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 9

Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (5-3) at Dallas Mountaineers (8-0)

Mountaineer Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series:
Dallas 3-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Wilkes-Barre 35-7
Last Week: Wilkes-Barre 54, Williamsport 14; Dallas 31, Wallenpaupack 3
Players To Watch
Wilkes-Barre: RB Howie Shiner; Dallas: WR Zach Paczewski
The Skinny: This is most likely for the division title and also for Dallas to head towards an unbeaten regular season. It is also the Mounts most challenging game since Week 2. The Wolfpack have been Jekyll and Hyde. Two weeks ago they were manhandled by DV and then last week they looked unbeatable against Williamsport
Key Matchup: Wilkes-Barre defensive line vs. Dallas offensive line
Favorite: Dallas by 10


Old Forge Blue Devils (4-4) at Riverside Vikings (5-3)

Riverside Veterans Memorial Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division III
Series:
Old Forge 42-31-4
Last Meeting: 2022 – Old Forge 17-14
Last Week: Old Forge 48, Holy Cross 6; Riverside 37, Susquehanna 6
Players To Watch
Old Forge: QB T.J. DiMattia; Riverside: WR Reese Gaughan
The Skinny:  One of the best rivalries in the area, Old Forge won last year on a last-second field goal. There isn’t much on the line for this one except bragging rights and Riverside’s playoff seeding. Both teams will make the post-season. Expect an intense and close game.
Key Matchup: Old Forge secondary vs Riverside passing attack
Favorite: Riverside by 6


Southern Columbia Tigers (7-1) at Wyoming Area Warriors (8-0)

Jake Sobeski Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
Southern Columbia 3-0
Last Meeting: 2022 – Southern Columbia 55-28
Last Week: Mount Carmel 42, Southern Columbia 30; Wyoming Area 49, Lake-Lehman 14
Players To Watch
Southern Columbia: RB Garrett Garcia; Wyoming Area: RB Aaron Crossley
The Skinny: These two team have been very successful over the past five years – both winning state championships. The Tigers were upset last week. Otherwise, we would have a battle of unbeatens. Key for the Warriors is find some offense besides Aaron Crossley who will surely get 30 carries against a defense who was shredded last week but considered a top-tier unit.
Key Matchup: Southern linebackers vs. Wyoming Area offensive line
Favorite: Southern Columbia by 13


Hazleton Area Cougars (2-6) at Williamsport Millionaires (3-5)

STA Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
WVC Division 1
Series:
Williamsport 26-22-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – Hazleton Area 28-14
Last Week: Hazleton Area 50, Valley West 14; Wilkes-Barre 54, Williamsport 14
Players To Watch
Hazleton: TE Zander Coleman; Williamsport: WR Kyreek Bradshaw
The Skinny: Hazleton let out a lot of offensive frustration last week scoring 50 points. Williamsport took a beating and their high-flying passing game was held in check. There are playoff implications for both teams as the loser is probably out of the Class 6A subregional and the winner still has a fighting chance.
Key Matchup: Hazleton secondary vs. Williamsport wide receivers
Favorite: Williamsport by 4


Dunmore Bucks (6-2) at Honesdale Hornets (3-5)

Hornet Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division II
Series:
Dunmore 14-2
Last Meeting: 2022 – Dunmore 27-24
Last Week: Dunmore 20, Western Wayne 12; Mid Valley 26, Honesdale 25
Players To Watch
Dunmore: DL Brayden Reuther; Honesdale: QB Aiden Collins
The Skinny: The Bucks got a big win last week using their defense as the catalyst. The Hornets three-game winning stream was halted on a score with no time left on the clock. Honesdale has to continue their offensive prowess if they want to put the upset at home.
Key Matchup: Dunmore run game vs. Honesdale linebackers
Favorite:
Dunmore by 10


Scranton Knights (4-4) at Delaware Valley Warriors (5-3)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Delaware Valley 20-9
Last Meeting:
2022 – Delaware Valley 28-14
Last Week: Abington Heights 14, Scranton 0; Delaware Valley 30, Valley View 12
Players to Watch
Scranton: RB Memphis Shotto; Delaware Valley: WR Jackson Corrie
The Skinny:  Delaware Valley can clinch a tie for the division with a win while Scranton is just trying to right the ship. The Knights threw six interceptions last week and were shut out. DV has to be careful not to be too high after they knocked off a previous unbeaten. These two teams could meet in the post-season as well.
Key Matchup: Scranton QB Billy Maloney vs Delaware Valley linebackers
Favorite: Delaware Valley by 16


North Pocono Trojans (3-5) at Abington Heights Comets (5-3)

Abington Heights HS Field (Turf), Friday 7pm
LFC Division I
Series:
Abington Heights 32-20-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – North Pocono 26-7
Last Week: Scranton Prep 49, North Pocono 6; Abington Heights 14, Scranton 0
Players To Watch
North Pocono: QB Noah West; Abington Heights: WR Mason Fedor
The Skinny: Abington’s offense has all the headlines in 2023 except for last week. Not only did they earn a shutout, they had six interceptions including three by Mason Fedor. North Pocono continues to struggle on offense and is trying to maintain a playoff spot in Class 4A. They need to find a win these last two weeks.
Key Matchup: North Pocono secondary vs. Abington Heights wide receivers
Favorite: Abington Heights by 12


Berwick Bulldogs (2-6) at Crestwood Comets (4-4)

Crestwood Stadium (Turf), Friday, 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
WVC Division 1
Series: 
Berwick 15-5
Last Meeting:
2022 – Crestwood 56-21
Last Week: Danville 49, Berwick 6 ; Crestwood 50, Hanover Area 7
Players to Watch
Berwick: RB Tyler Winter; Crestwood: QB John Rodgers
The Skinny: Crestwood lost starting quarterback Jaden Shedlock, but the Comets still rolled last week. This one will be tougher and they must get some reps with their new quarterback and offensive scheme. Berwick is looking for any positives in what has been a disappointing season. Two losses to end the season might leave the Dawgs on the outside of the playoffs.
Key Matchup: Berwick offensive line vs. Crestwood linebackers
Favorite: Crestwood by 13


Mid Valley Spartans (5-3) at West Scranton Invaders (2-6)

Scranton Memorial Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm 
LFC Division II
Series:
West Scranton 11-4-1
Last Meeting:
2022 – West Scranton 26-6
Last Week: Mid Valley 26, Honesdale 25; West Scranton 28, Lakeland 21
Players To Watch
Mid Valley: QB Brett Yanoski; West Scranton: OL Kyle Shea
The Skinny: The Spartans lost their starting quarterback and have still found ways to be competitive. A dramatic win last week puts them in a position to still earn a home playoff game, but they will have to win the last two weeks. West Scranton escaped with their second win of the season and are looking to finish strong.
Key Matchup: Mid Valley offensive line vs. West Scranton defensive line
Favorite: Mid Valley by 6

Valley View Cougars (7-1) at Wallenpaupack Buckhorns (2-6)

Wallenpaupack Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division I
Series:
Valley View 15-4
Last Meeting: 2022 – Valley View 28-7
Last Week: Delaware Valley 30, Valley View 12; Dallas 31, Wallenpaupack 3
Players To Watch
Valley View: FB Preston Reed; Wallenpaupack: RB Dylan Podrazil
The Skinny: The Cougars have had one weakness in 2023 – turnovers. Five against Delaware Valley took away any chance Valley View could stay unbeaten and they will have to stop that as they head to the postseason. Wallenpaupack has kept games close in the first half but have fallen apart later in games. The Buckhorns need to find a way to play four quarters.
Key Matchup: Valley View offensive line vs. Wallenpaupack defensive line
Favorite: Valley View by 18


Susquehanna Sabers (4-4) at Carbondale Area Chargers (2-6)

Cerra Sports Complex (Grass), Friday 7:30pm
LFC Division III
Series:
Carbondale 30-24-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Susquehanna 49-15
Last Week: Riverside 37, Susquehanna 6; Lackawanna Trail 41, Carbondale 14
Players To Watch
Susquehanna: WR Cooper Payne; Carbondale: TE Mitchell Alexander
The Skinny: Carbondale has found a running game and with a young roster, that bodes well for the future. After a strong start, Susquehanna has lost four of five and are still clinging to the last district playoff spot in Class 2A.
Key Matchup: Susuquehanna defensive front vs. Carbondale run game
Favorite: Susquehanna by 10


Lake-Lehman Black Knights (1-7) at Hanover Area Hawkeyes (3-5)

Hanover Memorial Field (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series:
Lake-Lehman 32-23
Last Meeting:
2022 – Lake-Lehman 40-13
Last Week: Wyoming Area 49, Lake-Lehman 14; Crestwood 50, Hanover Area 7;
Lake-Lehman: WR Chris Sholtis; Hanover Area: QB Al-Quron Michel
The Skinny: Both teams have a chance to get a win this week and Lake-Lehman is finally getting some players back from injury. If the Hawks can get a win, they would have a chance to end the regular season at .500 which would be a nice accomplishment for a team that won one game in 2022.
Key Matchup: Lehman linebackers vs. Hanover RB Jaydon Skipalis
Favorite:
Hanover Area by 3


Lakeland Chiefs (1-7) at Western Wayne Wildcats (5-3)

Sharkey-Rosetti Sports Complex (Turf), Friday 4pm
LFC Division II
Series:
Lakeland 26-3
Last Meeting:
2022 – Lakeland 35-28
Last Week: Dunmore 20, Western Wayne 12 ; West Scranton 28, Lakeland 21
Players to Watch
Lakeland: RB Josh Ponce; Western Wayne: QB Frankie Leyshon
The Skinny: An early start for this one. The Wildcats played Dunmore toe-to-toe but came up a little short. They now must get healthy for the playoffs and they should do that this week against struggling Lakeland. What a difference a year makes for the Chiefs.
Key Matchup: Lakeland defensive front vs. Western Wayne run game
Favorite: Western Wayne by 21


Shamokin Indians (4-4) at Nanticoke Trojans (5-3)

Frank Chicknoski Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
District Crossover
Series:
Shamokin 3-1
Last Meeting:
2021 – Shamokin 46-14
Last Week: Shamokin 33, Central Columbia 21; Nanticoke 54, Holy Redeemer 0
Players To Watch
Shamokin: QB Brad Latsha; Nanticoke: RB Zack Fox
The Skinny: Nanticoke is looking to avenge a loss to the Indians from last year. Shamokin has already opted out of their District 4 playoffs and Nanticoke is still trying to secure a District 2 Class 4A spot.
Key Matchup: Shamokin defensive line vs Nanticoke running game
Favorite:
Nanticoke by 4

Holy Cross Crusaders (3-5) at Lackawanna Trail Lions (8-0)

Lions Pride Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm – Media: NEPAFootball.com
LFC Division III
Series:
Lackawanna Trail 16-0
Last Meeting: 2021 – Lackawanna Trail 40-13
Last Week:  Old Forge 48, Holy Cross 6; Lackawanna Trail 41, Carbondale 14
Players To Watch
Holy Cross: WR Henry Chilewski; Lackawanna Trail: WR Max Kimmel
The Skinny: Trail just working on things and trying to get healthy to end the season. The odds are with the Lions to leave District 2 unbeaten. Holy Cross had some bright spots earlier in year, but is still struggling on offense lately.
Key Matchup: Holy Cross linebackers vs. Trail offensive line
Favorite: Lackawanna Trail by 35


Scranton Prep Cavaliers (7-1) at Wyoming Valley West Spartans (1-7)

Spartan Stadium (Turf), Friday 7pm
Division Crossover
Series: Wyoming Valley West 3-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Scranton Prep 41-19
Last Week: Scranton Prep 49, North Pocono 6; Hazleton Area 50, Wyoming Valley West 14
Players To Watch
Scranton Prep: WR Treyvon Dickey; Valley West: WR Paul Riggs
The Skinny: This one will be over early. Prep is rolling while Valley West is struggling on both sides of the ball. The Cavaliers will be looking ahead to next week, but it shouldn’t faze them. They will take care of business.
Key Matchup: Scranton Prep wide receivers vs. Valley West secondary
Favorite:
Scranton Prep by 30


Tunkhannock Tigers (4-4) at Towanda Black Knights (5-3)

Endless Mountain Sports Complex (Turf), Thursday 7pm
District Crossover
Series: Towanda 24-17-1
Last Meeting: 2022 – Towanda 34-0
Last Week: Pittston Area 49, Tunkhannock 14; Towanda 19, Hughesville 14
Players To Watch
Tunkhannock: RB Logan Ross; Towanda: RB Riley Vanderpool;
The Skinny: The Tigers are better this season and that should give them a chance to win in District 4. However, they will need to find a way to limit the damage by the Black Knights run game.
Key Matchup: Tunkhannock  run game vs. Towanda defensive line 
Favorite:
Towanda by 8


Holy Redeemer Royals (0-8) at Pittston Area Patriots (4-4)

Charley Trippi Stadium (Grass), Friday 7pm
WVC Division 2
Series: Pittston Area 1-0
Last Meeting: Pittston Area 51-14
Last Week: Nanticoke 54, Holy Redeemer 0; Pittston Area 49, Tunkhannock 14
Players To Watch
Holy Redeemer: WR Mike Zbierski; Pittston Area: QB Drew DeLucca
 The Skinny: Not much to say here except Pittston will have the starters out by halftime and get ready for their big rivalry game next week.
Key Matchup: Redeemer secondary vs. Pittston Area wide receivers
Favorite: Pittston Area by 42