Trib HSSN state high school football rankings for Oct. 5, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 5:38 PM
The calendar turning from September to October wasn’t the only big change last week.
Several teams found out that it’s not always easy being No. 1.
Three top-ranked teams lost their showdown matchup in Week 5 and also lost their grip on the top spot in their respective classifications.
Class 6A No. 1 St. Joe’s Prep, 5A top-ranked Cathedral Prep and the top team in 2A, Southern Columbia, were knocked off their perches last week by LaSalle College, McDowell and Wyomissing.
Joining No. 1 Black Friday survivors Jersey Shore (4A), Central Valley (3A) and Steelton-Highspire (A) at the head of the class is LaSalle College in 6A, Governor Mifflin in 5A and Sto-Rox in 2A.
With its loss last week, Southern Columbia falls one game shy of tying the longest winning streak in PIAA history. The Tigers’ 65-game winning streak was one shy of the mark of 66 set by Clairton from 2009-2013.
Central Valley now has the longest current winning streak in the state with 18 wins in a row.
Here is the latest HSSN PIAA top five in each of the six classifications. Teams are listed with overall record, district and last week’s ranking.
1. LaSalle College (6-0) (4) (D-12): The Explorers defeated No. 1 St. Joseph’s Prep in Week 5, 28-21. They host Roman Catholic on Saturday.
2. Central York (6-0) (2) (D-3): The Panthers defeated South Western in Week 5, 60-0. They visit Spring Grove on Friday.
3. McDowell (5-0) (3) (D-10): The Trojans defeated 5A No. 1 Cathedral Prep in Week 5, 31-12. They host Hollidaysburg on Friday.
4. St. Joseph’s Prep (2-2) (1) (D-12): The defending state champion Hawks lost to No. 4 State College in Week 5, 28-21. They visit Middletown (Del.) on Saturday.
5. Central Catholic (5-1) (5) (D-7): The Vikings defeated Seneca Valley in Week 5, 35-0. They visit Mt. Lebanon on Friday on HSSN.
1. Governor Mifflin (5-0) (2) (D-3): The Mustangs had their game against Reading postponed in Week 5. They visit Exeter Township on Friday.
2. Cathedral Prep (5-1) (1) (D-10): The Ramblers lost to 6A No. 3 McDowell in Week 5, 31-12. They visit Cleveland Benedictine (Oh) on Friday.
3. Imhotep Charter (4-1) (3) (D-12): The Panthers defeated John Bartram in Week 5, 40-7. They host Northeast on Saturday.
4. Moon (6-0) (4) (D-7): The Tigers defeated South Fayette in Week 5, 28-13. They visit Peters Township on Friday on HSSN.
5. Chester (6-0) (NR) (D-1): The Clippers defeated West Chester Henderson in Week 5, 42-27. They host Penn Wood on Saturday.
Out: Academy Park (D-1)
1. Jersey Shore (6-0) (1) (D-4): The Bulldogs defeated Shamokin in Week 5, 38-0. They visit Milton on Friday.
2. Belle Vernon (5-0) (2) (D-7): The Leopards defeated Laurel Highlands in Week 5, 56-14. They visit Ringgold on Friday.
3. Thomas Jefferson (3-1) (3) (D-7): The defending state champion Jaguars did not play in Week 5. They visit Laurel Highlands on Friday on HSSN.
4. Aliquippa (4-1) (4) (D-7): The Quips defeated Beaver in Week 5, 35-7. They visit Chartiers Valley on Friday on HSSN.
5. Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt (4-1) (NR) (D-3): The Crusaders defeated Lower Dauphin in Week 5, 66-7. They host Cedar Cliff on Friday.
Out: Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast (D-12)
1. Central Valley (6-0) (1) (D-7): The defending state champion Warriors defeated Quaker Valley in Week 5, 69-7. They visit Keystone Oaks on Friday.
2. Wyomissing (6-0) (2) (D-3): The Spartans defeated 2A No. 1 Southern Columbia in Week 5, 41-21. They visit Twin Valley on Friday.
3. Neumann-Goretti (4-1) (3) (D-12): The Saints defeated 4A No. 5 Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast in Week 5, 26-20. They host Lansdale Catholic on Friday.
4. Bedford (6-0) (4) (D-5): The Bisons defeated Forest Hills in Week 5, 55-21. They visit Martinsburg Central on Friday.
5. North Schuylkill (6-0) (5) (D-11): The Spartans defeated Northern Lehigh in Week 5, 56-42. They visit Notre Dame-Green Pond on Friday.
1. Sto-Rox (6-0) (2) (D-7): The Vikings defeated South Side in Week 5, 63-6. They host Seton LaSalle on Friday.
2. Southern Columbia (5-1) (1) (D-4): The defending state champion Tigers lost to 3A No. 2 Wyomissing in Week 5, 41-21. They visit Central Columbia on Friday.
3. Farrell (4-0) (3) (D-7): The Steelers did not play in Week 5. They visit No. 4 Wilmington on Friday on HSSN.
4. Wilmington (4-1) (4) (D-10): The Greyhounds defeated Sharpsville in Week 5, 28-27. They host No. 3 Farrell on Friday on HSSN.
5. Bellwood-Antis (6-0) (5) (D-6): The Blue Devils defeated Curwensville in Week 5, 1-0 via forfeit. They host West Branch on Friday.
1. Steelton-Highspire (5-0) (1) (D-3): The defending state champion Steamrollers defeated Middletown in Week 5, 26-0. They visit Camp Hill Trinity on Friday.
2. Canton (6-0) (2) (D-4): The Warriors defeated Wellsboro in Week 5, 26-0. They visit Montgomery on Friday.
3. Old Forge (5-0) (3) (D-2): The Blue Devils defeated Hanover Area in Week 5, 54-0. They visit Taylor Riverside on Friday.
4. Juniata Valley (5-0) (4) (D-6): The Hornets defeated Claysburg-Kimmel in Week 5, 42-18. They host Northern Bedford County on Friday.
5. Clairton (3-2) (NR) (D-7): The Bears defeated Bishop Canevin in Week 5, 28-18. They visit Imani Christian on Friday.
Out: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (D-7)
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