SUBSCRIBE NOW
$1 for 3 months. Save 97%.
SUBSCRIBE NOW
$1 for 3 months. Save 97%.

Central York makes another move up in the state Class 6-A football rankings

STEVE HEISER
717-505-5446/@ydsports
Central York celebrates a 48-21 win over York High during York-Adams League District 3, Class 6-A championship football action at Central York High School in Springettsbury Township, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The unbeaten Central York football team is now ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 6-A.

Just two weeks ago, Central was unranked in the Trib HSSN 6-A state rankings. After a 42-15 beating of Central Dauphin in a District 3 6-A semifinal, the Panthers made their first appearance in last week's state rankings at No. 3. The Rams had been ranked No. 2 in the state in 6-A before getting routed by the Panthers.

Last Friday, Central pulled away against local rival York High, 48-21, in the district 6-A final. It was a game that also decided the York-Adams League Division I crown. It gave Central its first District 3 6-A title.

That win, combined with a loss by previous 6-A No. 2 North Allegheny, moved the Panthers (8-0) up to No. 2 in this week's state rankings.

Previously unbeaten North Allegheny (now 6-1) lost to (Pittsburgh) Central Catholic 38-24 in the District 7 title game. Central Catholic (6-2) is now No. 3 in 6-A.

Central York next faces a state 6-A quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at District 2 champion Delaware Valley, which is not ranked among the top five 6-A teams in the state by Trib HSSN. It will be a first-ever 6-A state playoff game for Central.

Central York faces Delaware Valley team that wants to impose its will on line of scrimmage

EDITORIAL: Central York's football championship belongs to all of York County

Central York beats York High, wins District 3 6-A and York-Adams League Division I titles

A win over Delaware Valley would move Central to state semifinals the following weekend, when the Panthers would play the winner of the quarterfinal between Central Catholic and District 10 champion (Erie) McDowell (6-0), which is ranked No. 5 in the state in 6-A.

Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Prep (4-0) is No. 1 in the 6-A state rankings. Pennridge (6-0), from suburban Philadelphia, is No. 4. In the four previous years of the 6-A classification, St. Joseph's Prep has won three state titles and finished second in the other season.

York Catholic (6-2), which had been ranked No. 5 in the state in 2-A, fell out of the rankings after losing to Camp Hill (3-2) in the District 3 2-A championship game last Friday.

The other District 3 teams to earn top-five state rankings this week are: Warwick (8-1, No. 2 in 5-A), Gov. Mifflin (8-0, No. 4 in 5-A), Lampeter-Strasburg (8-0, No. 4 in 4-A), Wyomissing (8-0, No. 2 in 3-A) and Steel-High (7-0, No. 3 in 1-A).

Warwick, however, has seen its season come to a premature end because of COVID-19 issues within the school district. The Warriors have already forfeited their District 3 5-A title game to Gov. Mifflin. That contest had been scheduled for this coming weekend.

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

COMPILED BY DON REBEL

The (Greensburg) Tribune Review (TNS)

CLASS 6-A

1. St. Joseph's Prep (4-0) (1) (D-12).

2. Central York (8-0) (3) (D-3).

3. Central Catholic (6-2) (NR) (D-7).

4. Pennridge (6-0) (NR) (D-1).

5. McDowell (6-0) (NR) (D-10).

Out: North Allegheny (7), Nazareth (11), Archbishop Wood (12)

CLASS 5-A

1. Pine-Richland (8-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Warwick (8-1) (2) (D-3).

3. Peters Township (8-0) (4) (D-7).

4. Governor Mifflin Mustangs (8-0) (5) (D-3).

5. Upper Dublin (5-1) (NR) (D-1).

Out: Gateway (7)

CLASS 4-A

1. Jersey Shore (8-0) (1) (D-4).

2. Lampeter-Strasburg (8-0) (3) (D-3).

3. Aliquippa (9-0) (4) (D-7).

4. Thomas Jefferson (7-1) (1) (D-7).

5. Oil City (9-0) (NR) (D-10).

Out: Bishop McDevitt (3)

CLASS 3-A

1. Central Valley (9-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Wyomissing (8-0) (2) (D-3).

3. Hickory (8-0) (3) (D-10).

4. Danville (7-1) (NR) (D-4).

5. Elizabeth Forward (8-0) (NR) (D-7).

Out: Montoursville (4), North Catholic (7)

CLASS 2-A

1. Southern Columbia (9-0) (1) (D-4).

2. Wilmington (8-0) (2) (D-10).

3. Beaver Falls (9-0) (3) (D-7).

4. Bishop McDevitt (3-1) (NR) (D-12).

5. Sto-Rox (8-1) (NR) (D-7).

Out: Berlin-Brothersvalley (5), York Catholic (3)

CLASS 1-A

1. Clairton (8-0) (1) (D-7).

2. Old Forge (5-0) (2) (D-2).

3. Steelton-Highspire (7-0) (3) (D-3).

4. Reynolds (8-0) (4) (D-10).

5. Jeannette (8-1) (5) (D-7).

Out: None

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.