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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Crestwood Comets (6-1), defeated Hazleton Area 35-14 (Last week: 2)
    After entering the season unranked, the Comets are playing as good as anyone. They control their own destiny to get at least a share of the WVC Division 1 title with two league games remaining. The offensive line has been the MVP.
    Next up: vs. Hanover Area (1-6) – Friday
  2. Valley View Cougars (6-1), defeated Scranton 41-7 (Last week: 3)
    Valley View’s defense is playing as well as anyone and QB Adam Howanitz looks more like the player every week that he was last season before a knee injury knocked him out. Won’t be an easy trip to Milford this week to play DV who is looking to avenge the loss to the Cougars in 2021.
    Next up: at Delaware Valley (3-4)- Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  3. Dallas Mountaineers (6-1), lost to Berwick 39-22 (Last week: 1)
    Dallas was shocked by Berwick at Crispin last Friday. The Mounts were playing at such a high level, but the Dawgs were dominant. Hiccup for the Mountaineers, but they are still in a good spot with a fairly easy schedule down the stretch as they don’t play a team over .500.
    Next up: vs. Wallenpaupack (1-6) – Friday
  4. Hazleton Area Cougars (5-2), lost to Crestwood 35-14 (Last week: 4)
    Still scratching our heads what has happened to Hazleton the last two weeks. They turned the ball over too much against Dallas and let Crestwood run all over them. They should right the ship this week but the division might have slipped away from the Cougars.
    Next up: at Wyoming Valley West (0-7) – Friday
  5. Berwick Bulldogs (4-3), defeated Dallas 39-22 (Last week: NR)
    Berwick had been searching for that signature win and it was impressive. The Dawgs are back in the rankings but schedule remains tough including playing an unbeaten team for the second straight week.
    Next up:  at Danville (7-0) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Scranton Knights (6-1), lost to Valley View 41-7 (Last week: 5)
    The Knights running game was bottled up this week and besides one big play, the offense was non-existent. The division is still within reach but they aren’t the favorite anymore and they also have to worry about holding on that No. 1 seed in Class 5A.
    Next up: at Abington Heights (1-6) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (7-0), defeated Dunmore 55-14 (Last week: 1)
    The Chiefs showed no mercy on their division rival and continue to dominate in all three phases of game. Still a couple tough games left but they are cruising towards the division title. Not sure anyone can stop them.
    Next up: at West Scranton (1-6) – Friday
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (6-1), defeated Mid Valley 50-6 (Last week: 2)
    The ‘Cats have a five-game winning streak but the next two games especially will tell us where Western Wayne ranks with the two favorites in the division. They are also trying to stay in the No. 1 spot for Class 3A.
    Next up: vs Dunmore (5-2) – Friday (Listen on NPF)
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (5-2), defeated Abington Heights 28-14 (Last week: 3)
    The offensive line keeps improving as this week the Cavaliers had two 100-yard rushers. Prep is in sole possession second place in the division, but they are also in second place in Class 3A rankings.
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (3-4) – Saturday
  4. Dunmore Bucks (5-2), lost to Lakeland 55-14 (Last week: 4)
    Bucks will get to see Lakeland again, but this one wasn’t even close. Dunmore’s offense struggled and the defense gave up too many big plays. They now have to bounce back with a tough trip to the Varden Garden.
    Next up: at Western Wayne – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (4-3), defeated Susquehanna 42-13 (Last week: 5)
    Blue Devils rolled and will have one more easy one before they host rival Riverside with the division on the line. That rivalry is already intense but not just playing for pride this season
    Next up: at Holy Cross (0-7) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Riverside Vikings (4-3), defeated Lackawanna Trail 41-13  (Last week: 6)
    The offense is clicking on all cylinders and all of the sudden the Vikings are in a position to win the division and even host a home game in the district playoffs. Have to probably win out which is possible.
    Next up: vs. Susquehanna (3-4) – Friday