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

Berwick

Valley View

Points per game for first five weeks

9.6

Points vs. Berwick

35

Rushing yards against for first 5 weeks

47.8

Rush Yards vs. Berwick

205

Passing yards against for first 5 weeks

119.2

Pass Yards vs. Berwick

127

 

 

Valley View’s Jaden Duplessis.

 

NOTES: 

 

  • 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.

 

 

Mason Kordish

 

 

WHAT’S AHEAD?

 

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.

 

Western Wayne’s Dylan Walck.
JESSE CAREY / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

NOTES: 
  • 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.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2015

 

 

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.

 

          OLD            FORGE

LACKAWANNA TRAIL

539-403-54

ALL-TIME RECORD

377-264-9

7

D2 CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS

8

16

D2 APPEARANCES

18

7

LFC DIVISION TITLES

7

 

 

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 1998

 

 

THE SERIES

Old Forge leads, 22-18

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2000

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

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2005

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

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2007

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

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2015

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

 

 

 

Lackawanna Trail vs. Old Forge 2017

 

 


 

RAILRIDERS BOWL

 

Riverside

vs.

Mid Valley

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

 

 


 

 

FANTASTIC 50

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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

Quarterback

 

  • 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