Wyoming Area (9-2)
7 p.m. today
District 2 Class 2A
Admission: $6 adults, $4 students
The Coaches: Lakeland's Jeff Wasilchak (137-57, 17th year); Wyoming Area's Randy Spencer (30-24, 5th year)
Last Meeting: Lakeland 26-21 in 2006
All-Time Series: Lakeland leads 1-0
Quick Fact: Wasilchak coached seven District 2 Class A championship teams at Lackawanna Trail.
What's At Stake: The winner plays the winner of Saturday's District 11 championship game between Catasaqua (11-0) and Pen Argyl (9-2). The game will be at a District 11 site.
Scouting Lakeland: The Chiefs had a tougher time the second time around against GAR, but prevailed 35-17 to move to the title contest. It was their fourth consecutive victory, with the three losses coming by a combined 16 points.
An unknown going into the GAR game was the availability of veteran QB Kyle Kiehart, who was hurt in the season finale with Western Wayne. But Kiehart played and threw his 14th TD pass of the season that gave Lakeland the lead for good in the second quarter. RB Chris Roche, who wasn't a starter at the beginning of the season, rushed for 170 yards and three TDs. RB Tyler Brady also added some punch as the Chiefs rely more on the run than pass.
Defensively, Joey Natale recorded his sixth interception of the season and 14th for the Chiefs this season. DE Cody Delfino recorded three sacks and leads the team with 10. Tackling stats show the Chiefs have a lot of guy eager to make contact.
Scouting Wyoming Area: The Warriors get another crack at the championship after losing 53-44 to GAR in last year's title game. They enter with a 49-14 demolition of Lake-Lehman in the semifinals.
Wyoming Area scored on four of its first 10 offensive plays and never looked back. Some terrific blocking allowed QB Nick O'Brien to pile up 363 yards of total offense. For yet another game, receivers were running wide open, this time RB/WR Cody Schmitz and WR Jordan Zezza. The Warriors are averaging 26.7 yards per reception in their last four games.
Lehman had 183 yards on the ground, but 57 came on one carry. Toss that out, and Wyoming Area allowed just 3.3 per carry on the other 38 rushes. The pass rush, though, must produce since Kiehart is the most experienced quarterback the Warriors will face thus far.
What To Expect: Too close to call. Really, a valid argument can be made for either team to be the champion.
-- John Erzar