YAIAA football final regular season power rankings
Ladies and gentlemen, the regular season is officially in the books. And what a final Friday it was, supplying one of the bigger upsets of the season. Thanks to that, we have a different team at No. 1 for the first time all year.
But there was a lot of movement throughout the Top 10 -- only two teams stayed in the same spot from last week.
Stay tuned. We'll roll out our first edition of the playoff power rankings next week.
Note: Number in parentheses is previous week's ranking.
1. Delone Catholic (2) -- Make it eight straight wins for Squires (9-1, 6-0 Div. III), who have been rock solid since a Week 2 loss to Trinity. Delone's a two-seed in the Class AA District playoffs, and a second District title in three years isn't out of the question. Though the road won't be easy.
2. West York (1) -- For the first time all year, the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1 Div. II) fall from the top spot in our power rankings. But let's not overreact to that loss to Littlestown. Yes, it cost West York its first undefeated season since 1991, but the third-seeded Bulldogs are still well-positioned in the Class AAA playoffs.
3. Littlestown (5) -- What a performance by the Bolts Friday. To rack up 47 points and 466 yards against a team like West York says a lot. Now third-seeded Littlestown (8-2, 5-1 Div. II) all of sudden looks like Class AA district contender. Just don't sleep on their first-round opponents, Milton Hershey.
T-4. South Western (3) -- The Mustangs (9-1, 6-1 Div. I) took care of business Friday against New Oxford to lock up a share of the Division title and a No. 4 seed in Districts. South Western's 50th anniversary season has already been special, and there's still room for more.
T-4. Central York (4) -- Only seems fitting that the Division I co-champions should finish the season tied in the power rankings. The Panthers (7-3, 6-1) are a bit banged up at the moment, and getting certain players healthy could prove key for Saturday's clash with Dallastown.
6. Dallastown (7) -- Speaking of the WIldcats (6-4, 5-2 Div. I), they've won four in a row, most recently dispatching bitter rival Red Lion on Friday. Dallastown will need to improve on its seven-turnover performance against Central in Week 6.
7. York Suburban (6) -- The Trojans (7-3, 4-2 Div. II) capped a solid regular season with a win against Biglerville. But they'll need a huge effort to beat Lancaster Catholic, the district's top Class AA seed, on Friday.
8. Kennard-Dale (8) -- A convincing showing against Susquehannock secured the Rams (6-4, 4-2 Div. II) a district playoff spot for the second straight season.
9. Spring Grove (10) -- The Rockets (6-4, 3-4 Div. II) capped a fine turnaround season with an easy win against Dover on Friday. Spring Grove's reward? A trip to third-seeded Central Dauphin on Friday.
10. York Catholic (NR) -- What a revival its been for the Irish (6-4, 5-1 Div. III), which won four of its final five. None of those were more impressive than Friday's thriller against a Bermudian Springs team playing for its District playoff life.