Following are capsulized looks at this weekend's York-Adams League high school football games.
FRIDAY Division I
SOUTH WESTERN (0-0, 3-2) AT DALLASTOWN (0-0, 2-3), 7 P.M. Both these teams have title hopes in what appears to be a wide-open division race. Dallastown's key to victory is finding a way to contain South Western's running game. The Mustangs, led by Dillon Thomas, are averaging 239 rushing yards a game. Thomas is third on the league rushing charts with 652 yards (8.5 yards-per-carry average). Rob Catchings leads Dallastown in ground yards with 364, and Wildcats' quarterback Andrew Henry has passed for 505 yards and four touchdowns. Dallastown's Malik Lewis and Josh Chronister have combined for 27 pass receptions.
RED LION (0-0, 1-4)) AT YORK HIGH (0-0, 1-4), 7 P.M. Red Lion will look to ride the momentum of last week's 35-28 comeback victory over Kennard-Dale into its Division I opener. The Lions' 6-foot, 5-inch junior quarterback, Blake Cahill, has delivered 697 passing yards and three TD passes so far this season. York High counts on the running of Kelvin Nieves and the running and passing of James Way, who took over at quarterback after Tavon Parker left the team. Nieves is averaging 6.3 yards a carry (71 for 446), and Way has passed for 277 yards in three games. The Bearcats knocked off Northeastern two weeks ago before falling to unbeaten West York last week.
NORTHEASTERN (0-0, 3-2)) AT NEW OXFORD (0-0, 1-4), 7 P.M. Northeastern aims to get back in the win column after dropping it last two non-division games. The Bobcats feature the league's fourth-leading rusher, Daniel Adams, who has racked up 598 yards. Quarterback Alec Miller supplies balance for Coach Brendan Brown's team with 453 passing yards and five TD tosses. New Oxford quarterback Anthony Lippy, who connected on 14 of 20 pass attempts for 156 yards and a touchdown last week against Dallastown, will test the Northeastern secondary.
WEST YORK (0-0, 5-0) AT SUSQUEHANNOCK (0-0, 0-5), 7 P.M. After five straight victories over Division I opponents, West York begins its quest for another Division II title. The Bulldogs mix the running of Brock Snellbaker, Brandon Kinneman and Anthony Trone with the passing of Kinneman. West York's Zach Smith is the league's leading receiver with 32 receptions for 477 yards (14.9 average). Susquehannock, which is averaging just 11.4 points a game, may find the going extremely difficult against a Bulldogs' defense that is holding opponents to 12 points and 82 rushing yards a game.
DELONE CATHOLIC (3-1, 3-2) AT BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (4-0, 5-0), 7 P.M. Delone Catholic handed Biglerville its first setback last week. Now, the Squires are setting their sights on another undefeated team. Nick Braun, Lance Reneker, Matt Guiffreda and Hayden Bell have shared the carries for Delone, teaming for 800 yards. Veteran quarterback Brett Smith takes care of the passing. Smith has connected for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. Smith and company, though, will be attacking a Bermudian defense that has smothered opponents so far, holding them to 4.4 points and 61.8 rushing yards a game.
BIGLERVILLE (3-1, 4-1)) AT YORK CATHOLIC (3-1, 3-2), 7 P.M. When these teams met last year, Biglerville won a 49-35 shootout. Another high-scoring game could be in store this year. The Canners are No. 1 in team scoring (41.2 points a game), and the Fighting Irish are No. 2 (35.4 points a game). Biglerville will seek to control the clock with its ground game featuring Oakley Fissel (505 yards), Joe Hurda (391 yards) and Jordan Wenk (319 yards). York Catholic can move the ball on the ground, too. Matt Lehr is sixth in the league in rushing with 546 yards. Of course, passing isn't a problem for the Fighting Irish, either. James Dougherty has completed 64.6 percent of his passes (104 of 161) for 1,506 yards and 14 touchdowns. Joe Rost (25 receptions), Quashawn Grooms (21 receptions) and Aaron O'Brien (19 receptions) are York Catholic's leading receivers.
LITTLESTOWN (2-2, 3-2) AT EASTERN YORK (2-2, 2-3), 7 P.M. Littlestown will aim to shed a rare two-game losing streak. The Dustins, DeGroft and Crouse, are the Thunderbolt leaders in rushing yards and passing yards. DeGroft has carried the ball 76 times for 395 yards, and Crouse has passed for 492 yards and six touchdowns. Littlestown's defense will attempt to do what most other defenses haven't been able to do: prevent Eastern's Alex Cooley from running wild. Cooley is coming off an unforgettable performance when he rushed for a state-record 500 yards and became the York-Adams League's all-time leading rusher on the same night.
FAIRFIELD (0-4, 0-5) AT YORK SUBURBAN (2-2, 3-2), 7 P.M. Fairfield's defense may have its hands full trying to tackle Suburban's speedy playmakers. Jamie Nixon-Alark is averaging 7.9 yards a carry, and Isaiah Randall is averaging 6.2 yards a pop. The Trojans have back-to-back losses to two division powers: Delone Catholic and Bermudian Springs. Fairfield's Thomas Bollinger is among the league rushing leaders, sitting at fifth with 549 yards.
SATURDAY Division II
DOVER (0-0, 2-3) AT KENNARD-DALE (0-0, 0-5), 2 P.M. Isaiah Green and Logan Ambrose form an excellent one-two running combination for Dover. The two have teamed for 667 yards. Josh Geesey and Jake McLean have added 306 yards to the Eagles' ground total. Good news for Dover fans: Ambrose is a junior, and Green, Geesey and McLean are sophomores. Mike Young and Dan Hare do the heavy lifting for K-D's rushing attack. Both have 46 attempts, with Young going for 323 yards and Hare for 290.
HANOVER (0-4, 0-5)) AT YORK TECH (1-3, 1-4), 2 P.M. York Tech will continue to emphasize the run, and why not? The Spartans are averaging 5.5 yards a carry. Hanover has had more success in the air, racking up 622 yards. Running back Calvin Savary is a guy to watch for Tech. The Spartans' junior needs 195 yards to reach 1,000. Hanover's Brady Goodfellow has accumulated 543 passing yards. Jose Gonzalez (17 receptions) and Ian Brown (16 catches) are the Nighthawks' leading receivers.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.