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 3

Crestwood Comets (0-2) at Wyoming Area Warriors (2-0)

Jake Sobeski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division Crossover
Series:
Wyoming Area 15-6
Last Meeting:
2022 – Crestwood 49-7
Last Week: Dallas 42, Crestwood 35; Wyoming Area 47, Honesdale 12
Players to Watch
Crestwood: QB Jaden Shedlock; Wyoming Area: RB/LB Aaron Crossley
The Skinny: Definitely the Game of the Week as we get to see two of the best players (Jaden Shedlock and Aaron Crossley) in District 2 go head-to-head. Last season, Wyoming Area struggled with the Crestwood offense. This season, the Warriors have improved on defense and are trying to prove they have a spot in Class 4A. Don’t be fooled by Crestwood’s 0-2 start. They are still one of the best teams in the WVC and have two one score losses to ranked teams.
Key Matchup: Crestwood defensive line vs. Wyoming Area’s running game
Favorite: Wyoming Area by 3


Western Wayne Wildcats (1-1) at Old Forge Blue Devils (1-1)

Old Forge Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Old Forge 9-7
Last Meeting:
2022 – Western Wayne 35-7
Last Week: North Pocono 10, Western Wayne 9; Old Forge 14, Nanticoke 13
Players to Watch
Western Wayne: RB/DB Josh Vinton; Old Forge: TE/LB Joey Granko;
The Skinny: Both teams played in defensive battles last week. The Blue Devils will have to find a way to deal with the physical Western Wayn linemen. Old Forge has gotten a spark from quarterback T.J. DiMattia who wasn’t even on the team in training camp. This one should be very competitive.
Key Matchup: Western Wayne offensive line vs. Old Forge linebackers
Favorite: Western Wayne by 6


Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (0-2) at Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (2-0)

Wallenpaupack Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: 
Wilkes-Barre 2-0
Last Meeting:
2022 – Wilkes-Barre 34-7
Last Week: Abington Heights 35, Wilkes-Barre 28; Wallenpaupack 28, Hazleton Area 21
Players to Watch
Wilkes-Barre: RB/LB Howie Shiner; Wallenpaupack: QB Drew Kiesendahl
The Skinny: Paupack is the early surprise in 2023 with an impressive comeback on the road to beat Hazleton. The Buckhorns are playing power football and are winning the battle up front. Wilkes-Barre has a pair of one-score losses and could easily be 2-0. Important game for Wolfpack who don’t want to fall to 0-3.
Key Matchup: Paupack linebackers vs. Wilkes-Barre speed
Favorite: Wallenpaupack by 4


Scranton Knights (2-0) at West Scranton Invaders (0-2)

Scranton Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Saturday 2pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Scranton 19-14
Last Meeting: 2022 – Scranton 39-20
Last Week: Scranton 29, Wyoming Valley West 0; Scranton Prep 42, West Scranton 12
Players To Watch
Scranton: RB Memphis Shotto; West Scranton: QB Dan Van Dusky
The Skinny: The Knights are the favorite, but expect this game to be competitive with The Bell on the line. West has to play better defense as they have already given up 89 points this season.  Plenty of speed and athletes on the field should make it an exciting game.
Key Matchup: Scranton secondary vs. West Scranton receivers
Favorite: Scranton by 10

Dunmore Bucks (1-1) at Susquehanna Sabers (2-0)

William Emminger Memorial Field (Grass), Saturday 1pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Dunmore 11-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Dunmore 56-7
Last Week: Mt. Carmel 34, Dunmore 7; Susquehanna 40, Montrose 0
Players To Watch
Dunmore: FB Jacob Hickey; Susquehanna: WR Cooper Payne
The Skinny: We will find out if Susquehanna is for real. Dunmore is still state ranked despite a lopsided loss to Mt. Carmel. The Sabers defeated two teams that will struggle this season. Time to find out if they can play with big boys, especially in the trenches.
Key Matchup: Dunmore offensive line vs. Susquehanna defensive line
Favorite:
Dunmore by 14


Riverside Vikings (1-1) at Lakeland Chiefs (1-1)

Lakeland Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
LFC Division Crossover
Series: Lakeland 31-16-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Lakeland 34-0
Last Week: Mid Valley 14, Riverside 12; Lakeland 20, Carbondale 10
Players To Watch
Riverside: QB/DB Reese Gaughan; Lakeland: RB/LB Josh Ponce
The Skinny: With QB Chase Taddonio out, Reese Gaughan moves to quarterback. Lakeland had to come back from a 4th quarter deficit to beat Carbondale. These are two teams have question marks and will try to answer some of them on Friday.
Key Matchup: Lakeland secondary vs. Riverside receivers
Favorite:
Riverside by 2


Williamsport Millionaires (1-1) at Dallas Mountaineers (2-0)

Mountaineer  Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
WVC Division 1
Series:
Dallas 8-3
Last Meeting:
2022 – Dallas 41-20
Last Week: Williamsport 25, Pittston Area 2; Dallas 42, Crestwood 35
Players To Watch
Williamsport: WR Yahmir Slaughter; Dallas: DB Lucas Tirpak
The Skinny: Dallas has been an offensive power through two weeks with 73 points scored, second most in the WVC. They are very balanced on offense. The defense is a work in progress. Williamsport’s QB Caleb Williamson has played well, but needs some help from his playmakers.
Key Matchup: Williamsport passing game vs. Dallas secondary
Favorite: Dallas by 11


Hazleton Area Cougars (1-1) at North Pocono Trojans (1-1)

NP Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 7pm 
Conference Crossover
Series:
North Pocono 2-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Hazleton Area 54-7
Last Week: Wallenpaupack 28, Hazleton Area 21; North Pocono 10, Western Wayne 9
Players To Watch
Hazleton Area: QB Austin Wilson; North Pocono: RB Zach Gallant
The Skinny: The Cougars let one slip away last week while the Trojans sneaked one out on the road with a game-winning field goal. We have a feeling this is going to be a defensive, low-scoring contest. Both teams have capable running games, so the offensive lines will battle up front to see who is superior.
Key Matchup: North Pocono run defense vs. Hazleton’s RB Brady Mizenko
Favorite: North Pocono by 3


Abington Heights Comets (1-1) at Berwick Bulldogs (0-2)

Crispin Field (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
Conference Crossover
Series:
Berwick 5-2
Last Meeting:
2022 – Berwick 49-0
Last Week: Abington Heights 35, Wilkes-Barre 28; Valley View 34, Berwick 19
Players To Watch
Abington Heights: RB Declan Walsh; Berwick: QB Ethan Lear
The Skinny: Abington’s offense has been outstanding to start the season led by first-year starter and Auburn baseball recruit Nick Bradley. The defense still has some work to do, but should be serviceable by league play. Berwick will be without head coach Mike Bennett for an unspecified time dealing with some health concerns. Former NFL player Bo Orlando is the interim coach. The Bulldogs did show some signs of life on offense, but the defense has struggled in the first two games.
Favorite:
Abington Heights by 6

 

Pittston Area Patriots (0-2) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (1-1)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division Crossover
Series: Wyoming Valley West 31-13
Last Meeting: 2022 – Pittston Area 22-0
Last Week: Williamsport 25, Pittston Area 2; Scranton 29, Wyoming Valley West 0
Players To Watch
Pittston Area: QB Drew DeLucca; Valley West: RB Isaiah Cobb
 The Skinny: The Patriots are trying to find some offense, but their inexperience up front is evident and it might take some time. Valley West also has struggled as well with only two offensive touchdowns so far this season. The good news for both these teams is either one can win this game.
Key Matchup: Pittston Area passing game vs. Valley West secondary
Favorite: Valley West by 4


Lackawanna Trail Lions (2-0) at Nanticoke Trojans (1-1)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 3-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Lackawanna Trail 14-6
Last Week: Lackawanna Trail 48, Lake-Lehman 7; Old Forge 14, Nanticoke 13
Players To Watch
Lackwanna Trail: QB Stephen Jervis; Nanticoke: RB Zack Fox
The Skinny: Trail has been really good this season while Nanticoke had a disappointing loss against Old Forge giving up a game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. The Trojans were without QB Payton Kepp who is probably out for the season. This game last season was a one-score game and if that happens again, it will be because Nanticoke wins the battle up front.
Key Matchup: Nanticoke defensive front vs. Trail Wing T
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 13


Delaware Valley Warriors (0-2) at Downingtown East Cougars (2-0)

Walter Kottmeyer Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
District Crossover Game
Series:
Downingtown East 3-0
Last Meeting: Downingtown East 28-20
Last Week: Harrisburg 33, Delaware Valley 0; Downingtown East 28, State College 26
Players To Watch
Delaware Valley: LB/FB Justin Kalitsnik; Downingtown East: RB Owen Lammy;
The Skinny: The Warriors have lost to two state-ranked teams the past two weeks, which is not uncommon for them. They play a tough schedule every year to start the season. But DV is making too many mistakes and that led to them getting shut out at home last Friday. Downingtown East just beat State College which shows you the Cougars are for real.
Key Matchup: Delaware Valley run defense vs Downingtown East offensive line
Favorite: Downingtown East by 10


Tunkhannock Tigers (1-1) at Holy Redeemer Royals (0-2)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Saturday 5pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Tunkhannock 4-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Holy Redeemer 53-43
Last Week: Tunkhannock 14, Hanover Area 6; Holy Cross 28, Holy Redeemer 12
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock: RB Logan Ross; Holy Redeemer: WR Mike Zbierski
The Skinny: Tunkhannock will try to make it two straight and will play power football to accomplish that goal. The Tigers won a shootout when these two teams played last season, but Redeemer’s offense has really struggled without the star power that left via graduation. The Royals need to find some offense to stay in this one.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock offensive line vs. Redeemer linebackers
Favorite:
Tunkhannock by 12


Holy Cross Crusaders (1-1) at Mid Valley Spartans (1-1)

Spartans Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division Crossover
Series: Mid Valley 12-2
Last Meeting: 2022 – Mid Valley 2-0
Last Week: Holy Cross 28, Holy Redeemer 12; Mid Valley 14, Riverside 12;
Players To Watch
Holy Cross: WR Kevin Vincent; Mid Valley: WR/DB Victor Holt
The Skinny: Both these teams earned big wins last week. The Crusaders ended their 12-game losing streak and looked pretty good doing it. QB Josh Lentowski has been a big difference for them. The Spartans were very physical in their upset in over Riverside. Mid Valley stopped a two-point conversion at the end of the game to pull the upset. Their defense has been pretty good so far in 2023.
Key Matchup: Holy Cross offensive line vs. Mid Valley defensive front
Favorite: Mid Valley by 17


Honesdale Hornets (0-2) at Valley View Cougars (2-0)

John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division Crossover
Series:
Valley View 17-3
Last Meeting: 2022 – Valley View 54-17
Last Week: Wyoming Area 47, Honesdale 12; Valley View 34, Berwick 19
Players To Watch
Honesdale: WR Cameron Hedgelon; Valley View: LB Gianni Marino
The Skinny: The Cougars defense continues to impress and the offense improved from Week 1. Fullback Preston Reed has become a weapon for Valley View. The Hornets are trying to find their offense which might have to rely on big plays to stay in games as the offensive line has struggled at times to get the running game going.
Key Matchup: Honesdale vertical passing game vs. Valley View secondary
Favorite: Valley View by 14


Scranton Prep Cavaliers (2-0) at Lake-Lehman Black Knights (0-2)

Eddie Edwards Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series:
Scranton Prep 5-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Scranton Prep 63-6
Last Week: Scranton Prep 42, West Scranton 12; Lackawanna Trail 48, Lake-Lehman 6
Players To Watch
Scranton Prep: TE/LB Andrew Summa; Lake-Lehman: TE/LB Ben Dowling
The Skinny: This game has never been close in previous years and we don’t expect that to change. Prep has rolled on offense with big plays for scores. Lehman has struggled to score and stop opposing offenses through two weeks.
Key Matchup:  Prep’s speed vs. Lake-Lehman secondary
Favorite: Scranton Prep by 35


Carbondale Area Chargers (0-2) at Hanover Area Hawkeyes (1-1)

Hanover Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
Conference Crossover
Series: Hanover Area 5-4
Last Meeting: 2022 – Carbondale 14-12
Last Week:  Lakeland 20, Carbondale Area 10; Tunkhannock 14, Hanover Area 6;
Players To Watch
Carbondale Area: QB Mason Baron; Hanover Area: LB Jayden Shortz
The Skinny: The Chargers gave Lakeland everything they could handle in Week 2. But they better have their special teams ready as the Hawkeyes’ Jaydon Skipalis has now run three kickoffs back for touchdowns. We might see a defensive battle just like last season.
Key Matchup:  Carbondale pass rush vs. Hanover passing game
Favorite:
Hanover Area by 3