4th Down Magazine's Elite 11 Teams after Week 10

30 October 2018


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Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into postseason action. In this final edition of our Elite 11, 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

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 11     York High (William Penn) (9-1)   york william penn

A couple weeks ago, a trusted source told me the best team in York County was probably York High (William Penn) but wasn’t sure. Well, after a couple so-so results, the Bearcats bombed former No. 10 Central York by 40 points. Wow. Playoff success is another story. See how it goes this time around.

 10  Chambersburg (7-3)   chambersburg 11 

It’s such a rarity in the Commonwealth Division of the Mid-Penn to go from 0-10 and losing by an average of nearly 30 points a game to a 7-3 record and a berth in the District 3 playoffs. This was not a down or mediocre year in the division, either. Trojans are running on fumes, but they are playing with house money in terms of expectations.


9 Middletown (9-1)  middletown 9

Same as it ever was, right? Blue Raiders roll to the Capital Division crown followed by a District 3 Class 3A championship. That’s been the formula the last couple seasons, right? This team is a little different in that it’s been pushed at times a little more and embraced the woodshed loss to Bishop McDevitt early in the season. Heavy favorites to repeat in Class 3A.


 8 Bishop McDevitt (9-1)  bishop mcdevitt  8


So the Crusaders bring a nearly 3,000 yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard running back to the table as we start the postseason. The question will be whether the defense can measure up in the big games. They are 0-1 this season against a high-quality offense. A clash with the No. 7 squad in the Class 4A final seems imminent.

 7 Berks Catholic (8-2)  berks catholic  

Always nice to win that backyard brawl with Wyomissing, but the Saints have bigger goals this season. They are more of a blunt-force team than a year ago, but the results look the same for the defending Class 4A champions.


6 Central Dauphin (7-3)   central dauphin 6

With the schedule this team has played in 2018, there is no single team more battle tested than the Rams. It will be interesting to see how playing a high-caliber non-conference schedule shows up the next couple weeks. Offense has shown some more pop down the stretch.



Warwick (8-2)

  warwick 5

The school district was rocked by tragedy over the weekend, and yet the Warriors still played their contest with Penn Manor and posted a 53-20 victory under trying circumstances. Way better than a No. 5 seed in Class 5A for sure.


4 Manheim Township (9-1)  manheim township 4
Blue Streaks are ready to defend their District 3 Class 6A crown and will be a very strong part of the conversation over the next few weeks when it comes to big-school football. They have enough pieces to be considered a legitimate threat to go back-to-back. Closed out the regular season strong, too.


 3  Manheim Central (10-0)  manheim central 3

It has been more than a month since the Barons had to play a truly meaningful minute of football. And you should not worry one little bit about that little tidbit because with the talent and playoff savvy of this group, District 3 Class 5A is their title to lose.

 2  State College (9-1)  State College 2
On the road against a desperate Cumberland Valley team playing its best football of the year and needing a win to have any shot at playing a Week 11 games. In other words, the Little Lions took the very best shot the Eagles had and still escaped with a narrow three-point victory. Not sure SC was ready for the level of desperation CV brought to the table. Week 10 was a tractor pull.
 1  Harrisburg (9-1)  harrisburg 1

So the Cougars opened the 2018 season with all kinds of question marks and surrendered 37 points to Coatesville, who is pretty good just in case you didn’t know, and lost badly. After that, it was an impressive steamroll through the Mid-Penn Commonwealth. For all that offense, what you can’t miss about this squad is a defense that allowed only 87 points its final nine games.

 **Helmet graphics provided by PA Helmet Project.