Entering Week 10 of the high school football season both Wyoming Area and Old Forge know one thing – there will be a Week 11 for both the Warriors and Blue Devils.
What the two schools do not know is who their opponents will be when the District 2 playoffs open up on November 11.
In Class 2A, the Warriors have solidified themselves with a spot in the four-team tournament. Wyoming Valley Conference rival GAR has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the tourney. Wyoming Area could clinch a home game and the No. 2 seed with a victory over Cross River Rival Pittston Area on Friday night. A loss to the Patriots could put the Warriors on the road in Week 11 depending on what else occurs in the final week of play.
The wildcard in determining the rest of the field as of this morning is that Week 9 is yet to be complete, including a Lackawanna Football Conference game between Mid Valley and Susquehanna that will go a long way in determining who plays who to open the playoffs. The Spartans and Sabers play Monday in Susquehanna.
Susquehanna is currently the third team but could move into the No. 2 spot with wins over Mid Valley and Friday night at Old Forge. If the Sabers win out, the Warriors would travel to Susquehanna on Sat., Nov. 12 should they lose to PA. The same Susquehanna scenario with WA beating the Patriots would have the Sabers traveling to West Pittston to take on the Warriors on Fri., Nov. 11.
Now, should current No. 4 seed Lake-Lehman upset Old Shoe Rival Dallas this week, the Black Knights could move to No. 2 if WA were to lose and Susquehanna loses one of its two games at the least. A loss to Dallas would have Lehman fighting for the final spot and a chance to play GAR.
Mid Valley and Lakeland – yes Lakeland – also figure into the mix. The Chiefs are reeling lately, but they did beat the Darrell Crawford-less Grenadiers in Week 3. Should Lakeland beat Western Wayne on Friday night, the Chiefs would need Lehman to lose, and Susquehanna to lose to Old Forge on Friday night to get in. If Lakeland loses they look to be out.
Should Mid Valley beat Susquehanna, they are in position to finish with the No. 3 seed if both Lakeland and Lehman lose. That would mean the Spartans travel to Wyoming Area in Week 11. But the Spartans finish No. 4 if they fall to Susquehanna, and Lakeland loses.
Whew, that was a mouthful.
All that said here are my projections for the Class 2A tournament:
3-Lakeland (6-4) at
2-Wyoming Area (7-2)
4-Susquehanna (6-4) at
In Class 1A, things are a little clearer. The field is set with only seedings to be determined.
Dunmore is the clear cut No. 1 team, and projects to finish unbeaten heading into the district playoffs. The Bucks do play Riverside on Friday night in what could be the first of back-to-back games between the teams.
The Vikings are currently No. 4 and should remain there. Even if Riverside were to upset Dunmore, they could do no better than the fourth-seed unless Lackawanna Trail was upset by Holy Cross in Week 10. Should that happen, Riverside moves into the third slot ahead of the Lions, and face a return trip to Old Forge.
Now, if the Blue Devils - who were set to play Holy Cross today at 2 p.m. weather permitting - win out, they are set to earn the No. 2 spot and host Trail or Riverside. A loss to either Holy Cross today or Susquehanna on Friday could push Old Forge to the No. 3 spot, and a trip to Tunnel Hill if Trail beats Holy Cross as expected on Friday.
If Old Forge were to lose both its remaining games they would remain No. 3 unless Riverside beats Dunmore. That would send the Blue Devils to Bucktown in Week 11.
Northwest and Holy Cross have been mathematically eliminated from the district playoffs.
Here are my projections for the Class 1A tournament:
3-Trail (7-3) at
2-Old Forge (8-2)
4-Riverside (6-4) at