Week – September 13

High School football in the Wyoming Valley is officially in full swing now heading into week three. A couple of fun match ups to watch out for this weekend with one being the Wyoming Valley West Spartans against the Scranton Knights, both of whom are undefeated at 2-0. Both teams in week two put up over 30 points, while holding their opponents to under 20 points with the Knights defeating the Pittston Area Patriots 34-18 and the Spartans defeating the Delaware Valley Warriors 35-12. Wyoming Valley West quarterback Mike Baur threw for over 152 yards with one touchdown pass to two interceptions in that game but running back Eric Acosta ran for 133 yards on 10 carried and two touchdowns to carry the offense. Scranton is also being led by their run game after Jake McCarthy rushed for 212 yards on 24 carries and four touchdowns. This should be, like most high school games, a typical ground and pound game featuring two good running backs.

In the college level, the Misericordia Cougars are coming off a strong performance that surprised many people in their 62-40 loss to Gettysburg last week as the team heads into week two of their second season as a program. Quarterback Jeff Puckett rushed for 309 yards and five touchdowns, which included four in the first half earning him Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Cougars (0-1) offense as a whole rushed for 587 yards, also a Middle Atlantic Conference record. Misericordia will be playing MAC rival the Delaware Valley Aggies (1-0), who are coming off a 35-27 victory themselves. The ironic thing is, Aggies quarterback Aaron Wilmer is the other MAC co-Offensive Player of the Week, with his performance of 260 yards passing with two touchdowns as well as 44 yards rushing with a score and even a reception for 38 yards. The co-Offensive Players of the Week will be going at it head-to-head as Misericordia football still continues the quest for the first win in the program’s history.

The professional football level, the National Football League, the one game that has my eye is the Manning Bowl III, Peyton vs. Eli, the Denver Broncos vs. the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had a field day against the Baltimore Ravens in the 49-27 win a little while ago throwing for 462 yards, 10 shy of his single-game career high and seven touchdowns, making him the seventh player to do so in league history and the first to do so since Joe Kapp did it in 1969. Manning also tied Drew Brees for most games with five touchdown passes, and tied Brett Favre for most games with six touchdown passes. Little brother Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants hthrew for 450 yards with four touchdown’s and three interceptions, but in Manning’s defense he did not half help at all from the rest of his team with receivers dropping and tipping the ball and running backs fumbling in the 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Peyton is 2-0 against Eli, but with this potentially being the last Manning bowl, barring that these two meet in the Super Bowl, it will be interesting to see if Eli finally betters his big brother, or gives his critics more reason to believe that Peyton is the superior Manning.

These are some good games to look out for this weekend, I will have another blog next week looking ahead to more games within football. Have a good weekend everyone!

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