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By Eric Epler:

Each week, we're taking a look at Eric Epler's  statewide rankings.


4th Down Magazine will publish the rankings each Tuesday throughout the season. Teams are listed with district, record and previous rank.

Class 6A

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking
1. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) – 2-0 – 1
2. Coatesville (1) – 4-0 – 2
3. Pine-Richland (7) – 3-1 – 3
4. North Allegheny (7) – 4-0 – 4
5. State College (6) – 4-0 – 5
6. North Penn (1) – 4-0 – 6
7. Emmaus (11) – 4-0 – 7
8. Downingtown East (1) – 4-0 – 8
9. Bethlehem Freedom (11) – 4-0 – 9
10. Manheim Twp. (3) – 4-0 – NR
Teams to watch: Central Dauphin (3) 3-1, Downingtown West (1) 4-0, Easton Area (11) 4-0, Garnet Valley (1) 4-0, Pittsburgh C.C. (7) 3-1.

 

Class 5A

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking

1. Penn Hills (7) – 4-0 – 1
2. Manheim Central (3) – 4-0 – 3
3. Gateway (7) – 4-0 – 5
4. Archbishop Wood (12) – 1-2 – 4
5. Springfield-Delco (1) – 4-0 – 6
6. Upper St. Clair (7) – 4-0 – 8
7. Warwick (3) – 3-1 – NR
8. Peters Twp. (7) – 3-1 – NR
9. Academy Park (1) – 4-0 – NR
10. North Hills (7) – 4-0 – NR
Teams to watch: Cocalico (3) 4-0, East Stroudsburg South (11) 3-1, McKeesport (7) 3-1, Radnor (1) 4-0, West Allegheny (7) 2-1.

Class 4A

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking

1. Imhotep Charter (12)– 1-2 – 1
2. Bishop McDevitt (3) – 4-0 – 2
3. Cathedral Prep (10) – 2-2 – 3
4. Berks Catholic (3) -- 3-1 – 4
5. Thomas Jefferson (7) – 3-0 – 5
6. Valley View (2) – 4-0 – 6
7. Bethlehem Catholic (11) – 3-1 – 7
8. Bellefonte (6) – 4-0 – 8
9. Berwick (2) -- 4-0 – 9
10. South Fayette (7) – 3-1 – 10

Teams to watch: Blackhawk (7) 4-0, Clearfield (9) 4-0, Milton Hershey (3) 4-0, Pottsgrove (1) 4-0,  Saucon Valley (11) 4-0.

Class 3A

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking

1. Aliquippa (7) – 4-0 – 1
2. Conwell-Egan (12) – 4-0 – 3
3. Middletown (3)– 3-1 – 4
4. North Schuylkill (11) – 4-0 – 6
5. Grove City (10) – 4-0 – 5
6. Scranton Prep (2) – 3-1 – 2
7. Mercyhurst Prep (10) – 4-0 – 7
8. North Catholic (7) – 4-0 – 8
9. Jim Thorpe (11) – 4-0 – 9
10. Wyomissing (3) – 3-1 – 10

Teams to watch: Beaver Falls (7) 4-0, Danville (4) 3-1, Keystone Oaks (7) 4-0, Palisades (11) 4-0, Sharon (10) 3-1.

 

Class 2A

 

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking
1. Southern Columbia (4) – 4-0 – 1
2. Wilmington (10) – 3-1 – 4
3. Ligonier Valley (6) – 4-0 – 3
4. Clarion (9) – 4-0 5
5. Richland (6) -- 4-0 – 8
6. West Catholic (12) – 3-1 – 7
7. Shady Side Academy (7) – 3-0 – NR
8. Delone Catholic (3) – 4-0 – 9
9. Wellsboro (4) -- 4-0 – 10
10. Charleroi (7) – 3-0 – NR
Teams to watch: Avonworth (7) 3-1, Chestnut Ridge (5) 4-0, Sharpsville (10) 3-1, Steel Valley (7) 2-1, Washington (7) 3-1.

Class 1A

Ranking; Team; District; Record; Last Week's Ranking
1. Farrell (10) – 4-0 – 1
2. Jeannette (7) – 4-0 – 2
3. Our Lady Sacred Heart (7) – 4-0 – 3
4. Clairton (7) – 3-0 – 4
5. Imani Christian (7) – 3-1 – 8
6. Conemaugh Twp. (5) – 4-0 – NR
7. Lackawanna Trail (2) – 4-0 – NR
8. Muncy (4) – 4-0 – NR
9. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) – 3-1 – NR
10. South Williamsport (4) – 3-1 – 7
Teams to watch: Monessen (7) 3-0, Old Forge (2) 3-1, Redbank Valley (9) 4-0, Tri-Valley (11) 3-1, Williams Valley (11) 3-1.

 

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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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Harrisburg's Kane Everson has the Cougars positioned to contend for the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division title. (File photo/Adam Kulikowski)

Fourth Down Game Balls

Keyshawn Jones, RB-CB, Chambersburg: Jones set a career-best with 245 rushing yards (on 25 carries) in Chambersburg’s 48-28 road win over Altoona to move to 4-0 on the year. Jones’ scores came from 2, 3 and 10 yards; he now has 700 yards this season. He also threw a 30-yard pass.

Keaton Ellis, WR-DB-KR, State College: Ellis took a whopping four of his seven offensive touches for touchdowns, with four receptions (3 TDs) for 180 yards and three carries (TD) for 34 yards in the unbeaten Little Lions’ 56-17 win over Carlisle. Ellis added a 65-yard punt return score and an interception.

Adam Burkhart, RB-LB, Central Dauphin: The two-way beast ran for 119 yards and recorded six tackles in the Rams’ 37-7 drubbing of rival Cumberland Valley. Burkhart needed just 13 carries for his yardage and scored twice. And on defense he blew up five plays in the backfield.

Chris Dare, QB, Cedar Cliff: The senior Colts quarterback completed a season-high 84 percent of his pass attempts--21-of-25 to lead Cedar Cliff to a 41-31 victory against Holidaysburg Friday night. Quietly, Dare ranks second among Mid-Penn quarterbacks with 855 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Michael Bullock Game Balls

John Stump, RB, Susquenita: Stump rushed 14 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns as Susquenita stunned Williams Valley 29-7. Stump’s touchdown runs of 7, 11 and 15 yards staked the Blackhawks to a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

Jacob Condo, LB, Juniata: A freshman linebacker and the son of Juniata defensive coordinator Kurt Condo, Condo registered 11 stops in the Indians’ 27-20 loss in overtime at Line Mountain. Condo also blocked an extra point early in the fourth quarter that kept the game tied 20-20 and eventually forced OT.

Macklin Ayers, QB, Upper Dauphin: Ayers rushed 17 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in UD’s come-from-behind 29-26 victory at Newport. Ayers, in fact, popped a game-winning 43-yard TD run with just 1:44 to play that put the Trojans ahead to stay. In addition to his 28-yard TD run earlier in the second half, Ayers was 9-for-15 passing for 95 yards.

Evan Herb, QB, Line Mountain: Herb passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns, including a tying score to Adam Malafi early in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth struggle with Juniata  that Line Mountain eventually won 27-20 in overtime. Herb also threw a touchdown pass to Cody Ebersole as the Eagles (2-2) returned to .500.

Conner McGuire, LB-FB, Susquenita: Sure, John Stump ran for three TDs, but the Blackhawks defense, led by McGuire’s 16 tackles, held Williams Valley to just 260 yards in a stunning 29-7 upset win. McGuire leads the team with 57 tackles, including 36 solos. Susquenita also forced two turnovers, blocked a punt and stopped Williams Valley at the 3 on the Vikings’ first drive.

 

Jake Adams Game Balls

Chiago Anyanwu, RB-LB, Milton Hershey: Watched this bruising senior absolutely maul his way to 304 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday night in a 41-27 win over Boiling Springs. His first run was a simple inside handoff, but he shed a few tackles a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage and bolted 77 yards to pay dirt. It seemed as if those broken tackles unleashed a monster as he broke easily a dozen or more the rest of the game, seeking out contact with reckless abandon. Every yard was needed in a game that was quite close with Bubbletown proving it is no pushover anymore.

Kenyon Johnson, QB-DB, West Perry: You know what’s crazy? Johnson is possibly the most complete dual-threat quarterback in the Mid-Penn. After his 262-yard day (89 passing, 173 rushing) in the 47-27 Colonial Division win over Greencastle-Antrim, he’s now at a crazy 420 passing yards and 596 rushing on the year. He has 80 combined pass attempts and rushing attempts, giving him a per-play average of 12.7 yards. 12.7! Some less-than-stellar competition the first three weeks, yeah, yeah, yeah. 12.7 is 12.7. You know what’s also crazy? The Mustangs are 4-0.

Andy Shay Game Balls

Kane Everson, QB, Harrisburg: With each passing week since the opener this guy seems to be getting better and better. He has weapons all around him, but using those weapons to create a monster of an offense is downright impressive. He accounted for nearly 300 yards of offense against Cedar Cliff on 10 completions and six carries. He threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, and when you do that at the high school level with all that speed on the outside, that literally is the kind of stuff you can’t cover. Everson was always a threat with his legs. Now he’s becoming more of threat with his arm. And rest assured his legs as a weapon aren’t going away. He’s making the easy passes look simple. MPC Commonwealth defenses beware.

Adam Houser, RB, Shippensburg: Give me this guy any day and twice on Sunday. Watching him play the game and perform at such a high level is pure football joy. He accounted for 224 of the Greyhounds’ nearly 300 yards of offense in a tough overtime win against Waynesboro that pushed Shippensburg to 4-0. The Indians have a very good defense. And they know Houser is the go-to guy. And he still put up 224 total yards. That’s earning a game ball the hard way.

East Pennsboro Panthers: I know this squad is struggling and is 0-4. The reason they get one of my game balls this week is for playing all 48 minutes. East Pennsboro trailed Palmyra 28-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Down three scores with only one touchdown on the board means another loss, so why keep pushing hard, right? Because the scoreboard matters, but it also doesn’t matter. If you play, then respect the game and give your best for 48 minutes no matter what the scoreboard says. And that will always be good enough. Well, the Panthers scored twice in the fourth quarter and made their opponent sweat out the final few minutes by never giving less than their best. It’s a loss on the scoreboard. But I noticed they didn’t toss in the towel and that matters more sometimes.

 

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By 4th Down staff:

Welcome to 4th Down Magazine's vote for the Week 4 Player of the Week presented by Crown Trophy in Lemoyne.


The nominees for the week are listed below in alphabetical order. Vote for the player with the most impressive performance.

The poll will remain open until Tuesday evening at 11 p.m. The winner will be announced on Wednesday and presented with a plaque created by Crown Trophy.

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Chiago Anyanwu, RB-LB, Milton Hershey: Anyanwu was absolutely bruising in the Spartans’ 41-27 win over Boiling Springs, breaking double-digit tackles en route to 302 yards on 27 carries. The 200-pounder scored on TD runs of 77 and 59 yards, and he accounted for all but 64 MH yards.

Adam Burkhart, RB-LB, Central Dauphin: The two-way beast ran for 119 yards and recorded six tackles in the Rams’ 37-7 drubbing of rival Cumberland Valley. Burkhart needed just 13 carries for his yardage and scored twice. And on defense he blew up five plays in the backfield.

Keaton Ellis, WR-DB-KR, State College: Ellis took a whopping four of his seven offensive touches for touchdowns, with four receptions (3 TDs) for 180 yards and three carries (TD) for 34 yards in the unbeaten Little Lions’ 56-17 win over Carlisle. Ellis added a 65-yard punt return score and an interception.

Kane Everson, QB-DB, Harrisburg: Everson torched Commonwealth Division rival CD East for five touchdowns Saturday in a 42-0 win. The TDs went to four different receivers (Rynell Gantt, Donte Kent, Lamir Wigfall and Jahmir Plant). He finished 10-of-13 for 238 yards passing and nine carries for 57 yards.

Adam Houser, RB-S, Shippensburg: Houser continues to shoulder the brunt of the offense, this time sprint to 163 yards and two scores on 17 carries in the Greyhounds’ 28-20 win over Waynesboro. He added a 61-yard TD grab for good measure.

Kenyon Johnson, QB-DB, West Perry: The Mustangs are staples here now, with Johnson back in the fold after compiling 262 total yards (89 passing, 173 rushing). He participated in five TDs in West Perry’s 49-20 win over Greencastle-Antrim, three rushing (42, 46 and 53 yards) and two passing.

Keyshawn Jones, RB-CB, Chambersburg: Jones set a career-best with 245 rushing yards (on 25 carries) in Chambersburg’s 48-28 road win over Altoona to move to 4-0 on the year. Jones’ scores came from 2, 3 and 10 yards; he now has 700 yards this season. He also threw a 30-yard pass.

Daulton Leedy, QB-S, Tri-Valley: The Bulldogs bumped Pine Grove 20-15 thanks to an 11-for-21, 233-yard, three-TD performance by their signal caller. Leedy spread the ball to five receivers and hit Nick Stiely twice and Tyler McGrath for scores. The Leedy-to-McGrath bomb (68 yards) came with 7:01 to play. Also had five tackles and two punts for 73 total yards.

Bobby Whalen, WR-DB, Cedar Cliff: Whalen hauled in more than half of QB Chris Dare’s passes, finishing with 12 grabs for 146 yards and three scores in the 41-31 win at Hollidaysburg. Whalen scored three straight times from the second through third quarter. Also ran five times for 18 stripes.

John Stump, RB, Susquenita: Stump was instrumental in the Blackhawks’ 29-7 stunning upset over Williams Valley. The junior toted the rock 14 times for 109 yards, averaging 7.8 yards while scoring three times. His TDs (7, 11 and 15 yards) made it a 21-0 game WV couldn’t come back from.

 

 

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