BIG SCHOOL

1. Delaware Valley Warriors
When a team loses as many players as DV did from last season, one might question how can they be the No. 1. But it’s a credit to Coach Keith Olsommer’s program. They have built a deep football program that continues to put up wins. The cupboard is not bare. On defense, they will have two of the better linebackers in the area in James Lynch and Jason Henderson. The offensive line is the biggest question mark as they lost all five starters, but that is not unusal for the Warriors who offten times have players who don’t see the field until their senior season and still have success.

 

 

2. Valley View Cougars
The defending District 2 Class 4A champions is a favorite to repeat as the Cougars offense should be one of the best in the district. They return all five offensive lineman and the starting receivers. They have to replace the backfield, but they do so with talented players including RB Mason Kordish who was a workhorse in the playoffs last year. The question mark is defense as Valley View has to replace some talented players with inexperienced ones. Don’t forget, the Cougars freshman team has gone unbeaten two straight seasons so the cupboard is being replenished with some talent.

 

3. Berwick Bulldogs
The Dawgs came very close to a district title last year and have enough weapons to make a run in 2018. Defense will be the strength with JJ Snyder leading Berwick up front and LB Joey Lynn and DB Teagan Wilk being the other key players. On offense, Alex Force started the first six games at quarterback last season and they have some experience up front.  No doubt the Bulldogs will have to replace some key starters, and they have a brutal schedule, but they will be right in the mix in the post season.

 

 

4. Williamsport Millionaires
The return of Treyson Potts, who missed the entire 2017 season, will be worth the price of admission to Millionaires games this season. However, he isn’t the only reason Williamsport is back in the rankings. QB Joe Fagnano returns after throwing for 2,460 yards and 30 touchdown passes. His favorite receiver also returns in Marcus Simmons. The Millionaires will have to fill some holes up front and on the defensive side of the ball, but they will be a contender again in 2018.

 

 

5. Hazleton Area Cougars
Coach Mike Brennan has Hazleton on the upswing and the Cougars will try to improve on their seven win season. All-District 2 QB Sparky Wolk returns for his senior season and will have weapons around him in RB Damon Horton and WR David Smith. Defense will be the key if Hazleton can make it to the top of the WVC Big School standings. Can the Cougars bypass Delaware Valley and Williamsport in Class 6A this season? That will be the litmus test for Hazleton.

 


6. Wallenpaupack Buckhorns

Paupack returns 7 starters on offense and 9 on defense from a team that was 5-6  in 2017. The front seven on defense all are returning starters led by DL Chance Smith and LB Tyler Neglia. On offense, running back Joe Inguilli will be the playmaker running behind a big offensive line led by Josh Moore. The key will be three-year starter at quarterback Tom McCormick who need to establish a steady passing game to balance the offense.

 

 

SMALL SCHOOL

1. Scranton Prep Cavaliers
It has been a great run for the Cavaliers who went unbeaten in the regular season and then won another District 2 title. It won’t be as easy this time around, but they are still the favorite. QB Leo O’Boyle returns and even though he will probably play Division I basketball in 2019/20, he has become a pretty good football player. The Cavs also bring back some good players up front in T.J. Holmes and Dan Belardi. Prep has a lot of confidence and this group has been winners in the past. They will need some young players to step up and be playmakers but that seems to happen with regularity now in this program.

 

 

2. Wyoming Area Warriors
Coach Randy Spencer’s crew move down to Class 3A which puts them in the Small School rankings. The Warriors return some talent including QB Domenic DeLuca. They also add one of the better defensive players in the WVC defensive lineman Sammy Solomon who transferred from Wyoming Valley West.  Seven starters on both sides of the ball definitely makes the Warriors a favorite to win the WVC Small School division and challenge for the district title.

 

 

3. Dunmore Bucks
Another district title and long conference winning streak have the Bucks back on the top of the rankings. Dunmore lost four of their offensive linemen but return Jake Sawka to anchor the new additions. Steve Borgia takes over at quarterback while Cristian Buckley is now healthy and ready to help Billy Donvito in the running game. On defense, LB George Mesko and DB Greg McDade will be key performers. The Bucks might have some early growing pains but will be ready to defend their title again.

 

4. Old Forge Blue Devils
After posting a losing record in 2016, Old Forge returned to glory last season winning another District 2 Class 1A title. And the Blue Devils should have an exciting offense once again especially in the passing game. QB Dante Lucarelli returns after a very successful freshman season and Old Forge brings back two exciting and productive receivers in Tommy Souriyavong and Anthony Rios. The Devils are always tough on defense and usually find enough strength up front to compete every Friday night. Depth is always an issue with small schools as Old Forge will have to avoid the injury bug with a very small roster.

 

5. Northwest Rangers
The Rangers have owned the WVC Small School division the past two seasons and hope to stay on top. QB David Piestrak returns and so does his favorite weapon WR Connor Hazlet. LB Tyler Stevens is one of the best defensive players in the WVC. Northwest will have the target on their back and will have to hold off newcomer Wyoming Area and old rival Lake-Lehman. The Rangers will also challenge Old Forge for the Class 1A title.


6. Lake-Lehman Black Knights

Another team that brings back experience and of course size. Up front, Lake-Lehman is led by lineman T.J. Meehan. RB Zack Kojaninovich will be the benficiary of that offensive line. On defense, LB Matt Kurtz will be the leader in the middle of things. The challenge for the Knights will be to overcome Northwest who has been the dominant team in the WVC Small School division and deal with newcomer Wyoming Area.