Week 2 high school football game capsules for York-Adams League teams
Here are the Week 2 preview capsules on games involving York-Adams League teams. All games begin at 7 p.m.
Central York (1-0) at Cumberland Valley (1-0): The Panthers' tough stretch of back-to-back road games to open the season now sends them north to take on the District 3-AAAA juggernaut Eagles. Nobody would've faulted Central if it finally played a home game in Week 3 and entered the contest 0-2, but that won't be the case. The Panthers assured themselves at least a .500 record after two weeks with a thrilling, last-minute touchdown by Sakai Barton to defeat West York in Week 1, 31-28. Quarterback Nik Strine looked like the real deal in the opener, passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns, while adding another one on the ground. Meanwhile, Cumberland Valley is out to take names in the Y-A League, first shutting out Spring Grove last Friday and now looking to knock off the Panthers. The Eagles shouldn't expect another 33-0 victory like their first win, not with a good Central team rolling into town.
West York (0-1) at Dallastown (1-0): The Jeremy Jones coaching era looked like it was going to start on the right foot last Friday night, but a late touchdown by the Panthers sent the Bulldogs to 0-1 on the year. Now, they'll travel to Dallastown to face a Wildcats club fresh off a 26-14 road win over Lancaster Catholic to begin 2015. West York showed that it could have a lethal running game this year, with Cadence Thomas rushing for 118 yards, quarterback Tyler Folk adding 53 yards and Ryan Narber chipping in with 34 yards. Meanwhile, Wildcats quarterback Cade Gold looked like he'll be a tough player to handle for opposing defenses this season. The dual-threat quarterback passed for 123 yards in Dallastown's Week 1 win and added 120 more on the ground, on only 11 rushes. This should certainly be one of the premier games of the week, especially within York County.
Gettysburg (0-1) at New Oxford (1-0): So many question marks surround this game. Starting with the visiting Warriors, after a Week 1 loss to South Western, Gettysburg probably had this game penciled in as a sure win. After all, the Warriors went 8-3 last year and finished second in Division II, while the Colonials didn't win a game in all of 2014. But, after New Oxford shocked Bermudian Springs with a last-second field goal, the Colonials come in not as the pushovers that they were supposedly made out to be. Gettysburg was again viewed as a team that could and should contend for the Division II title and qualify for districts, but a potential 0-2 start could alter some of those thoughts. With New Oxford, the question is just how good is this team? The win over the Eagles was a victory over last year's Division III champion, but what's that mean this year for the Colonials? Is New Oxford ready to make a run at a winning season and a District 3 playoff berth? Friday's match-up should bring some clarity about the future of both teams.
York Suburban (0-1) at Northeastern (1-0): The Bobcats looked every bit like the real deal with a convincing 40-7 road win over York Catholic to begin the year. Northeastern had seven different players total positive yards running the football last Friday, led by Chris Whack, who had 83 yards on just seven carries. To go along with that, five different Bobcat players also found the end zone. For the Trojans, the Andy Loucks era got off to a rocky start, scoring only one touchdown in a 17-7 loss to Red Land. Suburban should be competitive in the Division II race, but will need a better effort than what it showed offensively against the Patriots. If there was any positive to take away from the first game, it's that Collin Mailman is legit at wide receiver, hauling in five catches for 117 yards.
Manheim Township (0-1) at Red Lion (1-0): When the Lions take their home field for the first time this season, they'll do so with heavy hearts. It'll be the first time Red Lion will host a game since the deaths of Nick Mankin and Stone Hill in a car crash back in June. But, the Lions will probably see no better way to honor their loss than with a win, which would make them 2-0 on the year. Red Lion doubled up Hershey, 40-20, to begin the season, with the lethal combination of quarterback Dalton Grove and wide receiver Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie connecting twice for touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Blue Streaks had to open the season against Central Dauphin, a constant in the District 3-AAAA playoffs. Manheim Township lost its opener 42-14 and was exposed for big plays. With big-play players on the Lions, look for them to exploit that on Friday night in front of their home crowd.
Cedar Cliff (1-0) at South Western (1-0): This match-up has all the potential to be the most exciting game on the slate for all Y-A League teams. Both teams enter off a Week 1 win and both can put up a ton of points. The Mustangs are heavy favorites to win Division I this year and, while this contest won't impact their standings within the league, a win could make a big statement around the league and within District 3. South Western opened the year with a 38-13 win over Gettysburg and now will head home to face a Colts team that can also put up some big offensive numbers. Cedar Cliff had no trouble dispatching Penn Manor last Friday night, 54-20, so this has the makings of a shootout. Watch out for Mustangs wide receiver Noah Staub, who can take the top off a defense, as he displayed last weekend with a four-catch, 141-yard performance against the Warriors.
Spring Grove (0-1) at Mechanicsburg (0-1): Kyle Sprenkle is still searching for his first win as head coach at his alma mater after the Rockets got shut out by Cumberland Valley, 33-0, to begin his tenure. Now Spring Grove must go on the road for the first time this year and take on a Wildcats squad that showed it can put up points, but is still trying to figure out how to prevent them. Mechanicsburg lost its opener, 49-33, to Carlisle, but may have a star on its hands in Elijah Strawbridge. The running back was basically the Wildcats' entire offense, rushing for 190 yards and three touchdowns, while also tallying 72 receiving yards and another score. He accounted for 70 percent of Mechanicsburg's 371 total yards. If Spring Grove can't slow down Strawbridge, then it will have little chance of winning this contest.
York High (0-1) at J.P. McCaskey (0-1): The Bearcats looked like a team desperately trying to fill numerous holes from last year's team in their 36-0 Week 1 loss to Reading. York High got little going offensively, held to 101 yards of total offense in the game. Quarterbacks Napoleon Snellings and Jose Santiago-Curet combined to go 6-for-20 for 26 yards with four interceptions. Meanwhile, the Red Tornadoes know a thing or two about offensive struggles, held to only six points in their Week 1 loss to Harrisburg, 40-6.
Big Spring (1-0) at Dover (1-0): Here's an enticing match-up between two coaches who both won their debuts with new squads. Wayne Snelbaker took little time showing the Eagle fans what could be in store for his team this year with a tidy 42-17 victory over Shippensburg to open 2015. Dover has one of the best running backs in the league in Durran Ledbetter and he showed why, rushing for 102 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. New Bulldogs head man Cory Hoffman also began his tenure with his new team with a win, claiming a 21-7 victory over West Perry. Despite only scoring three times, Big Spring had some big performers. Jaret Petty rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Tristan Robb carried the ball 11 times for 96 yards.
York Tech (1-0) at Eastern York (1-0): The Spartans and Golden Knights both began the year with big wins, with Tech's being a bit of a shocker. In his first game as the team's head coach, Brian Hanson and the Spartans dominated the game on the ground, rushing for 161 yards, compared to only passing for 11. Still, it was enough to knock off Pequea Valley 27-21. Much like Tech, Eastern likes to go with a run-happy offense, as was the case when it only passed the ball three times in its 24-0 win over Columbia. But, the Golden Knights can get away with that unbalanced approach if they can continue to rush for 200 yards on a weekly basis. Of those 200 yards, 147 came from Keegan Corwell, a player who could give the Spartans fits on Friday night.
Hanover (1-0) at Kennard-Dale (0-1): In a shocker to most, the Nighthawks not only won their season opener, but did it convincingly, rolling over James Buchanan, 33-0. Hanover was led by last year's league leader in passing yards, Kyle Krout, who tossed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Laughman led the Nighthawks' rushing attack with 84 yards on 11 carries. Meanwhile, it was a lot of the same from 2014 for the Rams when they kicked off 2015. K-D opened this year with a 60-28 loss to Waynesboro. The defense definitely has some glaring holes, but the offense showed some promise. Quarterback Dalton Strike went 10-of-18 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, while Kyle Wooldridge showed why he just might be one of the best wide receivers in the Y-A League, hauling in eight catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, Nick Workinger rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries, proving that if the Rams can keep opposing offenses at bay, they have the horses to put up points.
Bermudian Springs (0-1) at Boiling Springs (1-0): In probably the biggest upset of Week 1, the Eagles fell to New Oxford on a last-second field goal. While it's understood that this year is different than last year, an 11-win team from 2014 losing to a winless club from 2014 is quite the shocker. Now, Bermudian gets the chance to show if last week's loss was simply a fluke or if this team is set to take a step back after winning 52 games over the past five seasons. If the Eagles want to find the win column, they'll have to do so by knocking off a Bubblers team that took care of Littlestown in Week 1, 35-0. Bermudian will also need to find a way to somehow slow down Boiling Springs' Bryan Malone, who rushed for a whopping 277 yards on only 18 carries.
Waynesboro (1-0) at Biglerville (0-1): The Canners looked like a team built for success for the 2015 season. They have a lot of experienced players returning from the 2014 team, so that's why the three-point loss to Annville-Cleona came as a bit of a shock. Biglerville actually put up solid offensive numbers against the Little Dutchmen, but just came up a little bit short in its 32-29 double-overtime loss. But, getting key stops will prove important on Friday night when the Canners welcome the high-flying Indians into town. Waynesboro played its fair share of high-scoring games last season, whether it was the one doing the scoring or giving up the points. Regardless, the Indians were up to their old ways, hanging a 60 spot on Kennard-Dale in Week 1.
Delone Catholic (0-1) at Columbia (0-1): A 14-point home loss is never the way you want to begin your tenure as a new head coach, but that's what happened to the Squires' Corey Zortman in his debut on Friday night, suffering a 42-28 loss to Trinity. In fact, that was probably a game that Delone feels it should've won. Nonetheless, the Squires should have a good shot at getting into the win column and getting Zortman his first win with the program on Friday night when they take on the Crimson Tide. Columbia was shut out by Eastern York last Friday, showing very little offensively, only accumulating 104 total yards.
James Buchanan (0-1) at Fairfield (0-1): This is a match-up between two teams still searching for their first points of the season. The Green Knights were roughed up in their season opener, a 42-0 loss to Newport. In that game, Fairfield only managed 74 total yards, 65 of which came on the ground. Quarterback Darian Mort only completed one of his 10 passes for nine yards. Meanwhile, the Rockets weren't much better, only recording 135 yards of total offense. This one could be a defensive struggle, but mainly because both offenses don't seem to have much in terms of playmakers at the moment.
Littlestown (0-1) at Greencastle-Antrim (1-0): Two years ago, the Thunderbolts were the class of Division III. But, after a disappointing 2014, the beginning of 2015 looks like much of the same. Littlestown began the year with a 35-0 loss to Boiling Springs, in which it gave up nearly 300 yards rushing to one player, while only accumulating 164 yards of total offense itself. The Blue Devils, on the other hand, played a thrilling opening game, sneaking out a 32-29 win over Chambersburg to begin the season. That amount of offense in itself should be enough to take care of the Thunderbolts this weekend, unless of course Littlestown has a blast from the past, circa 2013.
Susquehannock (0-1) at York Catholic (0-1): The Steve Wiles era for the Warriors is still trying to get off the ground after a 38-7 home loss to Northern York in Week 1. Susquehannock moved the ball well at times, but couldn't sustain things for an entire drive, resulting in a lot of empty possessions that the defense couldn't make up for. The Irish also had offensive struggles, looking like it'll take some time moving on from last year's Division III Player of the Year, Hakeem Kinard. York Catholic gave up more than twice as many yards (406) to Northeastern than it accumulated (202). However, Jakkar Kinard, Hakeem's younger brother, shined for the Irish, running the ball 14 times for 95 yards, caught a pass for 22 yards and scored the team's only touchdown.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com.