Following are capsulized looks at this week's high school football games involving York-Adams League teams.
SOUTH WESTERN (1-0) AT CEDAR CLIFF (1-0), 6 P.M. The equine matchup (Mustangs vs. Colts) will kick off an hour earlier than usual, since it's a school night. South Western is coming off an impressive 41-6 victory over Gettysburg, in which Dillon Thomas ran for 109 yards, and Mike Duffy and Tyler Sterner teamed for 169 passing yards. Cedar Cliff quarterback Andrew Ford also was on target, throwing for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-27 victory over Conestoga Valley. Xavier Baney supplies the run balance to the Colts' offense. Baney racked up four touchdowns on opening night.
FRIDAY'S GAMES York-Adams Division III
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (1-0) AT YORK CATHOLIC (0-1), 7 P.M. York Catholic, which has high hopes this season, can make a statement with a victory here. To succeed, the Fighting Irish will have to find a way to control Bermudian's running game, which churned out 261 yards in a 21-0 victory over New Oxford. York Catholic quarterback James Dougherty started off the season on a sensational note, passing for 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-28 loss to Northeastern.
YORK SUBURBAN (1-0) AT EASTERN YORK (0-1), 7 P.M. York Suburban's defense will try to contain Eastern's Alex Cooley, who ran wild against cross-river rival Columbia (325 rushing yards and five touchdowns). When the Trojans have the ball, they depend on the running of Marquese Dillon and Jaime Nixon-Alark.
HANOVER (0-1) AT LIT TLESTOWN (1-0), 7 P.M. Hanover, which is rebuilding under new head coach, Mike Ketterman, will find the going tough against a Littlestown defense that shut out Boiling Springs, 12-0, in its opener. The Thunderbolts ran 72 plays in that game, 57 of which were rushes.
FAIRFIELD (0-1) AT BIGLERVILLE (1-0), 7 P.M. Joe Hurda and Jordan Wenk provide an excellent one-two running combination for Biglerville. Canners' quarterback Tanner Cool attempted just three passes against James Buchanan, but he completed all of them for 140 yards. Fairfield made a strong bid to snap its 29-game losing streak in a Monday night game against Clear Spring, but the Maryland team prevailed, 19-14. Fairfield's last victory came in the final game of the 2008 season.
DALLASTOWN (0-1) AT WEST YORK (1-0), 7 P.M. This game has the potential to be the best one of the week. West York's 24 seniors are looking to close their careers with another Division II title by making a deep run in the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. The Bulldogs were impressive in Week 1, hanging a 24-7 defeat on Central. West York's defense restricted the Panthers to 82 total yards, 62 of which came on one pass play. Dallastown, which has its sights set on the York-Adams Division I title, scored five touchdowns in a 41-33 loss to the 2011 Class AA state champion, Lancaster Catholic. Wildcats' quarterback Andrew Henry passed for three touchdowns and ran for another. Malik Lewis caught two of the scoring strikes.
SOLANCO (0-1) AT DOVER (1-0), 7 P.M. Josh Geesey and Jake McLean delivered 127 rushing yards apiece for Dover in its 52-0 rout of Hanover in Week 1. The Eagles, featuring a host of new players this year, will seek to go 2-0 with a victory over the visitors from southern Lancaster County. Solanco dropped its opener, 48-0 to Penn Manor.
SUSQUEHANNOCK (0-1) AT SPRING GROVE (0-1), 7 P.M. The Warriors and Rockets are looking for much better results this season after managing only one victory between them last year. Spring Grove moved the ball on the ground last week, but five lost fumbles sabotaged any chances the Rockets had of staying with Susquehanna Township. Sammy Miller rushed for 78 yards and Bryan Kerr passed for 102 yards as Susquehannock lost a hard-fought 28-21 decision to York Suburban. The Warriors trailed, 28-7, before mounting a fourth-quarter comeback.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP (0-1) AT RED LION (0-1), 7 P.M. Red Lion's pass defense will be put to the test by Manheim Township quarterback Brennan Scott. A senior, Scott has piled up more than 4,800 career yards in the air. Red Lion's quarterback, Blake Cahill, had a terrific varsity debut last week. The junior connected on 15 of 30 pass attempts for 201 yards in a 44-10 loss to perennial power Cumberland Valley. The Lions lost speedy running back Jason Milton to a concussion in the second quarter of that game.
KENNARD-DALE (0-1) AT MILTON HERSHEY (0-1), 7 P.M. The Rams and the Spartans came up just short of starting the season with a victory. Oxford scored with a little more than a minute remaining in the game to defeat Kennard-Dale, 12-8, and Hershey topped Milton Hershey, 14-7, in the Cocoa Bowl battle. The Rams will bid to generate more offense this week to complement a defense that played very well last week in Chester County.
CUMBERLAND VALLEY (1-0) AT CENTRAL YORK (0-1), 7 P.M. Another extremely tough test for Central, which struggled to develop an offensive rhythm against West York. Cumberland Valley packages the running of Jeremy Salmon and Tyler Hartzel with the passing of Ben Fernback. Central running back Marquis Fells is a threat to go the distance any time he touches the ball.
NEW OXFORD (0-1) AT JAMES BUCHANAN (0-1), 7 P.M. New Oxford will look to get its offense untracked after finishing in the minus column in total yards (-10) against Bermudian Springs. James Buchanan hung with Biglerville for a half (28-20) before the Canners pulled away in the second half to win, 56-26. Rockets' quarterback Caleb Martin ran for two touchdowns and passed for 160 yards.
COLUMBIA (1-0) AT NORTHEASTERN (1-0), 7 P.M. Columbia displayed a nice offensive balance in a Week 1 triumph over Eastern by rushing for 220 yards and passing for 177. Andrew Combs led the ground game with 171 yards, and Kyle Warfel took care of the air yards. Northeastern, meanwhile won a shootout with York Catholic, 33-28. Daniel Adams furnished 173 of the Bobcats' 258 rushing yards. Northeastern lost eight first-team and second-team all-stars (Division II) to graduation, but the Bobcats return a number of players who saw meaningful minutes during the 2011 season.
LANCASTER McCAS KEY (0-1) AT YORK HIGH (0-1), 7 P.M. The city schools from Lancaster and York will renew one of the state's oldest rivalries (the teams met for the first time in 1896). Wide receiver Diante Cherry is a key player for the Red Tornado, who lead the series, 48-42-5. Cherry hauled in five passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening 23-20 loss to Reading. Quarterback Tavon Parker, running back Kelvin Nieves and wide receiver Derek Wilson are players to watch for the Bearcats, who dropped their opener, 41-0 to Coatesville.
SATURDAY'S GAME York-Adams Division III
DELONE CATHOLIC (0-1) AT YORK TECH (0-1), 10 A.M. Delone Catholic mixes the running of Hayden Bell, Nick Braun and Lance Reneker with the passing and running of Brett Smith. The Squires led a powerful Trinity team, 27-21 at halftime, before the Shamrocks went on a 28-0 tear in the second half. York Tech put up a whopping 401 rushing yards against Pequea Valley, but the Spartans couldn't overcome 10 turnovers. Tech's junior running back, Calvin Savary, bolted for 180 yards.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.