Trib HSSN Pennsylvania high school football rankings for Sept. 26, 2023
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 11:40 PM
Following so many big showdowns across the state last weekend, things are set to settle down a bit as we hit the midway point of the regular season.
In all, the 30 teams ranked in last week’s Trib HSSN state football rankings were a combined 24-5 with one team not in action.
However, before you react to the five losses, know that four of them came in head-to-head showdowns against other ranked teams.
The only team to drop out was Cathedral Prep in 5A after its second loss of the season. That opened the door for unbeaten Peters Township to enter the rankings.
Belle Vernon fell from the top spot in Class 3A, replaced by District 3 power Wyomissing.
The other teams ranked No. 1 last week remain the same with St. Joe’s Prep (6A), Imhotep Charter (5A), Bishop McDevitt (4A), Southern Columbia (2A) and Steelton-Highspire (A) still on top.
Here are the latest Trib HSSN rankings in each of the six classifications. Teams are listed with overall record, last week’s ranking and district.
1. St. Joseph’s Prep (3-1) (1) (D-12): The defending PIAA champion Hawks did not play in Week 4. They visit Archbishop Wood on Friday.
3. Parkland (5-0) (4) (D-11): The Trojans defeated 4A No. 4 Allentown Central Catholic in Week 4, 35-14. They host Whitehall on Friday.
4. Manheim Township (5-0) (5) (D-3): The Blue Streaks defeated Landisville Hempfield in Week 4, 48-7. They visit J.P. McCaskey on Friday.
5. North Allegheny (4-1) (2) (D-7): The Tigers lost to No. 3 Central Catholic in Week 4, 50-22. They host Pine-Richland on Friday.
1. Imhotep Charter (5-0) (1) (D-12): The Panthers defeated Abraham Lincoln in Week 4, 26-14. They visit John Bartram on Saturday.
2. Roman Catholic (4-1) (2) (D-12): The Cahillites defeated Cheltenham in Week 4, 42-12. They host Father Judge on Friday.
3. West Chester Rustin (4-0) (4) (D-1): The Golden Knights defeated Chichester in Week 4, 49-9. They visit Coatesville on Friday.
4. Strath Haven (5-0) (5) (D-1): The Panthers defeated Upper Darby in Week 4, 28-14. They visit Radnor on Friday.
Out: Cathedral Prep (10)
1. Bishop McDevitt (5-0) (1) (D-3): The defending PIAA champion Crusaders defeated Cedar Cliff in Week 4, 48-7. They host Milton Hershey on Friday.
3. Pope John Paul II (5-0) (4) (D-1): The Golden Panthers defeated Upper Perkiomen in Week 4, 49-7. They host Pottsgrove on Saturday.
5. Allentown Central Catholic (4-1) (3) (D-11): The Vikings lost to 6A No. 4 Parkland in Week 4, 35-14. They visit Nazareth on Friday.
1. Wyomissing (5-0) (2) (D-3): The Spartans defeated Eastern Lebanon County in Week 4, 28-14. They host Donegal on Saturday.
3. Neumann-Goretti (3-1) (3) (D-12): The Saints defeated West Catholic in Week 4, 32-0. They host Cardinal O’Hara on Saturday.
4. Martinsburg Central (5-0) (5) (D-6): The Scarlet Dragons defeated Bishop Guilfoyle in Week 4, 10-7. They visit Huntingdon on Friday.
5. Danville (4-1) (4) (D-4): The Ironmen lost to 2A No. 1 Southern Columbia in Week 4, 40-17. They visit Lewisburg on Friday.
1. Southern Columbia (5-0) (1) (D-4): The defending PIAA champion Tigers defeated 3A No. 4 Danville in Week 4, 40-17. They visit Montoursville on Friday.
2. Farrell (5-0) (2) (D-10): The Steelers defeated Hickory in Week 4, 26-7. They visit Wilmington on Friday.
4. Bald Eagle (5-0) (4) (D-6): The Eagles defeated Philipsburg-Osceola in Week 4, 42-20. They visit Bellefonte on Friday.
5. Richland (5-0) (5) (D-6): The Rams defeated Forest Hills in Week 4, 44-14. They host Somerset on Friday.
1. Steelton-Highspire (5-0) (1) (D-3): The defending PIAA champion Steamrollers defeated Big Springs in Week 4, 46-7. They host Middletown on Saturday.
3. Canton (5-0) (3) (D-4): The Warriors defeated South Williamsport in Week 4, 27-21. They host Wyalusing on Friday.
4. Northern Bedford (5-0) (4) (D-5): The Panthers defeated Berlin-Brothersvalley in Week 4, 24-16. They host Tussey Mountain on Friday.
5. Lackawanna Trail (5-0) (5) (D-2): The Lions defeated Dunmore in Week 4, 46-21. They host Old Forge on Friday.
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