4th Down Magazine's Elite 11 Teams Rankings after Week 4

18 September 2018


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Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into Week 5 action. Each week, Andy Shay will take a look around the Mid-Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon League, York, Berks and Tri Valley conferences to determine the top 11 teams. 

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By Andy Shay

RankingTeamLast Week
 11 Chambersburg (4-0)  

Why not the Trojans, right? I know they are playing No. 1 State College this week and will most likely suffer loss No. 1 this season. I don’t care. Had Central York here last week. They went out were cracked by Red Lion 56-28. Thought about putting Red Lion here … oh wait, the Lions lost to Chambersburg. Trojans get the call and if they put in a respectable effort against State College they will stay!

 10 Cocalico (4-0)  cocalico 10

Nobody in District 3 made a bigger jump from Week 1 to Week 2 and the Eagles have just kept the ball rolling downhill ever since with 107 points in their last three games.

 9 Warwick (3-1)  warwick 9
I know Hempfield is down a bit and struggling, but for the third time in four games (the other being No. 2 Manheim Central) the Warriors held the opposition to six or fewer points. Second shutout against Hempfield. Defense is the calling card for this squad?

 8 Middletown (3-1)  middletown 8

Missing one of their top guns at running back would reduce the pop in their double-barrelled cannon, right? That would be incorrect. How about two backs who don’t start going over 100 yards and 63 points.

 7 Harrisburg (3-1)  harrisburg
In the last two games Cougars QB Kane Everson has thrown for 587 yards by completing 26 of 32 pass with nine touchdowns and rushed 19 times for 163 yards with a couple scores. They are a fast-emerging powerhouse at many levels with three straight wins and making huge strides with each of those victories.

6 Bishop McDevitt (4-0)  bishop mcdevitt 6

Time for the Keystone Division portion of the Crusaders schedule, and unfortunately this season there doesn’t seem to be much legitimate competition for them. Might see a few more of these McDevitt a-lot-of-points, the opposition not-many-at-all.


Berks Catholic (3-1)

 berks catholic 5

Been a while since we saw a “typical” Saints winning score. Berks Catholic 64, Boyertown 6 means its back to business as usual for BC.

4 Central Dauphin (3-1) central dauphin 4
Took care of business against Cumberland Valley with a 30-point victory. Defense limiting the Eagles to seven points is no real surprise. It’s that 37 points the offense posted that stands out. Wheels are churning again.
 3 Manheim Township (4-0)  manheim township 3

For the record, the Blue Streaks defense has surrendered only 22 points all season against some quality opponents, including shutout No. 2 of the season in a lay-up win over Penn Manor 41-0.

 2 Manheim Central (4-0)  manheim central 2
At first glance you might not think a 20-10 win over Wilson is all that impressive. You would be wrong. For the second week in a row the Barons had to come from behind to win and the Bulldogs are vastly improved. That’s a very high-quality victory.
 1 State College (4-0)  State College 1

Little Lions kept their foot on the gas a little longer to score 56 points and hand Carlisle its first loss of the season, as expected. They are building to some big games down the stretch and look ready. PSU recruit Keaton Ellis had four catches for 180 yards and three long-range touchdowns covering 64, 36 and 62 yards. Also had a 15-yard TD run and a 65-yard punt return for a TD. That’s a weapon!

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