Here are the rankings after Week 6 powered by Gaughan Auto Store:

BIG SCHOOL

  1. Dallas Mountaineers (6-0), defeated Hazleton Area 42-20 (Last week: 2)
    Dallas moves into the No. 1 spot with a convincing victory over Hazleton. The Mounts defense forced four first-half turnovers while the offense has become balanced as Dallas is in the driver’s seat for the division title and No. 1 seed in Class 4A.
    Next up: at Berwick (3-3) – Friday
  2. Crestwood Comets (5-1), defeated Wilkes-Barre 45-14 (Last week: 3)
    The Comets got past one Class 6A WVC foe with ease and now they will travel to Hazleton who is coming off their first loss of the season. A win by Crestwood could put them in a very good position in Class 4A playoff seedings with still a chance for the No. 1 seed.
    Next up: at Hazleton (5-1) – Friday
  3. Hazleton Area Cougars (5-1), lost to Dallas 42-20 (Last week: 1)
    Even good teams can get upended by turnovers and nobody saw the rout coming. But the Cougars got wake-up call and now they have to take on red-hot Crestwood.
    Next up: vs. Crestwood (5-1) – Friday
  4. Valley View Cougars (5-1), defeated Abington Heights 21-14 (Last week: 4)
    The Cougars opened up a big lead but couldn’t put the Comets away giving up two late touchdowns to make it close. But a win is a win and they will go face unbeaten Scranton with the division lead on the line.
    Next up:  at Scranton (6-0) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Scranton Knights (6-0), defeated Wyoming Area 38-7 (Last week: 5)
    This will be the Knights biggest game of the season as they can take control of the LFC I and keep their unbeaten streak going. It won’t be easy against Valley View who has won five straight.
    Next up: vs. Valley View (5-1) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Delaware Valley Warriors (2-4), defeated North Pocono 42-7 (Last week: NR)
    The Warriors tough schedule continues but they are starting to find their identity on both sides of the football. They have two legitimate playmakers at running back which means they will continue to focus their offense in that direction.
    Next up: vs. Wilkes-Barre (3-3) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (6-0), defeated Honesdale 42-2 (Last week: 1)
    The Lakeland defense didn’t give up a score while the offense continues to roll. So many weapons. Who is an opposing defensive coordinator supposed to game plan against?
    Next up: at Dunmore (5-1) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (5-1), defeated West Scranton 35-0 (Last week: 2)
    A workman-like performace by the Wildcats as Luke Janiszewski has a career day. They will be a heavy favorite this week and have a chance to avenge their playoff loss from last season. Then three competitive division games with plenty on the line.
    Next up: at Mid Valley (2-4) – Friday
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (4-2), defeated Wallenpaupack 44-7 (Last week: 3)
    The Cavaliers have won two straight and still have an outside chance to win the division. Sophomore Louis Paris has taken over at quarterback and has taken control of the offense. Prep is young but the talent is starting to come together.
    Next up: at Abington Heights (1-5) – Saturday (Watch on NPF)
  4. Dunmore Bucks (5-1), defeated Mid Valley 37-2 (Last week: 4)
    A four-game winning streak for the Bucks and now the big one against Lakeland. This game could likely decide the division and also sets up for a possible rematch in the district playoffs. Dunmore can make a statement at home this week.
    Next up: vs. Lakeland – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (3-3), defeated Lackawanna Trail 33-20 (Last week: 5)
    The Blue Devils finally looked good against good competition. This should give them the inside track for the division and home field in the district title game against Trail in Week 11.
    Next up: at Susquehanna (3-3) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Riverside Vikings (3-3), defeated Carbondale 54-13  (Last week: NR)
    The Vikings move into the rankings based on an offense that has really started to play well. If the defense can match this level, Riverside will be a threat in the division the rest of the way.
    Next up: at Lackawanna Trail (3-3) – Friday