A Northeastern player is swarmed under by the West York defense on Friday night. The Bulldogs won the game, 35-14, to improve to 9-0. West York can
A Northeastern player is swarmed under by the West York defense on Friday night. The Bulldogs won the game, 35-14, to improve to 9-0. West York can complete its first unbeaten regular season since 1991 with a victory on Friday at home against New Oxford. (Bill Kalina)

The York-Adams Football League's only two unbeaten teams will seek to join a select group on Friday night.

West York and Bermudian Springs, both 9-0, will attempt to complete unbeaten regular seasons with victories over New Oxford and Biglerville, respectively.

If successful, the Bulldogs and Eagles will each become just the fourth team in the history of their programs to finish the regular season without a loss.

West York began playing varsity football in 1934, and Bermudian Springs started in 1959.

The 1967 and 1968 West York teams were a combined 19-0. There were no district or state playoffs at the time.

The 1991 Bulldogs went 10-0 in the regular season and then extended the streak to 12-0 by winning the District 3 Class AA title. West York's season ended with a loss in the state playoffs.

Tom Heckard was the team's head coach in 1967 and 1968, and Terry Bupp was in charge of the 1991 team.

Current West York head coach Ron Miller is looking for his first unbeaten regular season, despite compiling a stellar 68-16 record (81 percent) in seven seasons. Miller's teams in 2007, 2008 and 2009 each finished the regular season with one loss. His 2008 team is the only York-Adams team to win a District 3-AAA football championship. No York-Adams team has ever won a District 3-AAAA crown.

Bermudian Springs, under head coach Russ Greenholt, went unbeaten during the 1991 and 1992 regular seasons, and the Eagles were 10-0 during the 2011 regular season. Jon DeFoe, the current head coach, was also the coach last season.


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Perfect regular seasons aren't the only thing that West York and Bermudian Springs have in common. Each team has captured three district titles, and both are ranked second this week, in their respective classes, for the 2012 District 3 playoffs.

West York is in line to face Northern, the No. 15-seed in the first round of the AAA playoffs, but that could change depending on the outcomes of the games on Friday night. Bermudian is, at the present time, matched against No. 7 Schuylkill Valley in the first round.

Sixteen teams qualify for the district playoffs in Class AAAA and AAA, eight in Class AA and four in Class AA.

Central York is ranked eighth in Class AAAA, which could mean a first-round game with Cedar Cliff, the No. 9-ranked team. York High is on the bubble at No. 17. The Bearcats will need to defeat Central York on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Spring Grove holds the No. 9 spot in Class AAA, and Northeastern is at 16. Shippensburg (No. 8) and Bishop McDevitt (No. 1) are matched against the Rockets and Bobcats in the current rankings.

Biglerville and Littlestown are in the AA playoff mix, with Bermudian Springs, at No. 5, and Littlestown at No. 8.

Delone Catholic is the No. 1-ranked team in Class A. York Catholic, at No. 6 in Class A, will have to earn a victory over rival York Suburban on Friday night and get some help to make the four-team field.

-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com.