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Elite 11 After Week 1

Each week, we’re scouring the Mid-Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon, and York 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. Steel-High1-011
Huge win over fellow Class 1A power Bishop Canevin that was fueled by the defense and a running game. If that provides the horsepower for this team, the danger level only goes up from there.
10. Shippensburg1-010
Quality win on the road at Cedar Cliff. Always is. Greyhounds make far fewer mistakes and that type of consistency will make them a difficult out this season.
9. Cumberland Valley1-08
Huge win coming from behind and navigating lightning delays to slip past Manheim Township at home. Little smoke and mirrors, though. Eagles’ defense was roughed up a bit.
Came up on the short end of a 50-50 game that wasn’t decided until late. And that does not impact their status one bit. Will win more of those games than they lose over the course of a season.
7. Manheim Central1-09
Blasted West Chester East in the opener and the Barons have a favorable schedule. That combination means this team will be troubled over the long haul of ‘22.
6. Central York1-0NR
Clear class of the YAIAA still has plenty cooking. Tough opener and wanted to be sure the loss of the heart and soul at quarterback didn’t have a trickle-down effect. Not often do you see the CD Rams rolled across the board.
5. Wyomissing1-06
Spartans 49, Insert Opponent Name Here 0. Sounds about right for a Wyomissing contest the last few years. More quality in the schedule will serve them well but wasn’t tested in this one.
4. Solanco1-05
Heckuva opener for the Golden Mules. Any win against Lampeter-Strasburg is of the highest quality. It was a back-and-forth battle with L-S and shows this team is one to keep an eye on in 2022.
3. Exeter Township1-03
Tossing up a shutout of Daniel Boone in the opener did catch our attention. Better opponents are coming later but a 35-point win to open the campaign is a good night of work.
2. Harrisburg0-02
Cougars didn’t get out of the garage as lightning played too much of a delay role in the Cougars’ opener in Chambersburg and the game was officially declared a no contest. Back to the practice grind.
1. Bishop McDevitt0-11
A fierce Imhotep defense and sloppy mistakes - drops, missed field goal and a costly defensive penalty - saw the Crusaders humbled a bit. This was a match-up of the Class 5A (Imhotep) and Class 4A (McDevitt) preseason No. 1 ranked teams in the state. Whoever lost this game was getting the “quality loss” moniker.

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