BLOG: York Catholic joins potential playoff picture
After the Week 3 slate of high school football games, the York-Adams League had eight programs positioned in District 3 playoff spots, had the season ended that week.
Now, after Week 4, the league still owns 25 percent of the 32 playoff spots, but there was some movement for a few of the teams, along with the addition of one new team, while another was left on the outside looking in.
Here's the latest rundown:
1A: The surprising run that Fairfield has gone on so far this season still has it sitting pretty as the No. 1 team in Class 1-A. The 4-0 start by the Green Knights is the best ever in program history, and they are now the only remaining undefeated team in 1-A. Only the top-two teams in the class make the postseason, so Fairfield needs to continue its strong play over the final six weeks. Working in the Knights' favor, however, is the fact that they, along with Halifax, are the only two teams in 1-A with winning records.
2A: Last week at this time, Delone Catholic was sitting in the top spot of the 2-A power rankings with a perfect 3-0 mark. Now, after getting routed by York Catholic, 42-7, the Squires not only drop out of the top spot, but fall out of the playoff picture all together. Only the top two make the tournament in 2-A and now Delone sits in the No. 4 spot. Taking the Squires' spot in the top two are the same Fighting Irish who crushed them on their home soil. York Catholic rebounded from its only loss of the year in Week 3 and now sits in the No. 2 position with a 3-1 record, trailing only unbeaten Newport.
3A: Littlestown, like Fairfield, continues to be a surprise within the Y-A League Division III landscape and holds down the top spot in the 3-A power ratings with a 4-0 record. Joining the Thunderbolts in the four-team tournament if the playoffs ended today is Bermudian Springs at No. 3. The Eagles are currently 3-1, but host the Green Knights this Friday night.
4A: No Y-A League schools are currently in the top eight of the 4-A class, the necessary requirements to make the playoff field. The closest schools are Gettysburg and York Suburban, rated 13th and 14th, respectively, both sitting at 2-2 on the year.
5A: Northeastern had the biggest drop in the ratings from last week to this week, dropping out of the top spot in 5-A down to No. 5, courtesy of blowing a 20-0 halftime lead to Central York and losing 28-27. Still, the Bobcats are in fine shape looking ahead, with two games remaining against larger schools, including this Friday night at Red Lion. They also still have three games to play against 5-A schools, so even if they were to slip up one more time this year, they should be fine to make the eight-team field.
6A: This is still the class where the Y-A League has the most projected playoff teams. The Lions and Dallastown remained unbeaten last week and now are rated third and fifth, respectively. Both of those are improvements from last week, when Red Lion sat in the No. 6 spot and the Wildcats were No. 7. Even though the Panthers pulled off what would be considered an upset within the Y-A League, beating a smaller school didn't help them nearly as much as it would seem. They remain in the eighth-and-final playoff position with a 3-1 record.
You can see the full District 3 power rankings here.
Check back next week as we continue to update the District 3 power ratings on a weekly basis until we reach the season's end.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org