The Washington Redskins have RG 3 at quarterback.

Dallastown's football team has RC 5 at running back and defensive back.

"I'm the fifth Robert Catchings in my family," the Wildcats' junior running back/defensive back said during practice on Wednesday.

Catchings' father played baseball at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

His grandfather ran on the track team at the University of Michigan.

"It means a lot to me to continue the athletic legacy in our family," said Catchings, who also started as a sophomore last spring on the Dallastown baseball team. "The Catchings side of our family is from Maryland and Georgia."

RC 5 grew up in York County playing football and other sports.

Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry tries getting around Penn Manor’s Logan Kinser (during last Friday’s game.
Dallastown quarterback Andrew Henry tries getting around Penn Manor's Logan Kinser (during last Friday's game. (Bil Bowden)

"Rinks, Ponies, Midgets, we (Catchings and his teammates) came up together playing on those teams. We all know each other, and we're pretty good friends."

The bond prevented the Wildcats from pulling apart after they began the season with three straight losses. Dallastown got into the win column last week with a 42-6 victory over Dover.

"The momentum from that win last week has carried over to this week to the New Oxford game, and hopefully, to next week's game, Homecoming, against South Western," Catchings said.

"When we lost those three games, we told each other, 'don't give up, we'll get a win and things will keep going from there.'"

Huge game: Catchings had a breakout game against Dover carrying the ball 19 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He scored a third TD on a 29-yard interception return.

Catchings is the Wildcats' leading rusher with 281 yards (5.2 average). Alpha Khan is second with 117 yards (4.7 average). Quarterback Andrew Henry's passed for 456 yards and four touchdowns.

"Alpha Khan is a hard runner and so is KJ (Keith Matthews)," Catchings said.

Catchings, who's been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, uses his speed on the football field and baseball diamond.

"In football, you have to be patient and wait (for a running lane to open) and then go. In baseball, you just go full speed."

Catchings is looking forward to the remaining six regular-season games, five of which will be against Division I opponents.

"D-I, anyone can win it," he said.

Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers also sees a wide-open race in the division.

"There's no one you can overlook," Myers said. "You're going to have to be on your A game every night. And, that's tough to do through five weeks of play."

Myers, while disappointed with the back-to-back-to-back losses to start the season, offered some perspective.

"Those three teams that we played (Lancaster Catholic, West York and Penn Manor) have a combined record of 11-1. There's no moral victories in a loss, but we can take some things from those games knowing we played quality teams, and we played with them."

Many positives: The Wildcats' coach saw a lot of positive performances in the first four weeks.

"Matt Gaynor has really stepped up his play at center for us, Rob Catchings has played well on both sides of the ball, Drew Romesberg is playing very well in inside linebacker, Andrew (Henry) is improving steadily every game, and our receivers are going pretty well.

"Those are examples, but I really feel we have a team full of players who play well and fill their roles."

The Wildcats are still a team in progress when it comes to two particular areas.

"The big thing for us is we have to clean up the penalties and mental mistakes, dropping back into coverage correctly and keeping your hands inside (to prevent holding penalties)," Myers said.

He saw improvement in the Dover game and hopes it continues on Friday night against New Oxford.

"New Oxford, they do some things very well. They run the ball well, and they have some big guys up front."

"We told the kids after the first three games that we have a good team here. We just have to keep playing to the high level of expectation that we (the coaches and players) have."

Reach Dick Vanolinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com or 505-5407.