YAIAA football power rankings, 10/19
While the top three choices in our power rankings seem fairly obvious, the same can't be said for the rest of the top 10. The teams ranked No. 4 through 8 could really come in any order. No coincidence, of course, that four of those teams happen to be from Division I. Agree with these rankings? Disagree? Sound off in the comments section. T-1. Littlestown (1) -- Littlestown (7-0) continued to tear through its Division III schedule with a 44-7 win over York County Tech on Friday. But don't forget about the Thurderbolts season-opening victory against Boiling Springs. Since getting trampled by Littlestown 45-7, the Bubblers have won six straight. T-1. Dallastown (2) -- There's just no point in separating these two teams at this point. The Wildcats (7-0) looked dominant in a 46-13 win over William Penn, and are now the lone Division I team without a loss in divisional play. 3. West York (4) -- Make it four in a row for the Bulldogs (5-2), after Friday's rather easy win against rival Dover. Quarterback Kaden Hepler continues to impress, but the real star Friday was West York's defense. Dover was held to 100 total yards of offense. 4. Delone Catholic (T-5) -- The Squires (6-1) outlasted York Catholic in an overtime thriller last week, and should be looking at a clear path to a 9-1 regular-season record. It's amazing that, even in what many people saw as a "rebuilding" year, Delone can still put out one of the better football products in the area. 5. Spring Grove (8) -- Talk about a statement win. The Rockets (4-3) outplayed Red Lion in all phases in the second half -- the Lions had as many turnovers in that half (3) as they had first downs. It was the sort of win that could change the course of Spring Grove's season, and for now keeps the Rockets' Division I title hopes alive. 6. Red Lion (3) -- Just as Spring Grove might have played its best game of the season Friday, Red Lion (5-2) might have played its worst. The Lions entered the game tops among Division I teams in turnover ratio, but still gave the ball away four times. Friday's visit to South Western looms especially large. 7. South Western (7) -- Perhaps we shouldn't sleep on the Mustangs (4-3). This team was tied at halftime with Dallastown, and then went into Central York last week and pulled out the overtime victory. In this hard-to-figure Division I, we just never know. Speaking of which... 8. Central York (T-5) -- Another team that's tough to get a read on. The Panthers (4-3) go on the road and trample Spring Grove one week, then lose at home to South Western the next. If the team that beat Spring Grove shows up at Dallastown on Friday, the Wildcats could be in a quite a game. 9. York Catholic (9) -- The Irish came a two-point conversion short of what would have been a statement win Friday. York Catholic's 4-3 record may not look all that special, but this will still be a very dangerous team come the district playoffs. 10. Bermudian Springs (10) -- The Eagles (5-2) continued to put up gaudy rushing statistics Friday against Fairfield, when they posted 297 yards in a 48-11 win. Bermudian leads all YAIAA teams in rushing yards this year with 2,013.