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4th Down Magazine's Elite 11 teams after Week 7

09 October 2018


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Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into Week 8 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  Middletown (6-1)   middletown

When pushed to the edge against previously undefeated Milton Hershey, the Blue Raiders knew exactly what to do. Spartans took the lead 21-20 with 10-minutes to play. Final score was 32-21 Blue Raiders.

 10  Chambersburg (6-1)  chambersburg 11

Two monster games with the Nos. 1 and 6 ranked teams coming up in the next couple weeks. Should feel very good overall after edging a CD East team that is very dangerous offensively. The Trojans star RB Keyshawn Jones going for nearly 300 on 31 totes against the Panthers defense is impressive work by the back and his OL.

 9 Wilson (5-2)  wilson 10

There will be no high-scoring and impressive blowout victories over quality football teams for this Bulldogs squad. Beating Hempfield 26-16 is exactly what to expect from Wilson. Getting a lot of mileage out this roster with no real game changers or breakers.

 8 Bishop McDevitt (6-1)  bishop mcdevitt  8

QB Chase Diehl went over 2,000 yards for the season by completing all 11 passes he attempted against Lower Dauphin for 338 yards and three touchdowns. I mean, that’s just impressive stuff. Expect more of the same the next two games against big-time struggling teams.

 7 Berks Catholic (5-2)  berks catholic  
It’s all about the Week 10 rivalry game with Wyomissing for the Saints. Combined score of last two games is 115-8. Just because BC is killing cats, don’t forget about the very powerful Saints down the stretch.
6 Central Dauphin (5-2)   central dauphin 6

Both times the Rams have lost this season they responded extremely well the following week, and that short-term memory will be needed once the postseason hits. Going to Mansion Park and dropping a 49-burger on Altoona says nothing about Altoona and everything about CD.


Warwick (5-2)

  warwick 5

This squad is NOT going anywhere with a one-touchdown loss to No. 3 Manheim Central in Week 2 and getting edged by eight against Manheim Township. There are still concerns about a little more production out of the running game, but the Warriors have enough quarterbacks and receivers to play with anybody.

4 Manheim Township (6-1)  manheim township 4
Look who the Blue Streaks have played in the last three weeks: Cocalico, Wilson and Warwick. Not too many squads can navigate that three-week stretch and be 2-1 or 3-0. Big game for junior QB Harry Kirk in a tight win over Warwick with 251 yards and a couple TD passes. His 64-percent completion percentage was the hidden key.
 3  Manheim Central (7-0)  manheim central 2

Three straight games scoring more than 40 points means the Barons are in the middle of their L-L Section II schedule, which means more comfortable and big wins are in the future. Still a lot of value to getting this kind of good work in, though.

 2  State College (6-1)  State College 1
This is still a very difficult football team to beat despite that road loss to Harrisburg. Battled back from three scores down at halftime to make it a one-score game down the stretch.
 1  Harrisburg (6-1)  harrisburg  3

This team moved to another level because of the way it executed and played against former No. 1 State College, not just because it won the game. All the pieces have come together.

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