Scout Penn Preps takes a look at Week 10 in District 3 Football.
Don’t be surprised if you see some movement among the current top four teams in the District 3-AAAAAA Power Rankings. No. 1 Central Dauphin (8-1) plays State College (9-0) on the road and No. 3 Cumberland Valley (7-2) plays Harrisburg (6-3) at home this Friday. No. 2 Wilson (8-1) is a favorite in an away game against Conestoga Valley (4-5). No. 4 Red Lion (9-0) takes on No. 8 Dallastown (7-2) at home. No. 7 Central Dauphin East (5-4) needs to beat Bishop McDevitt on the road to solidify their spot in the playoffs.
No. 1 Governor Mifflin, No. 2 Manheim Central, No. 3 Northeastern, and No. 4 Exeter all have very winnable games and we would consider it an upset should any of them lost this weekend. No. 5 Harrisburg has a very tough but winnable game on the road against Cumberland Valley. Susquehanna Township is currently holding on to the No. 7 slot in Class AAAA and will taking on No. 7 Cedar Cliff on the road. No. 8 Palmyra has a tough one on their hands as they face Class AAAA No. 5 Milton Hershey in a game that has obviously enormous playoff implications.
No. 2 Bishop McDevitt will be without starting quarterback Tayvon Bowers (season-ending knee injury) when they take on Central Dauphin East at home. As we mentioned earlier, No. 7 Susquehanna Township needs to win at home against Cedar Cliff to ensure their spot in the Class AAAA playoffs. No. 1 Berks Catholic will take on Class AAA No. 3 Wyomissing. No. 5 Milton Hershey will take on Class AAAAA No. 8 Palmyra. No. 10 East Pennsboro takes on winless Boiling Springs and will need a few other teams ahead of them to lose in order to make the playoffs. Of course, they’ll need to win their game.
No. 1 Middletown (9-0) will look to finish their regular season undefeated as they take on Steel-High at home. No. 2 Wyomissing (7-2) has a tough home game against Class AAA No. 1 Berks Catholic. A loss and wins by No. 3 Bermudian Springs (7-2) and No. 4 Littlestown (7-2) would shake up things on the home-field advantage front. No. 5 Lancaster Catholic (6-3) as an away game at Northern Lebanon (4-5) and No. 6 Annville-Cleona (6-3) takes on Donegal (4-5) at home. Both teams are favored to win their respective games.
CLASSES A AND AA
In both classes, only two teams will make the playoffs. In Class AA, No. 1 York Catholic (8-1) and No. 2 Newport (9-1) are the two teams that will face each other in the District 3-AA Championship Game on Nov. 12. In Class A, Halifax sits at No. 1 (6-4), while No. 2 Fairfield and No. 3 Steel-High fight for the final playoff spot. Both teams have very tough games this weekend. Fairfield plays Class AAA No. 3 Littlestown and Steel-High takes on Class AAA No. 3 Middletown.