Here are the rankings after Week 5 powered by Gaughan Auto Store:

BIG SCHOOL

  1. Hazleton Area Cougars (5-0), defeated West Scranton 42-7 (Last week: 1)
    The WVC Division 1 title could be on the line as the battle between 1 and 2 and two of four area unbeatens meet. Hazleton has only been challenged once this year so this should be good test for the Cougars. They will have to find a way to contain the Mounts running game to extend their unbeaten streak.
    Next up: vs. Dallas (5-0) – Friday
  2. Dallas Mountaineers (5-0), defeated Wyoming Valley West 45-14 (Last week: 2)
    Since the Mounts already have a win over Crestwood, a win over unbeaten Hazleton would put them in the drivers seat on WVC Division I and also Class 4A. The secondary will have to play their best game to slow down Tyler Wolfe and his offensive weapons.
    Next up: at Hazleton Area (5-0) – Friday
  3. Crestwood Comets (4-1), defeated Williamsport 51-13 (Last week: 3)
    The Comets run into a red-hot Wolfpack who gave Hazleton everything they could handle and upset Berwick on the road. Nobody but Dallas has slowed down the Crestwood running game so the Comets should just keep pounding the ball behind one of the best lines in the WVC.
    Next up: at Wilkes-Barre (3-2) – Friday
  4. Valley View Cougars (4-1), defeated Pittston Area 40-12 (Last week: 4)
    Valley View is showing a balanced offense with QB Adam Howanitz slowly returning to his 2021 form. If the improvement conintues each week, Cougars will be dangerous in the post-season.
    Next up: vs. Abington Heights (1-4) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  5. Scranton Knights (5-0), defeated North Pocono 35-0 (Last week: 5)
    The Knights made a statement with a shutout win on the road and now have two division wins over quality opponents. Scranton will leave the division  this Friday with a chance to work on some things before they head down the stretch.
    Next up: vs. Wyoming Area (3-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (3-2), defeated Berwick 35-21 (Last week: NR)
    It was the first time the Wolfpack beat Berwick in a short school history, but the win puts them in position to compete for the division with games still remaining against Dallas and Crestwood.
    Next up: vs. Crrestwood (4-1) – Friday







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (5-0), defeated Old Forge 47-20 (Last week: 1)
    The Chiefs trailed for the first time this season, but it was short-lived as Jon Seamans ran a kickoff back for a touchdown for the second straight week. Lakeland continues to cruise as they now head into division play.
    Next up: vs. Honesdale (3-2) – Friday
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (4-1), defeated Carbondale Area 38-7 (Last week: 2)
    Wildcats were in control from the beginning up front as they had two 100-yard rushers for the second time this season. Western Wayne’s defense has been up to the task as well.
    Next up: vs. West Scranton (1-4) – Friday
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (3-2), defeated Delaware Valley 20-13 (Last week: 3)
    After looking dead in the water the week before, the Cavaliers had five interceptions in a hugh road upset of Delaware Valley. The Cavaliers are back in the race for the division and probably got a shot of confidence for a young roster.
    Next up: vs. Wallenpaupack (1-4) – Saturday (Listen on NPF)
  4. Dunmore Bucks (4-1), defeated Lackawanna Trail 24-7 (Last week: 4)
    The Bucks broke a two-game losing streak to Trail with a stingy defense and efficient offense. Four wins matches their win total from 2021.
    Next up: vs. Mid Valley – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (2-3), lost to Lakeland 47-20 (Last week: 5)
    The Devils schedule hasn’t been easy, but they also have struggled on defense in all three losses. Preview of the Class 1A title game coming up this week.
    Next up: vs. Lackawanna Trail (3-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Lackawanna Trail Lions (3-2), lost to Dunmore 24-7  (Last week: 6)
    The Lions have now lost two straight as the offense continues to struggle. Next up is rival Old Forge with the winner most likely to win the division if things fall into place.
    Next up: at Old Forge (2-3) – Friday- (Listen on NPF)