BLOG: York Suburban enters District 3 playoff picture

Patrick Strohecker

For most of the high school football season, the York-Adams League has had as many as eight teams projected to make the playoffs in any of the six District 3 classes.

There were times when that number dropped, such as when Northeastern went on a two-game skid and slipped out of the top eight in 5-A. But, never has the league had more than eight teams at any given time.

Now, it does.

Joining the same eight teams that have been in playoff positions for the past several weeks is York Suburban, a program that's been slowly climbing the 4-A ratings after beginning the season at 0-2. Six straight wins later, however, and the Trojans have finally cracked the top eight and are the newest team from the Y-A League in the projected playoff picture with just two weeks to go in the regular season.

York Suburban Ben Salazar (10) gets tangled with teammate Savion Harrison (7) after making a catch during practice earlier this season. The Trojans have won six straight games and finally moved into a playoff spot in the District 3 4-A power ratings. Amanda J. Cain photo

Here's the breakdown of each class:

6-A: Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York still hold down playoff spots in this class, but there was only movement for one of them. The Lions seemed destined to move up from No. 3 to No. 2, especially after improving to 8-0 with a win over Central York, while the former No. 2 team, Cumberland Valley, suffered its second loss of the year. Instead, Wilson leap-frogged Red Lion for the No. 2 spot, keeping the Lions at No. 3. The Wildcats held pat at No. 5, after winning and improving to 7-1 on the year. The only movement in the class for local teams came from the Panthers, dropping from No. 6 to No. 8 after their loss to Red Lion. Now, with a big showdown against Dallastown looming in Week 9, it could be make-or-break time for Central York and its playoff chances.

5-A: Ever since dropping back-to-back games in Week 4 and Week 5, the Bobcats have rebounded and won three games in a row. In that time, Northeastern has risen from ninth in the power ratings, also known as the first team out of the eight-team field, to third, and is in prime position to host a quarterfinal playoff game. Should the Bobcats win their final two games and finish 8-2, there's a good possibility they could move up to No. 2 and put themselves in good position to host two district games.

4-A: It took eight weeks, but the Y-A League finally has a team on the right side of the cut line for this class. York Suburban, by product of its current six-game winning streak, moved up from No. 9 after last week to No. 7 this week. Right now, the top eight teams in the class are either 7-1 or 6-2, so there's very little room for error over the final two weeks for the Trojans. Considering that its two remaining games both have serious Division II title implications, there should be no reason for Suburban to have any let-up in Week 9 or Week 10.

3-A: Both Littlestown and Bermudian Springs have been representing the Y-A League in this class for a few weeks now, but there was a shift in where they're rated this week. The Thunderbolts, at 7-1, moved up to No. 2 in the four-team field, thanks to the Eagles losing to York Catholic last Friday and dropping to 6-2 overall. With that loss, Bermudian fell to No. 4, and now has no room for error. With Littlestown coming to town this Friday, the Eagles' District 3 hopes could hang in the balance.

2-A: There was no change in this class, with York Catholic still sitting atop the class, while Newport trails. However, Newport did lose its first game, giving the Fighting Irish some breathing room for the top spot and all but assuring York Catholic that it'll be playing in its fourth straight District 3 title game on Nov. 11.

1-A: It was only a matter of time before Fairfield's inability to beat good teams caught up to it, and this past Friday night was finally that time. After holding down the top spot in 1-A basically all year, a fourth-straight loss by the Green Knights saw them fall to No. 2 behind Halifax. Regardless, with no other team in the class able to get more than four wins on the year, Fairfield is basically a lock to still make the 1-A title game on Nov. 11, even if it does lose its final two games, which is a real possibility.

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