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TRIBORO BANNER WRITER

The last week of regular play in the high school football season is upon us and both Triboro area teams still have viable championship aspirations looking ahead to post-season action.

Old Forge can wrap up an undefeated regular season and claim the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title with a win on Saturday at Susquehanna. The Blue Devils clinched at least a title for the Division III title Friday night with another decisive win.

The Blue Devils (9-0) beat Holy Cross 55-8 Friday night. The recipe for success has been consistent all season long - strong running from Brian Tomasetti, solid quarterback play from Brenden Wahl - great offensive line play and a defense that only allowed double figures in one game the whole season.

All Old Forge has to do is win to secure the LFC Division III title is win. Old Forge has scored more points (397), then any team in all three Lackawanna Football Conference divisions and allowed just 72 points, which is the least amount of points allowed by any defense in the LFC.

Riverside also is having a solid season, 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II standings. The Vikings lost a tough game to Lakeland last Friday making its record in Division II 3-1.

The Vikings still have a shot at tie for the Division III title. However, in order to earn that tie, they will have to travel to Dunmore to beat the Bucks. Last year, Riverside did just that in the post season, as they ended Dunmore's undefeated season in the PIAA Class A playoffs before losing the District 2 Class A title to Old Forge.

This season, the Vikings have an explosive offensive capable of scoring from anywhere on the field at any time. Riverside quarterback Nick Dranchak is having a spectacular senior season as he wraps up a stellar high school football career. The Vikings have scored 289 points so far this season, the most in Division II of the LFC.

Dranchak uses all of his weapons as anyone can have a big game. Nico Munley, Jim Tucker and Mike Loftus are all putting up huge receiving numbers and running back David Sweetman can catch the ball as well as run it. The track star is a unique homerun threat and he also having a great senior season.

After this weekend, the regular season comes to a close and the PIAA District 2 Class A playoffs will begin. Old Forge will enter the playoffs as the defending District 2 champions and will have possible rematches with both Riverside and Dunmore.

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