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Trojans, Cavaliers climb in rankings

North Pocono and Scranton Prep are among the teams on the move this week in the Gaughan Auto Store Super Six Power Rankings produced by our partner website,

The Trojans moved into third among Big Schools while the Cavaliers took over second among Small Schools after wins in the second week of the season.

North Pocono and Scranton Prep are joined by Crestwood and Valley View as teams moving up this week. Like the Trojans, the Comets gained one spot this week. The Cougars return to the rankings after falling out last week, taking over No. 5 among Big Schools.

The rankings set up a clear featured game of the Week Three schedule. North Pocono goes to No. 1 Hazleton Area for an inter-conference meeting of ranked Big Schools.

Western Wayne and Old Forge will each face a ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks when the Wildcats host the Blue Devils Friday night in a game between the No. 3 and No. 6 Small Schools. It is the only other game between Super Six teams on the Week Three schedule.

Hazleton Area and Lakeland held on to top rankings with decisive victories last week. Hazleton Area handled Wallenpaupack, 45-7, while Lakeland routed Carbondale, 52-7.

Dallas remains second among Big Schools, followed by North Pocono, Crestwood, Valley View and Delaware Valley.

Scranton Prep, which had been the preseason No. 1, moves up from fourth to second among Small Schools.

Western Wayne drops one spot.

Dunmore is fourth, followed by Lackawanna Trail and Old Forge, which remained in fifth and sixth among among Small Schools.

Dallas held second and North Pocono took over third by winning meetings of ranked teams last week.

Dallas defeated Crestwood, 35-14, to get to 2-0 going into Friday’s game at Williamsport (1-1).

North Pocono held off Western Wayne, 28-27.

Crestwood (1-1) moved up a spot despite its loss to Dallas. The Comets had opened the season with a win over Valley View, the fifth-ranked team following its come-from-behind, 24-21 win over Berwick.

Crestwood hosts Wyoming Area while Valley View is at Honesdale Friday night.

Delaware Valley is 0-2 after falling to state-ranked Class A opponent Harrisburg, 32-3, and faces another tough opponent in its home opener against Downingtown East (2-0).

Lakeland (2-0) is at Riverside (1-1) Friday.

Scranton Prep (1-1) shut out West Scranton, 49-0, and hosts Lake-Lehman (0-2) Friday at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Western Wayne and Old Forge each take 1-1 records into their meeting. Old Forge is coming off a 42-7 rout of Nanticoke.

Dunmore (1-1) lost to state-ranked Mount Carmel, 42-14. The Bucks host Susquehanna (2-0) Friday.

Lackawanna Trail reached 2-0 with a 22-8 win at Lake-Lehman. The Lions host Nanticoke (1-1) Friday.

Berwick fell out of the Big School rankings following its second straight loss.

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



Big Schools

  1Hazleton Area  2-0  1
  2Dallas  1-0  2
  3North Pocono  2-0  4
  4Crestwood  1-1  5
  5Valley View  1-1NR
  6Delaware Valley  0-2  3

Small Schools

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

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