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BIG SCHOOL

  1. Scranton Knights (1-0), defeated Wilkes-Barre 35-27 (Last week: 2)
    The Knights showed some resilence getting down 27-14 at halftime and scoring 21 unanswered points. The included two defensive touchdowns including the game-winner. Scranton has a hiccup in second quarter, but were the better team overall. Like everyone else, they need to clean some things up but they are poised for a very good season.
    Next up: vs Wyoming Valley West (1-0) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  2. Dallas Mountaineers (1-0), defeated Abington Heights 31-28 (Last week: 3)
    Dallas found themselves in a two touchdown deficit, but QB Brady Zapoticky showed he will be a force this season as he has stepped up his game. The Mountaineers offense is balanced and they have talent. The offensive and defensive fronts held their own for the first game.
    Next up: at Crestwood (0-1) – Friday
  3. Delaware Valley Warriors (0-1), lost to Selinsgrove 28-21 (Last week: 1)
    Delaware Valley continues to play high-level games to start the season and found themselves losing the opener to a state ranked team. The Warriors were stopped at the one yardline with a chance to tie the game up. Even if DV starts 0-3 which they have done in the past, they are still one of the best teams in District 2.
    Next up: vs. Harrisburg (1-0) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  4. Valley View Cougars (1-0), defeated Crestwood 21-14 (Last week: 6)
    The Cougars scored with just over a minute to go to win the opener and avenge two losses to Crestwood from last season. Coach Scot Waslichak got his first career win and the Valley View defense showed they will be the strength of the team as they only allowed one offensive touchdown.
    Next up: at Berwick (0-1) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  5. Crestwood Comets (0-1), lost to Valley View 20-7 (Last week: 5)
    The Comets started the season strong with a score on the second play from scrimmage, but star QB Jaiden Shedlock was knocked out of the game in the first half and the Crestwood offense struggled after that. There is little doubt they will be a contender in Class 4A, but it will be another stiff test in their home opener this week.
    Next up: vs. Dallas (1-0) – Friday
  6. Wyoming Area Warriors (1-0), defeated Tunkhannock 49-0 (Last week: NR)
    It wasn’t a surprise to see the Warriors get on the Aaron Crossley train to start the season. Why wouldn’t they? But the better part of the game for Wyoming Area was the defensive performance earning a shutout on the road.
    Next up: at Honesdale (0-1) (Listen on NPF) – Friday







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (1-0), defeated Lakeland 70-7 (Last week: 1)
    The score was indicative of how dominant the Cavaliers were. They scored 35 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Yes, Lakeland isn’t what they were the past couple season, but this could be the best Prep team in years. All three phases of the game are strong.
    Next up: vs  West Scranton (0-1) – Friday
  2. Dunmore Bucks (1-0), defeated Old Forge 35-12 (Last week: 2)
    Domenick DeSando was the hero against Old Forge for the second straight season. The senior got Dunmore going after a slow start with a punt return for a touchdown and it was all Bucks from there. Dunmore showed their strength up front on both sides of the football.
    Next up: vs Mt. Carmel (0-1) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  3. Western Wayne Wildcats (1-0), defeated Lake-Lehman 35-13 (Last week: 3)
    Coach Shane Grodack got his first career win and the Wildcats didn’t really look any different than the past several seasons. They got the running game going and rode that to a victory. They still have to work on their pass defense, but overall it was an impressive opening win for Western Wayne
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (0-1) – Friday
  4. Riverside Vikings (1-0), defeated West Scranton 47-39 (Last week: 4)
    The offense is exactly what we thought it would be putting up 47 points, but the defense will have to better moving forward, especially against the deep ball as they gave up three long touchdowns. Reese Gaughan showed why he is one of the better overall offensive players in the area with involvement as a passer, rusher, and receiver.
    Next up: vs. Mid Valley (0-1) – Friday
  5. Lackawanna Trail Lions (1-0), defeated Mid Valley 35-13  (Last week: 5)
    A slow start for the Lions who trailed and only had a one point lead at halftime. But the second half the defense pitched a shutout and the offense got going with 21 points. Trail will be an interesting team to watch as their schedule gets more difficult.
    Next up: vs. Lake-Lehman (0-1) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  6. Susquehanna Sabers (1-0), defeated Holy Redeemer 49-0 (Last week: NR)
    The Sabers got Coach Mose Perry his first win and looked good doing it. The schedule will get harder so we will know more about Susquehanna as we get closer to league play. However, they did return a lot of experienced players and that paid off in the opener.
    Next up: at Montrose (0-0) – Friday