By Daniel Paulling
My apologies for not getting to this sooner. Here’s how I voted last week. We won’t have another poll this season, but I will have my end-of-the-season rankings in print once every team has been eliminated from the playoffs.
1. Spring Grove; 2. South Western — I imagine a lot of people are wondering why I kept Spring Grove, a team that lost 19-17 to South Western, in the final game of the regular season. My thought process was simple: Spring Grove beat the other teams in Division I more easily and shared the division title; South Western did not. Rather than looking at one weeks’ worth of data, I’m looking at the body of work.
3. Bermudian Springs; 4. Biglerville — I’m trying to figure out what Bermudian Springs can do for me to move them to No. 1. What really hurts the Eagles — at least in my eyes — is being locked in to a nine-game Division III schedule that only allows one open date, which they filled with New Oxford. I’ve got the Eagles beating Biglerville once again Friday.
5. Delone; 6. Littlestown — Both teams were down this season, and both have settled in this spot throughout much of the season. Let’s see how far Delone can go in the Class A playoffs, which start Friday. I’m projecting at least two wins, starting Friday with Columbia. Unfortunately for Littlestown, it ran into Wyomissing in the first round of the district playoffs once again.
7. New Oxford; 8. Gettysburg — This two teams finished the season about the same, but I give a slight edge to the Colonials because they won one more game. As I’ve said before, I really like what Jason Thurston is doing there. Let’s see where this team is in a couple of years.
9. Fairfield; 10. Hanover — The Green Knights lose their best non-quarterback player in Thomas Bollinger, but I’ve been impressed with sophomore quarterback Mason Flickinger. Also, Hanover has an excellent quarterback in Brady Goodfellow, who actually led the area in passing, and many in the Nighthawks’ program are optimistic with the freshman class.