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Friday, June 14, 2024

Elite 11: a ranking of our top 11 teams after Week 1

Each week, we’re scouring the Mid-Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon, York, and Berks conferences to determine the top 11 teams in the area regardless of classification. Take a look at which teams made the cut after Week 1. Disagree, let us know on Twitter (@4thdownmag) and Facebook.

11. Conrad Wieser0-111
Traded big plays with fellow Elite 11 foe Cocalico, with each squad registering nearly 400 yards of offense. Scouts had a whopping 15 penalties for 100-plus yards. Can’t win big games with those numbers. Still sticking with CW.
10. Steel-High1-010
A win in their opener was guaranteed against numbers-challenged Morrisville. QB Alex Erby attempted only 15 passes and eclipsed 500 passing yards. This was barely a scrimmage for the defending state champs.
9. Wyomissing1-09
With all the offensive firepower that graduated, the Spartans opening this season with 41 points against Daniel Boone is a warning sign Wyomissing is still the Class 3A team to beat.
Used big plays and a 206-yard outing from halfback Anthony Bourassa to edge Weiser. Bourassa added three touchdowns, including an 88-yard gallop. One of the two passes completed was a 74-yard catch-and-run.
7. Central Dauphin0-14
Go inside the numbers and the Rams offense was stuck in the mud against Wilson, averaging a paltry 3.6 yards a carry and precious few chunk plays of any kind. Defense put in a respectable showing.
6. Bishop McDevitt0-13
Losing at home to District 1 power La Salle College by three touchdowns isn’t great, but not putting up a single point and getting rolled 21-0 means talent alone isn’t always enough to play winning football. Quarterback play was an issue.
5. Manheim Township1-05
Needed some help from a dropped snap on a short field goal attempt on the final play to hold off CD East and get a tough victory. Good early test, and getting a tough W will serve them well.
4. Wilson1-07
Bulldogs defense made a Week 1 statement by limiting Central Dauphin to 303 total yards, including holding the Rams to a paltry 3.6 yards per carry. Offensive was efficient and brought more pop to the table.
3. Harrisburg1-06
Came from behind on the road to upset defending PIAA Class 5A champion Pine-Richland. Harrisburg trailed 14-0 late in the first half before a late touchdown before intermission lit a spark. Huge confidence victory to go along with the emerging young talent.
2. Central York1-02
Excellent victory over tricky Exeter Township to open the season. All QB Beau Pribula did was throw for 334 yards and account for all five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in a game that was tight all the way.
1. Governor Mifflin1-01
One of the best running backs in the country opens with 280 yards and five touchdowns for an offense that scores 55 points and cruises to win over York High. These are numbers we should all get accustomed to for the Mustangs in 2021.

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