Every week, we will give you a capsule preview of every game involving WVC and LFC teams presented by Dickson City Hyundai. The games will be listed based on how competitive they are, rivalry impact and storylines. So, if you are looking for a game to go watch, this guide will help you each week. Records are from 2022.

Matchup Scale

Must-see: Four Footballs Rating

Great: Three Footballs Rating

Good: Two Footballs Rating

Fair: One Football Rating

WEEK 1

Crestwood Comets (13-2) at Valley View (10-3)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Valley View 6-2
Last Meeting: 2022 – Crestwood 12-7
Players To Watch
Crestwood: RB/LB Logan Rolles; Valley View: RB Camryn Higgins
The Skinny: A rematch of the District 2 Class 4A title game in which Crestwood won the title. Both these teams lost talent, but they both should be very competitive in the district once again. Keep an eye on the all-district players that need to be replaced. For the Comets, it’s running back and defensive lineman. For the Cougars, it’s wide receiver and linebacker.
Key Matchup: Crestwood single wing vs. Valley View linebackers
Favorite:
Crestwood by 3


Riverside Vikings (6-5) at West Scranton Invaders (2-8)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm  – Media: WQMY
LFC Crossover Game
Series:
West Scranton 43-26-2
Last Meeting:
2022 – West Scranton 27-17
Players To Watch
West Scranton: QB Caiden Berardi; Riverside: TE/LB Richie Kostoff
The Skinny: The Invaders surprised everyone last year opening the season with a win over Riverside. The Vikings will be looking to avenge that loss and set the path for what they think will be a very good season. West needs to find playmakers and contain WR Reese Gaughan. Riverside wants to see their defense at a championship level. This is an old-school Big 11 rivalry and we expect it to be physical.
Key Matchup: West secondary vs. Riverside passing game
Favorite: Riverside by 10


Scranton Knights (8-4) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (6-5)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Wilkes-Barre 2-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Scranton 25-22
Players to Watch
Wilkes-Barre:
QB Jake Howe; Scranton: LB/FB Craig Pabst
The Skinny: Scranton surprised the Wolfpack last season in the opener but now the game shifts down 81 to Wilkes-Barre. The Pack will have to contain dual-threat quarterback Billy Maloney while Scranton will deal with the 1-2 punch of Howie Shiner and Davon Underwood in the running game. This should be one of the more entertaining openers with plenty of great athletes on the field.
Key Matchup: Wilkes-Barre offensive line vs. Scranton defensive front
Favorite: Scranton by 7


Dallas Mountaineers (9-3) at Abington Heights Comets (3-8)

Abington Heights Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series: Abington Heights 3-2
Last Meeting: 
2022 – Dallas 44-13
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: WR Mason Fedor; Dallas: WR/DB Zach Paczewski
 The Skinny: In last year’s meeting, the Comets kept it close in the first half before the Mounts outscored Abington 34-13 in the second half. The Comets were much improved in the second half of last season, especially on defense. Dallas has a great group of skill players returning that Abington Heights will have to deal with.
Key Matchup: Abington secondary vs. Dallas QB Brady Zapoticky
Favorite: Dallas by 8

 

Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-9) vs. Honesdale Hornets (5-6)

Sharkey-Rosetti Complex (Turf), Friday, 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series: 
Wallenpaupack 26-23-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Wallenpaupack 15-13
Players to Watch
Honesdale:
RB Mason Avery; Wallenpaupack: LB Xaiden Schock
The Skinny: This was a defensive battle last season with the Buckhorns pulling out their only win of the season. Paupack had to rebuild their offensive line while Honesdale has experience up front. So if the Hornets control the line of scrimmage, they could avenge last year’s loss. Might be another defensive battle.
Key Matchup: Wallenpaupack defensive front vs. Honesdale running game
Favorite: Honesdale by 4


Lakeland Chiefs (12-1) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (9-4)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday  2:30pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lakeland 23-15
Last Meeting: 2022 – Lakeland 41-14
Players To Watch
Scranton Prep: RB Quinten Palermo; Lakeland: LB/TE Andrew Gelderman
The Skinny: Lakeland rolled last season including the opener against Prep. But the Chiefs were hit hard by graduation so the Cavaliers are the favorite this season. Lakeland must find a way to slow down the Scranton Prep running game and for an inexperienced roster that might be too much to ask.
Key Matchup: Lakeland defensive line vs. Prep running game
Favorite: Prep by 17


Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-9) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-10)

Msgr. Crotti Field (Grass), Saturday 1pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: 2022- Hanover Area 35-28
Players To Watch
Holy Cross: RB/LB Leland Wudarski; Hanover Area: QB Rahmel Currie
The Skinny: An important game early in the season as the both teams are trying to break losing streaks. Hanover won the matchup last year and then lost 9 straight. Holy Cross’ losing streak is currently is at 11. The Crusaders have a decent lineup but depth is the issue with only 20 players. The Hawkeyes have plenty of experience so we will see how that translates to this season.
Key Matchup: Holy Cross running game vs. Hanover run defense
Favorite:
Hanover by 7


Old Forge Blue Devils (7-4) at Dunmore Bucks (8-4)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Dunmore 41-23-8
Last Meeting:
2022 – Dunmore 43-36
Players to Watch
Dunmore:
DL/OL Nathan Reuther; Old Forge: RB/DB Cael Krushnowski
The Skinny: Two of the premier programs in the area, the teams are in two different spots entering 2023. Dunmore is state-ranked and experienced. Old Forge is young and a work-in-progress. The Devils will play hard but the Bucks have too much talent.
Key Matchup: Dunmore offensive line vs. Old Forge defensive tackles
Favorite: Dunmore by 20


Pittston Area Patriots (7-4) at Hazleton Area Cougars (8-3)

Harman-Geist Field (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Hazleton Area 21-15
Last Meeting: 2022 – Hazleton Area 47-15
Players To Watch
Hazleton Area:
LB Zander Coleman; Pittston Area: LB Brody Spindler
The Skinny: Both these teams were hit hard by graduation so it’s hard to predict how good each one will be. Both coaches will be watching closely to see which players step up. Expect a very competitive game and a lot of questions answered.
Key Matchup: Hazleton running game vs. Pittston linebackers
Favorite: Hazleton Area by 4

 

North Pocono Trojans (4-7) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (0-10)

NP Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
North Pocono 1-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – North Pocono 20-13
Players To Watch
Valley West: WR/DB Maki Wells; North Pocono: WR/DB Riley Moore
The Skinny: The Spartans will try to break a 15-game losing streak with a roster that brings back a lot of quality players. Isaiah Cobb struggled last year in the running game and Valley West needs to get him back to the form he had in his sophomore season. The Trojans lost some very good players to graduation but have a young core that will support their senior class. How fast those young player progress will tell the story for North Pocono early in the season.
Favorite: North Pocono by 5


Berwick Bulldogs (5-7) at Southern Columbia Tigers (13-3)

Tiger Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: WHLM
District Crossover
Series:
Southern Columbia 2-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Southern Columbia 42-27
Players To Watch
Southern Columbia: DL Colden Bloom; Berwick: LB/OL Harrison Snyder
The Skinny: Berwick has 6 state championships to their credit, but it has been 25 years since their last.  Southern Columbia has won 13 including 6 straight and 7 of the last 8.  Berwick used to be the team of PA but Southern has taken over that crown.  Both are still great programs with championship tradition and it is great to see them battle on the gridiron.  The Dawgs will have to face a Tigers defense that will be stingy with 9 returning starters.  Can Berwick put up enough points to pull off an upset on the road?  The Tigers won easily last time out and although they will be the favorite, the game should be closer this time around.
Key Matchup: Berwick offensive line vs. SCA defensive line
Favorite: Southern Columbia by 14


Delaware Valley Warriors (7-6) at Selinsgrove Seals (9-3)

Harold Bolig Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: WYNY
District Crossover
Series: First Meeting
Players To Watch
Delaware Valley: DB Ryder Machado; Selinsgrove: RB Tucker Teats
The Skinny: Both these teams have received state recognition in the preseason so it is a very good matchup for both programs to get the season started. Delaware Valley’s front seven will test the Seals running game while the Warriors balanced offense is experienced and athletic. DV has to take a long trip, but they are used to that.
Key Matchup: TE Aiden Black vs. Selinsgrove linebackers
Favorite:
Delaware Valley by 10

 


Holy Redeemer Royals (4-7) at Susquehanna Sabers (4-7) at

William Emminger Memorial Stadium (Grass), Saturday 1pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Susquehanna 9-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Susquehanna 44-12
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: QB William Marcy; Holy Redeemer: RB Luke Kopec
The Skinny: The Royals are another team hit hard by graduation while the Sabers are going to be very experienced. Susquehanna will also go old-school as they return to the veer offense that was their trademark for decades. Redeemer has never beaten the Sabers.
Key Matchup: Susquehanna veer vs. Redeemer linebackers
Favorite: Susquehanna by 7


Lackawanna Trail Lions (8-5) at Mid Valley Spartans (2-8)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm- Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 18-14
Last Meeting: 
2021 – Mid Valley 21-7
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: RB/LB Jakob Lesher; Lackawanna Trail: WR/DB Max Kimmel
The Skinny: Lots of expectations for Trail, but Mid Valley should challenge them in the new Spartan Stadium. The Spartans have some talent but not a lot of depth. The Lions have the whole package.
Key Matchups: Mid Valley offensive line vs. Trail linebackers
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 17


Carbondale Area Chargers (3-8) at Nanticoke Trojans (5-6)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover Game
Series:
Nanticoke 2-0
Last Meeting:
2022 – Nanticoke 36-0
Players To Watch
Nanticoke:
QB Peyton Kepp; Carbondale: DL Mitchell Alexander
The Skinny: This is the year the Trojans’ faithful have been waiting for. A senior class that has many players who have started since their freshman year. A fast start on their new turf will be important. The Chargers are rebuilding with a ton of underclassmen.
Key Matchup: RB Zach Fox vs. Carbondale run defense
Favorite:
Nanticoke by 18


Western Wayne Wildcats (9-3) at Lake-Lehman Black Knights (3-8)

Edward Edwards Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
Conference Crossover
Series:
Western Wayne 3-1
Last Meeting:
2019 – Western Wayne 41-6
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: QB: Hayden Evans; Western Wayne: LB/FB Carter Mitishin
The Skinny: Lake-Lehman has a very young roster while Western Wayne brings back an experienced backfield. The Wildcats will run the football and the Black Knights will have to find a way to slow them down. It could be a struggle early in the season for Lehman. This game will also be the debut for new Cats coach Shane Grodack.
Key Matchup: Western Wayne running game vs. Lehman defensive front
Favorite: Western Wayne by 16


Wyoming Area Warriors (5-6) at Tunkhannock Tigers (1-9)

Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2 Game
Series:
Wyoming Area 24-4
Last Meeting:
2022 – Wyoming Area 48-28
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock:
QB Joey Ross; Wyoming Area: DB Michael Crane
The Skinny: This is the only division game of Week 1 with a Warriors team that was very good inside the division last season. Tigers coach Pat Keating returns to the sidelines after some time off after leading Wyoming Valley West to numerous titles. Tunkhannock will be outmanned in many games this season and that includes this one against the division favorite.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock run defense vs. RB Aaron Crossley
Favorite:
Wyoming Area by 24


State College Little Lions (13-1) at Williamsport Millionaires (5-6)

STA Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
District Crossover Game
Series: Williamsport 22-17
Last Meeting: 2022 – State College 42-14
Players To Watch
Williamsport: QB Caleb Williamson; State College: RB D’Antae Sheffey
The Skinny: State College went unbeaten last season until they lost in the state semifinal. The Little Lions are always a formidable program although maybe not the power they were last season. The Millionaires have some high expectations for 2023 and this will be a good test to see where they are.
Key Matchup: Williamsport defensive line vs. State College running game
Favorite: State College by 9