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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Crestwood Comets (8-1), defeated Berwick 56-21 (Last week: 1)
    The Comets made it look easy at Berwick as the running game continues to churn out yardage. The win last Friday earned them the WVC Division 1 title. Crestwood can clinch the No. 1 seed in Class 4A with a win on Friday which would secure home-field throughout the district playoffs.
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (4-5) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  2. Hazleton Area Cougars (7-2), defeated Williamsport 28-14 (Last week: 3)
    The Cougars shook off a slow start against Williamsport and now have a new two-game winning streak. They also clinched a playoff spot in Class 6A subregional tournament. A win this week will give them an outside chance of a home game in the first round although most likely they are headed south to the Lehigh Valley Week 11.
    Next up: vs. Berwick (4-5) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  3. Delaware Valley Warriors (5-4), defeated Scranton 28-14 (Last week: 4)
    A big special teams play enabled the Warriors to pull away from Scranton and move into the No. 1 spot in Class 5A. They also extended their winning streak to four games. They will have to win Friday to keep that top seed.
    Next up: vs. Abington Heights (2-7) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  4. Valley View Cougars (7-2), defeated Wallenpaupack 28-7 (Last week: 5)
    The Cougars are in a position to earn the No. 2 seed with a win this Friday. They also can claim a share of LFC Division I. And of course, they want to avenge a tough loss last season to Prep. Plenty on the line for Valley View
    Next up: vs. Scranton Prep (7-2) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  5. Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (5-4), defeated Dallas 35-7 (Last week: NR)
    The Wolfpack are playing their best football of the season as they are running the ball at will. They can clinch a playoff spot in the Class 6A subregional with a win Saturday and that would clinch a winning season as well.
    Next up:  at Wyoming Valley West (0-9) – Saturday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Dallas Mountaineers (7-2), lost to Wilkes-Barre 35-7 (Last week: 2)
    The Mountaineers are in a slump as they have struggled the last three weeks which has produced their only two losses of the season. They need to right the ship because Dallas is not playing their best football down the stretch.
    Next up: vs. Lake-Lehman (3-6) – Friday







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lakeland Chiefs (9-0), defeated Western Wayne 35-28 (Last week: 1)
    The Chiefs had their biggest scare of the season, but snuck out a win and at least a share of the LFC Division II. They can win it outright on Friday with a victory. It was probably good for Lakeland to have a competitive game before the playoffs begin.
    Next up: at Mid Valley (2-7) – Friday
  2. Western Wayne Wildcats (7-2), lost to Lakeland (Last week: 2)
    A tough loss to Lakeland and an even tougher loss losing one of the best two-way players in the LFC Luke Janiszewski to injury. Wildcats fell out of the No. 1 spot in Class 3A, but can still regain it with a win against rival Honesdale and Prep loss on Friday.
    Next up: at Honesdale (5-4) – Friday
  3. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (7-2), defeated Wyoming Valley West 41-19 (Last week: 3)
    The Cavaliers are red-hot since their win over DV winning five straight. They will now play for a share of the LFC Division I title and the No. 1 seed in Class 3A. That game last year was played in a monsoon, but it looks clear for Friday night.
    Next up: at Valley View (7-2) – Friday – (Watch on NPF)
  4. Dunmore Bucks (6-3), defeated Honesdale 27-24 (Last week: 4)
    Bucks needed two fourth quarter touchdowns to avoid the upset on Friday. It helped to push them closer to a home game in the Class 2A semifinals. Good Big 11 rivalry coming up this week with West.
    Next up: at West Scranton (2-7) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  5. Old Forge Blue Devils (6-3), defeated Riverside 17-14 (Last week: 5)
    According to the experts, the rivalry with Riverside had not ever been decided on a last-second field goal… until now. Blue Devils have one more before they play to defend their Class 1A title against Trail Week 11.
    Next up: at Carbondale (3-6) – Friday – (Listen on NPF)
  6. Riverside Vikings (5-4), lost to Old Forge 17-14  (Last week: 6)
    It was a defensive battle which ended up being won on special teams. Vikings are disappointed but still have some momentum going into the playoffs where they are looking at a chance for redemption against Dunmore.
    Next up: vs. Holy Cross (0-9) – Friday