Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry is tackled by Central York’s Donny Crabill during their game earlier this season. Both teams have District 3-AAAA
Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry is tackled by Central York's Donny Crabill during their game earlier this season. Both teams have District 3-AAAA first-round games on Friday night. (JOHN PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Seven York-Adams teams will be in the mix when the District 3 football playoffs begin Friday night.

Having achieved one goal -- qualifying for the playoffs -- the players will now focus this week on their next goal -- winning a first-round game.

Five of the teams, Central York (8-2), Dallastown (8-2), Dover (8-2), Littlestown (10-0) and Bermudian Springs (9-1), will have home-field advantage, which they earned with highly successful regular seasons.

Central and Dallastown compete in Class AAAA, Dover is in Class AAA and Littlestown and Bermudian Springs are in Class AA.

Two York-Adams teams -- Spring Grove and New Oxford, who are both 6-4 -- will be on the road for Class AAA games.

The Colonials face a huge challenge taking on Bishop McDevitt. The Crusaders (9-1) have won the last three district titles. A New Oxford victory would be a monumental upset.

Spring Grove finds itself in the same spot as last season when it traveled for an opening-round game.

The trip to Shippensburg didn't faze the Rockets, who shut out the Greyhounds, 24-0.

This year, Spring Grove will journey to Robesonia, in Berks County, to take on Conrad Weiser (7-3).

The Rockets can win this game if they play like they did in the first five games of the season (4-1 overall) and in an excruciating one-point loss to Division I champion Central in the sixth week.


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Conrad Weiser won seven of its first eight games before bowing to Reading (22-15) and Governor Mifflin (21-13) the past two weeks. The Scouts' leading rusher, Alex Guilbe (947 yards), missed last week's game because of an injury.

Conrad Weiser is averaging an impressive 30 points a game on offense while yielding only 14.2.

Spring Grove's offense is producing 28 points a game. The Rockets are giving up 24.3.

Meanwhile, the York-Adams teams staying home this week could all still be playing again next week.

Littlestown and Bermudian Springs are solid favorites over Annville-Cleona (4-6) and Hamburg (5-5), respectively.

Central will take on another 8-2 team, Exeter. The Panthers are on a roll, having won seven in a row since a 1-2 start with the losses to Cumberland Valley and Hempfield, both of whom qualified for the district AAAA playoffs.

Dallastown will host Lebanon (7-3), which pulled off an amazing turnaround from an 0-10 season in 2012. The Wildcats, though, have played a very demanding schedule, including non-league games with Penn Manor and Lancaster Catholic, and appear to have the edge over the Cedars.

Dover vs. Milton Hershey is an extremely intriguing matchup.

The teams have two common opponents, Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock.

The Eagles defeated Kennard-Dale, 49-13, and Susquehannock, 48-13, and the Spartans downed Kennard-Dale, 54-20 and Susquehannock, 41-14.

Milton Hershey is averaging 339.6 rushing yards a game and Dover is averaging 321.3 rushing yards a game.

The Spartans have passed for 1,986 passing yards, while the Eagles have thrown for 494. Dover has attempted only 65 passes all season.

Passing hasn't been a priority for the Eagles, who have been able to impose their will on opponents with their running game.

If Dover can continue that trend, it may achieve a program first: a District 3 playoff victory.

-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com.