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Scranton coming on strong after tough start

Posted Sunday, October 01, 2006 by Joby Fawcett

A difficult early schedule left Scranton at 1-2, hoping it could turn things around and stay in the high school football playoff chase.

Back-to-back victories over Honesdale and North Pocono have restored some of the confidence. Those wins also put the Knights at 2-0 in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division I heading into The Battle for the Bell.

Scranton returns to The Times-Tribune High School Football Poll at No. 9. The Knights face West Scranton on Friday at 7 p.m. in the annual showdown of city schools.

"This whole week is a big preparation week," Scranton quarterback Dan Scherle said. "The rivalry is very intense. The last two years, I didn't even play and I remember the games vividly."

Scherle, in his first year as a starter, has been a bright spot for the Knights. In the last two games, the senior has completed 15 passes for 295 yards and five touchdowns.

His efforts have helped the Knights recover from losses to Wyoming Valley West and East Stroudsburg South, teams with a combined 9-1 record.

"We've been really working together as a team," Scherle said. "We really came together. That East Stroudsburg game really hit us hard.

"We knew we had to come back from it."

The Knights boast a pair of big play receivers 2 Tarrean Barrett (five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns) and Michael Weeks (four receptions for 101 yards).

Scranton has started fast in both wins. Against Honesdale, the Knights built a 35-6 advantage. This past week, they put away North Pocono with 40 first-half points.

Once again, Delaware Valley earned a unanimous vote for the No. 1 spot.

Abington Heights received every second-place vote from the eight-member panel, setting up a second straight season where the two meet as the top-ranked teams. The two meet Friday at Delaware Valley.

Last season, No. 2 Abington Heights defeated No. 1 Delaware Valley, 21-6.

Lackawanna Trail fell out of the rankings after suffering its third straight defeat.

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