In this week's postseason power rankings action, one team rose to the occasion while another fell hard. Among the games was a one-point thriller between Seneca Valley and Central Catholic.
Can't Touch This
Thomas Jefferson's 49 - 16 win over New Castle last week had a lot to do with the leadership of senior Max Shaw. Shaw ran for 224 yards and also punched in two touchdowns. In fact, our algorithms singled out Shaw as one of the top players in the power rankings for the week.
The battle between Manheim Township (ranked 14th in the MaxPreps state rankings) and Chambersburg (ranked 66th) turned out to be a fierce competition. Manheim Township narrowly escaped with a win as it sidled past Chambersburg 20 - 17. Manheim Township saw its record improve to 10-1 and its power rank jump five places as a result.
No Stoppin 'Em
Gateway was the better team in every quarter against Kiski Area last week and consequently the better team overall. The final score between Gateway and Kiski Area was a 63 - 7 blowout in Gateway's favor. The MaxPreps rankings were spot on as they projected Gateway as the clear winner. The combined 70 points was the most of any game featuring a power-ranked team.
Movin on Up
It was onward and upward for Downingtown East this week as the team hoisted itself up ten places in the power rankings -- the largest rise of the week -- after their most recent game. It took its contest against Spring-Ford by a conclusive 39 - 12 score. Downingtown East's offense might have been extra motivated to turn things around after difficulties scoring in its previous game.
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