Western Wayne will close out the '08 gridiron campaign Friday night at home against Scranton Prep. Coach Allen "Butch" Keller's squad is looking for just its second win in 10 games. Wallenpaupack Area, however, is still alive in the play-off chase. The Bucks host Delaware Valley with a District Two berth hanging in the balance.

Western Wayne and Wallenpaupack Area both fell behind in their Week Nine LFC games Friday night.  However, each team responded differently to adversity...and one may be headed to the play-offs as a result.

The Wildcats dug themselves a 35-0 hole at halftime and never recovered. Coach Butch Keller’s squad played much better after intermission, but  suffered a 49-17 loss.

The Buckhorns gave up a pair of early TDs to West Scranton, but then reeled off 28 straight points to take command. Dr. Mark Watson’s lads cruised home to a 41-34 win.

With the loss, Western Wayne fell to 1-8 on the season. The ‘Cats close out their ‘08 campaign Friday at Sharkey Rosetti Memorial Stadium with a game against Scranton Prep. The Cavaliers (4-5) are coming off a devastating 24-13 loss to Valley View.

Meanwhile, Paupack now boasts a 7-2 mark and has post-ed three Division One wins this fall. The Bucks will put the finishing touches on a solid regular season Friday evening when Delaware Valley comes calling. The Warriors (6-3) survived a slugfest with longtime Class AAAA rival Scranton, 22-12.

The winner of this battle between Paupack and DV will sew up a berth in the upcoming District Two play-offs.

As TWI Sports went to press on Tuesday, Paupack was in sole possession of the fifth spot in Class AAAA. Should the Bucks lose, a berth in the Eastern Conference tournament and one more home game are still possibilities.

Crucial Victory
Dr. Watson knew what was at stake heading into Friday’s contest at West Scranton. Paupack’s fiery young skipper expected a hard-hitting, physical game...and, that’s exactly what he got.

“West Scranton’s record is very deceiving,” Dr. Watson told TWI Sports on the eve of his squad’s Week Nine encounter. “They might be the best 2-win team we’ll ever see. We have to take care of business or we’ll be in big trouble. We can’t afford to be caught looking ahead at DV.”

The homestanding Invaders struck quickly in this one, making Dr. Watson’s worst nightmares come true. Josh Shroeder ran roughshod over the Buckhorn defense in the opening stanza.

West’s sophomore tailback scored the very first time he touched the ball, sprinting 69 yards to paydirt. Shroeder added a 2-yard rumble five minutes later and the Invaders had themselves a 14-0 lead.

It was at this point in the game that Taylor Newcomer made his presence felt. A rugged senior fullback, Newcomer turned a short pass from quarterback Will Dyson into a 75-yard TD.

And then, Joey DeFebo started to heat up. The LFC’s top running back, DeFebo exploded off the right side, eluded a pair of would-be tacklers and raced 60 yards to the Invader endzone.

This was just the start of another huge night for Paupack’s star. DeFebo amassed an even 300 yards rushing on 35 carries. Joey also found his way across the goal line four times, upping his total to an eye-popping 30 TDs.

DeFebo is also closing in on the hallowed 2,000-yard mark. Heading into Paupack’s Week 10 finale, Joey has compiled 1,949 yards on the ground.

‘Cats Clawed
Western Wayne never surrendered in Friday’s game at Chapman Lake. The Chiefs tallied the game’s first 35 points, but the ‘Cats put up 17 after intermission to make things a bit more respectable.

Varden grid fans received a boost when quarterback Joey Siclari returned to the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury. Siclari completed just four passes for 60 yards, but Western Wayne’s offense began to find its rhythm again.

Josh Harrison turned in the second 100-yard performance of his young career. The Wildcats’ freshman tailback slugged his way to 130 yards on 24 carries. The highlight of Josh’s contest was a 4-yard TD run as time expired in the fourth.

Nick Scramuzza also found his way to the endzone on a 1-yard plunge, while Billy Gillette banged home a 28-yard field goal to close out Western Wayne’ scoring.