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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Crestwood Comets (11-1), defeated Berwick 56-14(Last week: 1)
    Crestwood is making look easy now with 117 points in the two playoff games. Now, they get a chance to win their second district title in the last three seasons. The Comets defeated Valley View in Week 1 for the first time in school history. They get the Cougars at home again on a roll.
    Next up: vs. Valley View (10-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  2. Valley View Cougars (10-2), defeated Dallas 31-14 (Last week: 2)
    Taking out the Covid season, the Cougars have had double-digit wins in five straight seasons. Coach George Howanitz won his last home game as he is stepping down after this season. Now, he wants to go out with back-to-back district championships and will have that opportunity on Friday.
    Next up: at Crestwood (11-1) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  3. Delaware Valley Warriors (7-5), defeated Scranton 24-21 (Last week: 5)
    The Warriors won their seventh straight district title and their first in the 5A classification. Despite the slow start, DV continues to prove they are one of the premier programs in District 2. They will hit the road to Allentown for the first round of playoffs.
    Next up:  at Whitehall (7-5) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  4. Dallas Mountaineers (9-3), lost to Valley View 31-14 (Last week: 3)
    It was a disappointing end to a season that looked like it was going to be a very good one halfway through theyear. But the Mountaineers had trouble stopping the run the second half of the season. The feather in their cap is Dallas was the only team to beat Crestwood this season.
    Next up: Season Complete
  5. Hazleton Area Cougars (8-3) – (Last week: 4)
    Next up: Season complete
  6. Scranton Knights (8-4), lost to Delaware Valley 24-21 (Last week: 6)
    Scranton had their chances on Thursday night forcing turnovers late to get the ball back. But it wasn’t meant to be as a turnover of their own ended the season for the Knights. It still was an excellent year for Scranton as expectations weren’t high in the preseason, but they ended up winning eight games.
    Next up: Season complete







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (12-0), defeated Dunmore 20-14 (Last week: 1)
    Lakeland won the league title. They won the district title. Now, they have bigger aspirations. However, the game on Friday came with a price as both Dominico Spataro and Lacota Dippre left the game with injuries (Dippre did return). We won’t know until this Friday their status, but needless to say losing either one could slow down the Chiefs on their mission.
    Next up: vs. Executive Education (7-3) – Friday at Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium
  2. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (9-3), defeated Western Wayne 28-14 (Last week: 3)
    The Cavaliers went on the road in hostile territory and earned another district title. There is no doubt when Prep switched to sophomore Louis Paris at quarterback, the offense became a lot better. The Cavs will try to make a state run with a lot of confidence.
    Next up: vs. Neumann-Goretti (7-3) – Friday at Scranton Memorial Stadium
  3. Western Wayne Wildcats (9-3), lost to Scranton Prep 28-14(Last week: 2)
    It was a disappointing end to a great season for the Wildcats who have earned a lot of respect over the past several years under Coach Randy Wolff. There might be some changes in the near future for the program, but Western Wayne’s success is well-documented in recent seasons.
    Next up: Season Complete
  4. Dunmore Bucks (8-4), lost to Lakeland 20-14 (Last week: 4)
    The Bucks almost shocked the world as their defense made some huge plays in the district title game, but they came up a little short. It still was a positive season for Dunmore after two sub-standard seasons for the Bucks’ expectations.
    Next up: Season Complete
  5. Lackawanna Trail Lions (8-4), defeated Jenkintown 40-7 (Last week: 5)
    The Lions were dominant on Friday without even throwing a pass. Next, they will have an opportunity to avenge the loss that knocked them out of the state playoffs last season.
    Next up: vs. Northern Lehigh (11-1) – Saturday at Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium- (Listen on NPF)
  6. Old Forge Blue Devils (7-4) – (Last week: 6)
    Next up: Season Complete