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 8

Dunmore Bucks (5-2) at Western Wayne Wildcats (6-1)

Sharkey-Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division II
Series:
Dunmore 6-2
Last Meeting: 2021 – Western Wayne 20-2
Last Week: Lakeland 55, Dunmore 14; Western Wayne 50, Mid Valley 6
Players To Watch
Dunmore: DE Chris Conte; Western Wayne: QB Frankie Leyshon
The Skinny: It doesn’t get any easier for Dunmore as they now take to the road to play the other division leader. Any chance of getting a share of the title means they have to win Friday. Of course, the Wildcats are also trying to win the division and need the win to set up a showdown with Lakeland
Key Matchup: Dunmore linebackers vs. Western Wayne offense line
Favorite: Western Wayne by 6


Valley View Cougars (6-1) at Delaware Valley Warriors (3-4)

Warrior Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Delaware Valley 10-7
Last Meeting:
2021 – Valley View 35-14
Last Week: Valley View 41, Scranton 0; Delaware Valley 35, Wilkes-Barre 24
Players to Watch
Valley View:
DT Robert Alteri; Delaware Valley: WR Jake Brower
The Skinny: Delaware Valley has already lost two games at home which is rare, and they have an opportunity to win the division if they can beat the Cougars. Valley View is playing their best football but haven’t won in Milford since 2011. This should be one of the best games of the week as both teams are riding winning streaks.
Key Matchup: Valley View pass rush vs. DV offensive line
Favorite: Valley View by 7


North Pocono Trojans (3-4) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (5-2)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 1:30pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Scranton Prep 21-16
Last Meeting:
2019 – Scranton Prep 42-7
Last Week: North Pocono 28, Wallenpaupack 6; Scranton Prep 28, Abington Heights 14
Players to Watch
North Pocono:
RB Kevin Wickizer; Scranton Prep: LB Aiden Britton
The Skinny:  Prep has dominated this series winning 9 straight. Last time the Trojans beat the Cavaliers was 2010. Scranton Prep is running the ball for tons of yardage which is bad news for North Pocono who has had trouble stopping the run at times this season.
Key Matchup: North Pocono linebackers vs. Prep running game
Favorite: Scranton Prep by 10


Berwick Bulldogs (4-3) at Danville Ironmen (7-0)

Crispin Field (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District Crossover
Series: 
Berwick 32-9-4
Last Meeting:
1984 – Berwick 40-0
Last Week: Berwick 39, Dallas 22; Danville 42, Montoursville 0
Players to Watch
Berwick:
DB Ethan Lear; Danville: QB Zach Gordon
The Skinny: These teams haven’t played lately, and Berwick dominated the series for years. Danville has a 35-point win over Southern Columbia on its resume and Berwick lost to the Tigers Week 1. But with the way the Dawgs played last week against previously unbeaten Dallas, this game could be very interesting.
Key Matchup: Berwick secondary vs. Danville receivers
Favorite: Danville by 15

Lake-Lehman Black Knights (2-5) at Wyoming Area Warriors (4-3)

Jake Sobeski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 2
Series:
Wyoming Area 30-8
Last Meeting: 2021 – Wyoming Area 42-7
Last Week: Pittston Area 48, Lake-Lehman 13; Wyoming Area 56, Holy Redeemer 18
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: DL Chad Honeywell; Wyoming Area: QB Michael Crane
The Skinny: For many years, this game decided the WVC small school title, but Lake-Lehman is not in that position in 2022. Warriors will continue to try to roll as a title game could be ahead in Week 10 against Pittston. Wyoming Area has averaged 56 points per game in their last two division wins.
Key Matchup: Lehman run defense vs. RB Aaron Crossley
Favorite:
Wyoming Area by 24


Williamsport Millionaires (3-4) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (3-4)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 1
Series:
Williamsport 2-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Williamsport 14-7
Last Week: Williamsport 38, Valley West 7; Delaware Valley 35, Wilkes-Barre 24
Players To Watch
Williamsport:
QB George Whaley; Wilkes-Barre: FB Howie Shiner
The Skinny: All of the sudden this game has playoff implications. The Millionaires are seeded 8th right now in the Class 6A Subregional that District 2 plays in. Wilkes-Barre is seeded 9th. Winner isn’t guaranteed anything but will get a big boost with a victory.
Key Matchup: Williamsport linebackers vs. Wilkes-Barre offensive line
Favorite: Wilkes-Barre by 8


Holy Redeemer Royals (3-4) at Nanticoke Trojans (3-4)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Nanticoke 12-3
Last Meeting: 2021 – Nanticoke 46-14
Last Week: Wyoming Area 56, Holy Redeemer 18; Nanticoke 42, Tunkhannock 7
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer: WR Darryl Wright; Nanticoke: RB Zack Fox
The Skinny: Redeemer’s defense which put up a shutout two weeks ago showed they still have some work to do on defense as Wyoming Area ran for 8 touchdowns last week. And guess what?  Nanticoke likes to run the ball. Royals’ offense will have to keep them in the game.
Key Matchup: Redeemer passing game vs. Nanticoke secondary
Favorite: Nanticoke by 16


Carbondale Area Chargers (3-4) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (3-4)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division III
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 45-17-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Lackawanna Trail 28-0
Last Week: Carbondale 35, Holy Cross 0; Riverside 41, Lackawanna Trail 13
Players To Watch
Carbondale: RB Jonathan Orta; Lackawanna Trail: LB Kolbee Soltis
The Skinny: With the division now out of reach, the Lions need to work on their offense as they will get another shot at Old Forge in the Class 1A title game. Trail is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and hasn’t scored more than 22 points in a game all season. The Chargers are getting healthy and have a playoff spot within reach.
Key Matchup: Carbondale running backs vs. Trail defensive front
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 4

 

 

Susquehanna Sabers (3-4) at Riverside Vikings (4-3)

Taylor Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division III
Series:
Riverside 5-3
Last Meeting:
2021 – Riverside 21-20
Last Week: Old Forge 42, Susquehanna 13; Riverside 41, Lackawanna Trail 13
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: QB Colton Stone; Riverside: WR Anthony Karpinski
The Skinny: The Vikings offense has been playing as well as anyone and they have to avoid looking ahead to next week which will be probably for the division championship. The Sabers have been pesky at times and last year lost on a two-point conversion to Riverside.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna secondary vs. Riverside receivers
Favorite: Riverside by 20


Scranton Knights (6-1) at Abington Heights Comets (1-6)

Comets Stadium (Grass), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division I
Series: Abington Heights 18-12-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Scranton 23-14
Last Week: Valley View 41, Scranton 7; Scranton Prep 28, Abington Heights 14
Players To Watch
Scranton: DB Elijah Ortiz; Abington Heights: WR Zack Brister
 The Skinny: Knights were shocked last week and now have to get back in win column if they want to stay in the No. 1 spot in Class 5A. Abington’s defense has played better the last couple weeks but the offense is still a work in progress. Let’s see how Scranton rebounds after a lopsided loss.
Key Matchup: Scranton secondary vs. Abington passing attack
Favorite: Scranton by 21


Tunkhannock Tigers (1-6) at Pittston Area Patriots (4-3)

Charley Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Pittston Area 11-6-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Tunkhannock 36-13
Last Week: Nanticoke 42, Tunkhannock 7; Pittston Area 48, Lake-Lehman 13
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock: TE Jayden Ransom; Pittston Area: OL Nick Sciandra
The Skinny: Tunkhannock’s offense has disappeared in recent weeks while Pittston seems to be playing their best football of the year. The Patriots are on track for their first winning season since 2017 if they can win two of their last three games.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock defensive line vs. Pittston Area running game
Favorite: Pittston Area by 28


Mid Valley Spartans (2-5) at Honesdale Hornets (4-3)

Hornets Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division II
Series:
Honesdale 12-5
Last Meeting:
2020 – Honesdale 21-14
Last Week: Western Wayne 50, Mid Valley 6; Honesdale 28, West Scranton 6
Players To Watch
Mid Valley:
WR Connor Hughes; Honesdale: RB Mason Avery
The Skinny: Honesdale’s defense continues to be one of the best in the LFC. The unit did not give up an offensive touchdown last week. Mid Valley has struggled against good defenses so the Spartans defense will have to keep them in the game and that’s a tall task after giving up 87 points combined over the last two games.
Key Matchup: Mid Valley defensive line vs. Mid Valley offensive line
Favorite:
Honesdale by 16


Old Forge Blue Devils (4-3) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-7)

Msgr. Crotti Field at St. Anthony’s Playground (Grass), Saturday 1pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division III
Series:
Old Forge 15-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Old Forge 55-6
Last Week: Old Forge 42, Susquehanna 13; Carbondale 35, Holy Cross 0
Players To Watch
Old Forge: OL Santino Krappa; Holy Cross: WR Jonathan Jones
The Skinny: The Devils want to stay healthy ahead of their division showdown with rival Riverside. Holy Cross keeps looking for positives and getting younger players experience.
Key Matchup: Old Forge linebackers vs. Holy Cross’ Logan Tierney
Favorite: Old Forge by 42


Lakeland Chiefs (7-0) at West Scranton Invaders (1-6)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
LFC Division II
Series: Lakeland 13-11
Last Meeting: 2019 – West Scranton 28-14
Last Week: Lakeland 55, Dunmore 14; Honesdale 28, West Scranton 6
Players To Watch
Western Wayne: RB/K Carter Mitishin; West Scranton: WR Zaeyvion Miller
The Skinny: Lakeland is even rolling good teams at this point. The Chiefs are also playing to stay healthy ahead of a big game with Western Wayne Week 9 which could be for the division title.
Key Matchup: Lakeland passing game vs. West Scranton secondary
Favorite:
Lakeland by 35


Hazleton Area Cougars (5-2) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (0-7)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 1
Series: Wyoming Valley West 29-15-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Hazleton Area 55-19
Last Week: Crestwood 35, Hazleton 14; Williamsport 38, Valley West 7
Players To Watch
Hazleton: RB Connor Kondrat; Valley West: RB Isaiah Cobb
The Skinny: The Valley West program isn’t used to this but they have had problems being competitive with this very difficult schedule. The Cougars will be hungry after a disappointing two-game stretch where they gave up 77 points.
Key Matchup: Hazleton receivers vs Valley West secondary
Favorite:
Hazleton Area by 38


Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-6) at Dallas Mountaineers (6-1)

Mountaineers Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Dallas 4-2
Last Meeting:
2017 – Dallas 21-20
Last Week: North Pocono 28, Wallenpaupack 7; Berwick 39, Dallas 22
Players To Watch
Wallenpaupack:
OL Ben Ostroski; Dallas: DB Mark Karcutskie
The Skinny: Dallas has to shake off last week’s trip to Crispin Field and focus on getting back on track. The schedule is favorable but also will limit their playoff points. Even if they win out, they could end up a 3 seed in Class 4A.
Key Matchup: Wallenpaupack defensive line vs. Dallas running game
Favorite:
Dallas by 32


Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-6) at Crestwood Comets (6-1)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Hanover Area 20-10
Last Meeting:
2017 – Crestwood 42-7
Last Week: Montrose 14, Hanover Area 6; Crestwood 35, Hazleton 14
Players To Watch
Hanover Area:
WR Sean Dooner; Crestwood: WR Nick Miscavage
The Skinny: The schedule maker wishes he could have a do-over with this one. Not going to benefit either team. As with many games this week, Comets just want to stay healthy.
Key Matchup: Hanover linebackers vs. Crestwood offensive line
Favorite:
Crestwood by 45