This week marks the mid-way point in the regular season.

But before we move forward, we have to look back at a very good weekend in the Lackawanna Football Conference.

We start with No. 1 Valley View defeating No. 2 Scranton Prep, 27-15. It was a mega-hyped game between two of the best programs the last two seasons.

In 2017, Scranton Prep defeated the Cougars, 35-34, and both teams went on to win District 2 championships, Scranton Prep in Class 3A and Valley View in Class 4A.


Valley View’s quarterback #2 Janaasah Boone runs with the ball against Scranton Prep.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer



Here is how impressive Valley View’s win is in the landscape of the LFC:


  • September 30, 2017: Last time an LFC team scored 21 or more points against Scranton Prep — Valley View (34).


  • August 31, 2016: Last LFC team to defeat Scranton Prep in the regular season — Abington Heights (21-14).


  • September 15, 2015: Last time Scranton Prep lost to an LFC division opponent — Scranton (14-13).


  • October 25, 2014: Last time an LFC opponent beat Scranton Prep by more than 7 points — Delaware Valley (28-20).












Average points per game for Valley View in its last 14 games against District 2 opponents.


Average points given up by Scranton Prep to LFC opponents in last 39 games.
Average margin of victory in the Valley View-Scranton Prep game in last five seasons.
Wins by Scranton Prep over LFC opponents in their last 51 games since 2012.


Valley View’s #34 Mason Kordish runs through Scranton Prep’s defense.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer





West Scranton’s #28 Kevin Williams breaks through Lakeland’s front line. Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer





If the Valley View-Scranton Prep game wasn’t enough for fans, West Scranton and Lakeland had a heck of a battle.

The Chiefs took a 14-7 lead late into the second quarter. Thomas Pidgeon had a 64-yard pass from CJ Dippre to take a 7-0 lead. Kevin Williams brought West Scranton back with a 17-yard touchdown. Then, Lakeland’s James Lewis scored on an 18-yard pass from Dippre to make it Lakeland, 14-7


Then the fun really started:.



Then West Scranton’s Quincey Vassel returned a kickoff 84 yards to set up the Invaders’ tying touchdown. 14-14.

Payton Davis caught a 26-yard pass for a touchdown and the Invaders led 21-20 in the third quarter.

Lakeland tried to pull even after a 13-yard touchdown run by C.J. Dippre, but the extra point was blocked, that made it 21-20.

Williams, who had 164 yards rushing, scored and Mike Gowarty tacked on the point after to make it 28-20.

Lakeland tried to rally marching inside the 30 with only seconds left, but did not score.







Lackawanna Trail had never beaten Dunmore in football. The closest the Lions came was in 1999 when they lost a wild early-season showdown 41-40 where the Lions missed on a game-winning 2-point attempt late.


Remember when. …




Lackawanna Trail’s Yogi Roth (30) catches a pass as Dunmore’s Bryan Weber (4) defends and Jamie Monahan (2) closes on the play.


Date: September 24, 1999


In a game dominated by offense, Dunmore’s defense came up with the biggest play of all.
With 13 seconds remaining, the Bucks defensive line hurried quarterback John Glenn, forcing an errant throw on a two-point conversion as Dunmore held on for a 41-40 Lackawanna Football Conference victory at Lackawanna Trail.
Dunmore squandered a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to see Brett Trichilo return a kickoff 76 yards with 1:15 remaining to give Dunmore a 41-34 lead.
Trail marched back down the field behind Glenn, who completed 16 of 25 passes for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns.
Glenn’s 11-yard scramble for a touchdown pulled the Lions (2-1 LFC, 3-1 overall) within a point. On the ensuing conversion, Glenn rolled out on a naked bootleg to his left under extreme pressure from the Bucks (3-0, 4-0) line. His hurried, off-balance throw sailed over the head of Yogi Roth, whose 80-yard touchdown catch tied the game with 1:29 to play.
“We could have folded but with (head coach Jack) Henzes’ morals and his teaching and his coaching, we weren’t going to fold,” Trichilo said. “I knew (Trail) would come back fighting. I went to camp with John Glenn and I knew he wasn’t going to quit. I know all these guys and knew they wouldn’t quit.”



Through the years. …



























Lackawanna Trail








We have reached Week 5 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 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



Now onto Grouping 5:





Offensive and defensive line


  • Associated Press all-state Class 3A first team, OL (2007, 2008)
  • Times-Tribune All-Region, 2007, 2008
  • Four-year starter at West Scranton, District 2 Champion 2006, 2007
  • Hookey Reap award, OL, 2008
  • United States Army All-American, 2008
  • Penn State University









Defensive back and wide receiver


  • Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 6A All-state (2017)
  • Times-Tribune All-Region (2016, 2017)
  • Four-year starter
  • Had 71 total tackles, 17 INTs and 27 passes defended in career
  • Had 100 receptions (7th all-time) for 1,614 yards (9th all-time) and 18 TDs in career
  • Ran for 237 yards and 3 TDs in career
  • Led Delaware Valley to District 2 Class 6A title (2016, 2017)
  • Playing at Fordham University







Running back


  • Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 1A co-Player of the Year (2013)
  • Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 1A all-state (2013)
  • Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • Ran for 2,666 yards and record 46 TDs with 288 points (2013)
  • Ran for 3,038 yards and 51 TDs in career
  • Led Old Forge to District 2 Class 1A title (2013) and PIAA Class 1A final (2013)
  • Led Old Forge to District 2 Class 1A final (2013)








Running back


  • Associated Press Class 2A all-state, RB (2007)
  • Associated Press Class 1A all-state, RB (2008)
  • Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year (2007)
  • Times-Tribune two-time All-Region, RB, Specialist
  • Ran for 4,244 yards and scored 77 touchdowns
  • Ran for 2,075 yards and 39 touchdowns with 286 points (2007)
  • Led Riverside to D2 Class 1A title (2008)









Quarterback and defensive back


  • Associated Press Class 1A all-state, second team, 2003
  • Times-Tribune All-Region, DB
  • Set District 2 record with 41 career wins breaking record of Berwick’s Ron Powlus
  • Threw for school-record 5,497 yards (LFC, 3rd all time) and 68 TDs (LFC, 3rd)
  • Led Lackawanna Trail to District 2 Class 1A titles, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Led Lackawanna Trail to PIAA semifinals in 2000, 2003