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Successful week sets up showdowns

The teams that make up the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings went 7-1 in Week Five when not facing each other.

Those results had two implications.

There is just one change in this week’s rankings and half of the ranked teams will be squaring off in head-to-head meetings in Week Six.

The head-to-head meetings are highlighted by the top two Big Schools in the rankings, which are compiled by our partners at, squaring off.

Wilkes-Barre Area knocked off previous Big School No. 6 Berwick, 35-21, to take that spot away from the Bulldogs.

Hazleton Area and Lakeland retained the No. 1 rankings that Hazleton Area has had all season and that Lakeland has held since winning its opener.

No. 2 Dallas, the division leader, is at Hazleton Area in a Big School battle of teams with 5-0 overall records for first place in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1. The winner will have the last remaining record in divisional games.

Wilkes-Barre Area will test its new ranking in another WVC Division 1 game between ranked teams. The Wolfpack (3-2) will host No. 3 Crestwood (4-1) in a game between teams that each have one loss within the division.

Hazleton Area, Dallas and Crestwood are followed by Valley View and unbeaten Scranton again this week. The top five Big Schools won by a combined, 213-46 margin.

Both Week Five Small School meetings of ranked teams were won by the higher-ranked teams, keeping the rankings intact.

Lakeland is still followed, in order, by Western Wayne, Scranton Prep, Dunmore, Old Forge and Lackawanna Trail.

Lakeland defeated Old Forge, 47-20, and Dunmore dow2ned Lackawanna Trail, 24-7.

The next meeting of ranked teams is Friday when Lackawanna Trail goes to Old Forge for a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 opener between what are expected to be the division’s top two teams.

In other games involving ranked Big School teams in the week ahead, Valley View hosts Abington Heights in an LFC Division 1 game and Scranton hosts Wallenpaupack in non-league play. The Valley View-Abington Heights winner will get to 2-0 to tie Scranton for the LFC Division 1 lead.

The other games for ranked Small School teams are: Lakeland hosting Honesdale, Western Wayne hosting West Scranton and Dunmore hosting Mid Valley in LFC Division 2 openers Friday, then Scranton Prep hosting Wallenpaupack in a Saturday LFC Division 1 game.

The full rankings, with records and last week’s rankings:



Big Schools

  1Hazleton Area  5-0  1
  2Dallas  5-0  2
  3Crestwood  4-1  3
  4Valley View  4-1  4
  5Scranton  5-0  5
  6Wilkes-Barre Area  3-2NR

Small Schools

  1Lakeland  5-0  1
  2Western Wayne  4-1  2
  3Scranton Prep  3-2  3
  4Dunmore  4-1  4
  5Old Forge  3-2  5
  6Lackawanna Trail  4-1  6

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