NEPA Sports Nation

Today in NEPA Sports Nation, 9/17

Memorial Stadium may be part of the Scranton School District and adjacent to Scranton High School, but it serves as the home field for both Scranton and Scranton Prep on game days.

So, any home-field advantage should be limited when the Knights (3-0 overall) and Cavaliers (2-1) meet Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 opener for both. The winner of the game between teams listed in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings will determine which team joins Friday winners Valley View and Delaware Valley at 1-0 in the division.

Saturday’s other football game sends Montrose (0-1) to Holy Cross (0-3) in a meeting of former LFC divisional rivals.

The Meteors are not playing in the conference this season while they try to rebuild their program. Their independent schedule only included one game in the first three weeks of the season.

Holy Cross was scheduled to play each week, but sat out last week and forfeited because of a lack of healthy, available players.

Scranton is one of four remaining unbeatens in District 2 and has used its three wins to move into the sixth spot among Big Schools in the Super Six.

Scranton Prep opened the season No. 1 among Small Schools, was roughed up by current No. 1 Lakeland in its opener, but then moved back up to No. 2 with two impressive wins since.

Dual-threat quarterback and all-star defensive back Billy Maloney leads Scranton.

Quenten Palermo has become the main runner at Scranton Prep, which lost Penn State commit and all-state running back London Montgomery to a knee injury the week before the season started.

Saturday’s schedule also includes events in other sports.

Wyoming Seminary is in Kentucky facing Louisville Sacred Heart in a meeting of 2021 field hockey state champions.

Unbeaten soccer teams are playing this morning with No. 3 Dallas at No. 1 Abington Heights in a non-league game between Big School boys teams in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.

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