BLOG: Northeastern, Central York better playoff outlook

Patrick Strohecker

If Week 5 was a bad one for York-Adams League football teams in the District 3 power ratings, then Week 6 was the complete opposite.

After both Northeastern and Central York dropped on the wrong side of the playoff cut line following Week 5 losses, both got back on the right side of the projected cut with big victories in Week 6.

In total, the Y-A League has eight teams currently on the right side of the playoff picture, making up exactly 25 percent of the 32 teams that will compete in the District 3 playoffs over six classes in a few weeks.

Following is a breakdown of each class:

6-A: The local league is back to having three teams in the eight-team field. As a result, this again becomes the class with the most Y-A teams making the projected cut.

Still unbeaten, Red Lion remains the class of 6-A for Y-A teams, moving up from No. 4 to No. 3 with a convincing victory over South Western in Week 6. The Lions face winless New Oxford this Friday night, so they'll most likely stay unbeaten through Week 7.

Dallastown dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 after suffering its first loss of the year to Northeastern last Friday night. Still, like last week, if the playoffs began today, we'd all be blessed with a Red Lion vs. Dallastown match-up in the quarterfinals — No. 3 vs. No. 6.

Central York got a boost in the ratings after taking care of New Oxford, 47-0, last week, bumping back up from the No. 9 position to the No. 8 spot and into that coveted final spot in the 6-A bracket. A big test awaits Central this Friday night when it travels to Spring Grove (4-2).

Nyzair Smith and his Dallastown teammates will take on unbeaten Red Lion at 7 p.m. Friday at Horn Field.

5-A: After dropping back-to-back games in Week 4 and Week 5 and falling out of the 5-A playoff picture, Northeastern put together a good showing against Dallastown in Week 6, earning a much-needed win and vaulting back into the top eight.

Through three weeks, the Bobcats were No. 1 in this class, but over the course of the two losses, plummeted all the way down to No. 9. They're back up to No. 6, and with a game against York High on Saturday afternoon, Northeastern should improve to 5-2 after this week and continue to trend upward in the 5-A ratings.

4-A: Just like all year, this class still remains void of a Y-A team in the top eight.

Gettysburg and York Suburban were 10th and 11th, respectively, after Week 5, but after the Warriors lost last week, they dropped down to 14th and potentially have too much ground to make up over the final four weeks to get into the top eight. However, the Trojans did win their fourth in a row, but stayed put at No. 11. If Suburban can keep winning, eventually it could wind up inside the all-important top eight to make the postseason, but, like Gettysburg, one more loss and it could be all over for the Trojans.

3-A: Littlestown and Bermudian Springs are both still on the right side of the cut for the four-team playoff field, but there was a shift after Week 6.

The Thunderbolts, who held the top spot in the ratings for a few weeks, dropped down to No. 3 after losing their first game to York Catholic last Friday. By virtue of Littlestown's loss, the Eagles moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. Like in 6-A, if the playoffs began today, Bermudian and Littlestown would face each other in the 3-A semifinals, making it a must-see game for Adams County fans.

2-A: There was no movement in this class, with York Catholic holding steady at No. 2 after defeating Littlestown, while Delone Catholic remained in the No. 4 spot after routing Biglerville.

However, this is only a two-team class when it comes to making the District 3 playoffs, so, while the Fighting Irish are on the right side of the cut line, the Squires need a lot of help to get back into one of those coveted spots. Any hiccup by either team the rest of the way could knock them both out of making the 2-A title game.

1-A: Even after dropping its second straight game, Fairfield remained in the top spot of the 1-A ratings.

The Green Knights will get a tough test from a resurgent York Tech team this Friday night, but realistically, Fairfield probably only needs one more win to ensure a spot in the 1-A title game. The only thing at risk for them, if it means anything to them at all, is whether or not they go into that game as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

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.

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