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BIG SCHOOL

 

  1. Dallas Mountaineers (8-0), defeated Wallenpaupack 31-3 (Last week: 1)
    The Mounts will face their biggest challenge this Friday after taking care of business last week. WVC Division 1 is on the line and so is seeding for Dallas who has a slight lead in district points over Wyoming Area and Valley View.
    Next up: vs. Wilkes-Barre (5-3) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  2. Wyoming Area Warriors (8-0), defeated Lake-Lehman 49-14 (Last week: 3)
    Same for the Warriors this week. They take on defending state champions at home. The bad news for Wyoming Area is Southern was upset last week so they will have to face some angry Tigers.
    Next up: vs. Southern Columbia (7-1) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  3. Delaware Valley Warriors (5-3), defeated Valley View 30-12 (Last week: 4)
    The Warriors took care of business last Friday and clinch at least a tie for the LFC Division I title. DV showed a balanced offense and opportunistic defense forced five turnovers. They will play the teams they will have to deal with in the Class 5A playoffs over the next two weeks.
    Next up: vs. Scranton (4-4) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  4. Valley View Cougars (7-1), lost to Delaware Valley 30-12 (Last week: 2)
    The Cougars ran out of gas, but definitely played DV toe-to-toe. Valley View will now play for Class 4A seeding and two wins could earn them the No. 1 seed. Have to not look ahead to Week 10.
    Next up: at Wallenpaupack (2-6) (Watch on NPF) – Friday
  5. Abington Heights Comets (5-3), defeated Scranton 14-0 (Last week: 6)
    Everyone gets an interception. Abington had six of them on Friday night as the Comets pitched their first shuout since the open week of 2021. That win definitely will help them in search of the a home game on the playoffs.
    Next up: vs. North Pocono (3-5) – Friday
  6. Wilkes-Barre Wolfpack (5-3), defeated Williamsport 55-14  (Last week: NR)
    The Wolfpack enter the rankings for the first time this season, and will have their biggest game of 2023. A win puts them in the drivers seat in WVC Division I and probably clinches a subregional playoff spot.
    Next up: at Dallas (8-0) (Watch on NPF) – Friday







SMALL SCHOOL

  1. Lackawanna Trail Lions (8-0), defeated Carbondale 41-14 (Last week: 1)
    Trail’s No. 1 goal is to stay healthy the rest of the season and get ready for the district title game – a rematch with Old Forge. Lions have been working on their passing game to become a little more balanced and it as looked good to date.
    Next up: vs. Holy Cross (3-5) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  2. Scranton Prep Cavaliers (7-1), defeated North Pocono 49-6 (Last week: 2)
    Prep is rolling since their only loss and will do so again this Friday. The big game is in two weeks if they want to have a chance to win the division (they will need some help) and also avenge a loss in last year’s regular season finale.
    Next up: at Wyoming Valley West (1-7) – Friday
  3. Dunmore Bucks (6-2), defeated Western Wayne 20-12 (Last week: 4)
    The Dunmore defense showed up last Friday holding down the Western Wayne run game. The offense did just enough. Still some challenges ahead, but they can clinch at least a tie for the division with a road win on Friday.
    Next up: at Honesdale (3-5) (Listen on NPF) – Friday
  4. Western Wayne Wildcats (5-3), lost to Dunmore 20-12 (Last week: 3)
    Western Wayne fought hard, but was one score short and now will have to concentrate on getting healthy for district playoffs. Wildcats will be penciled in for the finals, but will be a big underdog.
    Next up: vs. Lakeland (1-7) – Friday
  5. Mid Valley Spartans (5-3), defeated Honesdale 26-25 (Last week: 5)
    A dramatic win with a touchdown with no time left might be the Spartans best win of the season. They will be a threat in the district playoffs if they can get healthy.
    Next up: at West Scranton (2-6)  – Friday
  6. Riverside Vikings (5-3), defeated Susquehanna 37-6 (Last week: 6)
    Big rivalry game for Vikings who lost on a last-second field goal last season. They will play an Old Forge team that has gotten a lot better so we expect this to be an intense matchup again this year.
    Next up: vs. Old Forge (4-4) (Listen on NPF) – Friday