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BLOG: Eight Y-A League football teams in playoff spots
We may just be coming up on Week 4 of the high school football season, but it's never too early to take a look at District 3 playoff scenarios.
If you're one of the eight teams in the York-Adams League that currently holds down one of the precious 32 postseason spots, you're feeling pretty good right now.
District 3 released its most recent power ratings earlier this week and, if the playoffs began today, eight of the 23 Y-A League teams would make the cut, covering five of the six classifications. Even better, in three of those classes, the No. 1 seed would be a Y-A League team.
Here's a look at where the local teams stand heading into the league season:
1-A: Beginning in 1-A, just two teams will make the playoffs this year, so it's crucial to get off to a good start and maintain that over the course of the 10-week regular season. Fairfield has done just that and currently holds down the No. 1 spot in 1-A with a perfect 3-0 record heading into Y-A League Division III play.
2-A: Like in 1-A, only two teams will make the 2-A tournament and, right now, Delone Catholic would be one of those teams. The Squires are 3-0 so far and hold the top spot in the class over 4-0 Newport and 3-1 Camp Hill. Lurking at No. 4 is York Catholic, which has two wins over 4-A schools and will travel to face Delone this Friday night in a crucial Division III and 2-A showdown.
3-A: Littlestown's shocking 3-0 start has grabbed the attention of more than just the Y-A League fans and has earned it the No. 1 ranking in 3-A. Just behind the Thunderbolts and also currently projected in the four-team field is Bermudian Springs with a 2-1 record.
4-A: The only class where the Y-A League doesn't have at least one team inside the projected field is in 4-A. In this class, and also in 5-A and 6-A, the top eight teams make it into the tournament. However, with most of the 4-A schools from the Y-A League being comprised of Division II teams, it's no surprise none of them are in a playoff spot at the moment. The division as a whole is just 4-17 and the best mark by any program is 1-2. York Suburban ranks the highest right now at No. 13, with Susquehannock just behind it at No. 14.
5-A: Northeastern had lofty expectations within the league entering the 2016 season and has so far looked like the real deal. Even though the Bobcats are now just beginning league play, where they will contend for the Division I crown, they're still getting some love from District 3. A perfect start, accomplished in dominating fashion, has Northeastern ranked first in 5-A. Spring Grove (2-1) is the next closest team to cracking the projected eight-team field, sitting at No. 11.
6-A: Surprisingly, the largest class is also the class where the Y-A League has the most teams currently in a playoff spot. While none would host playoff games if the postseason began today, Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York are all currently sitting in the bottom half of the top eight spots. The Lions (3-0) and Wildcats (3-0) are No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, while the upstart Panthers (2-1) are holding a slim advantage for the eighth-and-final position.
Things are obviously going to change over the course of the next seven weeks. Head-to-head match-ups in league play will drastically alter how things look come Week 10 compared to now.
We'll continue to provide updates as the new rankings are released on a weekly basis.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org