4 WPIAL teams hold down top spots in latest state football rankings
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 11:36 PM
It was a strong week for most of the top teams across the commonwealth as only three teams fell out of the Trib HSSN state rankings following Week 6.
Middletown was ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, but a loss to Milton Hershey dropped the Blue Raiders out of the top five for the first time this season.
In Class A, Williams Valley lasted only a week at No. 5 before falling out after losing to Pine Grove.
Warwick in 5A and Central Valley in 3A also lost, but both are still ranked in their respective class after losing head-to-head matchups against other state-ranked teams.
There are two more head-to-head matchups involving ranked teams in Week 7.
Philadelphia powers collide as 6A top ranked St. Joe’s Prep visits Class 5A No. 2 Archbishop Wood in a District 12 showdown.
In Class 4A, No. 3 Valley View hosts No. 4 Dallas in a big District 2 clash.
Here is the PIAA top five in each of the six classifications prior to Week 7. Teams are listed with record, district and last week’s ranking.
1. St. Joseph’s Prep (3-2) (1) (D-12): The defending PIAA champion Hawks beat Roman Catholic, 44-7, in Week 6. They visit 5A No. 2 Archbishop Wood on Friday.
4. LaSalle College (5-1) (4) (D-12): The Explorers beat Father Judge, 49-7, in Week 6. They host Archbishop Ryan on Friday.
5. Manheim Township (6-0) (5) (D-3): The Blue Streaks beat 5A No. 2 Warwick, 28-7, in Week 6. They host Cedar Crest on Friday.
2. Archbishop Wood (4-2) (4) (D-12): The Vikings beat Archbishop Ryan, 51-7, in Week 6. They host 6A No. 1 St. Joseph Prep on Friday.
4. Warwick (6-1) (2) (D-3): The Warriors lost to 6A No. 5 Manheim Township, 28-7, in Week 6. They visit West Lawn Wilson on Friday.
5. West Chester East (6-1) (NR) (D-1): The Vikings beat Kennett, 43-14, in Week 6. They host Downingtown West on Friday.
Out: Peters Township (D-7)
2. Cathedral Prep (5-2) (2) (D-10): The defending PIAA champion Ramblers beat Erie McDowell, 29-26, in Week 6. They visit Canisius (NY) on Friday.
3. Valley View (7-0) (3) (D-2): The Cougars beat Western Wayne, 35-15, in Week 6. They host No. 4 Dallas on Friday.
4. Dallas (7-0) (4) (D-2): The Mountaineers beat Nanticoke Area, 62-7, in Week 6. They visit No. 3 Valley View on Friday.
5. Bethlehem Catholic (5-2) (5) (D-11): The Hawks beat East Stroudsburg South, 35-14, in Week 6. They host Easton on Saturday.
2. Wyomissing (7-0) (3) (D-3): The Spartans beat Hamburg, 45-6, in Week 6. They host Kutztown on Saturday.
3. Montoursville (7-0) (5) (D-4): The Warriors beat Danville, 46-14, in Week 6. They visit Mifflinburg on Friday.
4. Neumann-Goretti (7-0) (NR) (D-12): The Saints beat Archbishop Carroll, 64-20, in Week 6. They visit Cardinal O’Hara on Friday.
Out: Middletown (D-3)
1. Southern Columbia (7-0) (1) (D-4): The defending PIAA champion Tigers beat Jersey Shore, 56-14, in Week 6. They visit Wyoming Area on Friday.
4. Wilmington (7-0) (4) (D-10): The Greyhounds beat Iroquois, 65-0, in Week 6. They host Sharpsville on Friday.
5. Richland (7-0) (5) (D-6): The Rams beat Bishop Guilfoyle, 36-0, in Week 6. They visit Bedford on Friday.
2. Farrell (5-2) (2) (D-10): The defending PIAA champion Steelers beat Cochranton, 54-0, in Week 6. They host Reynolds on Friday.
5. Canton (7-0) (NR) (D-4): The Warriors beat Sayre, 30-6, in Week 6. They visit Wellsboro on Friday.
Out: Williams Valley (D-11)
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