Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I found some rankings, so the debate is on -- at least until the games start on August 29. SOLN on Pennlive's Eastern PA Football forum lists the following rankings: 1) Gateway / 2) Cardinal O'Hara / 3) Bethlehem Liberty / 4) Woodland Hills / 5) Saint Joseph's Prep / 6) Neshaminy / 7) Bishop McDevitt / 8) Penn Hills / 9) Pittsburgh Central Catholic / 10) Northeast Philadelphia / 11) Erie Cathedral Prep / 12) Central Dauphin / 13) Parkland / 14) State College / 15) Brashear / 16) Erie Strong Vincent / 17) North Allegheny / 18) Pennsbury / 19) McKeesport / 20) Roman Catholic / 21) Wyoming Valley West / 22) North Penn / 23) York William Penn / 24) Manheim Twp. / 25) Souderton
The Massey Ratings on highschoolsports.net list 1) Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2) North Allegheny 3) McKeesport 4) Gateway 5) Upper St. Clair 6) St. Joseph's Preparatory 7) Penn Hills 8) Bethel Park 9) Harrisburg 10) Parkland 11) Norwin 12) North Hills 13) Liberty 14) Woodland Hills 15) Ridley 16) Governor Mifflin 17) Mt. Lebanon 18) Shaler 19) North Penn (D1) 20) Penn Trafford 21) Seneca Valley 22) Baldwin 23) Bishop McDevitt 24) Cannon McMillan 25) Neshaminy
There are some questions one can raise about either list. I can't figure out why SOLN would think that Northeast High would rank #10, yet completely ignore Ridley. Highschoolsports.net, along with Massey, don't seem to even realize that Cardinal O'Hara even exists, Tom Savage notwithstanding.
Obviously, some of this will work itself out early in the season, particularly in the east, where Parkland plays the Prep & Liberty in the 1st 2 weeks and North Penn plays Liberty week 1 and the Prep week 3. Gateway plays Penn Hills on August 29. Unless Hatboro or Souderton play way over their heads, I can see Neshaminy going 10-0 for the top seed in District 1. They should hold in the top 10 until the playoffs. On the whole, it looks like a lot of good warm weather football coming up.
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