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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Crestwood Comets (7-1), defeated Hanover Area 69-7 (Last week: 1)
    The Comets got a lot of work in for their backups last week and now will play for at least a share of the division. Won’t be easy down at Crispin where we just saw Dallas lose a couple weeks ago. A win for Crestwood will solidfy the No. 1 ranking and No. 1 seed in Class 4A.
    Next up: at Berwick (4-4) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  2. Dallas Mountaineers (7-1), defeated Wallenpaupack 35-13 (Last week: 3)
    It was a slow start for the Mountaineers but a win keeps them in play for the division title. A tough road game will be a good test as Dallas tries to get that swagger back they had in the first half of the season.
    Next up: at Wilkes-Barre (4-4) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  3. Hazleton Area Cougars (6-2), defeated Wyoming Valley West 43-7 (Last week: 4)
    Hazleton broke their two-game losing streak and should be in good shape to clinch a playoff spot with a win this week. The Cougars still can earn a home game in the subregional if they win their last two games.
    Next up: vs. Williamsport (3-5) – Friday
  4. Delaware Valley Warriors (4-4),defeated Valley View 41-27 (Last week: NR)
    It was DVs best win of the season in a see-saw battle last week, but the Warriors are playing their best football the past six quarters. They are proving why they were the preseason pick for the division and still have a shot to get a share of the title if they can win out.
    Next up: at Scranton (6-2) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Valley View Cougars (6-2), lost to Delaware Valley 41-27 (Last week: 2)
    The Cougars defense melted down in the fourth quarter giving up too many big plays. The offense also had trouble running the ball but the good news that stemmed from that is Valley View can actually have a very good passing game when they use it.
    Next up: vs. Wallenpaupack (1-7) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  6. Berwick Bulldogs (4-4), lost to Danville 35-0 (Last week: 5)
    The brutal schedule continues for the Dawgs. They have a chance to play spolier at home again but more important, a win could put them in a position to get a home game in the playoffs.
    Next up:  vs. Crestwood (7-1) – (Listen on NPF)







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (8-0), defeated West Scranton 42-12 (Last week: 1)
    The Chiefs offense looked like they were sleep walking in the first half on Friday but woke up in the second half for another overwhelming win. The defense gave up two big plays but otherwise continues to be one of the best in the LFC.
    Next up: vs. Western Wayne (7-1) – Friday
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (7-1), defeated Dunnmore 44-0 (Last week: 2)
    That was statement win by the Wildcats and now are in a position to win a division title and sew up the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. Of course, that will have to be done at Chapman Lake. Western Wayne is a point away from being unbeaten.
    Next up: at Lakeland (8-0) – Friday
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (6-2), defeated North Pocono 32-0 (Last week: 3)
    Quarterback Louis Paris has made a big difference as Prep improves every week. Good chance they will be playing for another division title Week 10 just like in 2021.
    Next up: vs. Wyoming Valley West (0-8) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)
  4. Dunmore Bucks (5-3), lost Western Wayne 44-0 (Last week: 4)
    When was the last time the Bucks were blown out back-to-back games like that?  Won’t get much easier this week but they are back at home and they will probably want to redeem themselves.
    Next up: vs. Honesdale (5-3) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (5-3), defeated Holy Cross 55-0 (Last week: 5)
    The rivalry is already intense but the stakes will be higher with the inside track to the division championship on the line. The Blue Devils have to prove they can stop an efficient passing game which has been a problem at time this season.
    Next up: vs. Riverside (5-3) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  6. Riverside Vikings (5-3), defeated Susquehanna 43-0  (Last week: 6)
    The Vikings are playing as good as anyone right now, but they will be in hostile territory on Friday in Pizza Town. The bragging rights are big enough but now a division crown will be part of this year’s version of one of the best rivalries in District 2.
    Next up: at Old Forge (5-3) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)