Shawn Heinold would like to see the York High-West York football game become an annual thing.

That's quite a leap from never having met before to meeting every year.

The idea, though, makes sense to Heinold, York High's head coach, who is preparing his team this week for its first-ever clash against West York. The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Small Athletic Field.

"It would be a good cross-town rivalry," he said. "There's a lot of excitement about the game this week, and we anticipate a huge crowd."

The game holds extra meaning for Heinold, who will be coaching against his former team. In Heinold's senior season at West York (1988), the Bulldogs won the District 3 Class AA championship.

"It's going to emotional," he said.

"We played here (Small Athletic Field) against York Catholic on the old grass field, but never against York High."

York High began playing football in 1893, and West York took up the sport in 1934.

Hundreds of opponents filled each other's schedules over all those years, but the schools, whose borders touch each other, never met in a varsity game.

The inaugural Bearcats-Bulldogs clash didn't look like much of matchup a few weeks ago.

West York was off to a 3-0 start, and York High was still looking for a victory after three weeks.

The Bearcats scored a breakthrough last week with a 28-13 victory over Northeastern while West York moved to 4-0 by shutting out Red Lion, 44-0.

"With West York, it's reload, reload, reload," Heinold said. "They're becoming a factory.

"On the Saturday that we played Harrisburg, we (York High's coaches and players) went over to see West York play (on Friday night). I was impressed with both of their fronts, offensive and defensive."

West York's defense is yielding just 68.5 rushing yards a game.

"It's going to be a challenge," Heinold said. "But, we're getting better each week. When you have four of five sophomores starting, and you have to go to Coatesville, go to Harrisburg, that's pretty tough. We're excited about this week."

The West York-York High game is one of a number of interesting meetings in week five.

Biglerville, off a 4-0 start, travels to Delone Catholic in a game that will undoubtedly impact the Division III race.

York Catholic, also aiming to be part of the D-III title picture, visits Littlestown, which is seeking to rebound from last week's 24-6 loss to Biglerville.

Spring Grove, which at 2-2 has already exceeded last year's victory total, hosts Northeastern (3-1). Will the Bobcats get back on the winning track or will the Rockets move about .500 heading into Division I play next week?

Plenty of questions this week. The answers will come on Friday night.

Dick Vanolinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com or 505-5407 or 505-5407.

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