Trib 10: Upsets send new team to top of power rankings

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 12:12 AM

Surprise, surprise, as a couple of eyebrow raisers in Week 6 of the WPIAL football season shook up the top half of the Trib 10 this week.

Central Catholic’s stay at the top of the power rankings lasted only two weeks as the Vikings were dropped by defending district and state Class 5A champion Pine-Richland.

It had been 36 years since Trinity last defeated Thomas Jefferson. However, the Hillers stunned the Jaguars last week, dropping TJ out of the No. 3 spot.

The big winners in the aftermath of those two upsets were undefeated Peters Township, moving from No. 5 to No. 2, and unbeaten Aliquippa moving up a spot to become the third No. 1 team in the power rankings this season following 6A powers North Allegheny and Central Catholic.

Here are the latest Trib 10 power rankings with record and last week’s ranking followed by upcoming opponent in Week 7. These rankings have zero classification boundaries.

1. Aliquippa, 6-0, (2): The Quips visit New Castle on Friday

2. Peters Township, 7-0, (5): The Indians visit Mt. Lebanon on Friday

3. Central Catholic, 6-1, (1): the Vikings host No. 5 Penn Hills on Friday

4. North Allegheny, 6-1, (4): The Tigers host Norwin on Friday

5. Penn Hills, 6-1, (6): The Indians visit No. 3 Central Catholic on Friday

6. Thomas Jefferson, 6-1, (3): The Jaguars host Ringgold on Friday

7. Belle Vernon, 4-1, (7): The Leopards visit Mount Pleasant on Friday

8. McKeesport, 6-1, (8): The Tigers visit Gateway on Friday

9. Avonworth, 7-0, (9): The Antelopes host North Catholic on Friday

10. Elizabeth Forward, 7-0, (10): The Warriors visit South Allegheny on Friday

Out: None

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