BLOG: No major shifts for local teams in power ratings
Through eight weeks of the high school football season, the York-Adams League had nine teams projected to make the District 3 playoffs.
Now, through nine weeks, that number is still the same.
After last week's slate of games, there was no major shift among the nine Y-A League teams currently on the right side of the respective cut lines in the six different classes. No teams dropped out and none moved in.
The only real change for any of the teams is where each sits within their respective classes and what it could mean going into the final week of the regular season.
Here's a breakdown of where the local teams stand heading into Week 10:
6-A: In the biggest class, Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York all stayed inside the top eight. Unfortunately, none of the teams moved up in the power ratings, despite two of the teams winning last week. The Lions, despite improving to 9-0 and being one of two District 3 teams still undefeated, somehow dropped from No. 3 to No. 4, barely trailing Cumberland Valley, which is 7-2. The Wildcats also dropped in the ratings, falling from No. 6 to No. 7 after their loss to the Panthers. Yet, even with Central York winning, it couldn't get out of the eighth and final spot. So, with both the Panthers and Dallastown clinging to the final two spots in the class, it makes this a must-win week for those teams, or else they could wind up missing the postseason all together.
5-A: The only thing Northeastern has to worry about at this point in the season is whether or not it can look forward to hosting one playoff game or two. The Bobcats maintained their hold on the No. 3 spot, and with a near-lock win awaiting them this Friday night against winless New Oxford, they should wind up 8-2 and possibly make a move for the No. 2 position, which could potentially give them two home district games..
4-A: York Suburban not only earned at least a share of the Y-A League Division II crown last Friday night, but it also improved its stance in the power ratings. The Trojans moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 with their seventh straight win and could now move as high up as No. 5 if things fall their way this week. Suburban would first need to take care of Eastern York to finish 8-2 and then hope for a second straight Milton Hershey loss, which would put it on the cusp of the five seed.
3-A: Along with 6-A, this is the class that saw some of the bigger movement as a result of the two teams playing each other in Week 9. Bermudian Springs knocked off Littlestown, resulting in the two teams trading places in the power ratings. The Eagles now sit at No. 3, while the Thunderbolts are clinging to the fourth and final spot. That means, both teams control their own destiny. With wins in Week 10, they'll both likely be in, while a loss could result in no games after this Friday night. Fortunately for both, they're playing struggling teams. Bermudian faces 0-9 Biglerville, while Littlestown takes on a Fairfield team that's lost five straight games after opening the season 4-0.
2-A: Even though Camp Hill head coach Frank Gay had some choice words about York Catholic being seeded ahead of his team, the Fighting Irish have every right to be in the class' top spot. York Catholic is 8-1 on the year, has won six games in a row and has faced the toughest schedule based on opponent winning percentage, which is well above .500, the only school in 2-A that can lay claim to that. Regardless of the outcome of the Fighting Irish's final game against York Tech this Friday night, they'll be playing in their fourth straight District 3 championship game. All that remains is for York Catholic to determine whether or not it can bring home the trophy this year after coming out on the losing end the previous three tries.
1-A: What once looked like a sure championship-bound team is now anything but certain. Fairfield began the year 4-0 and the talk was that if it could win just one more of its final six games, then it'd be playing for a District 3 championship. However, the Green Knights, losers of their last five, now could be in danger of missing out on the postseason all together. Due to the fact that one of the team's wins came against a Maryland team that doesn't count toward its power rating, Fairfield is now just .005 points ahead of No. 3 Steel-High, which is 3-6 on the year. The expanded classes and reduced playoff fields looked to be a move to eliminate having a team with a losing record make a district tournament or title game, but now this class is bound to have one. The Green Knights just hope it's them.
You can see the full District 3 power ratings here.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org