Nine York-Adams football teams competed in District 3 games this past weekend.
Five are still practicing this week.
It was a very good opening-round showing for the league teams, especially considering that two of the teams, Spring Grove and Biglerville, knocked off higher-seeded teams in the opening round.
A sixth York-Adams team, Delone Catholic, is also practicing and will play its first District 3 contest, a Class A game against Columbia, on Friday night in McSherrystown.
The top-seeded Squires (7-3) should defeat No. 4-seeded Columbia (4-6) and move into the A championship game on Friday, Nov. 23, at Hersheypark Stadium against the winner of the Steel-High-Millersburg game. Steel-High and Millersburg will enter their semifinal game with identical 7-3 records.
Meanwhile, the five other York-Adams teams still alive will seek to move one game closer to the final.
Friday will be second-chance night for two of the teams -- Spring Grove and Biglerville.
Both will take on opponents that defeated them in the regular season.
Spring Grove (8-3) will be at West York (11-0) in a Class AAA matchup, and Biglerville (9-2) will make the short trip to Adams County rival, Bermudian Springs (11-0) in a Class AA clash.
West York prevailed over Spring Grove in a close game, 21-17, in the first meeting during the third week of the season, and Bermudian Springs defeated Biglerville, 37-21, in the 10th-and-final week of the regular season.
Spring Grove is coming off an impressive 24-0 shutout of Shippensburg. The Rockets stuffed Shippensburg's running game. The Greyhounds ended in the hole, with minus-five yards on the ground.
West York's defense is also a force. The Bulldogs are giving up just 9.7 points a game (107 in 11 games), and not all of those points were allowed by the first team.
Spring Grove, whose head coach, Russ Stoner, played for West York, poses a huge challenge for the Bulldogs. However, taking down an unbeaten, senior-dominated team, on its home field may be just too tall a task.
Biglerville certainly has the potential to atone for its earlier loss to Bermudian Springs. The Canners have scored more points than any other York-Adams team with 409 in 11 games (37.2 a game).
Bermudian Springs, though, can also rack up the points (34 a game), and the Eagles' defense is the league's stingiest (6.5 points a game).
The edge again goes to the unbeaten team playing on its home field.
Central York (8-3), the York-Adams' only remaining Class AAAA team, has to play on Wilson's field against a defense that is giving up a measly 5.9 points a game.
The Panthers will look to spring their biggest upset, maybe ever, when they travel to the Reading area to face the 10-1 Bulldogs.
Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin email@example.com or at 505-5407.