St. Joseph’s Prep remains No. 1 in the High School Football America Pennsylvania Top 25

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The road to a third straight Pennsylvania 6A state championship is a short one for St. Joseph’s Prep. The Hawks remain No. 1 in the High School Football America Pennsylvania Top 25 with just two wins needed to finish their three-peat and give the school its sixth state title in the last eight years.

SJP has advanced to the state semifinals where it will play the winner of this weekend’s quarterfinal matchup between No. 15 Pennridge and No. 23 Souderton. Waiting on the other side of the 6A bracket are No. 3 Pittsburgh Central Catholic, which will play No. 4 McDowell this weekend and No. 14 Central York that will play Delaware Valley in the other state quarterfinal game.

PCC jumps three spots this week to No. 3 after beat former No. 2 North Allegheny 35-21. In late September NA beat Pittsburgh Central Catholic by the same score during their regular season matchup. North Allegheny falls to No. 5.

In Class 5A, No. 2 Pine-Richland will face No. 8 in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will get the winner of the matchup between No. 12 Warwick and No. 13 Governor Mifflin.

In the 4A quarters, No. 17 Thomas Jefferson, the state’s defending 4A champ, plays No. 21 Aliquippa for the WPIAL championship.

On the national scene, the top four teams in the statewide rankings are also in the High School Football America 100 national high school football rankings.

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St. Joseph’s is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, followed by Pine-Richland at No. 72, Pittsburgh Central Catholic at No. 91 and McDowell at No. 94.

High School Football America Pennsylvania Top 25

No. 1 St. Joseph’s Prep (4-0), LW: #1

No. 2 Pine-Richland (8-0), LW: #3

No. 3 Pittsburgh Central Catholic (6-2), LW: #6

No. 4 McDowell (6-0), LW: #4

No. 5 North Allegheny (6-1), LW: #2

No. 6 La Salle College HS (5-1), LW: #5

No. 7 Harrisburg (4-1)*, LW: #7

No. 8 Peters Township (8-0), LW: #11

No. 9 Gateway (5-1), LW: #8

No. 10 Southern Columbia (8-0), LW: #9

No. 11 Cathedral Prep (5-2), LW: #10

No. 12 Warwick (8-0), LW: #12

No. 13 Governor Mifflin (7-0), LW: #13

No. 14 Central York (8-0), LW: #20

No. 15 Pennridge (6-0), LW: #24

No. 16 Coatesville (4-1), LW: #15

No. 17 Thomas Jefferson (6-1), LW: #19

No. 18 Central Dauphin (5-1), LW: #22

No. 19 Mount Lebanon (4-3), LW: #17

No. 20 Nazareth (7-0), LW: #21

No. 21 Aliquippa (9-0), LW: #23

No. 22 Penn-Trafford (6-2), LW: #14

No. 23 Souderton (6-0), LW: NR

No. 24 Central Valley (8-0), LW: #25

No. 25 Wyomissing (7-0), LW: NR

Dropped-out: No. 16 Archbishop Wood, No. 18 Downingtown West

*Forfeit loss due to COVID-19

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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