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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
TRIB HSSN STATE FOOTBALL RANKINGS
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).
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).
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).