It was billed and hyped as the Game of the Year.
Valley View left quite an impression.
In the battle between two No. 1 teams, Valley View slugged it out with Berwick and came away with a 35-7 win to solidify its spot as the top team in District 2. The Cougars are undefeated at 6-0 and have been impressive. It was the second win over the Bulldogs in the last two seasons. Valley View defeated Berwick, 24-17, in two overtimes in the District 2 Class 4A title game in 2017, which led to all of the preseason anticipation for the rematch.
This one wasn’t nearly as close or as exciting.
BY THE NUMBERS
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- Valley View’s 28-point margin of victory at Crispin Field is the largest since Williamsport defeated the Bulldogs, 56-23, on October 28, 2016.
- Valley View has won 13 straight games against District 2 opponents and has won those games by an average of 23.5 points per game.
- Valley View has now won 4 straight against Berwick and has evened the all-time series at 5-5.
The win over the Bulldogs is just the latest hurdle the Cougars have cleared. There are more on the horizon, including one this week against Western Wayne.
Western Wayne is coming off an impressive win over Lakeland, 30-21.
- It was only Western Wayne’s second win over Lakeland in 26 meetings in the series. The other came in 2014.
- Western Wayne improved to 5-1 this season. The Wildcats record after six games in 2016 was 5-1 and in 2017 was 6-0.
SMALL SCHOOL SHOWDOWN
This week, there will be an outstanding game between the two most decorated Class 1A programs in District 2 when Old Forge visits Lackawanna Trail on Friday night at Lions Pride Stadium.
D2 CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS
LFC DIVISION TITLES
Old Forge leads, 22-18
1987: Old Forge 8, Lackawanna Trail 0
1987: Old Forge 15, Lackawanna Trail 7
1988: Old Forge 28, Lackawanna Trail 0
1989: Old Forge 33, Lackawanna Trail 8
1990: Lackawanna Trail 18, Old Forge 6
1991: Old Forge 27, Lackawanna Trail 8
1992: Lackawanna Trail 33, Old Forge 7
1993: Old Forge 21, Lackawanna Trail 7
1994: Old Forge 21, Lackawanna Trail 18
1995: Old Forge 20, Lackawanna Trail 14
1996: Old Forge 44, Lackawanna Trail 16
1997: Lackawanna Trail 40, Old Forge 28
1998: Lackawanna Trail 21, Old Forge 0
1999: Lackawanna Trail 21, Old Forge 16
1999: Lackawanna Trail 20, Old Forge 6
2000: Lackawanna Trail 14, Old Forge 12
2001: Lackawanna Trail 28, Old Forge 12
2001: Lackawanna Trail 28, Old Forge 6
2002: Lackawanna Trail 14, Old Forge 12
2002: Lackawanna Trail 28, Old Forge 6
2003: Lackawanna Trail 40, Old Forge 0
2003: Lackawanna Trail 33, Old Forge 7
2004: Lackawanna Trail 49, Old Forge 20
2005: Lackawanna Trail 48, Old Forge 0
2006: Old Forge 20, Lackawanna Trail 12
2007: Lackawanna Trail 35, Old Forge 6
2007: Lackawanna Trail 34, Old Forge 22
2008: Old Forge 48, Lackawanna Trail 13
2009: Old Forge 53, Lackawanna Trail 6
2010: Old Forge 25, Lackawanna Trail 6
2011: Old Forge 37, Lackawanna Trail 6
2011: Old Forge 10, Lackawanna Trail 7
2012: Old Forge 35, Lackawanna Trail 14
2013: Old Forge 50, Lackawanna Trail 14
2014: Old Forge 17, Lackawanna Trail 14
2015: Old Forge 27, Lackawanna Trail 13
2015: Old Forge 49, Lackawanna Trail 14
2016: Lackawanna Trail 17, Old Forge 8
2017: Old Forge 32, Lackawanna Trail 20
2017: Old Forge 29, Lackawanna Trail 22
Friday, 7 p.m., PNC Field
PAST RAILRIDERS WINNERS
2014: Abington Heights Comets
2015: Valley View Cougars
2016: Lakeland Chiefs
2017: Old Forge Blue Devils
We have reached Week 7 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Now to grouping 7. ..
Brett TRICHILO | DUNMORE
Running back and defensive back
- Associated Press Small School all-state, second team (1999)
- Associated Press Small School all-state, third team (2000)
- Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year (1999)
- Ran for 4,524 yards in career and scored 76 TDs
- Ran for more than 2,300 yards and scored 41 TDs as a junior
- Led Dunmore to D2 Class 2A championship (1999)
- Wilkes University
Frankie COLLETTA | DELAWARE VALLEY
Running back and linebacker
- Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year, RB, (2004)
- Ran for 5,261 yards in his career
- Tied area record with 7 touchdowns in a game against Scranton Prep
- Averaged 229.2 yards rushing and 4.5 TDs per game as senior before ankle injury ended season in Week 5
- Helped Delaware Valley to its first winning season in school history, (2004)
Yogi ROTH | LACKAWANNA TRAIL
Wide receiver and defensive back
- Associated Press Small-school all-state, DB, (1998, 1999)
- Three-time All-Region selection, (1997, 1998, 1999)
- Had area-record 157 receptions in his career for 2,606 yards
- Had school-record 18 interceptions in career
- Four-year starter (1997-2000)
- Led Lackawanna Trail to D2 Class 1A title (1999)
- Walked on at University of Pittsburgh
Corey TALERICO | RIVERSIDE
Quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back
- Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 1A Player of the Year (2010)
- Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 1A all-state (2010)
- Threw for 2,152 yards and school-record 30 TDs and ran for 1,046 yards and scored 16 TDs (2010)
- Led Riverside to D2 Class 1A championship (2010)
- Led Riverside to PIAA Class 1A final (2010)
Al KARAFFA | SCRANTON
- Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year (2002)
- Times-Tribune All-Region QB (2002, 2003)
- Threw for 5,025 yards in career for school record (2000-03)
- Led Scranton to 19-4 record in junior and senior seasons
- Led Scranton to D2 Class 4A titles in 2002, 2003