The Rick, Week 13 – 2019

By Rick Notari, BDFN

@TheBigBlueDevil

(1398-378 overall, .787 winning percentage)

The Wyoming Valley gets even….

There are two District 2 titles on the line tonight. Both games feature the top team from the Wyoming Valley Conference and the top team from the Lackawanna Football Conference in the respective classifications.

So far, the LFC leads 3-1 in the race for District 2 dominance. The Rick doesn’t want to give it away this early in the column, but if you read the headline, you know where I am going to go.

Let’s make the picks!

THE RICK’S PICKS

(158-40 Overall, 110-87 ABPI)

 May their first child is a masculine child (Class 6A) 11-2 Overall, 5-8 ABPI

Delaware Valley v. State College (-11)

Every year all the high school football experts in District 2 pontificate that sooner or later Delaware Valley is going to win a PIAA 6A playoff game. Could this be the year? The Warriors (11-1) travel to Harmon-Geist Stadium in Hazleton to take on District 6/10 subregional champion State College (10-1) in this year’s opening round of the big-school tournament. The Little Lions are paced by junior running back Dresyn Green who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 TDs. Quarterback Brady Dorner pilots the offense. The senior has 1,600 yards passing and 12 TDs, and 400 yards rushing with eight TDs. His top two targets are seniors Isaiah Edwards and Lokey Howell. The senior duo has combined for almost 1,100 yards receiving, and has caught 11 TDs between them. That’s a lot of offense to stop for Delaware Valley. But it will be the SC defense that may give the banged up Warriors more problems. The Rick thinks it looks like 2020 to be the year for DV.

State College 28, Delaware Valley 14

 

The Luca Brasi (Class 5A) 9-3 Overall, 5-7 ABPI

SLEEPS WITH THE FISHESWyoming Valley West (3-8) is the D2 Class 5A champs.

 

Don’t ask me about my business (Class 4A) 12-5 Overall, 5-12 ABPI

Valley View at Dallas (-6)

About a month ago, Dallas went to Valley View on a mission. The Mountaineers had something to prove. And they proved it all night in a rout of the Cougars to take the top-seed in the District 2 Class 4A tourney. So have the tables turned? Valley View will travel to Dallas tomorrow night, themselves something to prove. However, the Cougars may not have the ammunition to complete their mission. Valley View has been Janassah Boone and a cast of off-the-radar contributors in dismantling almost everyone in front of them this season. But Lenny Kelley and his Back Mountain boys have been better than that for Dallas. The Rick thinks this is the year the WVC gets even. With already Valley West having won a D2 title, the Mountaineers are next.

Dallas 33, Valley View 18

 

Leave the gun, take the cannoli (Class 3A) 13-1 Overall, 8-6 ABPI

Scranton Prep at Wyoming Area (-6)

The Rick has gotten a lot of heat over the past few weeks on my breakdown of the District 2 Class 3A. I’ve been called nasty words like, “biased” and “one-sided.” My favorite? “Prep-lover.” Boy is that funny. Ask the four friends I have that are Prep grads. Three of them are brothers. I’d rather jump out of the tower on Wyoming Avenue then spend five minutes there. None-the-less, it got me thinking. Maybe The Rick hasn’t valued what Wyoming Area has done this year. The Warriors have really steamrolled its District 2 schedule – especially the Cavaliers – in what was by far WA’s most impressive win in 2019.  Quarterback Dominic DeLuca leads the Green and Gold on their home turf Friday night. Maybe it won’t be another blow out. Hey, maybe it will. Either way, The Rick is taking Wyoming Area. Prep lover? HA!

Wyoming Area 27, Scranton Prep 13

 

Going to the mattresses (Class 2A) 11-2 Overall, 8-5 ABPI

Dunmore (+4) v. Bishop McDevitt

Dunmore is back to the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. No surprise. The Bucks managed some bumps in the road this year – and while not the juggernaut – are still a formidable opponent at this stage of the season. Bishop McDevitt is only 6-6 on the year. But many of those losses are against bigger, suburban Philly private football factories. The Royal Lancers (I kid you not) are led by University of Buffalo recruit Lonnie Rice at quarterback. Not much else is known about McDevitt, but The Rick does know that this is the same team Old Forge walloped in the state playoffs just a few years ago when the Blue Devils were supposedly a decided underdog. That fact, and the fact that The Rick is contractively obliged to get on the Buck Truck once the state playoffs begin is the reason I am wearing Crimson and Navy this week.

Dunmore 24, Bishop McDevitt 18

 

I ain’t no bandleader (Class 1A) 9-3, Overall, 5-7 ABPI

Lackawanna Trail v. Williams Valley (-1)

A contrast in style is set for the opening round of the PIAA Class 1A tournament. Lackawanna Trail wants to run the ball down your throat with junior fullback Ray Melnikoff and senior quarterback Nico Berrios getting the load of the carries for the Lions. District 11 champ Williams Valley wants to throw – and throw often. The Vikings are led by 2,000-plus yard passer Bryce Herb, who has 30 touchdown passes among his 100-plus completions. His top target, Bo Raho has 34 catches for 654 yards. But Raho isn’t the only play-maker in the passing game. Jesse Engle and Jayden Cruz have combined for over 50 catches and 1,000 yards with 21 TDs. But Williams Valley isn’t one dimensional either. Brady Miller has rushed for over 1,000 yards. It’s a big test for Lackawanna Trail. They will need to stop the pass – something they admittedly know isn’t their strength. So how can they win? Well as they showed during last year’s run to Hershey, they need to run the ball. Run the ball and keep the Viking offense off the field. Trail fans are starting to smell chocolate. The Rick is not sure they will get to taste it though this year.

Williams Valley 28, Lackawanna Trail 22

 

Time to settle all family business (105-22 Overall, 77-47 ABPI)

Class 6A #1 St. Joseph’s Prep (-36) over Northeast

Class 5A #1 Penn-Trafford (+4) over Peters Township

Class 4A #1 Thomas Jefferson (-12) over Belle Vernon

Class 3A #1 Central Valley (-11) over Aliquippa

Class 2A #1 Southern Columbia (-30) over Mt. Carmel

Class 1A Sto-Rox over #1 Clairton (+17 ½)