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.

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WEEK 2

 Dallas Mountaineers (1-0) at Crestwood Comets (0-1)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 1
Series:
Dallas 30-9
Last Meeting: 2022 – Dallas 35-14
Last Week: Dallas 31, Abington Heights 28; Valley View 21, Crestwood 14
Players To Watch
Crestwood: RB Colin Lazo; Dallas: Dylan Geskey
The Skinny: The biggest question going into this game is the availbility of star QB Jaiden Shedlock who got knocked out of last week’s game. The Comets offense suffered without him and that will be key No. 1. Also, this was Crestwood’s only loss in the regular season last year and they get the Mounts at home this time. Dallas has nice balance and was able to take advantage of Crestwood’s mistakes last season. This season the Mountaineers have that advantage again with experienced players.
Key Matchup: Dallas linebackers vs. Crestwood running game
Favorite: Dallas by 7


Abington Heights Comets (0-1) at Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (0-1)

Wilkes-Barre Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Wilkes-Barre 1-0
Last Week: Scranton 35, Wilkes-Barre 27; Dallas 31, Abington Heights 28
Players To Watch
Wilkes-Barre: RB Davon Underwood; Abington Heights: QB Nick Bradley
 The Skinny: Both these teams lost by a score to ranked teams so they were close. The Comets saw the emergence of Nick Bradley at quarterback who was the backup last season. The Wolfpack found some playmakers, but were inconsistent in the second half after scoring 27 points in the 2nd quarter last week. This should be an offensive shootout and should come down to which defense can make a stop late.
Key Matchup: Wilkes-Barre speed vs. Abington linebackers
Favorite: Wilkes-Barre by 6


Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes (0-1) at Dunmore Bucks (1-0)

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District Crossover
Series:
Mt. Carmel 4-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Mt. Carmel 42-14
Last Week: Dunmore 35, Old Forge 12; North Schuylkill 34, Mt. Carmel 27
Players to Watch
Dunmore:
WR/DB Daniel; Pigga; Mt. Carmel: RB/DB Xavier Diaz
The Skinny: Definitely a litmus test for the Bucks on a state level against a team who beat them by 28 points last year. But Dunmore is state-ranked and showed some dominance up front. The offense needs to take a step up after only scoring 3 touchdowns on that side of the ball in Week 1.
Key Matchup: Dunmore defensive front vs. Mt. Carmel running game
Favorite: Mt. Carmel by 2


Wyoming Valley West Spartans (1-0) at Scranton Knights (1-0)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Valley West 14-9
Last Meeting: 2022 – Scranton 21-14
Last Week: Wyoming Valley West 21, North Pocono 13; Scranton 35, Wilkes-Barre 27
Players To Watch
Valley West: WR/DB Paul Riggs; Scranton: WR/DB Elijah Ortiz
The Skinny: It was a nice comeback for the Knights last week with two late defensive touchdowns to clinch the win. The home opener welcomes a 1-0 Wyoming Valley West team that broke a 16-game losing streak and looked a whole lot better doing it. Scranton was named the No. 1 team this week and this is the kind of game they need to prove that standing. This game was close last year and we expect it to be the same in 2023.
Key Matchup: Scranton passing game vs. Valley West secondary
Favorite: Scranton by 10

Susquehanna Sabers (1-0) at Montrose Meteors (0-0)

Bennett/Mullin Field (Grass), Friday 7pm 
Conference Crossover
Series:
Susquehanna 35-16-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Susquehanna 35-14
Last Week: Susquehanna 49, Holy Redeemer 0
Players To Watch
Montrose: ; Susquehanna: TE/DL Colton Ston
The Skinny: The Battle for the Bluestone will move over to Montrose this season. This will be the opener for the Meteors so we don’t know much, but the Sabers played as good as they could last week for a season-opening win. Susquehanna is experienced and has some talent which makes you think they should control this game.
Favorite:
Susquehanna by 16


Valley View Cougars (1-0) at Berwick Bulldogs (0-1)

Crispin Field (Turf), Friday, 7pm Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series: 
Valley View 9-5
Last Meeting:
2022 – Valley View 24-21
Last Week: Valley View 21, Crestwood 14; Southern Columbia 50, Berwick 0
Players to Watch
Valley View: WR/DB Christopher Savkov; Berwick: RB/DB Tyler Winter
The Skinny: This is a game between two historic programs, but the Cougars have had the edge in recent years winning 8 straight in the series. The Bulldogs have something to prove. Last year, Berwick let one slip away. Valley View has question marks but showed a very physical defense last week that will be the strength of the team.
Key Matchup: Valley View running backs vs. Berwick defensive line
Favorite: Valley View by 6


Wyoming Area Warriors (1-0) vs. Honesdale Hornets (0-1)

Wallenpaupack Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series: Wyoming Area 2-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Honesdale 21-0
Last Week: Wyoming Area 49, Tunkhannock 0; Wallenpaupack 23, Honesdale 6
Players To Watch
Wyoming Area: QB Anthony DeLucca; Honesdale: QB Aiden Collins
The Skinny: The Hornets shocked the Warriors on the road last year and that became a common theme for Wyoming Area as they didn’t win a game outside the division last season. They can right that ship this week with a game that will be played at neutral site Wallenpaupack (Hornets Stadium still not ready with new turf). Honesdale was able to slow down the Warriors running game but that might be a lot harder this season as Wyoming Area’s offensive line is improved.
Key Matchup: Wyoming Area offensive line vs Honesdale defensive front
Favorite:
Wyoming Area by 14


Harrisburg Cougars (1-0) at Delaware Valley Warriors (0-1)

Severance Field (Turf), Saturday 1pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District Crossover Game
Series:
Harrisburg 1-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Harrisburg 32-3
Last Week: Harrisburg 50, William Penn 20; Selinsgrove 28, Delaware Valley 21
Players To Watch
Harrisburg: LB Ky’mir Williams; Delaware Valley: TE/DL Aiden Black
The Skinny: Delaware Valley will play a state-ranked team for the second straight week. The Warriors came up a play short last week on the road, but at least this week, they force the Cougars to take the long trip to Milford. DV can make a statement in this game that the preseason hype was deserved.  But the offense, who didn’t score a TD last year in this game, needs to step up to the next level.
Key Matchup: DV passing game vs. Harrisburg secondary
Favorite: Harrisburg by 10


North Pocono Trojans (0-1) at Western Wayne Wildcats (1-0)

Sharkey Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
North Pocono 10-4
Last Meeting:
2022 – Western Wayne 28-27
Last Week: Wyoming Valley West 21, North Pocono 13; Western Wayne 35, Lake-Lehman 13
Players to Watch
North Pocono: QB/DB Noah West; Western Wayne: QB Frankie Leyshon
The Skinny: The Trojans escaped with a win in this game last year, but are coming off a rough loss in Week 1 and there is some questions now about North Pocono’s level in 2023. The Wildcats continued to run the ball effectively and showed a defense that could be a strength this season. Both teams had 100-yard rushers last week so we expect them to stay with that philosophy. Run defense will determine who comes out on top.
Key Matchup: Western Wayne running game vs. North Pocono defensive line
Favorite: Western Wayne by 5

Old Forge Blue Devils (0-1) at Nanticoke Trojans (1-0)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Nanticoke 4-3
Last Meeting: 2022 – Old Forge 42-7
Last Week: Dunmore 35, Old Forge 12; Nanticoke 35, Carbondale 0
Players To Watch
Old Forge: QB T.J. DeMattia; Nanticoke: RB Eugene Gyle
The Skinny: Nanticoke had a solid win to start the 2022 season and then Old Forge dismantled them in Week 2. The Trojans repeated the feat last week with a Week 1 win, but now have to show they have progressed and get the Devils at home. Injuries already have hit Nanticoke so that could be a factor, but this is game the Trojans needs to win in order to remain in the WVC 2 and Class 4A talk.
Key Matchup: Nanticoke Wing T vs. Old Forge run defense
Favorite: Nanticoke by 8


Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (1-0) at Hazleton Area Cougars (1-0)

Harman-Geist Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
Conference Crossover
Series: Hazleton Area 4-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Hazleton Area 45-7
Last Week: Wallenpaupack 23, Honesdale 6; Hazleton 28, Pittston 7
Players To Watch
Wallenpaupack: RB Dylan Podrazil; Hazleton Area: RB Brady Mizenko
The Skinny: Both these teams showed strong running games in Week 1 so will they be able to repeat that in Week 2?  Wallenpaupack is big up front and Hazleton although inexperienced, showed they could be a surprise this year offensively after getting hit hard by graduation. The Cougars get the home field advantage as the Buckhorns will have to take a 90 minute trip to Luzerne County.  This puts Hazleton in the driver’s seat with intangibles. The more physical team will win the battle on the field.
Key Matchup: Hazleton offensive line vs. Paupack run game
Favorite: Hazleton Area by 13


Williamsport Millionaires (0-1) at Pittston Area Patriots (0-1)

Charley Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Williamsport 12-9
Last Meeting: 2022 – Williamsport 29-12
Last Week: State College 49, Williamsport 20; Hazleton Area 28, Pittston Area 7
Players To Watch
Williamsport: LB Nariq Burks; Pittston Area: WR Ciran Bilbow
The Skinny: The Millionaires had a disappointing start last week in a loss to a very good team. The Patriots also suffered a loss, but the inexperience on offense showed. Pittston does get this game at home on grass which will help, but they are going to have to find some playmakers to get the offense going.
Key Matchup: Pittston linebackers vs. Williamsport speed
Favorite: Williamsport by 11


West Scranton Invaders (0-1) at Scranton Prep Cavaliers (1-0)

Dunmore Veterans  Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 1pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Scranton Prep 28-15
Last Meeting:
2022 – Scranton Prep 49-0
Last Week: Riverside 47, West Scranton 39;  Scranton Prep 70, Lakeland 7
Players To Watch
West Scranton: WR Taron Knight-Guerrier; Scranton Prep: LB Aiden Britton
The Skinny: The Cavaliers were dominant last week in all three phases of the game and the Invaders offense was very good in a loss. However, the Prep defense is much better than what West saw last week so even with the speed on offense, it might be hard to make the plays that helped them stay in the last week’s game. The Cavaliers biggest goal these first three weeks is to stay healthy as there is big gap between them and their opponents. The Invaders are looking to improve each week and their goal later in the season when division play starts.
Key Matchup: Scranton Prep run game vs. West defensive line
Favorite:
Scranton Prep by 20


Holy Redeemer Royals (0-1) at Holy Cross Crusaders (0-1)

Msgr. Crotti Field (Grass), Saturday 1pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Holy Redeemer 11-4
Last Meeting:
2022 – Holy Redeemer 70-8
Last Week: Susquehanna 49, Holy Redeemer 0; Hanover Area 51, Holy Cross 20
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer: QB Thomas Duggan; Holy Cross: QB Josh Lentkowski
The Skinny: It was ugly for both these teams last week. Holy Redeemer had negative rushing and passing yards. Holy Cross has problems on special teams and the defense gave up big plays. The good news is both these teams have a chance to get a win this week and those opportunities might not come again this season.
Key Matchup: Holy Redeemer defensive line vs. Holy Cross offensive line
Favorite:
Pick’em


Lakeland Chiefs (0-1) at Carbondale Area Chargers (0-1)

Cerra Sports Complex (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Lakeland 34-11-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Lakeland 52-7
Last Week: Scranton Prep 70, Lakeland 7; Nanticoke 35, Carbondale 0
Players To Watch
Lakeland: QB David Naniewicz; Carbondale Area: RB Drew Balderas
The Skinny: Lakeland is not as bad as they looked last week and will have a chance to show that with their second straight road game. Carbondale had zero offense last week and now will have to find a new quarterback for Week 2. This is a long and historic series, but the Chiefs have had the edge in recent years and it looks that way again in 2023.
Key Matchup: Carbondale secondary vs. Lakeland receivers
Favorite: Lakeland by 20


Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-0) Tunkhannock Tigers (0-1)

Tunkhannock Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2 Game
Series: Tunkhannock 8-6
Last Meeting: 2020 – Tunkhannock 49-14
Last Week: Hanover Area 51, Holy Cross 20; Wyoming Area 49, Tunkhannock 0
Players To Watch
Hanover Area: RB Jaydon Skipalis; Tunkhannock: RB Evan Montross
The Skinny: The Hawkeyes looked much better than they did any time last season so the improvement is noticeable. The Tigers are starting from scratch and were shut out by the best team in the division. So only one way to go and that’s up for Tunkhannock. Hanover wants to avoid last year’s scenario of winning the opener and then losing 9 straight.
Key Matchup: Hanover running game vs. Tunkhannock linebackers
Favorite:
Hanover by 8


Mid Valley Spartans (0-1) at Riverside Vikings (1-0)

Taylor Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Riverside 22-10-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Riverside 30-8
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 35, Mid Valley 13; Riverside 47, West Scranton 39
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: QB Jordan Chmielewski; Riverside: OL/DL Ed Snee
The Skinny: Mid Valley was very competitive for one half against a ranked team before being outscore 21-0 in second half. The Spartans will have to find a way to repeat that performance for four quarters. Riverside’s offense proved to be what we predicted, but the defense has to get better if the Vikings have visions of winning some titles.
Key Matchup: Riverside passing game vs. Mid Valley secondary
Favorite: Riverside by 21


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (0-1) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (1-0)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Lake-Lehman 6-4
Last Meeting: 2022- Lackawanna Trail 22-8
Last Week: Western Wayne 35, Lake-Lehman 13; Lackawanna Trail 35, Mid Valley 13;
Players To Watch
Lake-Lehman: WR Chris Sholtis; Lackawanna Trail: RB Lukas Gumble;
The Skinny: A slow start last week, but still a convincing win for the Lions. Lake-Lehman showed a passing game that could give people problems. The bottom line is that Lackawanna Trail is a team that has high expectations while the Black Knights will be a work in progress.
Key Matchup: Lake-Lehman receivers vs. Trail secondary
Favorite:
Lackawanna Trail by 16