Central York, York Catholic now ranked among state's top teams in their respective classes

  • The updated Trib HSSN state football rankings have been released.
  • Central York is now ranked No. 3 in Class 6-A.
  • York Catholic is now ranked No. 5 in 2-A.
  • In all, eight District 3 teams have earned top-five rankings in their respective classes.
Central York Head Coach Gerry Yonchiuk celebrates following a 42-15 victory over Central Dauphin in District 3, Class 6A semifinal action at George Ebersole Stadium in Harrisburg, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Week after week, the Central York football team piled up one mercy-rule, regular-season victory after another.

Yet, week after week, the Panthers were left out when the Trib HSSN Class 6-A state rankings were released.

One big win over a state-ranked foe, however, has changed all that.

Coach Gerry Yonchiuk's Panthers dominated Central Dauphin 42-15 on Friday night in a District 3 6-A semifinal. The Rams came into that game ranked No. 2 in the state in 6-A. Central York has now outscored its seven foes, 396-25.

Now, the Rams are unranked, while the previously unranked Panthers (7-0) moved up to the No. 3 slot in 6-A, behind only No. 1 St. Joseph's Prep (3-0) from Philadelphia and No. 2 North Allegheny (6-0) from western Pennsylvania.

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Central will play host to rival York High (7-0) at 7 p.m. Friday for the District 3 6-A title. The winner will earn a state quarterfinal berth. The Bearcats are unranked.

Additionally, there is now one other York County team ranked among the state's best. Previously unranked York Catholic is now No. 5 in 2-A. The Fighting Irish moved to 6-1 after a 41-16 victory over York Tech on Saturday. The Irish will play host to Camp Hill (2-2) on Friday night in the District 3 2-A title contest.

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Central York and York Catholic are among eight teams from District 3 to earn top-five rankings. The others are: Warwick (No. 2 in 5-A), Gov. Mifflin (No. 5 in 5-A), Bishop McDevitt (No. 2 in 4-A), Lampeter-Strasburg (No. 3 in 4-A), Wyomissing (No. 2 in 2-A) and Steel-High (No. 3 in 1-A).

Warwick (7-0) is scheduled to play host to unranked New Oxford (6-0) in a district 5-A semifinal on Saturday night. That game was moved from Friday night because of COVID issues at Warwick.

New Oxford's district football game postponed until Saturday due to COVID spike at Warwick

McDevitt (5-0), despite its ranking, didn't qualify for the postseason because it not accumulate a high enough power rating. Four other unbeaten teams in District 3 4-A had higher power ratings than McDevitt and claimed the four district 5-A playoff berths.

Steel-High (6-0) is coming off a 23-13 victory over Delone Catholic (6-1), which fell in a district final for a third consecutive season. The Rollers have a state playoff game this weekend vs. District 4 champion Muncy (7-1).

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Gov. Mifflin, Lampeter-Strasburg and Wyomissing are all involved in District 3 playoff games this coming weekend. 

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.



The (Greensburg) Tribune Review (TNS)

Here is the latest HSSN PIAA Top 5 in each of the six classifications. Teams are listed with record, last week's ranking and district.


1. St. Joseph's Prep (3-0) (1) (D-12).

2. North Allegheny (6-0) (3) (D-7).

3. Central York (7-0) (NR) (D-3).

4. Nazareth (5-0) (5) (D-11).

5. Archbishop Wood (2-1) (4) (D-12).

Out: Central Dauphin (3)


1. Pine-Richland (7-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Warwick (7-0) (2) (D-3).

3. Gateway (5-0) (3) (D-7).

4. Peters Township (7-0) (4) (D-7).

5. Governor Mifflin (6-0) (5) (D-3).

Out: None


1. Jersey Shore (7-0) (1) (D-4).

2. Bishop McDevitt (5-0) (2) (D-3).

3. Lampeter-Strasburg (7-0) (3) (D-3).

4. Aliquippa (8-0) (4) (D-7).

5. Thomas Jefferson (6-1) (1) (D-7).

Out: None


1. Central Valley (8-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Wyomissing (7-0) (2) (D-3).

3. Hickory (7-0) (3) (D-10).

4. Montoursville (8-0) (5) (D-4).

5. North Catholic (8-0) (NR) (D-7).

Out: Scranton Prep (2)


1. Southern Columbia (8-0) (1) (D-4).

2. Wilmington (7-0) (2) (D-10).

3. Beaver Falls (8-0) (3) (D-7).

4. Berlin-Brothersvalley (8-0) (4) (D-5).

5. York Catholic (7-1) (NR) (D-3).

Out: Bellwood-Antis (6)


1. Clairton (7-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Old Forge (4-0) (2) (D-2).

3. Steelton-Highspire (6-0) (3) (D-3).

4. Reynolds (7-0) (4) (D-10).

5. Jeannette (7-1) (5) (D-7).

Out: None