PennLive.com releases Pennsylvania statewide high school football rankings

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PennLive.com, a great Pennsylvania website for high school sports, is ready for the 2019 with the release of its statewide high school football rankings in all six classification.s

Defending Class 6A state champ St. Joseph’s Prep leads the way as the No. 1 team in the state’s biggest classification. The Hawks start the season ranked No. 4 in the nation in the High School Football America Preseason 100.

Related: High School Football America Preseason 100

Coatesville, ranked No. 83 in the HSFA 100 national rankings, are ranked No. 3 in 6A. Friday night, the Red Raiders open the season hosting No. 10 Harrisburg. The Cougars are ranked No. 96 in the High School Football America Preseason 100.

PennLive.com’s No. 1 Class 4A team Cathedral Prep is ranked No. 14 in the High School Football America Medium Schools Top 25.

9-time state champ Southern Columbia, the No. 1 team in our Small Schools Top 25, is the top team in 2A.

Related: Southern Columbia’s Jim Roth on HSFA Podcast

West Catholic, No. 4 in 2A, is ranked No. 19 in the High School Football America Small Schools Top 25.

The state No. 1 Class A team Farrell is ranked No. 14 in the Small Schools Top 25.

PennLive.com Preseason Rankings

Class 6A

1. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) – 13-0 – 1

2. Pittsburgh C.C. (7) – 7-4 – NR

3. Coatesville (1) – 14-1 – 3

4. North Penn (1) – 13-1 – 6

5. Pine-Richland (7) – 11-3 – 4

6. Bethlehem Freedom (11) – 12-2 – 7

7. Manheim Twp. (3) – 10-2 – HM

8. State College (6) – 12-2 – 5

9. Downingtown West (1) – 11-2 – HM

10. Harrisburg (3) – 13-2 – 2

Teams to watch: Central Dauphin (3) 9-4, Delaware Valley (2) 9-4, North Allegheny (7) 10-1, Parkland (11) 7-5, Spring-Ford (1) 8-3.

Class 5A

1. Gateway (7) – 12-1 – 5

2. Manheim Central (3) – 14-1 – 2

3. Archbishop Wood (12) – 9-4 – 3

4. Penn-Trafford (7) – 9-3 – NR

5. Upper Dublin (1) – 13-2 – 6

6. Peters Twp. (7) – 10-3 – 10

7. Academy Park (1) – 9-3 – NR

8. Cocalico (3) – 10-3 – 7

9. Penn Hills (7) – 16-0 – 1

10. East Stroudsburg South (11) – 8-4 – NR

Teams to watch: Archbishop Ryan (12) 8-4, Governor Mifflin (3) 7-5, Springfield-Delco (1) 7-4, Warwick (3) 9-3, West Allegheny (7) 10-3.

Class 4A

1. Cathedral Prep (10) – 13-3 – 1

2. Thomas Jefferson (7) – 11-1 – 8

3. Imhotep Charter (12) – 11-3 – 2

4. Bethlehem Catholic (11) – 11-4 – 5

5. Bishop McDevitt (3) – 13-2 – 4

6. South Fayette (7) – 12-2 – 7

7. Valley View (2) – 13-1 – 3

8. Berks Catholic (3) – 10-3 – 6

9. Dallas (2) – 11-2 – HM

10. Northwestern Lehigh (11) – 9-3 – NR

Teams to watch: Belle Vernon (7) 9-2, Berwick (2) 9-3, Blackhawk (7) 10-2, Clearfield (9) 12-1, Pottsville (11) 7-5.

Class 3A

1. Aliquippa (7) – 14-1 – 1

2. North Catholic (7) – 10-2 – HM

3. Bald Eagle Area (6) – 11-3 – 7

4. Middletown (3) – 13-2 – 2

5. Scranton Prep (2) – 13-2 – 3

6. Sharon (10) – 10-4 – 5

7. North Schuylkill (11) – 11-2 – 8

8. Montoursville (4) – 11-3 – HM

9. Derry (7) – 11-2 – 9

10. Conwell-Egan (12) – 14-1 – 4

Teams to watch: Danville (4) 10-3, Lakeland (2) 9-4, Lancaster Catholic (3) 10-1, Wyoming Area (2) 11-1, Wyomissing (3) 9-3.

Class 2A

1. Southern Columbia (4) – 16-0 – 1

2. Washington (7) – 10-2 – NR

3. Ligonier Valley (6) – 11-1 – 7

4. West Catholic (12) – 12-3 – 3

5. Chestnut Ridge (5) – 10-3 – 10

6. Bishop McDevitt (12) – 8-4 – NR

7. Richland (6) – 13-1 – 5

8. Wilmington (10) – 13-2 – 2

9. Delone Catholic (3) – 10-2 – HM

10. Ridgway (9) – 11-2 – HM

Teams to watch: Berlin Brothersvalley (5) 4-7, Dunmore (2) 9-4, Steel-High (3) 4-7, Steel Valley (7) 12-2, Upper Dauphin (3) 9-2.

Class 1A

1. Farrell (10) – 15-0 – 1

2. Clairton (7) – 9-3 – 5

3. Old Forge (2) – 8-3 – HM

4. Lackawanna Trail (2) – 14-2 – 2

5. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (7) – 13-2 — 3

6. Portage (6) – 7-4 – NR

7. Bishop Guilfoyle (6) – 8-4 – NR

8. Rochester (7) – 11-3 – 8

9. Coudersport (9) – 9-5 – HM

10. Tri-Valley (11) – 9-4 — HM

Teams to watch: Jeannette (7) 11-1, Juniata Valley (6) 11-3, Marian Catholic (11) 4-7, South Williamsport (4) 5-6, Williams Valley (11) 9-3.

Related: 2019 Pennsylvania high school football scores powered by Scorestream

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