What's sweeter than defeating your arch-rival?
Defeating your arch-rival and finishing all alone in first place at the same time.
That's the goal for the Bermudian Springs football team, which meets its Adams County neighbor, Biglerville, on Friday night.
Bermudian Springs is a perfect 9-0 and has already clinched at least a share of the York-Adams League Division III title.
Biglerville, 8-1, though, can grab a piece of the crown by handing Bermudian Springs its first defeat.
A large crowd will turn out in York Springs to find out which of the two possible scenarios becomes reality.
Bermudian Springs is going for its second-straight undisputed title and fourth championship since the Eagles joined the league in 2004.
Biglerville shared the 2008 title with Bermudian Springs and Delone Catholic.
The Bermudian Springs-Biglerville clash headlines a Week 10 schedule filled with rivalry games.
Dallastown (3-6) and Red Lion (1-8) will meet for the 62nd time.
Red Lion has won 41 of the previous games, but that won't lessen the interest in the game one bit in the neighboring towns along Route 74 South.
Both teams are loaded with underclassmen, which has made for rough going this year.
A victory Friday night will quickly heal the regular-season wounds.
York High (3-6) and Central York (6-3) have had a tremendously competitive rivalry since their first meeting in 1979. The Bearcats lead the series by the razor-thin margin of 17-16-0.
Central still has a chance at gaining a piece of the Division I crown. The Panthers will need a victory this week to keep the title hopes alive and solidify, or even improve, their spot for the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs.
York High will seek to snap a two-game losing streak and send its 12 seniors off on a winning note. The Bearcats are also on the bubble for the District 3 AAAA playoffs, but they need help.
Two other York teams, York Suburban (5-4) and York Catholic (4-5) , will renew their public-parochial rivalry.
The Trojans have dominated the series in recent years, capturing nine of the last 10 meetings, and own a 29-16-1 lead in the series.
The Fighting Irish have an outside chance at making the four-team field for the District 3 Class A playoffs, but they have to win this week and hope for some aid from other teams.
The South Western-Spring Grove rivalry doesn't have the history of some other ones, but the schools' proximity to each other makes for an intense game each year.
The interest in this year's contest extends beyond the two schools. The Rockets (7-2) can win the Division I championship outright with a victory. South Western (5-4) will be pumped. The Mustangs will bid to complete the regular season with a three-game winning streak.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or at 505-5407.