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BIG SCHOOL

 

  1. Dallas Mountaineers (5-0), defeated Wyoming Valley West 45-0 (Last week: 1)
    There still wasn’t much of a challenge to Dallas in the first half of the season and the Mounts only face one team in the second half that is currently over .500. They have a good chance to be the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
    Next up: at Hazleton Area (1-4) – Friday
  2. Valley View Cougars (5-0), defeated Pittston Area 41-7 (Last week: 2)
    The Cougars now will begin the tough part of their schedule. They will face four ranked teams in the second half. The offense and defense have both been really good and they will have a good chance to win those tough matchups and Valley View has many players who can be weapons on offense. In the first five plays on Friday, they lined up five different players at quarterback.
    Next up: at Abington Heights (4-1) (Watch on NPF) – Saturday
  3. Wyoming Area Warriors (5-0), defeated Hanover Area 47-0 (Last week: 3)
    The Warriors will also face a tougher second half schedule and that starts this week with a ranked opponent. They will be fighting for a high seed with the schedule hurting them in the power formula. But it looks like they can compete with anyone in the WVC and Class 4A.
    Next up: vs. Scranton (4-1) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  4. Abington Heights Comets (4-1), defeated Wallenpaupack 35-28 (Last week: 4)
    The Comets are two wins away from clinching their first winning season since 2016. Their offense continues to thrive with one of the best passing games in the LFC. The defense will have to play better if they want to beat the top teams in the division.
    Next up: vs. Valley View (5-0) (Watch on NPF) – Saturday
  5. Scranton Knights (4-1), defeated North Pocono 33-27 (Last week: 5)
    An amazing comeback by the Knights led by QB Billy Maloney. Scranton plays with a lot of pride and never gave up down 18 at halftime. They also have a tough road playing four ranked teams in the second half of the season.
    Next up: at Wyoming Area (5-0) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  6. Delaware Valley Warriors (2-3), defeated Scranton Prep 31-27 (Last week: 6)
    Here come the Warriors. They beat the No. 1 Small School team who many think was the best overall team the first four weeks of the season. Delaware Valley won that game in the trenches where they will have an advantage the rest of the way.
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (2-3) (Listen on NPF) – Saturday







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lackawanna Trail Lions (5-0), defeated Dunmore 46-21  (Last week: 2)
    One of the biggest wins for the Lions in recent years and they were impressive doing it. Trail never let Dunmore up for air and now are the last remaining unbeaten Small School team. They will be favored to win the league, district and some state games if they continue to play like they did last Friday.
    Next up: vs. Old Forge (2-3) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  2. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (4-1), lost to Delaware Valley 31-27 (Last week: 1)
    The Cavaliers fought hard down two of their best offensive players, but it was the defense that had trouble slowing down DV. The loss will hurt their division chance but they are still on track for another district title and maybe more. The biggest question is when will QB Louis Paris be able to return even though the backups played well on Saturday.
    Next up: at Wallenpaupack (2-3) – Friday
  3. Western Wayne Wildcats (3-2), defeated Carbondale 28-0 (Last week: 4)
    The defense made it easy for the ‘Cats to cruise back above the .500 mark. The division games start this week and LFC II is wide open. Western Wayne is definitely a contender with the strong running game that will be perfect for the cold weather that is coming.
    Next up: at West Scranton (1-4) – Friday
  4. Mid Valley Spartans (4-1), defeated Susquehanna 35-8 (Last week: 5)
    It was a very rewarding first half of the season for the Spartans, but the schedule gets a lot tougher with the division games coming up. Their first obstacle coming up Friday was the team that most picked to win the division.
    Next up: vs. Dunmore (3-2)  (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  5. Dunmore Bucks (3-2), lost to Lackawanna Trail 46-21 (Last week: 3)
    Dunmore didn’t look good on either side of the ball and you don’t see them dominated physically in that manner. They have to regroup for league play and get back to tough football that the Bucks are known for.
    Next up: at Mid Valley (4-1) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  6. Riverside Vikings (3-2), defeated Mahanoy Area 49-28 (Last week: 6)
    Chase Taddonio and Reese Gaughan continue to put up eye-opening numbers and that will give them a chance to win every week. They have their eye on Lackawanna Trail for the division and they are hoping for a rematch with Dunmore in the district playoffs.
    Next up: at Carbondale (1-4) – Friday