High-SchoolPennsylvania: FOOTBALL Weekly Rankings

POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings (Final)

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
9:15
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After games ending Sunday, Dec. 17

NOTE: With the playoffs having ended, these are the the last Pennsylvania weekly rankings of the season.

The wonder of the postseason is that even the best teams can fall, making no game ever assured. But the best of the best teams can take care of business through the most difficult circumstances. Archbishop Wood is one of those teams. After losing in the first week of the season to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Wood ran roughshod over the opposition and dominated postseason opponents to win a Class AAA title. The Vikings weren't alone; Central Dauphin, Lancaster Catholic and Clairton also won when it counted to earn state championships.

1. Archbishop Wood — defeated Bishop McDevitt, 52-0 (final regular season rank: 2)

2. Central Dauphin — defeated North Penn, 14-7 (final regular season rank: NR)

3. North Allegheny — lost in Class AAAA state semifinal (final regular season rank: 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 9

October, 31, 2011
10/31/11
9:40
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After games ending Sunday, Oct. 30

NOTE: With the playoffs beginning, this will be the last Pennsylvania weekly ranking until the end of the season.

Following a big win over a tough Mount Lebanon squad, Upper St. Clair continued its ascent up the POWERADE Pennsylvania weekly rankings, moving up to No. 6. Also involved in the new rankings is Aliquippa; the unbeaten Quips, which have dominated recent opponents, enter our rankings at No. 10. Now with the regular season winding down, it's time for some last-minute shuffling for the final few teams before the postseason starts.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Fox Chapel, 49-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Cardinal O'Hara, 38-0 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated North Hills, 17-0 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 8

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
7:35
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After games ending Sunday, Oct. 23

Upper St. Clair, which at one point was as high as No. 3 in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings before falling, has made its triumphant return. The Panthers have been nothing short of dominant since a Week 3 loss to North Allegheny, scoring 40 or more points in every other game. But back-to-back 55-0 wins over Canon-McMillan and Bethel Park settled it for us; the Panthers are still for real. They replace Valley View, which lost its first game of the season to Scranton Prep, 7-6.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Altoona, 42-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Monsigonr Bonner, 49-6 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated Shaler, 34-17 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 7

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
8:27
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 15

The top teams all held steady this week, keeping the rankings intact. But it wasn't without some great finishes. Top-ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic's two scores in the first quarter proved to be the difference in a tight 13-7 win over Gateway. Central Valley scored twice late against Hopewell in a back-and-forth game that was televised on ESPNU. And both Valley View and Abington won their contests by 14 points or less.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Gateway, 13-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Radnor, 55-7 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated Pine-Richland, 35-7 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 6

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
8:56
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 8

There's very little shakeup in this week's POWERADE Weekly Rankings as nearly all of the top 10 teams won their games and did so handily. Only previous No. 7 Cumberland Valley fell in a close 17-7 loss to a very good Central Dauphin squad. That loss leaves space for a very deserving Grove City squad that remains unbeaten at 6-0 this season. The top teams are winning and winning big; five teams scored 50 or more points this week (North Allegheny led the way with 63 points).

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Plum, 60-6 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Mastery Charter, 57-0 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated Kiski Area, 63-17 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 5

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
10:41
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After games ending Saturday, Oct. 1

After a thrilling weekend of games, losses by three teams in the top 10 have opened the door for some fresh faces in the POWERADE Pennsylvania Weekly Rankings. Losses by Neshaminy (in last week's rescheduled game), Hopewell and Whitehall gave way to three teams hoping to crack the top 10 for the long haul. Franklin Regional has gotten it done with impressive defense. Valley View has won with an unstoppable offense. And Abington is just winning at all costs.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Woodland Hills, 36-6 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Glen Mills, 51-20 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated Seneca Valley, 49-28 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 4

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
10:46
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After games ending Saturday, Sept. 24

While the top teams held firm in this week's Pennsylvania rankings, a shakeup at the bottom paved way for some fresh teams to join the top 10 this week. The top six teams all won to hold onto their spots, including an impressive victory by Archbishop Wood over previous No. 10 St. Joseph's Prep in a rain-soaked affair, 42-7. Joining the ranks this week are Penn-Trafford, Cumberland Valley and Whitehall, all of which are still perfect on the season and have continued to win with dominant performances.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Woodland Hills, 31-13 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 42-7 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated McDowell, 49-14 (last week: No. 3)

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POWERADE Pennsylvania Rankings: Week 3

September, 19, 2011
9/19/11
1:33
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Two new teams enter the fray in this week's POWERADE Pennsylvania rankings. Neshaminy, now 3-0 after wins over Souderton, Hatboro-Horsham and Central Bucks East, jumps into the rankings at No. 4. North Allegheny moves up to take the spot of Upper St. Clair after beating the former No. 3 team by a 28-21 margin. And St. Joseph's Prep steals the final spot in the rankings after returning to PA in impressive fashion with a 51-33 win over North Penn.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic — defeated Kiski Area, 42-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood — defeated Conwell-Egan, 53-8 (last week: No. 2)
3. North Allegheny — defeated Upper St. Clair, 28-21 (last week: No. 4)

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Pennsylvania Week 2 rankings: Two top teams fall

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
3:40
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A thrilling contest between Montour and Hopewell provided the biggest shake-up to this week's football rankings. Bubble team Hopewell needed a last-minute score to knock off previous No. 4 Montour in a WPIAL showdown. As a result, the Vikings have moved into the rankings and Montour takes a seat with the bubble teams. Additionally, a tough loss for La Salle and a big win for Upper St. Clair caused those teams to flip. Upper St. Clair is now listed as the No. 11 team in the East Regional Rankings.

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 2-0 — Defeated Bethel, 30-7 (last week: No. 1)
2. Archbishop Wood, 1-1 — Defeated West Catholic, 28-0 (last week: No. 2)
3. Upper St. Clair, 2-0 — Defeated Norwin, 42-0 (last week: NR)

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Pennsylvania Football Rankings: Week 2

September, 6, 2011
9/06/11
1:41
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Despite receiving a scare from Archbishop Wood, Pittsburgh Central Catholic was able to stave off the upset bid and earn a 20-17 win to hold firm atop the Pennsylvania football rankings.

As for Wood? The team isn't taking any tumble for the loss. After a controversial call that denied a field goal (replays on ESPN2 were inconclusive as to whether the field goal passed inside or outside the post), Wood fell in a tough loss but played exceptionally well against a tough opponent. The two teams might as well have played to a draw.

WEEK 2 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL RANKINGS

1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 1-0 (1)
Survived a tough game against Archbishop Wood, 20-17

2. Archbishop Wood (Warminster), 0-1 (2)
Class AAA team played up to its competition despite the loss

3. La Salle (Wyndmoor), 1-0 (NR)
Its 44-27 win over North Penn was a big early statement win

4. Montour (McKees Rocks), 1-0 (NR)
A 49-14 win over Chartiers Valley was a very good start

5. Central Valley (Monaca), 1-0 (6)
Moved up slightly after 36-13 win over Allderdice

6. Clairton, 1-0 (7)
No surprise here — Bears toppled Washington, 42-12

7. McDowell (Erie), 1-0 (9)
Upset win over Central Catholic vaults Trojans up two spots

8. North Allegheny, 1-0 (10)
Dropped 53 points on State College in season opener

9. Gateway (Monroeville), 1-0 (NR)
Held strong against Bishop McDevitt with 28-7 win

10. Downingtown East, 1-0 (NR)
Offense was on display in 62-41 victory over Allentown C.C.

Dropped out: Previous No. 3 Allentown Central Catholic, No. 4 North Penn, No. 5 Cathedral Prep, No. 10 Bishop McDevitt

On the Bubble: Aliquippa 1-0, Allentown Central Catholic 0-1, Bishop McDevitt (Erie) 0-1, Cathedral Prep (Erie) 0-1, Central Dauphin (Harrisburg) 1-0, Council Rock South (Holland) 1-0, Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg) 1-0, Franklin Regional (Murrysville) 1-0, Hopewell (Aliquippa) 1-0, Neshaminy (Langhorne) 1-0, North Penn (Lansdale) 0-1, Sto-Rox (Stowe Township) 1-0, Susquehanna Township (Harrisburg) 1-0, Upper St. Clair 1-0, Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh) 1-0

Pennsylvania rankings span west to east

August, 22, 2011
8/22/11
1:16
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Pittsburgh Central Catholic begins its quest for a PIAA title by holding down the top spot in our Pennsylvania preseason football rankings.

Central Catholic is also one of two Keystone State representatives in the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings. The Vikings are No. 27 in the nation. The other state representative in the rankings, Archbishop Wood, just happens to be Central Catholic's first opponent. The early matchup is a great test for both teams.

Here's the rundown...
  1. Pittsburgh Central Catholic
  2. Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
  3. Allentown Central Catholic
  4. North Penn (Lansdale)
  5. Cathedral Prep (Erie)
  6. Central Valley (Monaca)
  7. Clairton
  8. Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg)
  9. McDowell (Erie)
  10. North Allegheny (Wexford)
On the Bubble: Abington Heights, Central Dauphin (Harrisburgh), Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg), Downingtown East, Hopewell (West Aliquippa), Jeannette, La Salle (Wyndmoor), Montour (Robinson Township), Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh), Pennsbury (Fairless Hills), South Fayette (McDonald), St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia), Sto-Rox (McKees Rocks), West Catholic (Philadelphia), Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh)

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