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Friday, December 30, 2022

Preseason Elite 11

11. Steel-High0-0NR
Never wanting for weapons, the key for Steel-High in 2022 will be tied to the half-dozen vets who roam the offensive and defensive fronts. Never the bright-lights side of the ball, how this defense performs will be the difference-maker later down the line.
10. Shippensburg0-0NR
So, the Greyhounds are edging toward being able to possibly straight-up outscore teams on a weekly basis with all the weapons coming back — including the most prolific QB-WR combo numbers-wise in the Mid-Penn Conference. We know their coach still loves his defensive football, but that will most likely resemble more of a work-in-progress to start.
9. Manheim Central0-0NR
The house of horrors for most teams known as Elden Rettew Field will be host to seven of the 10 regular-season home games for the Barons in 2022, including five in a row during one stretch. New QB and that brings questions about the offense into play, but this defense will carry the load early and be a force all season.
8.Cumberland Valley0-0NR
Nearly clawed its way into the District 3 playoff party a year ago with a .500 record. Still has a killer schedule, but year No. 3 for Eagles skipper and alumnus Josh Oswalt feels more like mastering the direction he is taking the program instead of learning it. Big difference.
7. Lampeter-Strasburg0-0NR
Nearly rocked the District 3 playoffs by knocking off Bishop McDevitt in the Class 4A title game and will be back to take another crack this year. They are looking for answers at a few skill positions, but the horses up front are grizzled and experienced. Pencil them as a legitimate contender.
6. Wyomissing0-0NR
Another District 3 championship and a run at another PIAA title are in the cards. Part of the killer new-look Section 4 in the new-look L-L. They will garner more week-to-week competition, and that will only help their cause.
5. Solanco0-0NR
This squad has been knocking down L-L Section II doors the last couple seasons, and with 20-plus experienced seniors on their roster the Mules’ time is now. In the new-look L-L, they are the heavy Section III favorites and a double-digit win total at the end of the trail is more likely than not.
4. Wilson0-0NR
They will have all fresh faces in the backfield at the quarterback and running back positions from a year ago. The defending L-L Section I champions are still pretty stocked up front offensively, and do you ever see the Bulldogs play bad football defensively with any consistency? Me, neither.
3. Exeter Township0-0NR
There is very good reason to have some questions about the Eagles’ defense — it wasn’t great overall during that magical run last year — but they still have some weapons on offense and they do rather enjoy making the scoreboard roll.
2. Harrisburg0-0NR
So the off-the-field preseason distraction of its head coach being shelved from the sidelines until Sept. 11 does not impact what the Cougars have cooking. This is a better overall team than it was a year ago, and that will be easy to see.
1. Bishop McDevitt0-0NR
This is still very much a championship caliber roster at the highest level, and the goals and aspirations of the Crusaders are in line with the speed, talent and athleticism.

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