This weekend's high school football capsules
Here's a look at the 17 Week 2 high school football games involving York-Adams League teams this weekend.
Boiling Springs (0-1) at Bermudian Springs (1-0), 7 p.m.: A matchup of two teams with lethal running attacks. Boiling Springs handed off to John Vaughan 27 times for 201 rushing yards in a Week 1 loss to Littlestown. Bermudian mashed out 395 rushing yards (308 of them coming from Colton Dull and Briton Shelton) in a Week 1 win over New Oxford, 34-7.
Biglerville (0-1) at Waynesboro (1-0), 7 p.m.: With 17 returning starters, the Canners have high expectations to improve on their 1-9 record in 2013. But they got off to a slow start last Friday in a 10-0 Week 1 loss to a rebuilding Annville-Cleona team. Now Biglerville will go up against a Waynesboro club that put up 380-plus pass yards in a 53-7 win over Kennard-Dale last Friday.
Cumberland Valley (1-0) at Central York (0-1), 7 p.m.: Both teams entered the season coming off impressive 2013 campaigns with the task of trying to replace nearly their entire starting rosters. In Week 1, Cumberland Valley didn't skip a beat with a 21-17 win over Spring Grove, despite being held to 138 rushing yards and no passing yards. Central York's 41-20 opening weekend loss to West York would've been a different story had they played cleaner. The Panthers gave away two fumbles and committed 10 penalties. Those miscues overshadowed impressive debuts by sophomore quarterback Shannon Valentin (248 passing yards) and running back Terrance Carter (120 rushing yards).
Columbia (0-1) at Delone Catholic (0-1), 7 p.m.: Eastern York stomped its way to 400-plus rushing yards in a Week 1 win over Columbia, 35-14. Columbia next has to see if it'll be able to stop the passing of Delone Catholic sophomore quarterback Brian Shermeyer, who exploded for 250 passing yards last week in a 37-30 loss to Trinity.
Dover (1-0) at Big Spring (0-1), 7 p.m.: The big news out of Dover this week is running backs Jake McLean and Isaiah Green, both of whom played integral roles last year by combining for 1,800-plus rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, are gone from the team. McLean is out for the year with an ACL injury. However, neither played in Dover's opening 34-13 win at Shippensburg, where eight Eagles backs rushed for a team total of 261 yards. So perhaps the traditionally strong Dover run attack is just fine. The Eagles will have a stiffer challenge this week at Big Spring, which has 15 starters returning from a 4-6 ball club and is coming off a 28-0 win over West Perry in Week 1. Big Spring relies on quarterback Garrett Chestnut, who passed for 1,200-plus yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Fairfield (0-1) at James Buchanan (1-0), 7 p.m.: Fairfield will aim to fix a running game that mustered 54 rushing yards in a 24-21 loss to Newport last Friday. The Green Knights will try to do that against a James Buchanan team returning 16 starters from a 4-6 campaign in 2013. James Buchanan is coming off a 33-19 win over Hanover.
New Oxford (0-1) at Gettysburg (1-0), 7 p.m.: Of Gettysburg's 377 total yards in a 44-41 Week 1 win over South Western, 295 of them came on the ground. The Warriors will aim to keep running against a New Oxford bunch that allowed 395 rushing yards in a 18-13 Week 1 loss to Bermudian Springs.
Kennard-Dale (0-1) at Hanover (0-1), 7 p.m.: Hanover quarterback Kyle Krout (9-for-22, 126 yards) and running back Jordan Laughman (146 rushing yards on 20 carries, three touchdowns) each had solid opening weekends. They'll aim to get Hanover in the win column this week against a Rams team without starting quarterback Kyle Amrhein, who was ejected in KD's 53-7 Week 1 loss Waynesboro.
Greencastle-Antrim (1-0) at Littlestown (1-0), 7 p.m.: Greencastle closed out the 2013 season by averaging 39 points a game to finish 5-5. Seven offensive starters returned this fall and led the way in a 34-10 rout against Chambersburg last Friday. Littlestown, which has nearly an entirely new starting roster, will counter with six running backs and three quarterbacks who combined for 347 total offensive yards in last week's five-point win over Boiling Springs.
Northeastern (1-0) at York Suburban (0-1), 7 p.m.: The Trojans were held to 158 total yards in a shutout loss to Red Land last Friday, with quarterback Thomas Merkle's 128 passing yards leading the way. It'll be another matchup against a tough defense. The Bobcats held York Catholic to three points in the first 36 minutes in their 20-17 opening win. Offensively, Northeastern counts on its ground game that features a mix of quarterback Marcus Josey and running backs Chris Whack and Kody Reeser.
Red Lion (1-0) at Manheim Township (0-1), 7 p.m.: The Lions had a nice opening win at Hershey, 28-7. Manheim Twp., though, is a different beast entirely. With 15 starters returning from a District 3-AAAA qualifier in 2013, the Blue Streaks are a dark horse pick to contend with Penn Manor and Wilson for the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 crown this fall. They lived up to that billing last Friday by taking traditionally strong Central Dauphin to overtime. This begins a tough stretch for the Lions. West York looms in Week 3 followed by a trip to York High.
South Western (0-1) at Cedar Cliff (0-1), 7 p.m.: It'll be interesting to see how Cedar Cliff recovers from its trip back from Ireland, where it lost to Penn Manor, 27-20. Sophomore Grant Breneman, the brother of Penn State tight end Adam, made his starting debut in that loss by throwing for 170 yards and two touchdowns. South Western is also coming off a tough loss to Gettysburg, 44-41. The Mustangs will look to running back Robby Harbison (17 carries for 94 yards, two touchdowns in Week 1) and quarterback Brock Geiman (8-of-17 passing for 89 yards, six carries for 24 yards, two total touchdowns) to carry the load.
Mechanicsburg (0-1) at Spring Grove (0-1), 7 p.m.: The Rockets nearly pulled out a win against a powerhouse Cumberland Valley program last week before ultimately falling, 21-17. Running backs Shay Feulmer and Zack Stauffer and quarterback Nick Erickson combined for all but five of Spring Grove's 138 rushing yards in the opening loss. The Rockets defense will have to shut down Mechanicsburg quarterback Tyler Schubert, who totaled 2,100 passing yards and 20 TDs last fall.
York Catholic (0-1) at Susquehannock (0-1), 7 p.m.: The Irish were held to three points in the first three quarters against Northeastern before finally clicking and exploding for two scores down the stretch in a 20-17 opening defeat to the Bobcats. Perhaps with the offensive rust behind them, the Irish can pick up the scoring from the outset against Susquehannock. The Warriors rely on the arm of quarterback Josh Stoneberg, who threw for 333 yards and four TDs in the double-digit Week 1 loss against Northern York.
McCaskey (0-1) at York High (0-1), 7 p.m.: Running back Bryshon Sweeney and quarterback James Way combined for all but two of York High's 299 rushing yards last Friday. But the York High defense had trouble stopping the Reading running attack, which accounted for all of the Red Knights' 283 yards. Next, York High faces a McCaskey team aiming to snap a 14-game losing streak stretching back to 2012.
Eastern York (1-0) at York Tech (0-1), 1 p.m.: All about the ground attack here. Eastern's 404 total yards of offense last week came through the run game. Of Tech's 219 total yards in the opening game, 183 of them were rushing yards. The Golden Knights will aim to avenge last year's 38-14 loss to York Tech.
— Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.