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N. Pocono, Hazleton Area move up

The top half of the Big School rankings was revamped this week following close games between ranked teams in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings.

The rankings, compiled weekly by our partner site,, are for teams in the Lackawanna Football Conference and Wyoming Valley Conference.

North Pocono and Hazleton Area are the new second- and third-ranked teams.

Delaware Valley and Wyoming Valley West moved into the rankings this week while Lackawanna Trail also moved up.

There is potential for more movement with Hazleton Area and Delaware Valley in one of the two games between between ranked teams on the upcoming schedule.

Valley View and Scranton Prep, which are scheduled to meet on the final weekend of the regular season, remained in the top spots.

Valley View is the only unbeaten Big School after improving to 5-0 by doing all of its scoring before the midway point of the second quarter in a 48-0 rout of West Scranton. The Cougars host Crestwood (1-4) Friday.

North Pocono jumped from fourth to second after going on the road to beat what was a ranked team at the time, Wallenpaupack, 13-6. The Trojans (4-1) are at Abington Heights (1-4) Saturday.

Hazleton Area (3-2) knocked off a higher-ranked opponent, beating Dallas, 28-21, in overtime to climb from sixth to third. The Cougars put their three-game winning streak on the line at home against fifth-ranked Delaware Valley Friday.

The loss dropped Dallas (2-2) from second to fourth. The Mountaineers are at former No. 1 and currently unranked Williamsport (3-2) Friday.

Delaware Valley (2-3) returned to the rankings in fifth after routing Abington Heights, 39-7. The Warriors have won two straight since opening the season with three straight losses to state-ranked opponents.

Wyoming Valley West (3-2) enters the rankings in sixth after beating Tunkhannock, 20-15. The Spartans host Wilkes-Barre Area (2-3) Saturday in a game that has been moved to 4 p.m.

The unchanged top four spots in the Small School rankings feature three teams that made it to the halfway point in the regular season unbeaten and another that only lost in the final minute to a team on the nation’s longest winning streak.

Scranton Prep has been first all season. The Cavaliers (4-0) knocked Western Wayne out of the rankings with a 41-14 victory. They play West Scranton (0-5) Saturday night at 7.

Wyoming Area (4-1) followed up its 37-30 loss to Southern Columbia by shutting out Crestwood, 27-0, to hold the second spot. The Warriors play at fourth-ranked Lakeland (5-0) Friday night in what could be the weekend’s top matchup.

Third-ranked Old Forge (4-0) picked up a forfeit over Montrose but will be on the field for the first time in three weeks when it hosts Hanover Area (1-4) Friday.

Lakeland defeated Carbondale, 33-14, for its 10th straight regular-season win.

Lackawanna Trail (4-1) moved from sixth to fifth after its 60-27 rout of Holy Redeemer. The Lions are at Montrose (0-5) Friday night. Montrose, which has forfeited twice because of player shortages, plans to play, as of Tuesday.

Mid Valley debuted in sixth after improving to 4-1 by beating Holy Cross, 42-6. The Spartans host Riverside (2-3) Friday night.

The rankings, with records and last week’s rank.


(Lackawanna Football Conference, Wyoming Valley Conference teams)


Big Schools

RankSchoolRecordLast Week
  1.Valley View5-01
  2.North Pocono4-12
  3.Hazleton Area3-26
  5.Delaware Valley2-3NR
  6.Wyoming Valley West3-2NR

Small Schools

RankSchool2020 RecordLast Week
  1.Scranton Prep5-01
  2.Wyoming Area4-12
  3.Old Forge4-03
  5.Lackawanna Trail4-15
  6.Mid Valley4-16

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