The 2022 WVC and LFC schedules have been finalized although dates and times aren’t official. Most teams with the exception of Abington Heights, Holy Redeemer, Scranton Prep and Susquehanna will play their home games on Friday nights at 7pm. The aforementioned teams usually play home games on Saturdays.

Here are some interesting matchups as we take first glance at the schedule:

COACH DEBUT

August 26th (Week 1)

West Scranton at Riverside
Southern Columbia at Berwick
Williamsport at State College
Holy Cross at Hanover Area

Paul Stefani (West Scranton), Mike Bennett (Berwick), Michael Pearson (Williamsport), and Jason Majiros (Hanover Area) will make their coaching debut for their respective schools. The full schedule for Montrose, who named Steve Hinds their new coach, has not been finalized. They will not play in the LFC this season.

NEW HOME

September 9th (Week 3)

Wallenpaupack at Wilkes-Barre

The new home of the Wolfpack will have it’s official first home game as they welcome LFC foe Wallenpaupack to the still-to-be-named new stadium. Some naming possibilities: Wolfpack Stadium, The Den  or maybe Wilkes-Barre Area Stadium

DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES

September 16th (Week 4)
North Pocono at Valley View

September 30th (Week 6)
Lackawanna Trail at Old Forge

Only one district championship game will be repeated in the 2022 regular season and that’s the Class 4A matchup between North Pocono and Valley View. Class 6A Champion Delaware Valley moves to Class 5A and will not play Class 5A Champion Wyoming Valley West. However, Class 1A Champion Old Forge and Class 2A Champion Lackawanna Trail are both in Class 1A this cycle and will meet as usual in a division game which gives us a preview of the 2022 Class 1A Championship Game.

RIVALRIES

September 3rd (Week 2)

Battle For The Blue Stone
Montrose at Susquehanna

September 9th (Week 3)

The Bell Game
West Scranton at Scranton

October 28th (Week 10)

The Old Shoe
Lake-Lehman at Dallas

San Souci Struggle
Nanticoke at Hanover Area

Cross River Rivalry
Pittston Area at Wyoming Area

Battle For the Bridge
Wilkes-Barre at Wyoming Valley West

If the rivalry has a name, we listed it above. Some other rivalries that we feel are worthy mentioning.

September 16th (Week 4)

Delaware Valley at Wallenpaupack

October  7th (Week 7)

Crestwood at Hazleton Area

October 8th (Week 7)

Scranton Prep at Abington Heights

October 21st (Week 9)

Riverside at Old Forge

WAY TOO EARLY LOOK AT KEY GAMES (But we will anyway)

August 26th (Week 1)

Scranton Prep at Lakeland

Will this be the year the Chiefs solve the Cavaliers? This has been a good rivalry and should be the best opener of the week. Lakeland won’t have to worry about Prep in districts this year, but they sure would like to knock the Cavs off.

September 2nd (Week 2)

Berwick at Valley View

The Cougars have been a thorn in the ‘Dawgs side, but Berwick gave Valley View a battle in the district semifinals last season. Both teams are considered contenders in Class 4A

September 9th (Week 3)

Wyoming Area at Crestwood

These two teams played a classic two seasons ago for the WVC Division 2 title and now both are in Class 4A. Early season game but some district and division posturing for both teams.

September 16th (Week 4)

Hazleton Area at Wilkes-Barre

The only two Class 6A teams left in District 2, this game will have some great athletes on the field and could be a high-scoring shootout when all is said and done.

September 23rd (Week 5)

Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley

Two of the most successful programs in District 2 in recent years will meet for the first time since 2014. DV has won 6 straight District 2 titles while Prep has won 5 in the past 7 seasons.

September 30th (Week 6)

Dallas at Hazleton Area

These two teams will be in contention for the WVC Division 1 title and will have a great running back matchup with Hazleton Area’s Matthew Buchman and Dallas’ Parker Bolesta.

October 7th (Week 7)

Lakeland at Dunmore

These two teams have battled for division titles for years and even when one team seems to be an overwhelming favorite, the games have been close. Lots of rich history for these two programs.

October 14th (Week 8)

Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Area

They won’t see each other in the playoffs for the next couple seasons as the Warriors move to Class 4A, but these have been two of strongest WVC Small Schools over the last decade and have had some great battles over the years.

October 22nd (Week 9)

Wyoming Valley West at Scranton Prep

Great running back battle Part 2. The Spartans Isaiah Cobb was No. 3 in the are in rushing yards while the Cavaliers London Montgomery was No. 1. Could be a fast game with very little passing.

October 28th (Week 10)

Berwick at Hazleton Area

This could be for the WVC Division 1 title and the Cougars have had some recent success over the Bulldogs after Berwick had dominated the series for a decade.

GAME OF THE YEAR, AGAIN?

October 28th (Week 10)

Scranton Prep at Valley View

This game featured two 9-0 teams last year in a classic to decide LFC II.  Prep rode London Montgomery to the 17-10 win and the crown. The Cavaliers and Cougars captured District titles in their respective classes.  Both teams move up to LFC I and should contend again.  Delaware Valley and North Pocono will be in the mix but this regular season finale could be for all the marbles again this time in LFC I.