Week 10 of the York-Adams League football season is loaded with story lines.
Three teams will bid to win outright division titles, some longtime rivals will clash again and teams will seek to lock up, or improve, District 3 playoff spots.
Central York (4-0 in division games and 7-2 overall) can clinch the Division I title with a victory over York High (1-3 and 4-5) on Friday night at Small Athletic Field. The Panthers, who earned at least a share of the crown by defeating Red Lion last week, are bidding for their fourth division championship in the past six seasons. The rivalry between the city and suburban schools is dead even, with each team having won 17 games. There were no ties. (Remember ties in high school football?).
Meanwhile, Dover and Littlestown will attempt to secure the Division II and Division III titles, respectively.
Dover is going for its first-ever outright championship after sharing the title with West York and Northeastern in 2011. The Eagles (4-0 in division play and 7-2 overall) will travel to Susquehannock (2-2, 3-6).
Littlestown will play host to Fairfield on Senior Night. The Thunderbolts, coming off a 12-10 showdown victory over Bermudian Springs, are perfect this season at 8-0 and 9-0. Fairfield, which began playing varsity football in 2003, is enjoying its finest season ever. The Green Knights are 5-3 and 6-3, respectively.
Meanwhile, Delone Catholic and Hanover will renew the oldest rivalry in the York-Adams League. The Squires and Nighthawks will play for the 81st time. Delone Catholic holds a 47-28-5 advantage in the series.
The Route 74 South Rivalry will take place at Horn Field in Red Lion when the Lions clash with neighboring Dallastown. Red Lion has won the matchup 41 times, and Dallastown has prevailed 21 times. Dallastown is still in the Division I title picture. The Wildcats need a victory over Red Lion plus a York High victory over Central to gain a piece of the championship.
Dallastown and Central are currently ranked No. 4 and No. 7 in the District 3-AAAA playoff picture. The 16 highest-ranked teams following this week's games qualify for the playoffs. The top eight seeds will play at home in the opening round.
Sixteen teams will also earn a spot in Class AAA. Dover is seeded No. 5, and New Oxford is listed at No. 13. Spring Grove is on the bubble at No. 17. The Rockets need to defeat South Western on Friday and hope at least one of the teams right above them loses to gain a playoff spot.
Littlestown is No. 2, and Bermudian Springs is No. 3 in Class AA. Eight teams make up the AA bracket.
The Class A bracket features only four teams. A Fairfield-York Catholic rematch is a possibility in the first round, with the Green Knights currently sitting at No. 2 and the Fighting Irish at No. 3. Fairfield edged York Catholic, 13-12, in the first meeting this season.
-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org.