YAIAA football power rankings, 9/27
And then there were two. Undefeated teams, that is. Dallastown and Littlestown continued their unbeaten starts to the season with wins Friday, and both retain the top two spots in our weekly power rankings. But there was certainly plenty of movement below those two, thanks to strong week for YAIAA Division I teams (6-0 against Div. II opponents). Now, for the rankings... 1. Dallastown (2) -- You could make a case for the Wildcats or the Bolts to occupy the top spot. Dallastown (4-0) gets the nod this week for its comeback win over West York, which has been the standard-bearer for YAIAA football the past few years. The Wildcats were rewarded for their perfect start today, earning the No. 1 spot in District 3 initial Class AAAA power rankings. 2. Littlestown (1) -- It was business as usual for the Bolts (4-0) this week, in a breezy win against Biglerville. In four games, Littlestown is averaging 43.8 points per game ... not too shabby. Next up, a crucial home game against Division III hopefuls York Catholic. 3. Red Lion (4) -- With each week, the Lions (3-1) look more and more impressive. The combined score of their last two games: 102-17. Most recently, Red Lion went to Kennard-Dale on Saturday and hung a lopsided, 54-7 defeat on the Rams. 4. South Western (4) -- The Mustangs are quietly rolling along with a 3-1 record, their most recent victory a 33-7 toppling of Susquehannock. This is another case where we might not know how good South Western is before the Div. I schedule starts. But this much is for sure: Nobody in that division is going to look past the Mustangs. 5. West York (3) -- Friday's narrow loss to Dallastown certainly hurt. But if it's any consolation to West York (2-2), its two losses have come to teams -- Dallastown and Governor Mifflin -- who are ranked in the top five of the initial District 3, Class AAAA power rankings. 6. Delone Catholic (7) -- Nice bounce-back win for the Squires (3-1) against York Suburban, even if the Trojans have struggled a bit this year. Kodi Reed continued his strong season, running for 203 yards and four touchdowns. 7. Spring Grove (8) -- The Rockets (2-2) got a much-needed win this week, and did so against a Dover team that had been unbeaten coming into the game. Spring Grove could easily be 4-0 this year, and while this team still needs to learn how to finish, they've shown enough to be considered a threat in Division I. 8. York Catholic (9) -- The Irish continued to roll Friday with a big victory against Hanover. Now comes the real test, when Catholic travels to Div. III favorites Littlestown this week. The Irish could earn the inside track to a division title with a win, but it will be quite a task. 9. Central York (NR) -- Time to put the Panthers back on this list, after a second straight shutout win. No, New Oxford isn't the caliber of team Central (2-2) will face in Division I. But that defense, at the very least, should keep the Panthers in every game. T-10. Dover (6) -- So it's back to Earth for the Eagles, after a home drubbing at the hands of Spring Grove. Dover (3-1) gets another tough test this Friday against William Penn, before starting it's Division II schedule. T-10. Bermudian Springs (10) -- The Eagles looked solid again in a relatively easy win against York County Tech. Bermudian hosts York Suburban this Friday, and in Week 6 gets its crack at Delone Catholic. A win there would make quite a statement.