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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Hazleton Area Cougars (3-0), defeated North Pocono 54-7 (Last week: 1)
    More offensive fireworks by Hazleton and this time it came against a very good team. The issue is it isn’t just one or two players you need to worry about. They have multiple players that are playmakers. And the defense is definitely underrated.
    Next up: at Wilkes-Barre (2-1) – Friday
  2. Dallas Mountaineers (3-0), defeated Williamsport 41-20 (Last week: 2)
    It is becoming apparent that the Mounts are putting a multi-faceted offense on the field every week. Many different ways for Dallas to score. They are the team to beat right now in Class 4A
    Next up: at West Scranton (1-2) – Friday
  3. Crestwood Comets (2-1), defeated Wyoming Area 49-7 (Last week: 4)
    The Comets didn’t even need to throw a pass against Wyoming Area last Friday and had two players rush for 100+ yards. The offensive line had a nice bounce back week after last week’s loss. Crestwood will have their second division game this Friday.
    Next up: at Wyoming Valley West (0-3) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  4. Valley View Cougars (2-1), defeated Honesdale 35-17 (Last week: 5)
    The offense found their running game with three backs scoring touchdowns. The defense has been good at forcing turnovers. This will be a big test on Friday to see where the Cougars stand in Class 4A
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (2-1) (Watch on NPF)
  5. North Pocono Trojans (2-1), lost to Hazleton 54-7 (Last week: 3)
    The Trojans ran into a buzzsaw but will have to recover quickly as they take on a rival from the same division and classification. They also can avenge their district title loss this week. Lots at stake for a Week 4 game.
    Next up: at Valley View (2-1) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  6. Scranton Knights (3-0), defeated West Scranton 39-20 (Last week: NR)
    Knights cruised to an easy win to retain The Bell and remain unbeaten. However, the schedule starts getting tougher as they will start playing division foes and on the road the next two weeks. Still a good start for a Scranton team that can surprise some people.
    Next up: at Scranton Prep (2-1) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (3-0), defeated Riverside 34-0 (Last week: 1)
    It was a slow start for the Chiefs last Friday but when you have a guy like Dominico Spataro, he eventually gets things going. The Lakeland defense was never threatened and has only given up 21 points this season and only one of those touchdowns came in the first half.
    Next up: vs. Susquehanna (2-1) – Friday
  2. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (2-1), defeated Lake-Lehman 63-6 (Last week: 2)
    The Cavaliers have been taking their frustration on their opponents the last two weeks, and now will have a chance to knock off an unbeaten team. Prep is young and will get better every week and they are still the favorite in Class 3A.
    Next up: at Scranton (3-0) – Friday (Listen on NPF)
  3. Western Wayne Wildcats (2-1), defeated Old Forge 35-7 (Last week: 3)
    It was a statement win last Friday not because of who they beat but how they beat the Blue Devils. The Wildcats are physical and very balanced on offense. They can compete with everyone on their schedule for sure.
    Next up: vs Abington Heights (0-3) – Friday
  4. Dunmore Bucks (2-1), defeated Susquehanna 56-7 (Last week: 4)
    The Bucks had an easy night and they got everyone involved. They are back home again against a Riverside team that will test their secondary. But they seem to be back to playing Dunmore football.
    Next up: vs Riverside (1-2) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  5. Lackawanna Trail Lions (3-0), defeated Nanticoke 14-8  (Last week: 5)
    Lions are 3-0 and that’s all that matters. The defense has been strong but the offense has struggled. It won’t be easy against a tough Honesdale defense.
    Next up: at Honesdale (1-2) Friday
  6. Old Forge Blue Devils (1-2), lost to Western Wayne 35-7 (Last week: 6)
    Old Forge is not used to these early season losses, so there is probably a sense of urgency in Pizzatown to right the ship. Still plenty of time to do it and a good opportunity on Friday.
    Next up: at Mid Valley (1-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)