It’s Week 4 and probably one of the best weekends in the Lackawanna Football Conference in terms of matchups.
The headliner, of course, is No. 2 Scranton Prep at No. 1 Valley View.
But, there are two other games that are worthy of Game of the Week, if it were not for the much-anticipated game between the two best teams of 2018.
8-West Scranton (1-2)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Both are surprise teams this season. West Scranton got off to a fast start and grabbed the early attention of fans with a 27-0 season-opening win over North Pocono. The Invaders have lost two straight, but those are against Delaware Valley and Valley View. Lakeland is rebounding from a 5-6 season in 2017 and has a combination of veteran players with sophomores making valuable contributions.
9-Lackawanna Trail (3-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Dunmore has recovered from its 31-0 loss to Scranton Prep in Week 1 with two straight shutout wins over Mid Valley and Carbondale Area. Lackawanna Trail has throttled its first three opponents, scoring more than 30 points in each game. Lackawanna Trail has never beaten Dunmore.
We have reached Week 4 of the reveal of the Fantastic 50 players who have impacted and shaped the history of the first 20 years of the post Big 11 and Suburban Conferences era.
Fans are beginning to narrow down who some of the future players are, but we remind again, this is not a ranking. There is, by my account, a pretty good balance of linemen, backs, receivers, offensive and defensive standouts to this point.
Already, you can start to see, Dunmore as a program is very well-represented. And, there are going to be a few more Bucks among the 50. They have three trips to PIAA title games during the last 20 years, so that makes sense.
So, let’s recap the ground rules and continue the reveal:
- WHO: A look back at the top players who shaped the post Big 11 and Suburban Conference era that dates from 1998 to 2017. It includes 18 seasons of the Lackawawanna Football Conference (1998-1999, 2002-2017) and two seasons of the Northeast Pennsylvania Football Conference (NEPFC) that existed in 2000 and 2001.
- WHAT: This is not a ranking, and that should keep fans guessing as to who is to come each week. It is true that some players, naturally, had more glowing resumes, and we would be naive to think that once this starts, fans won’t start piecing together who is on the list. That being said, and it will be repeated over and over, it is not a ranking. The 50 players were selected and divided into 5-player groups.
- WHEN: Each week of the regular season as part of the Thursday blog posts, generally close to 10 a.m.
- WHERE: ON THE BLOG. Posts will be made available at timestribuneblogs.com and links will be on Facebook at Times-Tribune Sports.
NOTABLE: There was NO set criteria used. This can’t be emphasized enough. Nothing — no award, no postseason honors, no number of years as a starter — guaranteed any player a spot in this project like say, 500 career home runs locks in a MLB player a spot in the Hall of Fame. For example: If a player made all-state they made the list. No, that is not true. There were a lot of all-state players selected in 20 years, but yes it certainly increased a player’s chances of making the list had they been selected all-state. Of course, Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year were given weighted consideration. Each of the close to 100 players considered had their resumes compared to each other and through careful consideration 50 players were chosen.
- Kevin Sochovka | Riverside LB
- Zach Lasavage | Carbondale Area RB
- Ryan Paulish | Old Forge OL-DL
- James McHale | Dunmore OL
- Kyle Passeri | Valley View RB
- Alex Filarsky | Lakeland DB-WR
- Mike Boland | Dunmore OL-DL
- Wayne Lydon | Valley View DB
- Brandon Clemons | Delaware Valley OL-DL
- Dave Keisling | Abington Heights DB-QB
- Shane Smith | Honesdale RB
- Colin Golden | Lackawanna Trail WR-DB
- Nick Rossi | Riverside RB-LB
- Matt Wagner | Delaware Valley LB-FB
- Miller Holmes | Dunmore QB
Now onto Grouping 4:
Brian TOMASETTI | Old Forge
Running back and defensive back
- Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-state, Class 1A (2012)
- Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
- Had nine interceptions returning 3 for TDs and 27 tackles (2012)
- Ran for 1,810 yards and 31 TDs (2012)
- Had 2,467 yards and 39 TDs in career
- Led Old Forge to LFC Division III title and 11-1 record (2012)
- Walked on at Penn State
Tyler HUGHES | WEST SCRANTON
- Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
- Times-Tribune All-Region
- Threw for 5,466 yards (5th all-time) and 58 TDs (5th all-time)
- Threw for 2,331 yards and 24 TDs and ran for 1,471 yards and 19 TDs (2010)
- Had 340 yards and 7 touchdown passes in win over North Pocono (2010)
- Led West Scranton to District 2 Class 3A final (2010)
- Went to SUNY-Cortland
Noah BEH | SCRANTON PREP
Offensive and Defensive linemen
- USA Today All-Pennsylvania team, OL (2013)
- Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 3A all-state, DL (2013)
- Big 33 selection
- Times-Tribune All-Region (2012, 2013)
- Hookey Reap Award winner, Defense (2013)
- Had 53 tackles with five sacks as a senior (2013)
- Had 70 tackles with 10 sacks (2012)
- Went to Penn State and transferred to University of Delaware
Matt CAVALLARO | DELAWARE VALLEY
- Pennsylvania Football Sports Writers Class 6A all-state (2016)
- Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year, QB, 2016
- Times-Tribune All-Region
- Set LFC record with 2,809 yards passing in 2016 season and had 34 TDs
- Threw for 3,928 yards and 43 touchdowns in career
- Led Delaware Valley to D2 Class 6A title (2016)
Nick SHOEMAKER | DUNMORE
Defensive lineman and Offensive lineman
- Pennsylvania Football Writers All-state (2017, 2016)
- Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year (2017)
- Had 40.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in two all-state seasons (2017, 2016)
- Had 83 tackles, 36 solo tackles, 28 tackles for loss (2017)
- Led Dunmore to D2 Class 2A titles (2015, 2016, 2017)
- Going to Monmouth University