The time has come to determine the BEST high school football team in the Lackawanna Football Conference.

Yes, it is only Week 4, but the matchup is set. And there aren’t too many fans who would argue that when No. 2 Scranton Prep visits No. 1 Valley View, the winner will have at the very least the upper hand toward owning the crown as the best.

 

 

 2-Scranton Prep (3-0)
at
1-Valley View (3-0)

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First and foremost, it’s a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle. Also, if you look at The Times-Tribune Top 10 Poll, the No. 3 team is Dunmore, which started the season with a 31-0 loss to Scranton Prep.

So. … without something changing dramatically over the final six weeks, I’d say this is the marquee matchup of the season. But, again, anything is possible.

It is also a rematch from the 2017 Game of the Year.

 

In case you forgot September 30, 2017

 

 

 

FINAL: Scranton Prep 35, Valley View 34

 

 

OK, it’s always special when No. 1 plays No. 2.

Scranton Prep knows that. So this is a special Wednesday edition of ON THE BLOG to take a look back at the most recent matchups between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in The Times-Tribune Top 10 Poll.

 

 

Last No. 1 vs. No. 2 game — October 30, 2015

1-Scranton Prep vs. 2-Delaware Valley

Delaware Valley quarterback Matt Cavallaro is pressured by Scranton Prep’s Corey Christian, causing him to throw an interception.
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

No. 1 Scranton Prep pounds No. 2 Delaware Valley

 

MILFORD — Scranton Prep played with more physicality and a lot more passion in powering its way to a win over Delaware Valley.
In a matchup between the leading teams in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division I, the top-ranked Cavaliers overpowered No. 2 Delaware Valley, 23-0, Friday night.
A relentless Scranton Prep defense limited the Warriors to 90 total yards, forced six turnovers — including three interceptions by Kevin Holmes — and Ricky Morgan ran for 137 of 138 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.
“This is a very good win for us,” Morgan said. “We did really good as a team. At first things weren’t working out for us running the ball. At halftime we truly came out with more intensity and with a pitch play that we just rolled with and it worked out for us.”
Scranton Prep (8-1 overall, 5-1) stopped the Warriors’ (6-3, 5-1) division winning streak at 13 and pulled even at the top of the standings with one game remaining.
If both teams win next week, they will share the championship.

 


 

 

RECENT 1 vs. 2 GAMES IN THE LFC

 

 

2-DELAWARE VALLEY AT 1-NORTH POCONO

September 23, 2016

WEEK 5

Delaware Valley

7

6

0

7

20

North Pocono

7

7

13

0

27

 

 

MOSCOW — North Pocono would not be denied.
Matt Craig provided the offensive spark, JC Gaughan delivered the defensive punch and Ben Dial made the decisive play as the Trojans conquered their most threatening foe to date.
No. 1 North Pocono thwarted No. 2 Delaware Valley, 27-20, on Friday night at Trojans Stadium to remain undefeated and beat its fourth ranked opponent in the first five weeks of the season.
“The atmosphere was amazing with the community coming out and cheering for us,” said Craig, who had 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for another score. “Delaware Valley has an outstanding team and this was a fight.
“We we just able to come out on top.”

 

North Pocono’s Matt Craig runs into the end zone to score against Delaware Valley.
JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 


 

 

1-DELAWARE VALLEY AT 2-SCRANTON PREP

October 25, 2014

WEEK 9

Delaware Valley

0

7

14

7

28

Scranton Prep

7

0

6

7

20

 

In its second showdown in as many weeks, top-ranked Delaware Valley rose to another challenge by scoring with the pass and the running game in a 28-20 win that clinched a tie for its first Lackawanna Football Conference Division I title since 2004. Connor Lutz who came through in the clutch on two important receptions. He hauled in a 45-yard touchdown on a throw that quarterback Brett Cohen launched while scrambling away from a rush to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. Then, as Delaware Valley was trying to run out the clock, the 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end grabbed a short pass that converted a fourth-and-3 from the Scranton Prep 37 with less than 2 minutes left that allowed for the kneel down. Delaware Valley went on to win the District 2 Class AAAA championship.

 

Delaware Valley’s #21 Austin Cernek tries to stiff arm Scranton Prep’s #31 Dan Ryan during a game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

2-SCRANTON AT 1-DELAWARE VALLEY

October 17, 2014

WEEK 8

Scranton

6

0

14

0

20

Delaware Valley

0

14

9

14

37

 

Delaware Valley had a punishing defensive effort, then hit Scranton with an offensive storm in a 37-20 win. Lex Rosario had 152 yards rushing and a touchdown and Austin Cernek added 113 yards and a score to power the offense for Delaware Valley, which moved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the division. As impressive as those numbers were, Delaware Valley won this game with its defensive line. Connor Lutz, Quinn Decker, A.J. Sieber and Brendan Heaney outmuscled the Knights and limited them to 51 yards rushing on 32 carries. It would also be the final high school game in the career of Scranton running back Jake McCarthy.

 

Delaware Valley’s Matt Wagner.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 


 

 

2-OLD FORGE AT 1-DUNMORE

September 20, 2013

WEEK 4

Old Forge

7

7

0

2

16

Dunmore

7

0

14

0

21

 

 

Both small-school powers met twice in 2012 and split with Old Forge winning in the regular season and Dunmore winning in the District 2 Class A title game in a season where Dunmore eventually advanced to the PIAA final. In a brutal, physically exhausting rematch, Dunmore made the most of its opportunities by converting a pair of fumbles into touchdowns in a 21-16 win. Old Forge (3-1) turned the ball over three times and two proved costly. On the opening kickoff, freshman Colin Holmes corralled a loose ball for Dunmore and on the first play from scrimmage, Brandon Kujawski, who threw for 112 yards, hit Josh Zilla for a 35-yard touchdown that energized an already rowdy student section. With the game tied at 14 in the third quarter, Old Forge forced a Dunmore punt. Zilla pinned it at the 5-yard line and two plays later Dan Drewes forced a fumble that Tim Drewes fell on as Dunmore set up shop at the 8. Daiqwon Buckley scored two carries later and the Bucks seized a 21-14 lead and the momentum. Old Forge would gain a measure of revenge by winning the District 2 Class A championship rematch, 27-7, and later advanced to the PIAA Class A final.

 

 

Dunmore defensive back Sal Marchese (9) celebrates in the end zone with his teammates after Old Forge’s fourth-down attempt failed in the closing minutes of the Bucks’ 21-16 victory Friday night in Dunmore.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

2-SCRANTON AT 1-DELAWARE VALLEY

October 19, 2012

WEEK 8

Scranton

0

20

7

7

34

Delaware Valley

7

13

7

0

27

 

 

Karlon Quiller put on a show catching eight passes for a conference-record 243 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 2 Scranton over No. 1 Delaware Valley, 34-27, in a clash of District 2 titans. The Knights overcame a 20-point, first-quarter deficit to remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Division I. Delaware Valley fell to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the division, but fought to the end, reaching the Scranton 30-yard line on a final play that featured a fumble recovery and run, a lateral and a penalty as time expired. Later in the season, Delaware Valley exacted revenge, defeating the Knights in the District 2 Class AAAA championship game.

 

 

Scranton’s Karlon Quiller makes a dash for the end zone after breaking through tackle attempts by Delaware Valley at Delaware Valley on Friday, Oct 19, 2012. Quiller scored the game winning run to put the Knights up in the forth quarter.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

1-VALLEY VIEW AT 2-DELAWARE VALLEY

October 14, 2011

WEEK 7

 

Valley View

14

7

0

0

21

Delaware Valley

0

0

7

0

7

 

 

Valley View established a physical dominance early and let its overpowering defense take care of the rest in a 21-7 win at Warrior Stadium. Valley View, which was ranked among the top 10 Class AAA teams in the state, remained unbeaten at 7-0 and Delaware Valley fell to 6-1 overall. Valley View controlled both lines of scrimmage. With its bruising offensive front blowing open huge running lanes for both Pat Jeffers and Tyler Phillips, the Cougars racked up 192 yards on the ground in an impressive first half that featured five runs of more than 10 yards. Interestingly, Valley View would see its winning streak end the next week against Scranton Prep. However, the Cougars won the District 2 Class AAA championship and finished as the No. 1 team in the final Times-Tribune poll.

 

 

Valley View’s Tyler Phillips makes his way through the Delaware Valley defense Friday night. Phillips rushed for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cougars’ 21-7 victory.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

1-DUNMORE AT 2-RIVERSIDE

October 31, 2008

WEEK 10

Dunmore

0

7

13

0

20

Riverside

14

14

6

0

34

 

 

In the most anticipated game of the decade, unbeaten Riverside hosted unbeaten Dunmore for the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II championship. Riverside’s play makers — Joe Klebon, Matt Talerico and Jay Velehoski — burned the Bucks, leading to a 34-20 win in front of a raucous crowd at Riverside Veterans Memorial Stadium. Velehoski had 225 yards passing and three touchdowns. Klebon returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in his first game back from a broken foot and also finished with 171 yards rushing and a touchdown. Both teams won District 2 championships that season as Riverside won in Class A and Dunmore in Class AA. Riverside ended as the No. 1 team in the final Times-Tribune poll.

 

Riverside’s Joe Klebon, #32, takes the ball 95 yards off of the first kick to score against Dunmore at Riverside Veterans Memorial Stadium. October 31, 2008.
Staff Photo

 

 


 

 

2-ABINGTON HEIGHTS AT 1-DELAWARE VALLEY

October 6, 2006

WEEK 6

Abington Heights

7

6

0

8

21

Delaware Valley

0

0

7

6

13

 

 

Dave Keisling and Shaun Pasternak were at their very best in a 21-13 win that kept Abington Heights unbeaten in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division I. Using his scrambling ability to avoid sacks, Keisling frustrated the Delaware Valley pass rush. He completed six passes for 128 yards, including three touchdowns. His first went 16 yards to Kurtis Medeiros in the first quarter, only moments before he absorbed a hit. The others went to Pasternak. Abington Heights finished that season as the No. 1 team in the final Times-Tribune poll.

 

Abington Heights quarterback Bill Pasqualichio finds some running room as Delaware Valley’s Bill Hayden gives chase.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

 

 

 


 

 

1-DUNMORE AT 2-LAKELAND

October 29, 2004

WEEK 9

Dunmore

0

7

0

0

7

Lakeland

7

0

7

7

21

 

 

Joe Tuzze and tailback Colin Striefsky combined to power the Chiefs to 297 yards on the ground and David Duchnik returned an interception for a touchdown in a 21-7 win over the Bucks. Later that season, the two teams met again in the District 2 Class AA championship game that Lakeland won, 31-6. Lakeland finished the season as the No. 1 team in the final Times-Tribune poll.

 

Lakeland’s Colin Striefsky.
Staff Photo

 

 

 


 

2-LAKELAND AT 1-DUNMORE

September 20, 2002

WEEK 4

Lakeland

0

0

12

8

20

Dunmore

6

8

0

0

14

 

 

John Wormuth caught a deep pass, broke a tackle and sprinted to the end zone with 7:17 left in the contest to lift the Chiefs to an emotional 20-14 victory over previously unbeaten Dunmore. The Chiefs improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II spoiling Dunmore’s Homecoming Game. The Bucks fell to 3-1 and 1-1 in the Division. Wormuth’s effort completed the Chiefs comeback from a 14-0 halftime deficit. Dunmore gained 167 yards on the ground in that first half and had 11 first downs to Lakeland’s 4. But, the Chiefs outgained Dunmore, 218-114 in the second half. Interestingly, Lakeland took over the No. 1 ranking in the next poll, but lost at Valley View in Week 5. However, the Chiefs finished with an 11-2 overall record and reached the PIAA Class AA playoffs to finish as the No. 1 team in the final Times-Tribune poll.

 

 

Lakeland’s John Wormuth.
Staff Photo

 

 


 

 

1-ABINGTON HEIGHTS AT 2-SCRANTON

October 18, 2002

WEEK 8

Abington Heights

0

0

0

0

0

Scranton

14

14

7

0

35

 

 

Scranton began to become a factor in the LFC as one of the Class AAAA schools. Hoping to firmly establish itself as an up and coming program, the Knights needed to knock off the top program in the area. And they did so with a bang, 35-0. Stephon Burgette returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to the end zone and they finished off their destruction when Jeff Field scampered 73 yards for a score that made it 35-0 just 2:56 into the second half. Scranton took over the No. 1 ranking in the next poll, but interestingly enough, it lost in Week 9 to Honesdale.

 

Scranton quarterback Al Karaffa and tailback Jeff Field Scranton quarterback Al Karaffa, left, and #22 tailback Jeff Field, who scored three touchdowns, show who is number this night after defeating Abington Heights 35-0.
BUTCH COMEGYS / Staff Photographer