Week nine of High School Football action is upon us and several local teams are till in the hunt for a post-season appearance. Wallenpaupack (6-2) will host West Scranton (2-6), North Pocono (7-1) will visit Honesdale (0-8), Lakeland (5-3) will be at Western Wayne (4-4), and Delaware Valley (4-4) will visit Scranton Memorial Stadium to take on the Knights (4-4).


Week nine of High School Football action is upon us and several local teams are till in the hunt for a post-season appearance. Wallenpaupack (6-2) will host West Scranton (2-6), North Pocono (7-1) will visit Honesdale (0-8), Lakeland (5-3) will be at Western Wayne (4-4), and Delaware Valley (4-4) will visit Scranton Memorial Stadium to take on the Knights (4-4).

West Scranton at Wallenpaupack
The Bucks will host West Scranton for their last regular season home game of the year and are currently ranked fifth, 10 points behind Crestwood in District 2 Class AAAA.

‘Paupack is coming off a huge win over Honesdale last week when Joe DeFebo ran for 323 yards and six touchdowns, giving him 64 Td’s in his career and 4,890 total yards rushing. Needing just 111 yards to break the 5,000 mark he should be able to accomplish this against a defense that is ranked sixth in Division 1 yielding 333.3 yards against them a game.

The Invaders’ offense is explosive at times and with Tyler Hughes at QB (1,638 yards passing on the year) he will keep the Buckhorn defense on their toes keeping the ball out of Ethan Dunn’s hands. Dunn is the leading receiver in Division 1 with 37 receptions and averaging 13.3 yards a catch.

If the Bucks are able to sustain long drives on the ground using DeFebo and Taylor Newcomer, they should be able to control the tempo of the game.

Wallenpaupack wins by two touchdowns.

North Pocono at Honesdale
North Pocono has already secured a post-season berth and the Hornets have lost their last 15 straight games, this game will not be the one they put a W in the win column.

Honesdale is ranked last in both offensive and defensive categories while the Trojans are second defensively and fourth on offense with Matt Smith pacing the offense with 572 yards passing.

This one will only be close if the Trojans decide to rest some of their starters and prepare for the play-offs but North Pocono will still win by three scores.

Delaware Valley at Scranton
The Warriors are coming off a huge come-from-behind victory last week against West Scranton, proving that they can step up big and make plays late in a game. Scranton is a tough team with a deceiving record of 4-4 that could be higher.

Offensively the Warriors use a ton of different players running the ball this year and have been effective both on the ground and through the air. Chris Cohen is leading the pack averaging 4.9 yards a carry and already has 585 yards on just 63 attempts. Bryan Schor has six Td’s passing and should be able to throw the ball against a fourth ranked defense allowing over 300 yards a game.

This one will be close at the half with the Warriors winning by a touchdown when the final whistle blows.

Lakeland at Western Wayne
The Wildcats are no longer a sleeper team in Division 2 as they have been making some noise and keeping games close all season. Last week they took down Riverside 10-8 with a dominating performance by their stingy defense.

Ranked second offensively, Western Wayne is averaging 300 yards a game with Josh Harrison toting the ball 175 times so far with 930 yards and 12 Td’s. Joe Siclari has recorded 556 yards of passing and his favorite target of Jay Vonderhey is fifth in Division 2 with 233 yards receiving and four scores.

Last year Lakeland ran away with this match-up winning 49-17. This year will have a very different outcome with the ‘Cats winning by a touchdown.