All season, the hierarchy in the Central League has been convoluted bordering on chaotic.
The District One power rankings illustrate just how prominent that parity is.
In the latest version of the district’s power rankings, which cover games through Oct. 5, the Central League owns six of the top 14 spots, including a stretch from spots 9-14 populated by five Delco teams.
Conestoga has separated itself as the leader based on points, sitting second overall. Then comes the logjam. Nosing ahead for the moment is Springfield in ninth. Penncrest sits 10th, a miniscule .001 points ahead of Lower Merion. In 12th is Radnor, then 14th is Strath Haven.
Just for good measure, Harriton ranks 21st, and this week, Marple Newtown sneaks into the 28th and final spot in the bracket, giving the Central League eight playoff teams if the season ended today. Marple’s margin back to 29th-ranked Downingtown East is a relatively wide .427 percentage points.
Del Val leaders Penn Wood sit 23rd in the rankings with a relatively comfortable margin back to Marple (8.988 to 8.361). Interboro has work to do for its playoff life in 33rd (Tuesday night’s game with Penn Wood would be a good start), while Haverford (35th) and Upper Darby (38th) are likely out of striking distance barring a major turnaround.
In the Class AA field, newly demoted Sun Valley sits seventh. Despite having just three wins, they are within .35 points of fifth-seed Octorara for the final playoff spot in that bracket.
In Class A, Delco Christian will need a strong finish to ensure it stays above the cut line for the seven-team playoff field. The Knights currently sit sixth in a field where teams five through 10 are clustered within 1.0 standings points.