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High School Football: Andy Shay’s Elite 11 After Week 1

11. Steel-High1-011
Acceptable first result against a team that was built to go up and down the field with the Rollers. We know Steel-High has weapons on offense, but putting up 42 points against Imani Christian is well above average.
10. Cocalico0-16
Does falling to Warwick in a tight three-point game warrant the Eagles falling out of the Elite 11? It’s called a quality loss for a reason, and this one fits the bill. Still think this squad has reason for plenty of optimism.
9. Warwick1-0NR
Waged a defensive battle with Cocalico in a game where neither offense managed to eclipse 200 total yards. They were on the fence to start the season, but this result leaves no doubt they must be included.
8.Exeter Township1-09
A very good sign for the Eagles when all the top performers on offense are part of the new crew of underclassmen who will be shouldering the load for this squad. Defense, as expected, will be a force.
7. Wyomissing1-08
Stop me if this sounds familiar: the Spartans scored more than 50 points and their opposition struggled to make first downs. Plenty of key turnover, but the results look eerily familiar already.
6. Central York1-07
CY was pushed in every way you want when putting Central Dauphin on the schedule and answered the bell. It helps when your FBS commit at RB goes for 250-plus rushing and a half dozen touchdowns. Defense has some ground to make up, though.
5. Manheim Central1-05
No problem for the Barons with West Chester East. The 56-0 whitewash means the offense, as expected, is going to present plenty of problems. Holding the Vikings to fewer than 100 total yards is attention-worthy in my book.
4. Manheim Township1-04
Completely dominated Cumberland Valley in every phase from start to finish. Blue Streaks were in complete control sparked by QB Hayden Johnson completing 72% of his passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. A complete effort.
3. State College1-03
The final score against Williamsport, a 49-20 victory for the Little Lions, is a wee bit misleading overall. State College led this one 28-0 after one quarter and most likely eased off the gas a bit after 12 blazing minutes. More passing yards than rushing stripes, which is a pleasant surprise.
2. Harrisburg1-02
Led by RB Nehemiah Ewell’s 207 rushing yards on only 10 carries with a couple touchdowns, the Cougars had very few problems dispatching York High by 30.
1. Bishop McDevitt1-0NR
Took more than three quarters for the Crusaders to shake off the rust against a pesky Mount St. Joseph squad from Baltimore. This was a test on many fronts, but in crunch time McD’s big-time playmakers showed up and made sure the result was the right one.

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