It’s Week 8, even if it feels like a July afternoon. Trust me, the season is nearly complete for high school football players and it isn’t even Halloween.

Just a quick look back.

West Scranton pounded out a win over Scranton, 6-0, in the annual Battle for the Bell. OK, this rivalry is still a very intense clash of neighboring schools in the city. This year’s edition may never be remembered as a classic in the longtime series, but it had its moments.

 

Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from The Battle for the Bell

 

West Scranton’s Kevin Williams.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

West Scranton’s Zachary Darbenzio tackles Scranton’s Al Russell during the Bell Game at Memorial Stadium.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

West Scranton’s Nick Gioia breaks past Scranton’s Brandon Crusen during the Bell Game at Memorial Stadium.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

History

 

RESULTS
1991: West Scranton 14, Scranton 0
1992: West Scranton 19, Scranton 0
1993: West Scranton 34, Scranton 6
1993: West Scranton 21, Scranton 6 — District 2 playoff game
1994: West Scranton 32, Scranton 0
1995: Scranton 6, West Scranton 0
1996: West Scranton 14, Scranton 12
1997: Scranton 26, West Scranton 8
1998: West Scranton 28, Scranton 7
1999: West Scranton 39, Scranton 28
2000: Scranton 21, West Scranton 12
2001: West Scranton 23, Scranton 0
2002: Scranton 33, West Scranton 14
2003: Scranton 24, West Scranton 8
2004: Scranton 21, West Scranton 0
2005: West Scranton 41, Scranton 27
2006: Scranton 34, West Scranton 20
2007: West Scranton 43, Scranton 32
2008: Scranton 27, West Scranton 7
2009: Scranton 33, West Scranton 14
2010: West Scranton 34, Scranton 8
2011: Scranton 49, West Scranton 7
2012: Scranton 35, West Scranton 20
2013: Scranton 42, West Scranton 14
2014: Scranton 42, West Scranton 0
2015: Scranton 21, West Scranton 14
2016: West Scranton 28, Scranton 21
2017: Scranton 35, West Scranton 20

2018: West Scranton 6, Scranton 0

 

 

Jake Danna Stevens
Staff Photographer

 

 

 


 

 

 

Scranton’s Rodo Brown.

 

 

 

PNC GAME II

 

 

Last week, Riverside defeated Mid Valley in the fifth annual RailRiders Bowl. Riverside improved to 5-2 overall and will move ahead to face rival Old Forge in the annual Triboro Rivalry game. More on that later.

This week, Scranton will try to rebound from its loss to West Scranton when it faces Hazleton Area on Friday at PNC Field. This is the second year in a row that PNC Field will host a second regular-season game, and the first that involves a Wyoming Valley Conference team. Last year, Valley View defeated West Scranton in a PNC game played before the RailRiders Bowl.

 

 

Hazleton Area
vs. 
Scranton
Friday, 7 p.m. at PNC Field

 

Hazleton Area quarterback Sparky Wolk.

 

 

 

 


 

 

TRIBORO RIVALRY

 

Ask any fan of Old Forge and Riverside and they will argue until you believe them that, in fact, the Triboro Rivalry game is the best of all rivalry games in the LIAA.

Let’s take a look at the clash.

 

History

 

OLD FORGE

RIVERSIDE

540-403-54

ALL-TIME RECORD

407-409-35

7

D2 CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS

5

16

D2 APPEARANCES

15

7

LFC DIVISION TITLES

4

1

PIAA CLASS 1A APPEARANCES

2

 

 

TRIBORO RIVALRY

Old Forge leads, 37-31-4

1916: Old Forge 6, Taylor 0
1939: Old Forge 2, Taylor 0
1940: Taylor 7, Old Forge 4
1941: Taylor 9, Old Forge 0
1942: Taylor 26, Old Forge 0
1943: Taylor 6, Old Forge 0
1944: Taylor 19, Old Forge 0
1945: Taylor 20, Old Forge 0
1946: Taylor 19, Old Forge 6
1947: Taylor 6, Old Forge 2
1948: Old Forge 13, Taylor 6
1949: Old Forge 26, Taylor 7
1950: Old Forge 6, Taylor 6
1951: Old Forge 7, Taylor 0
1952: Old Forge 52, Taylor 12
1953: Old Forge 20, Taylor 6
1954: Old Forge 36, Taylor 0
1955: Old Forge 7, Taylor 0
1956: Old Forge 6, Taylor 6
1957: Old Forge 28, Taylor 7
1958: Old Forge 54, Taylor 14
1959: Old Forge 19, Taylor 6
1960: Old Forge 45, Taylor 12
1961: Old Forge 54, Taylor-Moosic 13
1962: Old Forge 47, Taylor-Moosic 12
1963: Old Forge 32, Taylor-Moosic 0
1964: Old Forge 31, Taylor-Moosic 6
1965: Old Forge 38, Taylor-Moosic 0
1966: Riverside 7, Old Forge 6
1967: Old Forge 0, Riverside 0
1968: Riverside 26, Old Forge 6
1969: Old Forge 21, Riverside 0
1970: Old Forge 47, Riverside 6
1971: Old Forge 0, Riverside 0
1972: Riverside 7, Old Forge 6
1973: Riverside 24, Old Forge 6
1974: Old Forge 21, Riverside 0
1975: Old Forge 7, Riverside 0
1976: Riverside 38, Old Forge 21
1977: Old Forge 29, Riverside 12
1978: Riverside 27, Old Forge 6
1979: Riverside 20, Old Forge 6
1980: Riverside 12, Old Forge 0
1981: Riverside 14, Old Forge 0
1982: Old Forge 12, Riverside 0
1983: Old Forge 35, Riverside 6
1984: Old Forge 7, Riverside 0
1985: Riverside 21, Old Forge 8
1986: Riverside 15, Old Forge 8

2000: Riverside 25, Old Forge 18

1988: Riverside 14, Old Forge 0
2000: Riverside 25, Old Forge 18
2001: Old Forge 14, Riverside 13
2002: Old Forge 33, Riverside 12
2003: Riverside 23, Old Forge 6
2004: Riverside 27, Old Forge 19
2005: Old Forge 40, Riverside 24
2006: Riverside 28, Old Forge 24
2007: Riverside 42, Old Forge 14
2008: Riverside 42, Old Forge 6
2008: Riverside 48, Old Forge 21
2009: Old Forge 43, Riverside 12
2009: Riverside 30, Old Forge 14

2010: Riverside 36, Old Forge 7

2010: Riverside 36, Old Forge 7
2011: Riverside 15, Old Forge 14
2011: Old Forge 47, Riverside 6
2012: Old Forge 54, Riverside 7
2012: Old Forge 42, Riverside 7
2013: Old Forge 57, Riverside 7
2014: Old Forge 35, Riverside 0

2015: Old Forge 27, Riverside 0

2016: Riverside 39, Old Forge 18

2017: Old Forge 24, Riverside 12

 

 

2017: Old Forge 24, Riverside 12

 

 

 


 

 

FANTASTIC 50

 

We have reached Week 8 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.

There are some big names in this group, again.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Grouping 1
  • Kevin Sochovka | Riverside LB
  • Zach Lasavage | Carbondale Area RB
  • Ryan Paulish | Old Forge OL-DL
  • James McHale | Dunmore OL
  • Kyle Passeri | Valley View RB

 

Grouping 2
  • 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

 

Grouping 3
  • 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

 

Grouping 4
  • Brian Tomasetti | Old Forge RB
  • Tyler Hughes | West Scranton QB
  • Noah Beh | Scranton Prep OL-DL
  • Matt Cavallaro | Delaware Valley QB
  • Nick Shoemaker | Dunmore OL-DL

 

Grouping 5
  • Eric Shrive | West Scranton OL-DL
  • Dylan Kelly | Delaware Valley DB-WR
  • Brandon Yescavage | Old Forge RB
  • Joe Klebon | Riverside RB
  • Devin Myers | Lackawanna Trail QB-DB

 

Grouping 6
  • Evan Prall | West Scranton WR-DB
  • Joe DeFebo | Wallenpaupack RB
  • Shane Schuback | Old Forge FB-TE-LB
  • Richard Jackson | Lackawanna Trail RB-DB
  • Dan Drewes | Dunmore OL-DL

 

Grouping 7
  • Brett Trichilo | Dunmore RB
  • Frankie Colletta | Delaware Valley RB
  • Yogi Roth | Lackawanna Trail WR-DB
  • Corey Talerico | Riverside QB
  • Al Karaffa | Scranton QB

 

 

Now to Grouping 8. ..

 

 

 

Chris WASHKO | LAKELAND

Wide receiver

 

  • Associated Press Smal School all-state, 1999
  • Associated Press Small School all-state, 2000
  • Times-Tribune All-Region WR, 1999, 2000
  • NEPFC record 61 receptions in season
  • Record 136 receptions in career
  • Record 2,872 yards receiving in career
  • Record 21 touchdowns in a season
  • Record 39 touchdowns in career
  • Helped Lakeland to 2000 District 2 Class 2A championship

 

 

 


 

 

 

Kevin MANNING | ABINGTON HEIGHTS

Offensive line

 

  • Associated Press Big School all-state first team OL 1998
  • Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year, 1998
  • Hookey Reap award winner 1998 (offense)
  • Led Abington Heights to District 2 Class 4A title 1998
  • Led Abington Heights to three league titles in career, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Princeton University

 

 

 


 

 

 

Karlon QUILLER | SCRANTON

Wide receiver and defensive back

 

  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters (Class 4A) all-state first team athlete, 2012
  • Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year, 2012
  • Times-Tribune All-Region WR, DB, P
  • Set school records with 54 receptions for 1,360 yards and 20 TDS (2012)
  • Set LFC record with 243 yards in a game vs. Delaware Valley
  • Had 116 receptions for 2,593 yards and 34 TDS in career

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Daiqwon BUCKLEY | DUNMORE

Running back and linebacker

 

  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters (Class 1A) all-state first team, 2013
  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters (Class 1A) all-state second team, 2012
  • Times-Tribune All-Region LB 2012, RB 2013
  • Ran for 6,073 yards in career (LFC 2nd all time) and 84 touchdowns
  • Temple University

 

 

 


 

 

 

Morris JACKSON | LACKAWANNA TRAIL

Offensive and defensive lineman

 

  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters (Class 1A) all-state first team OL 2001
  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters (Class 1A) all-state second team OL 2000
  • Times-Tribune All-Region OL/DL 2001, OL 2000
  • Hookey Reap Award 2000 (offense), 2001 (offense)
  • Started 51 games in career
  • Led Lackawanna Trail to three District 2 Class 1A titles 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Led Lackawanna Trail to 42 wins in four seasons
  • East Stroudsburg University