Hello, everyone!

Did you miss me?

Well, first allow me to apologize for not having a Thursday post ON THE BLOG, however, I was temporarily detained, so to speak, all of last week. I was out of touch, if you will and simply had no free time to spend on doing one. But, I am back this week and we are ready to get things going again.

Before we start, let me say, this is a fun time of year, especially when the weather cooperates. I spent a few hours the other night, decompressing after completing GameFace for Week 9 and I tuned into the original Halloween by John Carpenter. Look, I am OK with artists and directors remaking and trying to make a buck off the classics, and no I am not one of those guys who feel that the movies of my time were full of Oscar worthy consideration, but for all of its shortcomings, there is just something nostalgic that takes me back to a much simpler time in my life when I watch the old classics. I think I understand more now why every time I walked into my Grammy Fawcett’s house, she was watching Abbott & Costello or any black and white movie on WVIA for that matter.

Michael Myers — mo relation to our very own Marty Myers — is my favorite Halloween villain. Then, I got to thinking, who would be on my list? And you all know me. … I love lists:


Here are my Top 10 Horror Movie villains
(Take this Joe Baress)


Michael Myers

1. Michael Myers, Halloween

2. Freddy Krueger, Nightmare on Elm Street

3. Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th

4. Carrie White, Carrie

5. Chucky, Child’s Play

6. Norman Bates, Psycho

7. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs

8. Leatherface, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

9.  Regan MacNeil, The Exorcist

10. Damien, The Omen


OK, let’s get back to High School Football.

Dunmore won again. This is one of the great broken records of all time in the area. The Bucks are on the best run of any team in the Lackawanna Football Conference history.

By beating Carbondale Area, the Bucks won their remarkable 42nd straight game against LFC division opponents. That number is even more impressive considering from 2011 to 2015 they only played five games against division opponents. So, it’s been almost seven full seasons without a loss. They also won their 28th straight game in the regular season. It’s only the fifth time a program has been able to win 20 or more regular-season games in a row in the LFC and its the second time Dunmore has done it, joining the 1998-2000 run of 20 straight wins.

Let’s take a closer look at where this program ranks overall in LFC history:



LFC Regular-season win Streaks



Dunmore Bucks (2015-present)
  • The Bucks lost to Scranton Prep in Week 1 of the 2015 season and went 10-0 in 2016 and enter the final week showdown with Old Forge at 9-0.


Dunmore quarterback Gavin Darcy throws a pass against West Scranton.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer




Lakeland Chiefs (1999-2002)
  • Lakeland lost to Dunmore in Week 7, won the final three games of that regular season, had back-to-back 10-0 seasons in 2000 and 2001, and won the first four games of the 2002 season.


Evan Kraky led Lakeland to 23 straight regular-season wins from 1999 to 2001.




Lakeland Chiefs (2002-2005)
  • Lakeland rebounded from its loss in Week 5 of 2002 to Valley View to win five games in a row to close out that season, and followed with two 10-0 marks in 2003 and 2004, before losing in Week 1 of the 2005 season.


Joe Tuzze helped Lakeland win 39 times in 40 regular-season games from 2001-2004.




Abington Heights (1998-2000)
  • This streak is actually longer, however, Abington Heights had to forfeit its Week 1 win over Wyoming Valley West in 1998. The Comets beat Scranton in Week 2 and finished with 9 straight wins. They followed up with a 10-0 mark in 1999 and won five straight in the 2001 season.


Chris Kelly led Abington Heights to 19 straight regular-season wins from 1998 to 1999.





Dunmore Bucks (1998-2000)
  • The Bucks defeated Mid Valley, 28-17, in Week 8 of the 1998 season then went 10-0 in 1999. They won seven in a row to start the 2000 season.


Dunmores Brett Trichilo was part of 20 straight wins in regular season from 1998 to 2000.



Best of the rest


  • 19 — Old Forge Blue Devils (2013-2015)
  • 18 — Riverside Vikings (2007-2008)
  • 18 — Scranton Knights (2011-2013)
  • 18 — Old Forge Blue Devils (2011-2013)
  • 18 — Scranton Prep Cavaliers (2016-present)
  • 17 — Old Forge Blue Devils (2008-2010)




44  Straight wins over District 2 Class 2A opponents

  • Last loss: Lakeland, 13-6, Oct. 15, 2010
  • Days since that loss: 2,568
  • Number of programs beaten in streak: 11


42  Straight wins over LFC division opponents

  • Last loss: Riverside, 42-20, Nov. 5, 2010
  • Days since last loss: 2,547
  • Top movie Week of Nov. 7 2010: Megamind
  • No. 1 song Week of Nov. 7, 2010: “Like a G6” – Far East Movement
  • Most watched television show: American Idol


32  Straight wins over District 2 opponents

  • Last loss: Scranton Prep, 21-0, Sept. 4, 2015
  • Days since last loss: 783
  • Top movie of Sept. 4, 2015: War Room
  • No. 1 song Week of Sept. 4, 2015: “Cheerleader” —  OMI
  • Most watched television show: Sunday Night Football


13  Straight wins in District 2 Class 2A playoff games

  • Note: Dunmore competed in Class 1A from 2010 to 2013.
  • Last loss: Lakeland, 21-0, Nov. 17, 2006
  • Days since last loss: 3,998
  • Top movie of Nov. 17, 2006: Borat
  • No. 1 song Week of Nov. 17, 2006: “My Love” — Justin Timberlake
  • Most watched television show: American Idol


6  Straight wins by shutout

  • Last score: Lakeland, Sept. 8, 2017
  • Game time elapsed since last score given up: 4 hours, 57 minutes, 48 seconds





That brings us to Friday night. That is when the undefeated Dunmore Bucks travel to play undefeated Old Forge for the LFC Division III championship:


Tale of the Tape


Common Opponents


Old Forge

Lackawanna Trail

W, 41-7

W, 32-20


W, 41-7

W, 43-7


W, 35-0

W, 24-12

Holy Cross

W, 41-0

W, 53-7


W, 41-0

W, 48-0


W, 35-0

W, 42-13

Mid Valley

W, 49-0

W, 36-14

Carbondale Area

W, 49-0

W, 38-12










There are other important games this week as the regular season concludes. Some have playoff implications, but mainly with where a team will be seeded rather than if they will qualify for the district tournament.





Lackawanna Trail (7-2) at Montrose (1-8)


  • Lackawanna Trail needs a win or a Northwest Area loss to qualify for the District 2 Class 1A championship game at Old Forge in Week 11. The Lions are the defending District 2 Class 1A champions.





Scranton (6-3) at Wallenpaupack (4-5)


  • Scranton is trying to clinch no worse than the No. 3 seed and can climb to the No. 2 seed for the District 2-4 Class 6A playoffs. Wallenpaupack is hoping to secure the No. 1 seed for the District 2 Class 5A playoffs which would give it a bye. A win would achieve that goal. The Buckhorns could also clinch the top seed if Wyoming Valley West loses to Coughlin.




Western Wayne (6-3) at West Scranton (1-8)


  • Western Wayne, which has qualified for its first district postseason in program history, has lost three straight and could still use a win to clinch the No. 2 seed for the District 2 Class 3A playoffs and a home game in the semifinals. West Scranton is trying to end its season on a high note.





Delaware Valley (9-0) at Abington Heights (1-8)


  • This game is for the I-84 Black and Blue Jug. Delaware Valley is seeking its first 10-0 regular season in program history and has won 14 straight games in the regular season. The Warriors have already clinched a tie for the LFC Division I title and will be the No. 1 seed for the District 2-4 Class 6A subregional playoffs. Abington Heights is an automatic qualifier in the three-team Class 5A tournament.




North Pocono (6-3) at Scranton Prep (9-0)


  • Scranton Prep is seeking its second 10-0 regular season since 2013. The Cavaliers have won 18 straight games in the regular season and will be the No. 1 seed for the District 2 Class 3A playoffs. North Pocono is hoping to secure a top 4 seed for the District 2 Class 4A playoffs so it can host a quarterfinal game next week. If North Pocono wins it could create a logjam at the top of the LFC Division II standings, as well.




That is all for today.


Make sure you pick up a copy of The Times-Tribune today for GameFace Week 10. It features Wallenpaupack twins Aiden and Zach Maldacker.