Hello, and good morning!

It’s Thursday, and by the time you all may read this, I may be traveling on a 4-hour trip to Washington, D.C. It’s unbelievable and I am still having to slap myself in the cheek, but I am taking my daughter, Meghan, to her first college visit. She has shown an interest in American University. The school reached out to her, we signed up for the freshman tour, and away I go. I wish her the best. I promised to be on my best behavior during the visit. And I am out of the loop for a couple of days.

That doesn’t excuse me from work. I will continue to give you coverage of the 83rd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game the best I can, even remotely.

On Tuesday, I visited the County all-stars, and on Wednesday, I visited the City. And wouldn’t you know it, West Scranton linebacker Isaiah McCloe pointed out that I went to the County practice first. Which is true, but basically I flip a coin and go to one team on the first day and the other the second. And if I could, I would return for a few more visits to keep me out of the office for a little while, at least. But, this summer, my time is short.

OK, quick observation — this team is talented.

There are some quick and athletic players on the field. Throw in the intensity from the guys representing North Pocono and the City squad looks pretty good.

  • Scranton quarterback Jacob Watts threw for 784 yards and ran for 385 yards last season.
  • Dunmore running back Colin Holmes ran for 3,772 yards and 57 touchdowns in his career.
  • North Pocono running back Matt Craig had 1,484 yards rushing and scored the most touchdowns in the LFC with 27.
  • West Scranton wide receiver DaShawn Minnick had 712 yards receiving with seven touchdowns.
  • Lackawanna Trail wide receiver Matt Bergey had 639 yards receiving with five touchdowns.
  • Holy Cross receiver Bailey Simrell had 457 yards receiving with five touchdowns.


Just to name a few.

I expect the City team to be explosive, and its line looks very formidable, as well.


Here is my video from practice





Scenes from 








That’s all for today.

Again, I am out of the loop for a couple of days. But, there will still be stories and coverage moving forward in the sports section of the newspaper.

Today’s notebook chronicles the comeback of Delaware Valley running back Kyle Dillon and gives some other quick nuggets of information:

















  • Friday: City player profile
  • Saturday: County player profile
  • Sunday: City and County player previews. List of past results.
  • Monday: City player profile
  • Tuesday: County player profile
  • Wednesday: Starting lineups.
  • Thursday: 83rd Scranton Lions Club Dream Game coverage (Shhhh. … I heard a rumor the Dangerous Donnie Collins may be making an appearance).