Each week, the Harrisburg Patriot-News releases its rankings of each team in the state, broken down into each of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s four classes. We’ll take the time to tease out the Delco ramifications of each week’s rankings. We’ll only focus on Classes AAAA and AAA, given the dearth of local teams in the other two categories.
Despite a less-than-convincing start to the season, Ridley is in among the teams to watch in Class AAAA, one of a handful of undefeated teams in contention. Other District 1 teams include North Penn (5), Council Rock South (6), Neshaminy (7) and this week’s opponent for Glen Mills, Downingtown East (1). Coatesville, who visits Chester this week and defeated Academy Park last week, is also among the teams to watch, as is former Glen Mills opponent Bethlehem Liberty. Say what you will about the Del Val, they never shy away from daunting schedules. Pittsburgh Central Catholic is the top ranked team after two weeks.
No District 1 team warrants inclusion in the top 10, though the Catholic League’s Archbishop Wood, whose only loss comes to the aforementioned Pittsburgh C.C., is ranked No. 1. Cardinal O’Hara and Strath Haven are the only local squads among the teams to watch.