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Patrick Strohecker

Week 5 was not kind for York-Adams League football teams in the District 3 power ratings.

After making up eight of the projected 32 playoff spots over six classes in each of the previous two weeks, there are now just six Y-A League teams projected to make the postseason.

Heading into Week 6, two of the six classes don't have any Y-A teams on the right side of the cut line.

Here's how the power ratings shake out right now:

6-A: For the past two weeks, this class had the most projected Y-A playoff teams with three.

However, with Central York's loss to South Western in Week 5, the Panthers slipped out of the top eight into the ninth spot, the first team out of the eight-team field.

Red Lion and Dallastown both remained unbeaten and well within the top eight, however, it wasn't all positive for the Lions. After jumping to No. 3 following Week 4, Red Lion dropped a spot to No. 4 after last week's win over Northeastern. The only possible explanation for that is that the Bobcats are a 5-A school, which didn't carry as much weight as Central Dauphin East knocking off a 6-A opponent, albeit a struggling 6-A opponent in Chambersburg. Still, C.D. East jumped over the Lions.

However, if you like intrigue, then maybe you can root for this. Dallastown is currently rated No. 5. If the Lions and Wildcats both hold onto their current positions, then York County fans will get a rivalry game in the District 3 6-A quarterfinals in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 match-up. It would also mark back-to-back meetings between the Wildcats and Lions. They are scheduled to meet in the regular-season finale.

Red Lion dropped a spot in the District 3 6-A power ratings after Week 5 to No. 4, despite remaining undefeated with a win over Northeastern. Amanda J. Cain photo

5-A: Northeastern was the only Y-A representative through the first four weeks of the season, but after suffering a second-straight defeat, the 3-2 Bobcats are no longer in the necessary top eight. Two weeks ago, Northeastern was the top team in the 5-A ratings. Now, in a span of two losses, the Bobcats fell to No. 9, the first team out of the playoff picture.

4-A: Like 5-A, this class also doesn't have any local teams currently in the projected field of eight. However, unlike 5-A, this class never had any Y-A teams projected to make it over the course of the season. Both Gettysburg and York Suburban are improving, however, and now sit at 3-2. The Warriors and Trojans each  moved up three spots from last week, with Gettysburg now at No. 10, while Suburban is No. 11.

3-A: There was no movement for either Littlestown or Bermudian Springs in the standings from Week 4 to Week 5, which is a good thing. The Thunderbolts maintained their hold on the top spot in 3-A, improving to 5-0 with a win over Delone Catholic last Friday. The Eagles ended Fairfield's unbeaten run, which helped them stay in the No. 3 spot in the projected four-team field.

2-A: York Catholic continues to live up to expectations, improving to 4-1 with a shutout victory over Hanover in Week 5, 14-0. As a reward for that, the Fighting Irish stayed in the No. 2 spot in the 2-A bracket, which is vital since only the top-two teams in the class make the tournament.

1-A: Despite losing its first game of the year, Fairfield still holds the top spot in 1-A with a 4-1 record. If there's such thing as a "good loss," then the Green Knights had it, losing to a much bigger program in 3-A Bermudian Springs. Fairfield really should only need one or two more wins in the second half of the season to make sure it grabs one of the two playoff berths in the class, considering it's one of two teams in the class with a winning record, with Halifax sitting at 4-2.

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 regular season's end.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com