside linebackers
Favorite: Riverside by 3


Tunkhannock Tigers (1-4) at Lake-Lehman Black Knights (1-4)

Eddie Edwards Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
WVC Division 2
Series:
Lake-Lehman 26-9-1
Last Meeting:
2020 – Lake-Lehman 42-13
Last Week: Honesdale 34, Tunkhannock 0; Nanticoke 32, Lake-Lehman 0
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock: RB Bobby Schultz; Lake-Lehman: WR Landon Schuckers
The Skinny: Both teams have something in common. They are looking for points. Tunkhannock and Lake-Lehman both were shut out Week 5. The Tigers have been fine offensively until last week while the Black Knights have struggled. That’s why the Tigers have the edge.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock receivers vs. Lehman secondary
Favorite: Tunkhannock by 10


Wyoming Area Warriors (3-2) at Scranton Knights (5-0)

Scranton Memorial Field (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Wyoming Area 1-0
Last Meeting: 1991 – Wyoming Area 6-0
Last Week: Wyoming Area 56, Hanover Area 14; Scranton 35, North Pocono 0
Players To Watch
Wyoming Area: RB Lidge Kellum; Scranton: LB Lamiare Saldano
The Skinny: Scranton is the surprise of District 2 and heads into the second half of the season unbeaten. Normally, Wyoming Area would have a shot, but this is a young Warriors team that has won three division games already but has struggle outside the division. The Knights defense has been played lights out and the offense has enough playmakers to keep their winning streak going.
Favorite: Scranton by 13

 

 

Mid Valley Spartans (2-3) at Dunmore Bucks (4-1)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division II
Series: Dunmore 39-5
Last Meeting: 2021 – Mid Valley 14-7
Last Week: Mid Valley 34, Susquehanna 14; Dunmore 24, Lackawanna Trail 7
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: WR Shamus Lesher; Dunmore: DL Evan Makowski
 The Skinny: Mid Valley beat Dunmore last season so the Bucks probably have that on their minds. The young Spartans have shown some signs of progress but they will struggle in a division that has four teams above .500
Key Matchup: Mid Valley defensive line vs. Dunmore offensive line
Favorite: Dunmore by 21


Berwick Bulldogs (2-3) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (0-5)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series:
Berwick 28-17
Last Meeting: 2021 – Berwick 21-14
Last Week: Wilkes-Barre 35, Berwick 21; Dallas 45, Wyoming Valley West 14
Players To Watch
Berwick: TE Roman Slabinski; Valley West: QB Lucas Zdancewicz
The Skinny: This game used to be the marquee game in the WVC every year. Now, Valley West is still looking for their first win and Berwick is below .500 at the halfway point. Somebody will get a much-needed win on Friday.
Key Matchup: Berwick wide receivers vs. Valley West secondary
Favorite: Berwick by 17


Holy Redeemer Royals (2-3) at Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-4)

Hanover Memorial Field (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Hanover Area 10-2
Last Meeting:
2021 – Hanover Area 46-38
Last Week: Milton 42, Holy Redeemer 13; Wyoming Area 56, Hanover Area 14
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer:
QB Jacob Hunter; Hanover: RB Jayden Shortz
The Skinny: Both these teams could score 40+ points this week. The offenses have shown to be high-flying with quarterbacks Jacob Hunter of Redeemer and Christian Torres of Hanover. The defenses have struggled.
Key Matchup: Redeemer wide receivers vs. Hanover’s secondary
Favorite:
Holy Redeemer by 2


Abington Heights Comets (1-4) at Valley View Cougars (4-1)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Valley View 30-20-2
Last Meeting: 2021 – Valley View 45-6
Last Week: Valley View 40, Pittston Area 12; Abington Heights 24, Wallenpaupack 12
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: WR Mason Fedor; Valley View: DB Chris Savkov
The Skinny: The Cougars have won four straight and have looked good doing it. The Comets finally got their first win of the season. Abington needs to slow down the Valley View running game to have any chance.
Key Matchup: Abington receivers vs. Valley View secondary
Favorite: Valley View by 25


Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-4) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (3-2)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 2pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series: Scranton Prep 6-3
Last Meeting: 2021 – Scranton Prep 42-10
Last Week: Abington Heights 24, Wallenpaupack 12; Scranton Prep 20, Delaware Valley 13
Players To Watch
Wallenpaupack: WR Jake Holbert; Scranton Prep: TE Aiden Colleran
The Skinny: Just when people left them for dead, Prep hits the road and comes back to Scranton with a road upset over DV in which the Cavs picked off five passes. This week should be easier against Paupack who has lost four straight and has a young squad.
Key Matchup: Wallenpaupack defensive line vs. Prep running game
Favorite:
Scranton Prep by 28


Susquehanna Sabers (2-3) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-5)

Msgr. Crotti Field at St. Anthony’s Playground (Grass), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division III
Series: Susquehanna 14-2
Last Meeting: 2021 – Susquehanna 34-16
Last Week: Mid Valley 34, Susquehanna 14; Col-Mont Vo-Tech 28, Holy Cross 6
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: RB Layne Fisk; Holy Cross: WR Gabe Gonzales
The Skinny: Holy Cross is finally getting healthy, but they need their younger players to step up. The Sabers hope to end their three-game losing streak.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna passing game vs. Holy Cross pass rush
Favorite:
Susquehanna by 5


Williamsport Millionaires (1-4) at Central Mountain Wildcats (0-5)

Don Malinak Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
Williamsport 13-6
Last Meeting:
2021 – Williamsport 21-14
Last Week: Crestwood 51, Williamsport 13; Shamokin 47, Central Mountain 28
Players To Watch
Williamsport:
WR Jamaire Harden; Central Mountain: RB Rocco Serafini
The Skinny: The Millionaires are trying to put everything together and this would be a nice win to start the second half of the season against a Central Mountain team that is winless.
Key Matchup: Williamsport running game vs. Central Mountain defensive line
Favorite:
Williamsport by 11