Day 7 we move to 18 teams from the Lackawanna Football Conference visited and not to my surprise it started with heavy rain. Why not surprised? Well, in addition to the deluge Monday that has been horrific for a great many people, it seems every year when I visit Honesdale it pours. This was the fourth time, I believe where we nearly had a rain out. But, we quickly got some footage of quarterback Ethan Dunn, thanks to coach Mike Jurkowski and assistant coach Butch Keller, who allowed me to grab some video shots before the team had to be shuffled off the field because of an approaching thunderstorm. We moved into the weight room and were able to put together a good preview story.

Then, after a quick and traditional stop at the Deli Central, the sun came out. Imagine that. Then we headed to Wallenpaupack where, look, this is a quality team. The Buckhorns have had pretty encouraging preseasons in the past, but this season there is a heightened enthusiasm and pop in their steps. There are more than 20 seniors, many who started for at least two seasons. And they are LARGE. Yes, Josh Moore, who we featured is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound mountain of a man, but there are so many others. Chance Smith is massive at 6-3, 270, Bradley Frick is 6-2, 280, and Brandon King is 6-3, 290. Boy, that Wallenpaupack at Valley View opener looks like a dandy.

Finally, heading back, we stopped in to see Western Wayne. Here is another team with high aspirations in 2018. There should be. The program has taken steps in each of the last two seasons with an Eastern Conference championship and a District 2 Class 3A playoff appearance last season. Up front, the Wildcats should be solid, especially with Austin Boguski, the LFC’s biggest player at 6-8, 330. Western Wayne, like Wallenpaupack and Honesdale, has a lot of starters back.

Just for your information:

 

August 18: Western Wayne at Wallenpaupack (Scrimmage)

August 31: Honesdale at Wallenpaupack — Wayne/Pike Shrine Bowl

September 7: Western Wayne at Honesdale

 


 

Here is a recap of Day 7: 

 

VISIT No. 1

 

2018 HONESDALE HORNETS

 

 

 

Honesdale’s first five opponents this season qualified for the District 2 playoffs in 2017. The teams combined for record of 39-21 and have had success against the Hornets in the past:

 

Since 2010

Record

Lakeland

3–3

Wallenpaupack

0–8

Western Wayne

3–5

Delaware Valley

0–0

Valley View

0–4

Totals

6–20

 

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

VISIT No. 2

 

2018 WALLENPAUPACK BUCKHORNS

 

 

 

Coach Mark Watson likes to liven up his second of two-a-day workouts. On Tuesday, at the end of practice, what better way to end than to have a 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman — with a lot of pressure on him — catch a punt and with it, have coach Watson cancel sprints for the day?

 

If you didn’t see it. …

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Josh Moore:

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

VISIT No. 3

 

2018 WESTERN WAYNE WILDCATS

 

 

 

 

WESTERN WAYNE WINS BY SEASON SINCE 2010

 

 

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

 

 

VIDEO PROFILE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

WEDNESDAY’S TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: 1 p.m. — Montrose — Practice has been postponed because of the recent flooding.
3 p.m.   — Carbondale Area