We have crossed the half-way mark in the regular season in the Lackawanna Football Conference.

It’s clear after five weeks, Valley View is No. 1 and Scranton Prep is No. 2. Now there is still a lot of football to be played, including two more for those Super Powers this week, but in the LFC, they are the two top teams and everybody is working to close the gap.

 

Valley View dispatched of Honesdale, 35-14, in Week 5.

 

  • To give this win perspective, Honesdale’s three other losses this season have come to Lakeland, 6-0, Western Wayne, 13-7, and Delaware Valley, 21-20, in two overtimes. Those three teams are ranked in The Times-Tribune Top 10 and have been all season.

 

What’s next?

 

Valley View (5-0)
at
Berwick (5-0)

Friday, 7 p.m. Crispin Field

 

COUGARS

BULLDOGS

389-164-8

All-TIME RECORD

812-334-44

1992

PIAA TITLES

1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

2011, 2014

D2 CHAMPIONSHIPS

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2014

15

D2 APPEARANCES

19

6

EC CHAMPIONSHIPS

8

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

1977

EC Championship

Berwick

17

Valley View

12

1984

EC Class A Championship

Valley View

14

Berwick

3

1991

EC Class I Semifinal

Berwick

26

Valley View

13

1995

D2 Class 3A Championship

Berwick

49

Valley View

13

1996

D2 Class 3A Semifinal

Berwick

54

Valley View

0

1998

D2 Class 3A Championship

Berwick

14

Valley View

7

1999

D2 Class 3A Semifinal

Valley View

24

Berwick

21

2010

EC Class 3A Championship

Valley View

35

Berwick

21

2017

D2 Class 4A Championship

Valley View

24

Berwick

17

 

 

Valley View’s Jaden Duplessis

 

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2017
VALLEY VIEW 24, BERWICK 17, 2 OT

 

JUST SHORT

BY STEVE BENNETT

BERWICK — Facing fourth-and-the season, Berwick called timeout to set up one final play. Valley View, on the other hand, had a little bit of room for error. 
If Berwick did find a way to score, the teams would likely get another chance to win the game in a third overtime.
As Berwick quarterback Jared Marshman dropped back to pass from the Valley View 7-yard line, the Cougars sent pressure. Marshman tried to elude it to the best of his ability, and with a couple of Cougars hanging on for dear life, Marshman was able to get the pass off. It fell into the arms of Valley View linebacker Janaasah Boone well short of the goal line.
Boone’s interception sealed Valley View’s 24-17 victory and the District 2 Class 4A championship Friday night at Crispin Field. It is Valley View’s second district title and first since 2011. The Cougars, now 10-3 on the year, will advance to the state playoffs, where they will play state power Imhotep Charter next week at a site and time to be announced.
Berwick, the top seed in the district tournament, ends its season at 10-3.
“I just saw the ball go up in the air (Marshman) was trying to throw it over my head,” Boone said. “I was able to pick it out of the air. I saw we were getting pressure and I had my eyes on my wide receiver. The ball was there and I just jumped up for it.”

 

 

Valley View’s Mason Kordish.

 

 


 

Scranton Prep receiver Michael Greco, right, smiles in the endzone after scoring a touchdown while congratulated by teammate Paul Ruddy on Saturday against West Scranton.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

 

 

Scranton Prep defeated West Scranton, 46-7

 

After the loss to Valley View in Week 4, the Cavaliers took out some frustration on the Invaders, who were just starting to build some momentum after a win over Lakeland.

This outcome was never in doubt.

 

SCRANTON PREP BY THE NUMBERS

12.7
Yards per pass completion
313
Yards of offense in the first half
18
First downs in the first half
8.6
Yards per play

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

What’s next?

 

North Pocono (4-1)
at
Scranton Prep (4-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Memorial Stadium

 

 

North Pocono defeated Delaware Valley, 27-14, in Week 5

 

North Pocono quarterback Donny Blaine.
Jason Farmer /
Staff Photographer

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

FANTASTIC 50

 

We have reached Week 6 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.

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

 

Now to grouping 6. …

 

 

Evan PRALL | WEST SCRANTON

Defensive back and wide receiver

 

  • Associated Press Big School all-state, DB, 2001
  • Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year, 2001
  • Set school record for solo tackles (102), interceptions (9) and blocked PATs (10) in career
  • Caught 32 passes for 616 yards and 9 TDs as senior
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • NFL free agent with Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Joe DeFEBO | WALLENPAUPACK

Running back

 

  • Associated Press Class 4A all-state, RB (2009)
  • Associated Press Class 4A all-state, RB (2008)
  • Times-Tribune All-Region, 2008, 2009
  • Ran for 5,457 yards in career (4th all-time)
  • Ran for more than 2,000 yards (2008, 2009)
  • Went to Kutztown University

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Shane SCHUBACK | OLD FORGE

Linebacker and fullback and tight end

 

  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters all-state (Class 1A), LB, 2013
  • Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year, LB, 2013
  • Had 278 tackles with 42 for loss in career
  • Also had 38 receptions for 582 yards and 7 Tds and had 420 yards rushing
  • Led Old Forge to the D2 Class 1A championship, 2013
  • Led Old Forge to PIAA Class 1A final, 2013

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Richard JACKSON | LACKAWANNA TRAIL

Running back and defensive back

 

  • Associated Press Small-School all-state, third-team, RB, 2000
  • Times-Tribune two-time All-Region, 1999, 2000
  • Ran for 4,546 yards and 64 total TDs in career
  • Had 2,265 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns in 2000
  • Led Lackawanna Trail to D2 Class 1A titles (1999, 2000)
  • Went to King’s College

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan DREWES | DUNMORE

Offensive line and defensive line

 

  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters all-state (Class 2A), OL, 2014
  • Times-Tribune All-Region, 2013, 2014
  • Four-year starter at C for Dunmore which had record of 49-6
  • Started all 55 games of his career
  • Hookey Reap award winner (offense), 2014
  • Led Dunmore to D2 Class 1A title (2012), D2 Class 2A title (2014)
  • Led Dunmore to PIAA Class 1A final (2012), PIAA Class 2A final (2014)