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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Hazleton Area Cougars (4-0), defeated Wilkes-Barre 20-7 (Last week: 1)
    The Cougars were finally challenged this past Friday and had to fight hard to get the win. The defense was actually the difference maker this time. As a coach of a good team, it’s probably a good thing Hazleton was in a battle because that will help them down the road.
    Next up: at West Scranton (1-3) – Friday
  2. Dallas Mountaineers (4-0), defeated West Scranton 42-13 (Last week: 2)
    The Mounts had to pull away from a pesky West team but still won big. Unfortunately, Dallas was missing one of their best players Zach Paczewski who is most likely out for season. Others will have to step up to fill that void.
    Next up: vs. Wyoming Valley West (0-4) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  3. Crestwood Comets (3-1), defeated Wyoming Valley West 49-21 (Last week: 3)
    If you can’t match Crestwood up front, it is usually a long night which was the case last Friday. The Comets really impose their will on offense and with a back like Noah Schultz, the offense is one of the best in the WVC.
    Next up: vs. Williamsport(1-3) – Friday
  4. Valley View Cougars (3-1), defeated North Pocono 33-13 (Last week: 4)
    The Cougars made a statement physically Friday night that resembled recent Valley View teams. The offensive line was dominating and the first team defense didn’t allow a point. Should be interesting to see the progress heading into the second half of the season.
    Next up: at Pittston Area (2-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Scranton Knights (4-0), defeated Scranton Prep 21-9 (Last week: 6)
    The defense for Scranton was punishing in their win over Prep. There is no doubt there are athletes on this team, but the Knights were more dominating the score indicated. Just have to clean up the penalties which kept the Cavaliers in the game.
    Next up: at North Pocono (2-2) – Friday
  6. Berwick Bulldogs (2-2), defeated Williamsport 34-10 (Last week: 5)
    Yes, the Dawgs beat up on two opponents that are a combined 1-7, but don’t forget how close their first two losses were. This team definitely has potential and they will be tested this week in another division matchup.
    Next up: vs. Wilkes-Barre (2-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (4-0), defeated Susquehanna 63-7 (Last week: 1)
    It’s almost like the Chiefs can do what they want on most nights. The talent and experience are there. It’s just a matter of execution which we have seen almost every quarter they have played. Staying healthy will be the biggest determining factor on how far they go.
    Next up: at Old Forge (2-2) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (3-1), defeated Abington Heights 28-21 (Last week: 3)
    The ‘Cats got a scare on Friday before a pick six in the 4th quarter ended up getting them a win. Good teams will find ways and great players like Luke Janiszewski make things positive happen.
    Next up: at Carbondale (2-2) – Friday
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (2-2), lost to Scranton 21-9 (Last week: 2)
    People are just used to Prep rolling through everyone and so when they lose, it seems like a major story. But this Cavalier team is still a work-in-progress. They are competitive, but not dominating like the past several seasons and they definitely miss London Montgomery.
    Next up: at Delaware Valley (1-3) – Friday (Listen on NPF)
  4. Dunmore Bucks (3-1), defeated Riverside 40-22 (Last week: 4)
    Dunmore had to rally on the night when they dedicated a statue to legendary coach Jack Henzes. But the Bucks offensive firepower has proven to be too much to shut down for four quarters. They have a tough road game before they start division play.
    Next up: at Lackawanna Trail – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (2-2), defeated Mid Valley 33-7 (Last week: 6)
    A 7-0 deficit early didn’t faze the Blue Devils as they scored the next 33 points. They still aren’t playing their best football, but the defense has shown signs of improvement. They will definitely need a huge effort this Friday.
    Next up: vs. Lakeland (4-0) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  6. Lackawanna Trail Lions (3-1), lost to Honesdale 14-12  (Last week: 5)
    Conversions after touchdowns are an afterthought when they happen, but in a close game, they can be the difference maker and that was the case last Friday and the Lions suffered their first. Time for a rematch of last season’s district title game.
    Next up: vs. Dunmore (3-1) – Friday- (Listen on NPF)