BLOG: York Catholic now atop Class 2-A football ratings
There are no new York-Adams League teams on the right side of the projected cut line in the latest District 3 football power ratings.
A couple of teams, however, made some big jumps after Week 7.
The league still owns one-quarter of the 32 projected playoff-bound teams, but after last week, most of those eight local teams are in better position than this time a week ago.
York Catholic leads that group, moving up to No. 1 in the 2-A ratings.
Here the class-by-class breakdown:
6-A: Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York are all still inside the projected top eight, with the Lions, still unbeaten (7-0), holding steady at No. 3.
The Wildcats, off a big win over South Western and now sitting at 6-1, moved up from sixth to fifth through seven weeks.
The big mover within the class, however, was Central York. By product of their road win over Spring Grove last week and a couple of losses by teams ahead of them, the Panthers now sit in the No. 6 spot, two spots higher than last week. Central gave itself some breathing room within 6-A, and with a pivotal showdown against Red Lion looming on Friday night, a loss this week wouldn't necessarily spell the end of its District 3 postseason hopes.
5-A: Northeastern remains the only Y-A League team in the projected top eight of this class.
Like Central York and Dallastown, the Bobcats also made a move north in the ratings, going from sixth to fifth after knocking off York High. From a pure talent perspective, Northeastern should be the favorite in its final three games of the regular season, so this team has a real shot to go 8-2 and actually finish in the top four of the class, earning itself at least one home playoff game.
4-A: Still the same boat as all season long with this class — no projected York-Adams playoff teams in the top eight.
However, with York Suburban currently riding a five-game winning streak, the Trojans have maneuvered themselves right on the cusp of being in the playoffs. As it stands, Suburban is No. 9 in the class, the first team out of the playoffs. But, with three very winnable games left on their schedule, it's very probable that the Trojans will represent the Y-A League in the Class 4-A postseason tournament.
3-A: Both Bermudian Springs and Littlestown are 6-1 and still sit at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in this class.
However, with the Eagles playing York Catholic and then the Thunderbolts the next two Fridays, we'll get a much clearer picture on where both of these teams will wind up in the four-team field by the end of the season. Both have enough of a cushion over the current No. 5 team, Lancaster Catholic, that a loss, or even two, shouldn't put them in danger of missing out on the playoffs.
2-A: This is probably the class where the biggest move came in regards to a York County team.
Even though it was only one spot, it was a big jump. York Catholic, by virtue of continuously knocking off bigger, 3-A programs, leap-frogged undefeated Newport for the top spot in the class. Since only two teams make the tournament field, this gives the Fighting Irish even more breathing room with a tough game against Bermudian Springs looming this Friday night. Both York Catholic and Newport have a substantial lead over No. 3 Camp Hill, so one more win for the Fighting Irish should see them play in their fourth straight District 3 title game.
1-A: Fairfield continues to struggle against quality opposition.
Despite being 4-3, the Green Knights haven't beaten a team yet this season that had a win when they faced them. Even with that surprising mark, Fairfield still holds the top spot in the class and is all but assured of making the two-team playoff. Only 5-3 Halifax can realistically overtake the Green Knights for the top spot, while Steel-High continues to struggle in the No. 3 spot at 2-5.
You can see the full District 3 power ratings 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 firstname.lastname@example.org