Here are the Super Six Power rankings powered by Gaughan Auto Store. All teams in the WVC and LFC are eligible for the rankings. Big School rankings consist of teams from Class 6A, 5A and 4A schools. Small School rankings consist of teams from Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools. Check back as we count up to No. 1 for the preseason.

BIG SCHOOL

1. Delaware Valley Warriors

The defending District 2 Class 5A Champions had a down year by their standards losing six games total. However, that will be quickly erased as Delaware Valley has a great group returning that has already been named in the preseason state rankings. Stanford recruit Aiden Black, Justin Kalitsnik, and Ryder Machado are three seniors that will lead one of the best defenses in the game. Couple that with linemen Jacob Albaugh and Carter Faubel, the Warriors are well-rounded with experience and talent in all three phases of the game. It won’t be easy with a tough out-of-conference schedule and then probably the most competitive division in the district.

2. Scranton Knights

The Knights raced out to a 6-0 start to the being the 2022 season and then ran out of gas. They think this year will be different down the stretch. Scranton brings back some key players that gives them a chance to win both the league and district this upcoming season. Quarterback Billy Maloney had a break out season and is one of the best returning dual-threat QBs in the area. The line will also be very good with the return of Javon Jones and Adan Salazar. The Knights do need to fill some spots vacated by graduation, but the core is good enough to make a major impact on the LFC and District 2.

 

3. Dallas Mountaineers

Dallas reached the district semifinals the last two seasons and came up a little short. This year, they think they can get to that title game and win it. The Mounts have experienced and talented skill players returning including quarterback Brady Zapoticky, running back Dylan Geskey, wide receiver Zach Paczewski and tight end Nick Farrell. These players should lead the way for an offense that will be efficient and also explosive. The defense also will be formidable. The biggest question mark for the Mountaineers is the offensive line. They only return one starter and will be undersized. However, Dallas has a history of finding linemen and have them perform which is why they have had continued success over the past several seasons.

 

4. Crestwood Comets

Crestwood had one of the best seasons in school history last season winning a league and district title and also adding their first-ever state playoff win. It will be a hard act to follow as many of the players that were part of that team have graduated. The Comets still will have enough back to compete to defend their titles. Quarterback Jaden Shedlock does return after a stellar freshman year that saw him eclipse the 1,000 yard mark. He will be the center piece of this year’s offense. The defense will also have to replace some key players but Lincoln Bibla returns and will be the leader of the unit. The key for Crestwood will be the offensive line which lost three  players that were a big reason for their offense being dominant running the single wing.

 

5. Williamsport Millionaires

Williamsport begins their last season in the Wyoming Valley Conference with one goal in mind – a league title. The Millionaires will leave the conference in 2024 and become an independent. This year’s team is similar to past teams in the fact there are very good athletes on the roster. The defense will be led by Nariq Burks and Alonzo Rice who were two of the better defensive players in the the WVC last season. Yahzir Slaughter returns at wide receiver and will have quarterback Caleb Williamson back throwing to him. If Williamsport can get their offensive line to be efficient, the Millionaires will challenge for the title in WVC Division 1.

6. Valley View Cougars

The Cougars won the LFC Division I title last season, but lost their top passer, rusher and receiver. So, how are they ranked to start the season?  The program has been one of the most steady in District 2 over the past decade and with the depth they had last season, they should have players step in and continue that success. Longtime assistant coach Scot Wasilchak becomes the third coach in Valley View history, but not much should change. The defense will be the strength led by defensive linemen Steven Halloran and Robbie Nolan; linebackers Zach Cwalinski and Gianni Marino; defensive backs Chris Savkov and Nick Kucharski. All are returning starters. The progress of the offense will determine the wins and losses.


SMALL SCHOOL

1. Scranton Prep Cavaliers

The Cavaliers won another District 2 title and was only a play or two from winning a state playoff game. Scranton Prep has a good core coming although they do need to fill some holes up front. The running game should be strong with running back Quinten Palermo and quarterback Louis Paris returning while the defense will be led by seniors defensive lineman Max Shnipes and linebacker Andrew Summa. The offense will be balanced while the defense has athleticism. The Cavs also have very good depth and will be the favorite for Class 3A again. They should also be right in the mix in a very competitive Lackawanna Football Conference Division I.

2. Dunmore Bucks

Dunmore got back on track last year and came within a couple of plays from winning the district. This year, they are the favorite in both the division and Class 2A. The Bucks return nine starters on each side of the ball including all five starters on the offensive line. Quarterback Thomas Bowen returns for his fourth season as the starter and the experience and talent is evident heading into 2023. Nick Donvito and Nathan Reuther are key leaders on a defense that should be one of the best in the LFC. Dunmore will also be playing memory of Coach Jack Henzes, who passed away recently, which will give them an emotional edge every time they are on the field. The Bucks are poised for a big season and could go on a state run if they can get through District 2.

 

3. Western Wayne Wildcats

Longtime assistant coach Shane Grodack takes over the Wildcats program and inherits an experienced and successful group that he expects to keep Western Wayne in contention in the division and the district. The entire backfield returns with QB Frankie Leyshon, RB Josh Vinton and FB Carter Mitishin. Receiver Shane Grodack also is back and will have to make up for the loss of All-Star WR Sean Owens who is out for the season. The defense will be the key for the Wildcats as they have to replace some key components from the unit that helped allowed only 12.7 points per game and helped them reach the district final last season.

 

4. Riverside Vikings

The Vikings made strides last year and had a strong showing down the stretch including their playoff loss. They bring back outstanding skill players including All-District 2 wide receiver Reese Gaughan and also quarterback Chase Taddonio. The passing game continues to be one of the most efficient in the area and should put up plenty of points. The defense has improved over the past couple seasons and will be led by linebacker Robby Garvey. Riverside also has experience and size up front. The come into 2023 as the favorite in LFC Division III and also in District 2 Class 2A.

 

5. Lackawanna Trail Lions

The defending District 2 Class 1A Champions have the most experienced roster returning in the area with 20 starters back on offense and defense. They played their best football in the second half of last season that included a state playoff win. The athletes that impact both sides of the ball include Lukas Gumble, Max Kimmel and Issac Ryon while Hunter and Cooper Patterson bring toughness on both sides of the ball. Trail has high expectations for this season and the experience that younger players had last season will be beneficial for 2023. If they can repeat as district champs, a state playoff run is a distinct possibility.

 

6. Lakeland Chiefs

The Chiefs will be a work in progress and might suffer some early season bumps in the road. But the experience they had over the past couple seasons should have the young players ready to take on challenges. David Naniewicz will be a key at quarterback. As he progresses, so should Lakeland. Andrew Gelderman and Riley Rovinsky are returning starters who will take on leadership roles. We expect by the time the Chiefs reach division play, they will be very competitive.