West York's victory over Spring Grove this past Friday night guaranteed the Bulldogs a place in the District 3 Class AAA semifinals and donuts for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day.
Donuts and the November holiday have become a tradition for the West York players and coaches, who will gather at the field on Thursday morning with family members, friends and fans.
"We even had Santa Claus here last year," West York head coach Ron Miller said.
The community event is a bridge between the team's preparations earlier in the week for the semifinal showdown and the game itself -- Friday night's contest against Susquehanna Township.
West York will take a perfect 12-0 record into the contest, and Susquehanna Township will
The two teams have met twice in the district playoffs the past three years with each team winning once.
The Indians used a goal-line stand to secure a 7-6 semifinal victory in 2009, and the Bulldogs rolled to a 42-14 victory in the quarterfinals last year.
"It's the rubber match," Miller said. "We've been in this spot (the semifinals) three of the last four years (2008-11), and only made it there (to the final) once. We have to do everything we can to get to Hersheypark (Stadium)."
Susquehanna Township presents a very tough matchup for Miller's team. The Indians have a load of team speed, and they're aiming to atone for last year's loss to the Bulldogs.
However, West York is playing at a peak level right now, and that, combined with support of the Bulldogs' large fan base, should help them meet one more challenge.
While West York is competing for a berth in next Friday's AAA championship game, Bermudian Springs (12-0) and Delone Catholic (8-3) will be playing for district titles.
The Eagles will clash with another unbeaten team, Wyomissing (12-0), in the Class AA game, and Delone Catholic (8-3) will take on Steel-High (8-3) in the Class A final.
Bermudian Springs' defense has been lights out practically all season, holding opponents to just 7.2 points a game. The Eagles, though, will be going up against an offense that is averaging a whopping 40.8 points game.
Wyomissing features Notre Dame recruit Alex Anzalone, a 6-3, 235-pound running back/linebacker who's carried the ball 116 times for 1,048 yards (9.03 yards-per-carry average).
The Delone Catholic-Steel-High clash is an intriguing one.
The Squires and Steamrollers have one common opponent, Trinity, who they lost to by almost identical scores. Trinity defeated Delone Catholic, 49-27, and downed Steel-High, 47-26.
Steel-High began the season with three victories followed by three losses followed by five more victories. Its other losses, besides Trinity, were to East Pennsboro (21-14) and Susquenita (28-14).
Delone Catholic's three losses were all to playoff teams, Trinity, Bermudian Springs and Littlestown.
Steel-High and Delone Catholic have a combined 15 district championships between them. The Steamrollers have earned eight district crowns, all in Class A, and the Squires have captured seven -- six in AA and one in A.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-5407.