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 9

Riverside Vikings (5-3) at Old Forge (5-3)

Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division III
Series:
Old Forge 41-31-4
Last Meeting: 2021 – Old Forge 49-0
Last Week: Riverside 43, Susquehanna 0; Old Forge 55, Holy Cross 0
Players To Watch
Riverside: LB Robbie Garvey; Old Forge: RB Josh Spindler
The Skinny: This rivalry always means something, but the stakes are much higher in 2o22 with the winner clinching at least a tie for the LFC Division III title. The Blue Devils have won five straight in the series, but the Vikings are playing as good as anyone in the LFC over the past several weeks. Two very good quarterbacks will highlight this one.
Key Matchup: Riverside passing attack vs. Old Forge secondary
Favorite: Old Forge by 4


Dallas Mountaineers (7-1) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (4-4)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series:
Dallas 3-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Dallas 45-0
Last Week: Dallas 35, Wallenpaupack 13; Wilkes-Barre 46, Williamsport 14
Players To Watch
Dallas: FB Dylan Geskey; Wilkes-Barre: RB Mekhi Nelson
The Skinny: Dallas needs a win to try to stay alive for the No. 1 seed in Class 4A while Wilkes-Barre needs wins to just make the playoffs as they currently are the No. 8 seed right now in the Class 6A subregional. Battle between two of District 2’s best running backs, Parker Bolesta of Dallas and Mekhi Nelson of WB, plus add another Wolfpack running back (Howie Shiner) who has two 100-yard games over the past two weeks.
Key Matchup: Dallas linebackers vs. Wilkes-Barre offensive line
Favorite: Dallas by 10


Western Wayne Wildcats (7-1) at Lakeland Chiefs (8-0)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division II
Series:
Lakeland 25-3
Last Meeting:
2021 – Lakeland 26-21
Last Week: Western Wayne 44, Dunmore 0; Lakeland 42, West Scranton 12
Players to Watch
Western Wayne:
LB Paul Guidice; Lakeland: OL Lyndon Bello
The Skinny: The winner of this game will probably end up the LFC Division II champion. Lakeland has passed every test so far this season while Western Wayne is once again proving they can play with elite programs in the LFC. This will be a good one.
Key Matchup: Western Wayne secondary vs. Lakeland wide receivers
Favorite: Lakeland by 10


Delaware Valley Warriors (4-4) at Scranton Knights (6-2)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Delaware Valley 19-9
Last Meeting:
2021 – Delaware Valley 35-0
Last Week: Delaware Valley 41, Valley View 27; Abington Heights 14, Scranton 13
Players to Watch
Delaware Valley:
LB Kolten Handy; Scranton: WR Izzy Williams
The Skinny:  Warriors got their biggest win of the season with three touchdowns in 4th quarter while Scranton all of the sudden can’t find any offense. Two teams headed in opposite directions. DV needs a win to stay on top of the division while the Knights try to hold off the Warriors for the No. 1 seed in Class 5A. Plenty at stake in this one.
Key Matchup: Delaware Valley linebackers vs. Scranton QB Billy Maloney
Favorite: Delaware Valley by 14


Crestwood Comets (7-1) at Berwick Bulldogs (4-4)

Crispin Field (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series: 
Berwick 15-4
Last Meeting:
2021 – Berwick 14-9
Last Week: Berwick 39, Dallas 22; Danville 42, Montoursville 0
Players to Watch
Crestwood:
LB Magnus Bibla; Berwick: QB Matt Lonczynski
The Skinny: One WVC favorite went into Crispin Field unbeaten a couple weeks ago and left with their first loss of the season in convincing fashion. Now, Crestwood wants to avoid that same fate and having their six-game winning streak broken. Question is which Berwick team will show up and can they stop the Comets running game?
Key Matchup: Crestwood offensive line vs. Berwick defensive front
Favorite: Crestwood by 7

Honesdale Hornets (5-3) at Dunmore Bucks (5-3)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division II
Series:
Dunmore 13-2
Last Meeting: 2015 – Dunmore 48-12
Last Week: Honesdale 47, Mid Valley 14; Western Wayne 44, Dunmore 0
Players To Watch
Honesdale: LB C.J. Hinton; Dunmore: DB Lorenzo Mitchell
The Skinny: Dunmore is trying to hold on to the No. 2 seed in Class 2A and break their two-game losing streak where they lost by a combined 85 points. Honesdale has seen their offense grow in recent weeks and a win on the road in Bucktown would be a signature win for this program.
Key Matchup: Honesdale defensive line vs. Dunmore offensive line
Favorite:
Dunmore by 3


Abington Heights Comets (2-6) at North Pocono Trojans (3-5)

NP Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Abington Heights 32-19-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – North Pocono 28-0
Last Week: Abington Heights 14, Scranton 13; Scranton Prep 32, North Pocono 0
Players To Watch
Abington Heights:
RB Dominic Vergnetti; North Pocono: WR Zach Benzie
The Skinny: The Comets are playing their best football of the season while the Trojans have lost five of six and were shut out last week. Abington still has to find some offense, but the defense really has stepped up the last three weeks against quality teams. North Pocono needs to shake off this funk and get back to what made them successful early – running the football consistently and a stout defense.
Key Matchup: Abington Heights defensive line vs. North Pocono RB Michael Blaine
Favorite: North Pocono by 7


Wyoming Area Warriors (5-3) at Southern Columbia Tigers (5-3)

Tiger Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
Southern Columbia 2-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Southern Columbia 37-30
Last Week: Wyoming Area 35, Lake-Lehman 14; Mount Carmel 35, Southern Columbia 21
Players To Watch
Wyoming Area: K Liam Burke; Southern Columbia: QB Blake Wise
The Skinny: Last year, this game was a classic with Southern Columbia scoring on the last drive of the game for the win. The two teams are a little different this year as the Tigers have lost three times in a season for the first time since 2011. Wyoming Area still has a chance to win the division, but the Warriors are young and still going through some growing pains.
Key Matchup: Wyoming Area offensive line vs. Southern linebackers
Favorite: Southern Columbia by 17


West Scranton Invaders (1-7) at Mid Valley Spartans (2-6)

Spartans Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division II
Series:
West Scranton 10-4-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Mid Valley 39-0
Last Week: Lakeland 42, West Scranton 12; Honesdale 47, Mid Valley 14
Players To Watch
West Scranton: LB Joe Harris; Mid Valley: QB Brett Yanoski
The Skinny: Both these teams still have a chance to make the postseason despite three total wins combined. West has lost seven straight since the opening week win but has hung in with some of the better teams in LFC early in games. The Spartans are very young, and that inexperience has shown up when playing better competition. Winner of this game avoids the basement in LFC Division II.
Key Matchup: West Scranton offensive line vs. Mid Valley secondary
Favorite: West Scranton by 2


Williamsport Millionaires (3-5) at Hazleton Area Cougars (6-2)

Harman-Geist Memorial Field (Turf), Friday 7pm 
WVC Division 1
Series:
Williamsport 26-21-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Hazleton Area 14-11
Last Week: Wilkes-Barre 46, Williamsport 14; Hazleton Area 43, Valley West 7
Players To Watch
Williamsport: RB Nasir Hennigan; Hazleton: LB Ryan Matyas
The Skinny: The Millionaires didn’t show up last week in a game they needed to win to put them on a path for a postseason berth. The Cougars broke their two-game losing streak in easy fashion. Now, Williamsport is desperate, and Hazleton can clinch a playoff spot with a victory.
Key Matchup: Williamsport secondary vs. Hazleton passing game
Favorite: Hazleton by 24


Pittston Area Patriots (5-3) at Holy Redeemer Royals (3-5)

Spartan Stadium (Grass), Saturday 1pm
WVC Division 2
Series: First Meeting
Last Week: Pittston Area 55, Tunkhannock 12; Nanticoke 64, Holy Redeemer 18
Players To Watch
Pittston Area: DB Josh Pierre; Holy Redeemer: WR Louis Lussi
 The Skinny: Pittston’s schedule has been easier the second half of the season and that should apply to the game this Friday. After a strong start to the season, Redeemer’s defense has had issues giving up 120 points over the last two games. Patriots should run their winning streak to four.
Key Matchup: Pittston running game vs. Redeemer front 7
Favorite: Pittston Area by 28


Carbondale Area Chargers (3-5) at Susquehanna Sabers (3-5)

William Emminger Field (Grass), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division III
Series:
Carbondale 30-23-1
Last Meeting: 2021 – Carbondale 52-26
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 36, Carbondale 23; Riverside 43, Susquehanna 0
Players To Watch
Carbondale: RB Vincent DePalma; Susquehanna: WR Cooper Payne
The Skinny: The Chargers jumped out to a 10-0 lead last Friday before bowing to Trail on the road. The Sabers have hit a rough stretch lately with two lopsided division losses. The good news is both these teams are in a playoff spot right now and whoever wins will strengthen that position.
Key Matchup: Carbondale offensive line vs. Susuquehanna defensive front
Favorite: Carbondale by 10


Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-7) at Lake-Lehman Black Knights (3-5)

Eddie Edwards Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Lake-Lehman 31-23
Last Meeting:
2021 – Lake-Lehman 40-7
Last Week: Crestwood 69, Hanover Area 7; Wyoming Area 35, Lake-Lehman 14
Hanover Area: RB Sedrick Beasley; Lake-Lehman: OL Mason Lee
The Skinny: Lake-Lehman actually led Wyoming Area at halftime last week before being outscored 22-0 in the second half. It hasn’t been pretty in recent weeks for Hanover Area, who is now mired in a seven-game losing streak, with the only win coming against winless Holy Cross. Both teams trying to finish strong in what can be termed disappointing seasons.
Key Matchup: Hanover Area secondary vs. Lehman receivers
Favorite:
Lake-Lehman by 20


Lackawanna Trail Lions (4-4) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-8)

Msgr. Crotti Field at St. Anthony’s Playground (Grass), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division III
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 15-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Lackawanna Trail 42-12
Last Week: Old Forge 42, Susquehanna 13; Carbondale 35, Holy Cross 0
Players To Watch
Lackawanna Trail: WR Evan Litwin; Holy Cross: WR Josh Mease
The Skinny: Trail got a hard-fought win last week to break a four-game losing streak while Holy Cross has only two more chances to get their first win of the season. The problem for the Crusaders is they have never beaten the Lions and are a heavy underdog once again.
Key Matchup: Trail linebackers vs. Holy Cross offensive line
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 30


Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-7) at Valley View Cougars (6-2)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Valley View 14-4
Last Meeting: 2021 – Valley View 46-24
Last Week: Dallas 35, Wallenpaupack 14; Delaware Valley 41, Valley View 27
Players To Watch
Wallenpaupack: WR Michael Passenti; Valley View: DB Chris Savkov
The Skinny: The road trip to DV for Valley View didn’t go as planned, but the Cougars are still in a good spot to win a share of the division and can get anywhere from the No. 1 to No. 3 seed in Class 4A. Paupack actually hung with Dallas for a half last week, so the Buckhorns are making strides.
Key Matchup: Wallenpaupack defensive line vs. Valley View RB Connor Hilling
Favorite: Valley View by 25


Wyoming Valley West Spartans (0-8) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (6-2)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 1pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Division Crossover
Series: Wyoming Valley West 3-0
Last Meeting: 1997 – Wyoming Valley West 54-14
Last Week: Hazleton Area 43, Wyoming Valley West 7; Scranton Prep 32, North Pocono 0
Players To Watch
Valley West: TE Nick Giza; Scranton Prep: DL Keith Pritchyk
The Skinny: It’s been a rough season for Valley West, and it won’t get any easier when they face red-hot Scranton Prep. The Cavaliers have been running the ball better every week and a win on Saturday puts them in a showdown Week 10 with Valley View for at least a share of the division title.
Key Matchup: Valley West defensive line vs. Scranton Prep offensive line
Favorite:
Scranton Prep by 34


Towanda Black Knights (2-6) at Tunkhannock Tigers (1-7)

Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series: Towanda 23-17-01
Last Meeting: 2021 – Tunkhannock 55-28
Last Week: Hughesville 21, Towanda 0; Pittston Area 55, Tunkhannock 12
Players To Watch
Towanda: RB Riley Vanderpool; Tunkhannock: WR Joey Ross
The Skinny: Tunkhannock has a six-game losing streak and has been blown out the past two weeks by division opponents. The good news for the Tigers is they did get QB Ben Chilson back last week. This is a winnable game for Tunkhannock as Towanda is having below-average season themselves.
Key Matchup: Towanda offensive line vs. Tunkhannock defensive front
Favorite:
Tunkhannock by 6


Nanticoke Trojans (4-4) at Shamokin Indians (4-4)

Kemp Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
Shamokin 2-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Shamokin 40-13
Last Week: Nanticoke 64, Holy Redeemer 18; Shamokin 14, Central Columbia 0
Players To Watch
Nanticoke:
RB Treston Allen; Shamokin: QB Brett Nye
The Skinny: Trojans are looking to avenge last year’s home loss to the Indians. Shamokin’s defense has been good recently and they will need it to be good Friday as Nanticoke’s Zack Fox has put together back-to-back 300+ rushing yard games.
Key Matchup: Nanticoke running game vs. Shamokin defensive line
Favorite:
Shamokin by 6