The York-Adams League had a tough showing Friday night in Week 1 of the high school football season. Of the 19 games involving York-Adams League teams, only four of them were cross-division contests. As a result, there were 15 games featuring a York-Adams League squad facing a non-conference opponent. And the York-Adams League went 5-10 in those matchups.
Still, there's plenty to like from what we saw Friday night, including several top performers, a handful of breakout stars and quite a few solid victories. Below is a recap looking back at the highlights of Week 1 involving York-Adams League teams and players.
--Senior quarterback Ross Campbell (West York) in a 41-20 win at Central York mashed out 101 rushing yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns to go along with 5-of-11 passes for 110 passing yards.
--West York running game: In a 41-20 win at Central York, the Bulldogs' running game produced 332 rushing yards on 54 carries, a 6.2 yards per carry average. A total of 11 players carried the rock for the 'Dogs.
--Dallastown defense: The Wildcats forced five turnovers in their 35-14 win over visiting Lancaster Catholic in addition to holding the Crusaders to 65 rushing yards.
--Spring Grove defense: The Rockets forced three turnovers, didn't allow Cumberland Valley to complete a pass and held the opposing offense to 138 total yards of offense in Spring Grove's 21-17 loss that came down to the final play.
--Junior quarterback Josh Stoneberg (Susquehannock) threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 17-of-28 passes (61 percent) in the Warriors' 48-28 loss at Northern York.
--Senior running back Bryshon Sweeney (York High) tallied 172 rushing yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns in the Bearcats' 26-25 loss at Reading.
--Senior running back Wade Laudeman (Gettysburg) needed only nine carries to put up 122 rushing yards with three touchdowns in Gettysburg's 44-41 win over visiting South Western. Mind as well throw in senior quarterback Jake Myers here, too. Although Myers was held to 82 passing yards, he made two clutch throws in the final minutes, including the game-winning 45-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Kobe Wansel (Wansel's only reception of the game) to snap Gettysburg's six-game losing streak in the season opener against rival South Western.
--Dover defense: The Eagles held Shippensburg to nine yards rushing - NINE! - and 189 yards passing in their 34-13 win at Shippensburg.
--After tallying a team-high 928 rushing yards in 2013, senior running back David Livelsberger (Eastern York) picked up where he left off. The 5-foot, 9-inch, 185-pound blazer churned out 275 rushing yards on 16 carries (17.2 yards per carry) with four touchdowns in the Golden Knights' 35-14 win at Columbia. The Eastern running attack appears strong again with the Knights totaling 404 yards on the ground Friday night. The Knights, though, will have to clean up on the penalties (nine for 70 yards) and develop a more balanced approach since Columbia held Eastern to zero passing yards.
Running backs Colton Dull and Briton Shelton were at it again for Bermudian Springs in the Eagles' 34-7 victory at New Oxford. The team's top-two rushers in 2013, Dull (168 rushing yards on 22 carries) and Shelton (140 rushing yards on 20 carries) combined for 308 rushing yards and five touchdowns Friday night.
--Sophomore quarterback Shannon Valenti (Central York) in his first varsity start completed 16 of 31 passes for 248 yards with no interceptions in Central's 41-20 loss to West York.
--Senior running back Terrance Carter (Central York) tallied 120 rushing yards on 14 attempts (8.6 yards per carry) with two touchdowns in Central's 41-20 loss to West York.
--Junior quarterback Cade Gold (Dallastown) ran for 117 yards on 11 carries, completed seven of 16 pass attempts for 82 yards with a touchdown through the air and another on the ground in the Wildcats' 35-14 win over Lancaster Catholic.
--Sophomore quarterback Brian Shermeyer (Delone Catholic) completed only 40 percent of his passes (6-of-15) but still managed to rack up 250 passing yards and two touchdowns in the Squires' 37-30 loss at Trinity.
--Junior running back Jordan Laughman (Hanover) had a game-high 146 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Nighthawks' 33-19 loss against visiting James Buchanan.
--Dallastown 35-14 victory over non-league opponent Lancaster Catholic. Sure, the Crusaders return only about half their starters from a 6-6 ball club that reached the District 3-AAA quarterfinals. But this is a program that is traditionally strong, evidenced by Lancaster Catholic's 57-12 record the last five seasons, which included appearances in the state title games in 2009 and 2010. Plus, Dallastown lost its top three playmakers at quarterback, running back and wide receiver to graduation. So there were questions as to how the 'Cats would fill those voids. Their Week 1 showing is a good start to addressing those concerns.
--Northeastern a year ago went 1-9 but lost four of those nine games by six points or less, including tough losses in the final moments in each of the first three weeks of competition in 2013. Fast forward to Friday night with the game on the line and cross-division opponent York Catholic driving. It appeared another tough luck loss was in store. Instead, the Bobcats' defense stopped an Irish drive in the final minutes to seal the deal, 20-17. With 17 returning starters, Northeastern has high hopes this fall to get the program back to its winning ways of previous seasons. First, though, the Bobcats needed to prove they could get over the hump of winning a close game. Oh, and Northeastern also did a nice job of keeping what is expected to be a dangerous York Catholic offense quiet for the first three quarters. Northeastern quarterback Marcus Josey said earlier in the week he thought the Northeastern defense wasn't going to have any trouble stopping York Catholic. For the most part, this proved true, as the Bobcats held the Irish to three points for the first 40 minutes of action.
--No coach wants to hear anything such as a good loss. Still, Spring Grove's 21-17 defeat at non-league opponent Cumberland Valley would fall into this category. I understand it's hard to judge Cumberland Valley since it has 18 new starters. But Cumberland Valley is a powerhouse program. Has been for decades. And Spring Grove, while returning about two-thirds of its starting roster, has gaping holes to fill with the graduation of a top-notch running back and solid quarterback in addition to replacing its entire defensive line. Plus, the Rockets were on the road and took Cumberland Valley down to the final play. Maybe Cumberland Valley might end up having a bad year, and we'll look back on this game in a few weeks and think this wasn't such a good outing for Spring Grove. Or maybe Cumberland Valley is strong again, and this is the beginning of a solid season for the Rockets, especially considering Division I appears to be wide open.
Dallastown travels to cross-division opponent West York in what looks to be the matchup of Week 2 when it comes to the York-Adams League. The Wildcats are coming off an impressive win over Lancaster Catholic while West York had a commanding victory at Central York. The Bulldogs beat the Panthers with the ground game. And Dallastown held Lancaster Catholic to 65 yards rushing, so it'll be interesting to see if the 'Cats can shut down West York's running attack and force them to win through the air. West York is expected to be the team to beat in Division II. And the Bulldogs' win over defending Division I champ Central York on Friday night added to this notion. A win here by Dallastown would put the Wildcats at the front of discussions of Division I contenders. Either way, this should be an entertaining matchup between a pair of experienced teams that will both likely be in the playoff picture come November.
Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.