Penn Preps releases its initial preseason Pennsylvania High School football rankings for 2016. We'll initially start with a top five and release the full top ten after week two. The PIAA voted to expand the number of classes from four to six. Central Catholic, who won the Class AAAA Championship, moved up to AAAAAA (highest classification). Imotep Charter, who won the Class AAA Championship, moved from AAA to AAAA. Southern Columbia, who won the Class AA Championship, remains in Class AA. Bishop Guilfoyle, who won the Class A Championship, remains in Class A.
- Central Catholic
- St. Joseph’s Prep
- LaSalle College
- Central Dauphin
Pittsburgh Central Catholic starts out the season as our number one team. Early season tests against Pine-Richland and North Allegheny await the Vikings. St. Joseph's Prep also plays one of the toughest schedules in the state. Central Dauphin will most likely battle it out with Cumberland Valley and Wilson once again for District 3 supremacy.
Honorable Mention: North Allegheny, State College, Parkland, North Penn, Downingtown West
Note: Isheem Young of Imhotep Charter pictured above.
- Archbishop Wood
- Upper St. Clair
- Wyoming Valley West
- Woodland Hills
Honorable Mention: Penn-Trafford, Whitehall, Academy Park, Upper Dublin, Manheim Central
The WPIAL has arguably four of the best teams in the state in their conference. Archbishop Wood looks like the clear favorites out in the eastern part of Pennsylvania.
- Imhotep Charter
- Cathedral Prep
- Thomas Jefferson
- Bishop McDevitt
- South Fayette
This may be the most competitive classification. Imhotep Charter graduated most of their massive offensive line but return some of the best players at skill positions in the state.
Honorable Mention: Belle Vernon,Bethlehem Catholic, Berks Catholic, Selinsgrove, Berwick
- Beaver Falls
- Scranton Prep
- Central Valley
Aliquippa starts off the season as the number one team after falling in the Class AA Championship game last season.
Honorable Mention: Scranton Prep, Montoursville, Notre Dame - Green Pond), Danville, Central Martinsburg
- Steel Valley
- Southern Columbia
- West Catholic
Steel Valley has two of the top players in the state in the same backfield. West Catholic usually plays a tough out-of-class schedule but it's been scaled back just a little bit this year. Defending champs Southern Columbia will have a tough go of it to get out of the east again this year.
Honorable Mention: Berlin Brothers-Valley, Ligonier Valley, Washington, North Catholic, Schuylkill Haven
- Bishop Guilfoyle
- Old Forge
Bishop Guilfoyle has won 32 straight games. Even with the loss of Evan Chadbourn, it's hard seeing anybody stopping the Marauders from reaching the state title game again. Senior Lamont Wade and his Clairton teammates will look to return to the state title game again after getting knocked out in the state quarterfinals.
Honorable Mention: Marian Catholic, Greensburg Central Catholic, Bishop Canevin, Delco Christian