After what was a long day of compiling information for Post No. 3 — The Receivers — we take the preview to the new season to the actual programs themselves.

There are a lot of legends who have patrolled the sidelines in NEPA football. During the run of the LFC there have been a few who added their names to that exclusive group.

Dunmore’s Jack Henzes is still amazingly young at heart and enthusiastic about the sport he has devoted his life to. Each passing year, his resume becomes even more remarkable.

Clearly, he is the Don of coaches in the area. Dunmore was at the forefront when the Big 11 and Suburban Conferences were disbanded and the LFC emerged. Fans knew, the Bucks would be a formidable foe, and only one year into the new alignment went 12-0 before losing to Mount Carmel in the PIAA Class 2A first round.

But that was only the tip of the iceberg. Starting in 2004, Dunmore has won 10 games or more 12 times. That is an amazing run of success that has produced 156 wins and only 30 defeats in 15 years. Just to give perspective it took coach Henzes 21 years to win his first 156 games.

 

Dunmore Bucks

W

L

2004

10

2

2005

4

6

2006

10

2

2007

14

2

2008

11

2

2009

12

1

2010

7

5

2011

10

1

2012

14

2

2013

11

1

2014

14

2

2015

12

2

2016

13

1

2017

14

1

 

 

Lakeland’s Evan Kraky.

There have been other quick runs of success, thanks in large part to the realignment. Lakeland, which had won only 22 games from 1992 to 1997, put together a run of its own in the LFC and the NEPFC. From 1998 to 2006, the Chiefs won five District 2 Class 2A championships and had a record of 92-20.

Lakeland’s offense produced the state’s career passing leader in Evan Kraky with his 7,447 yards. Wide receivers Chris Washko, Jeff Sokso and Jake Rogowski all had 1,000-yard seasons. T.J. Turpack set school records for yards rushing and touchdowns in a season and Joe Tuzze set records for career tackles and career rushing yards during that span. The Chiefs also had several linemen win the Hookey Reap award.

 

 

 

Lakeland Chiefs

W

L

1998

5

5

1999

9

3

2000

12

1

2001

10

1

2002

11

2

2003

13

1

2004

12

1

2005

8

4

2006

12

2

 

 

Lackawanna Trail’s Richard Jackson ran for 4,546 yards from 1999 to 2001.

Like Lakeland, Lackawanna Trail went through some lean years leading up to the birth of the LFC. In 1995 and 1996, the Lions combined to go 3-16. Enter Jeff Wasilchak in 1997. After a 3-7 start, the Lions dominated Class 1A, winning seven District 2 championships and nine division titles.

The program produced all-state talent in wide receivers Yogi Roth and Colin Golden, running backs Richard Jackson, record-setting quarterback Devin Myers, Morris Jackson, who was also a Hookey Reap winner, linebacker Devin Lindsey, and defensive back Stoney Van Horn.

During the run, the Lions reached the PIAA Class 1A semifinals twice only to lose to state power Southern Columbia.

 

 

Lackawanna Trail Lions

W

L

1998

9

3

1999

11

2

2000

12

2

2001

10

2

2002

10

3

2003

11

3

2004

8

4

2005

9

3

2006

6

5

2007

9

4

 

 

Old Forge’s Shane Schuback.

Old Forge picked up the ball from Lackawanna Trail and ran with it in Class 1A. The Blue Devils have dominated the small-school class on the scoreboard and physically.

In 2013, the Blue Devils reached the PIAA Class 1A championship, where they lost to North Catholic in Hershey. Two years later, Old Forge played in the PIAA Class 1A semifinals where they lost to Bishop Guilfoyle.

Through the run that began in 2006, but really picked up steam in 2012, Old Forge has had Brendan Yescavage run for an LFC-best 2,663 yards in 2013, Shane Schuback and Jorden Sekol leading the defense. Jake Manetti, Joey Gutowski, Ryan “Big Boy” Paulish, Mando Sallavanti, Cooper Califano and Jared Horn among the best in the state.

 

 

Old Forge Blue Devils

W

L

2006

9

4

2007

7

4

2008

9

3

2009

10

1

2010

7

4

2011

10

3

2012

11

1

2013

14

2

2014

12

1

2015

13

2

2016

4

7

2017

11

2

 

Among the big schools, teams have taken turns holding down the top spots when it comes to district and LFC championships.

Abington Heights, Delaware Valley and now Scranton Prep have done their part to claim crowns since the move from the Big 11 and Suburban Conferences.

 

 

Abington Heights

Delaware Valley

Scranton Prep

W

L

W

L

W

L

1998

11

2

2002

7

4

1999

12

1

2003

5

5

2000

8

4

2004

9

2

2001

8

3

2005

8

3

2002

8

3

2006

9

2

2003

4

6

2007

9

2

2004

5

5

2008

7

4

2005

10

1

2009

5

6

2006

10

2

2010

6

5

2007

6

5

2011

7

4

2011

7

4

2008

10

2

2012

11

2

2012

8

4

2009

11

2

2013

7

5

2013

10

1

2010

12

1

2014

10

2

2014

8

3

2011

3

7

2015

7

4

2015

11

2

2012

10

3

2016

9

3

2016

12

2

2013

10

2

2017

12

1

2017

13

1

 

 


 

 

COACHING

 

 

100 + Coaching Victories (LIAA schools)
1. Jack Henzes, WA, Dun

435

2. Frank Pazzaglia, VV, MV

344

3. John Henzes, Blakely

251

4. Allen ‘Butch’ Keller, Hon, WW, BOH, HC

220

5. Elio Ghigiarelli, Old Forge

202

6. Nick Donato, NP, SP

174

7. Jeff Wasilchak, LT, Lakeland

170

8. Dick Bagnall, Susquehanna

169

9. Sam Donato, West Scranton

151

10t. Michael Schuback, OF

143

10t. Gerry Wasilchak, Lakeland

143

10t. Joe DeAntona, West Scranton

143

13. John Lasavage, Carbondale Area

141

14. C.J. Robson, Scranton Central

140

15. Keith Olsommer, DV

133

16. Marty Reap, Jessup

132

17t. Emil DeCantis, Scranton Central

123

17t. Stan Kucharski, SP, MV, Wallenpaupack

123

19. Dan Case, BOH, Lakeland

117

20. Steve Armillay, Riv, PA

114

21. Tom Lucenti, Montrose

110

22. Joe Repshis, Abington Heights

100

 

 

 


 

 

PROGRAMS

 

Success can be measured in many ways. Championships is one way. Wins in a season is another.

 

Take a look at this chart:

 

 

Most Wins, Season

(LFC schools)

15

Valley View, 1992

(Eastern Conference Division II Champ, PIAA State “AA” Champion) (15-0)

14

14

Dunmore, 2007

(Dist. 2 “AA” Champion, PIAA State “AA” Runner-up) (14-2)

14

Riverside, 2010

(District 2 “A” Champion, PIAA State “A” Runner-up) (14-2)

14

Dunmore, 2012

(Dist. 2 “A” Champion, PIAA “A” Runner-up) (14-2)

14

Old Forge, 2013

(Dist. 2 “A” Champion, PIAA “A” Runner-up) (14-2)

14

Dunmore, 2014

(District 2 “AA” Champion, PIAA “AA” Runner-up) (14-2)

14

Dunmore, 2017

(District 2 “AA” Champion, PIAA “AA” semifinals) (14-1)

13

13

Dunmore, 1985

(Eastern Conference “A” Champion) (13-0)

13

Lakeland, 1987

(Eastern Conference “A” Champion) (13-0)

13

Dunmore, 1989

(Eastern Conference “A” Runner-up, PIAA State “A” Champion) (13-1)

13

Riverside, 1997

(District 2 “A” Champion, PIAA State “A” Runner-up) (13-2)

13

Lakeland, 2003

(Dist. 2 “AA” Champion, PIAA State “AA” Semi-Finalist) (13-1)

13

Riverside, 2008

(District 2 “A” Champion, PIAA “A” quarterfinalist) (13-1)

13

Old Forge, 2015

(District 2 “A” Champion, PIAA “A” semifinalist) (13-2)

13

Dunmore, 2016

(District 2 Class 2A Champion)

13

Scranton Prep, 2017

(District 2 Class 3A Champion, PIAA quarterfinals) (13-1)

12

12

Lakeland, 1976

(Eastern Conference “B” Champion) (12-1)

12

Valley View, 1977

(Eastern Conference “A” Champion) (12-1)

12

Lakeland, 1977

(Eastern Conference “B” Champion) (12-0)

12

Lakeland, 1979

(Eastern Conference “B” Runner-up) (12-1)

12

Valley View, 1984

(Eastern Conference “A” Champion (12-1)

12

North Pocono, 1991

(Eastern Conference Division I Champion) (12-0)

12

Abington Heights, 1999

(District 2 “AAAA” Champion) (12-1)

12

Dunmore, 1999

(District 2 “AA” Champion) (12-1)

12

Lackawanna Trail, 2000

(Dist. 2 “A” Champ, PIAA State “A” Semi-Finalist) (12-2)

12

Lakeland, 2000

(District 2 “AA” Champion) (12-1)

12

Lakeland, 2004

(District 2 “AA” Champion) (12-1)

12

Lakeland, 2006

(District 2 “AA” Champion) (12-2)

12

West Scranton, 2007

(District 2 “AAA” Champion; PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals) (12-2)

12

Dunmore, 2009

(District 2 “AA” Champion) (12-1)

12

Abington Heights, 2010

(District 2 Class AAA Champion) (12-1)

12

Old Forge, 2014

(District 2 Class A Champion) (12-1)

12

Dunmore, 2015

(District 2 Class AA Champion; PIAA Class AA quarterfinals) (12-2)

12

Scranton Prep, 2016

(District 2 Class 3A Champion, PIAA quarterfinals) (12-2)

12

Delaware Valley, 2017

(District 2 Class 6A Champion) (12-1)