The Rick, Week 2 – 2022
By Rick Notari, BDFN
@TheBigBlueDevil
(1738-479 overall, .786 winning percentage)

 

Tattaglia’s a Pimp

 Don Chris Kucharski Tattaglia is a pimp. He recently sold off the naming rights to The Rick’s column to Motorworld Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM and the Mile One Autogroup. And what did The Rick get out of the deal? Stugots! But Don CK Tattaglia got a tricked-out black Chrysler 300 out of the deal. I better get down to Motorworld to see if El Capo Ray Novak can manage something out of this deal for me. Hopefully it’s a 2023 Jeep Wagoneer. Of course, after The Rick’s showing last week, maybe I only deserve a pre-owned Jeep Wrangler.

The Rick had some trouble in Week 1 with his picks. Many were way off. The rough start has The Rick second-guessing many of his picks this week. The Rick is going to be honest I don’t know what’s going to happen in some of the games this week! It is the least sure I have been in the history of The Rick’s Picks. There’s a good shot, this week’s picks with be worse than last weeks!

There is light at the end of the tunnel. However, it may just be a freight train looking to run The Rick over. And who’s driving that train? Well, it’s our old friend from the neighborhood, Consigliere Tom Robinson. As you know, we’ll be keeping score in a friendly rivalry with T-Rob for the 2022 season. So far, we both stink. Both Tom and I went 12-6 this week – nothing to brag about. The Rick is lucky to be tied heading into Week 2.

Check out The Consigliere’s picks Tom Robinson’s high school football predictions: Week 2 – NEPA Sports Nation. Here are The Rick’s picks for Week 2.

 

THE RICK’S PICKS (12-6)

May their first child be a masculine child (The Big Boys) 0-1

Scranton at Valley West

This week’s Big Boy game features Scranton at Valley West. The Knights came away with one of the many surprising outcomes from Week 1 when they turned back Wilkes-Barre Area. The Spartans didn’t win on Friday night, but they gave North Pocono all it could handle on the road. That in-itself was a surprise to The Rick. Will there be another surprise this Friday night in Kingston? Depends on what side you are on. It’s Knight time for The Rick.

Knights 31, Spartans 21

 

The Luca Brasi (Toughest Pick of The Week) 1-0

Berwick at Valley View

There are a few tough picks for The Rick this week, but this one is the toughest. Berwick was on the cusp of shocking the state as it led Southern Columbia at the half. But the Tigers went all Carol Baskin on the Dawgs in the second half, scoring 42 points to take the win. The showing is still enough for The Rick to question is original prediction on the Berwick football team last week. Maybe the Dawgs have some fight left in them after all. Speaking of fight. Valley View needs to show some this week after taking it on the chin against Crestwood last week in Mountaintop. The Rick did say if Crestwood could get through the first two weeks, they could be a team to deal with, but the Cougars were expected to be the top cat in the district. The Rick isn’t giving up on Valley View just yet, but this one is closer than I originally thought and could go either way. The Rick is going the Blue & Gold way.

Cougars 21, Dawgs 20

 

Don’t ask me about my business (No Rhyme or Reason) 0-1

Western Wayne at North Pocono

The revival of the Western Wayne football program under Coach Randy Wolff – a North Pocono graduate – has turned the matchup with the Trojans into a budding rivalry. The Trojans did what they were supposed to last week and came away with a solid win over a bigger school while the Wildcats did what they were expected to do in beating Lake-Lehman. But Western Wayne seemingly played with a chip on its shoulder, and not only won, but punished the Black Knights. We will see this week if the Wildcats are for real. They can win this game, and if they do, have a schedule that sets up for a very successful season. The Rick does in fact think Western Wayne is for real, but it may not have enough to better North Pocono.

Trojans 21, Wildcats 15

 

Leave the gun, take the cannoli (No-Brainer Pick of The Week) 1-0

Carbondale at Lakeland

A week ago, The Rick thought Carbondale would be a team to reckon with in 2022. And while they still may, things have taken a downward turn in the Pioneer City after a questionable ejection of the Chargers top player, early in the game against Nanticoke. On the opposite side of the gridiron, Lakeland is on an upward trajectory after a shellacking of Scranton Prep in its home opener. The Chiefs can run. They can throw. They are big and strong. They are fast and furious. This one could get ugly.

Chiefs 44, Chargers 14

 

 Going to the mattresses (A Rivalry-type Game) 0-1

Riverside at Mid Valley

The Dave Rebar Bowl as The Rick will now forever call this matchup between Riverside and Mid Valley. The former head coach for both schools is now an assistant at Dunmore and it sure seems after last week that his presence is helping the Bucks. Both the Vikings and Spartans lost close games last week that I am sure both programs feel they could have won. So, this will be an all-out battle between the two former Big 11 schools – that’s a league that was together before anyone putting on a helmet this weekend was even born. It may not be a true rivalry game, but I think The Rick just turned it into one.

Spartans 21, Riverside 17

 

I ain’t no bandleader (Give Some Respect) 0-1

Montrose at Susquehanna

Montrose did the honorable thing this year and removed itself from the LFC so it can work on building its program to one that is competitive. Hopefully Susquehanna will do the honorable thing on Friday night and not crash the Meteors as it seems it will be capable of doing. The Sabers smacked the royalty out of Holy Redeemer last week in what was a stunning outcome to The Rick. Pride will be a factor on both sides as the teams are long-time rivals, but it won’t be enough for Montrose. There will not be a shortage of Bluestone in this one.

Sabers 54, Meteors 14

 

Fredo, You broke my heart (Upset Special) 1-0

Wilkes-Barre Area at Abington Heights

All signs point to Clarks Summit for this matchup between Abington Heights and Wilkes-Barre Area. But the game won’t be on Saturday afternoon at the cozy confines of The Pit. Instead, the Comets will host the Wolfpack on Friday night at the new turf field at the high school which The Rick believes is technically in South Abington Twp. WBA ventures into Lackawanna County for the second straight week. The Rick picked them last week to win against Scranton. This week most of the pundits believe they will rebound. But not The Rick! Comets say, IT WAS YOU FREDO!

Comets 27, Wolfpack 23

 

Time to settle all Family business (9-2)

Harrisburg over Delaware Valley

Wyoming Area over Honesdale

Hazleton Area over Wallenpaupack

Scranton Prep over West Scranton

Mt. Carmel over Dunmore

Holy Cross over Holy Redeemer

Lackawanna Trail over Lake-Lehman

Old Forge over Nanticoke

Dallas over Crestwood

Williamsport over Pittston Area

Tunkhannock over Hanover Area

 

SIX-PACKS AVAILABLE

It’s the third season of The Rick’s Six. Nothing fancy. Just my opinion of who are the best Big School teams and the best Small School teams. Nothing else. Remember, it’s where you finish at the end – not the beginning or the middle. Included with the list are each team’s record.

 

Here it is….

 

THE BIG SIX

  1. Hazleton Area (1-0)
  2. Delaware Valley (0-1)
  3. Dallas (1-0)
  4. Crestwood (1-0)
  5. Wyoming Area (1-0)
  6. North Pocono (1-0)

Dropped Out: Valley View (0-1)

 

THE SMALL SIX

  1. Lakeland (1-0)
  2. Western Wayne (1-0)
  3. Dunmore (1-0)
  4. Old Forge (0-1)
  5. Scranton Prep (0-1)
  6. Lackawanna Trail (1-0)

Just Missed Out: Susquehanna (1-0)