YAIAA football Week 12 power rankings
What a Week 12 it was for Delone Catholic and West York. If you haven't seen the footage yet from the Bulldogs' double-OT thriller against Conestoga Valley, check the video:
Now, onto business.
While two YAIAA teams will indeed be practicing on Thanksgiving, four more saw their seasons end Friday night. Though those losses certainly hurt, they shouldn't completely cloud the accomplishment of making it to the final eight (or in some cases, final four) of Districts. Six YAIAA teams made it to the second round of Districts this season, the league's best showing in the last four years.
Let's see how those squads stack up. The teams ranked 7-10 are unchanged from last week.
Note: Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Delone Catholic (1) -- The Squires (11-1) made it 2-for-2 this year against heated rivals Littlestown on Friday. They did it in typical Delone fashion, too: Getting ahead early and using a punishing run attack (306 rushing yards). Next stop Hershey, and a meeting with a Lancaster Catholic team that has looked untouchable at times.
2. West York (2) -- If you watched the video, you saw evidence of just how resilient this Bulldogs team is. No, West York (11-1) hasn't been as dominant during these playoffs as it was last year. But it's still here, and you can't dismiss a team with such a seemingly magic touch, no matter how explosive Ben Dupree and Susquehanna Township can be.
3. Littlestown (3) -- The Bolts (9-3) pieced together a great season, but just couldn't get past their rivals from McSherrystown. Still, LIttlestown established itself as one of the most dangerous teams in the league, as West York will attest, and had its chances on Friday to advance.
4. South Western (T-4) -- The Mustangs' 50th anniversary season came to rather abrupt end against Penn Manor on Friday. South Western (10-2) got down big early and couldn't recover. Still, a 10-win season seems a fitting accomplishment for a program that's been one of the more consistent in the area during the last few decades.
5. Central York (T-4) -- Like their Div. I co-champions, the Panthers (8-4) were essentially out of it by halftime Friday. In Central's case, the opponent was defending District champion Wilson. That bought to an end the stellar careers of a seniors Charles Anderson and Kyle Baublitz. Both will be playing on Saturday's next fall.
6. York Catholic (6) -- The Irish (7-5) threw together a nice second half of the season, and had its chances Friday against Class A top seed Upper Dauphin. Considering York Catholic will have nearly all its weapons coming back next year, getting back to this point is a possibility.
7. Kennard-Dale (6-5)8. York Suburban (7-4)9. Dallastown (6-5)10. Spring Grove (6-5)