Local teams still in the hunt for playoff positions
Imagine a juggler tossing five footballs in the air at the same time (with each AA team having their names on those balls), the juggler suddenly covering his head and the order those balls hit the floor deciding the final three District 2 Class AA playoff slots.
With four games left in regular season play, that appears to be a snapshot of that race.
No doubt, Dunmore probably already has the top spot and a home game in hand. They won't lose four straight. The No. 2 seed also gets a home game in the opening round.
So, those five footballs being juggled?
Carbondale Area (3-3) sits at No. 2 with 380 points. Susquehanna (3-3) is No. 3 at 340 points while Mid Valley (3-3) is No. 4 at 300 points. Lakeland (2-4) is at No. 5 at 220 points while Riverside (1-5) still alive at No. 6 at 110.
Down the Stretch
The next three weeks will dictate whether the final weekend of the season will be a wild free for all for all three slots, the final two positions or the last slot.
Carbondale Area hosts Holy Cross (0-6) then visits Montrose (1-5) and Dunmore (6-0) during the next three weeks.
Susquehanna probably has the most challenging next three weeks with battles vs. Dunmore, Lackawanna Trail (5-1) and Mid Valley while Mid Valley faces Montrose, Dunmore and Susquehanna.
The Susquehanna vs. Mid Valley game will have huge playoff implications.
Lakeland can make the biggest move in those three weeks with contests with Riverside, a huge contest vs. Old Forge (6-0) and Montrose.
Riverside probably has to win the rest of the way with Lakeland, Lackawanna Trail and Holy Cross in the next three weeks.
That final weekend will feature CA vs. Riverside and Mid Valley battling Lakeland. Susquehanna faces Holy Cross. Chances are there will be scoreboard watching in week 10 with at least two slots, if not all three positions, still up for grabs.
No. 1 Delaware Valley (6-0) has 640 points while No. 2 Williamsport (5-1) has 600 points while Scranton (5-1) owns 510 points. Hazelton (3-3) has 330 points. All four teams qualify.
Wallenpaupack (3-3) has 310 points while Wyoming Valley West (1-5) has 160 points. Abington Heights (1-5) owns 90 points.
Eight of 11 teams qualify.
Berwick (5-1) has 670 has points while the next three slots are Dallas (4-2, 510 points), North Pocono (4-2, 450 points), Coughlin (3-3, 370 points).
Also in the running are: Crestwood (3-3, 370 points), Valley View (3-4, 350 points), Pittston Area (3-3, 330 points), Wyoming Area (2-4, 230 points), Honesdale (2-4, 200 points), Tunkhannock (1-5, 110 points) and West Scranton (0-6, 0 points).
Valley View's three losses have been by a total of 12 points to Scranton, Delaware Valley and Scranton Prep. If they take care of business the rest of the schedule with West Scranton, North Pocono, Westetn Wayne and Honesdale ahead, the Cougars could make a significant climb into an opening round home game that goes to a top 4 seed.
Scranton Prep (6-0, 830 points), Western Wayne (6-0, 690 points), Lake Lehman (4-2, 460 points), Meyers (4-2, 440 points) and Nanticoke (3-3, 340 points) are seeking the four slots.
Western Wayne has a solid shot at a home game which goes to the top two seeds but have games vs. North Pocono, Scranton Prep, Valley View and West Scranton ahead.
Old Forge (6-0) and Lackawanna Trail (5-1) meet this week with both teams possible heading for a district title rematch next month.