This weekend's football game capsules for York-Adams League teams
Here are the Week 3 preview capsules for games involving York-Adams League teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Harrisburg (2-0) at York High (0-2): While the Bearcats and Cougars both have common opponents, their results are not similar. York High was outscored 67-12 in its two losses to Reading and J.P. McCaskey to begin the season. At the same time, Harrisburg outscored both of those schools 61-24, en route to a perfect start. Friday's contest between the two city schools will have a lot of passion, but I can't picture it being very close. The Cougars have too much talent for the young and inexperienced Bearcats.
Biglerville (0-2) at New Oxford (1-1): Don't let the Canners' winless record fool you. They've come as close to being undefeated as a team can be without actually winning any of the games. An opening-week loss to Annville-Cleona in double overtime was followed by a one-point loss to Waynesboro last Friday. In total, Biglerville's two losses have come by a combined four points. Tough luck indeed. Meanwhile, the Colonials are starting to make believers out of some in the Y-A League. After earning its first win in more than a year to begin the season, New Oxford came within a score of knocking off Gettysburg in Week 2. That adds a lot of intrigue to a game such as this one, where the Canners are desperate to taste victory after two close defeats, while the Colonials can no longer be considered pushovers. Should be a fun one.
Hempfield (2-0) at Central York (1-1): Finally, the Panthers will play a home game after beginning the year with back-to-back road contests. After a last-minute win to open the season at West York, Central felt the wrath of District 3-AAAA powerhouse, Cumberland Valley, losing last Friday night, 48-6. Still, considering the tough start to open 2015, the Panthers should feel fired up to play their home opener with a .500 record. Meanwhile, the Black Knights aren't an easy team to handle. After showing that it can put points on the board in Week 1 with a 41-21 win over Lampeter-Strasburg, Hempfield displayed its defense with a 10-3 win over Manheim Central in Week 2. The Knights are averaging 25.5 points per game on offense, while only allowing 12. Won't be an easy home opener for Central.
Dallastown (2-0) at Penn Manor (0-2): The Wildcats, who won Division I last year, were overlooked going into the year as a potential team to beat in that division. But, after winning in two different fashions to begin the season, Dallastown is no longer overlooked. The Wildcats enter Week 3 having only allowed 14 points in two games. Meanwhile, the Comets enter only scoring an average of 13.5 per game, which should favor Dallastown. Along with that, Penn Manor has already allowed 74 points in two games, not necessarily a recipe for success when trying to come up with your first win of the year.
Susquehannock (1-1) at Northeastern (2-0): The Warriors earned their first win under new head coach Steve Wiles, knocking off York Catholic last Friday night, 24-14. The 24-point improvement on defense from Week 1 to Week 2 for Susquehannock is a positive sign, especially with its next opponent being the Bobcats. Northeastern has been one of a few teams to stand out early on in what should be a loaded Division I race. Through two games, the Bobcats have one of the most potent offenses in the Y-A League, scoring 71 points. If the Warriors can't slow that down, watch out for Northeastern to fly past the 100-point mark after Week 3.
Carlisle (2-0) at South Western (1-1): The Mustangs did themselves no favors with a tough non-league schedule to open 2015. After dropping a 42-14 decision in its home opener to Cedar Cliff last Friday, now South Western welcomes the high-flying Thundering Herd in Week 3. It could be another long night for the Mustang defense, with Carlisle having scored 103 points in its first two wins. The Thundering Herd, however, can be exploited on defense, having already allowed 82 points. This one might just be a shootout, so sit back and enjoy.
Dover (1-1) at Red Land (1-1): The Eagles hit the road for the first time this season and it's a familiar school for Coach Wayne Snelbaker. He's a teacher at Red Land, so he knows some of the Patriot players. Dover was one point away from entering this game 2-0, suffering a 36-35 defeat to Big Spring in Week 2. On the other side of the field is a Red Land team that was on the other side of Carlisle's 54-49 win in Week 2. The Patriots' defense has been hit or miss so far this season, allowing only seven points to York Suburban in Week 1, but following that up with the rough outing against the Thundering Herd. If the Eagles can establish their offensive rhythm early on, then they could be in for a big night.
Waynesboro (2-0) at Gettysburg (1-1): The Warriors haven't been overly impressive in their first two games. They lost by three scores to open the season at home against South Western and then narrowly knocked off New Oxford in Week 2. Now, Gettysburg must face a team in the Indians that not only proved that they can score points at will, but also win a tight, defensive struggle. Waynesboro had an explosive offense in 2014 and showed off the same thing to begin the year, hanging 60 points up against Kennard-Dale in a 60-28 win. Then, this past week, the Indians edged Biglerville, 14-13, in a defensive struggle. In either case, the Warriors are going to need to show that they can score, or they may be left behind by the high-flying Waynesboro attack, or left scratching their heads on why they couldn't solve the Indian defense.
Red Lion (1-1) at West York (0-2): After an emotional return home for the Lions, and an even more emotional defeat to Manheim Township, Red Lion will look to make it two road wins to begin 2015. This one should be the marquee match-up between two Y-A League foes, despite the combined 1-3 record. Shockingly for the Bulldogs, the Jeremy Jones era is off to a winless start, but that's come with two close losses. West York was shut out against Dallastown, 10-0, in Week 2, but moved the ball effectively, actually outgaining the Wildcats. With that said, this is no gimme game for Jones and the Bulldogs to get their first win of 2015, with Red Lion, under Head Coach Jesse Shay, built to be one of the top teams in Division I.
Spring Grove (1-1) at York Suburban (0-2): Set up with a more favorable match-up than their opener, I think we saw the real Rockets in Week 2. They defeated Mechanicsburg, 17-14, earning Kyle Sprenkle his first win as head coach at his alma mater. Those are the types of games and teams Spring Grove should beat. Spring Grove could be a threat come league play. The Trojans haven't gotten Andy Loucks' tenure off to a good start, dropping their first two games by a combined score of 48-31. However, both games were on the road and now they get to come home for their home opener, one of only four home games on the 2015 slate. This could be a game that determines the direction both teams take heading into league play, solely based on momentum.
Bermudian Springs (0-2) at Shippensburg (1-1): A year ago, the Eagles ran the table in the regular season, only suffering a loss in the District 3-AA semifinals. Now, they're off to an 0-2 start, with a three-point loss to New Oxford and a less-than-inspiring 21-0 loss to Boiling Springs last week. Bermudian must head to face the Greyhounds in Week 3, a team fresh off of its first win of the season, a 26-21 triumph over Class AAAA Chambersburg. Tyler Gustafson threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns for Shippensburg last Friday and could be an even bigger threat against an Eagles defense that has some holes in it.
Union City (Tennessee) (4-0) at Delone Catholic (1-1): This is a match-up with a lot of intrigue, just because it's one of two games this year where a Y-A League team will face a team from out of state. The Squires got Corey Zortman his first win as head coach with the program in Week 2, routing Columbia, 39-16. The performance was immensely better following Delone's Week 1, 14-point loss to Trinity, a game in which many thought the Squires were favorites to win. But, this game against the Golden Tornadoes, not only has no impact on the league standings, but it's also not a recognized game by the PIAA, so it has no impact of Delone's District 3 rating. However, Union City is no slouch. It enters this road contest riding a 31-game winning streak and has won back-to-back Class A Tennessee state championships. And then there's this year, a year in which the team is scoring 58.3 points per game and only giving up 17.3.
Eastern York (2-0) at Hanover (2-0): Very few people could've accurately predicted that both these teams would be undefeated by the time they met this Friday. Actually, more people would've bet that they'd both be winless, based on recent history. But, here we are, with a battle of unbeatens. The Golden Knights come in having only allowed 12 points in two games, all of them coming in their 19-12 win over York Tech this past week. Their plus-31 point differential is one of the best in the Y-A League. But, it hardly compares to that of the high-flying offense of the Nighthawks, who have outscored opponents 74-14. Led by last year's league-leading passer Kyle Krout, Hanover hasn't skipped a beat to begin 2015, but will face its first true test this year when Eastern's stingy defense visits.
Silver Oak Academy (Maryland) (1-0) at Fairfield (1-1): This is the second and last out-of-state game for a Y-A League team. The Green Knights will welcome the Rams from Keymar, Maryland. After very little went right for Fairfield to open the season, everything did in Week 2. The Green Knights lost their season opener 42-0 to Newport, but bounced back with a 34-6 thumping of James Buchanan in Week 2. Silver Oak beat another Pennsylvania team, Blairsville, in its only game, 31-14.
Lancaster Catholic (0-2) at Littlestown (0-2): This is a showdown between two clubs searching for any glimmer of hope. One will wind up with its first win. The Thunderbolts have only scored 13 points all year, all coming in last week's 51-13 loss to Greencastle-Antrim. That's compared to giving up 86 points. Meanwhile, the Crusaders haven't been much better, allowing 68 points and scoring 28. They've scored 14 in each of their first two games, which could wind up being just enough to get their first win against Littlestown.
York Catholic (0-2) at Berks Catholic (2-0): The Irish have struggled to find any consistency so far in 2015, dearly missing 2014 Division III Player of the Year, Hakeem Kinard. In two games this year, York Catholic only has 21 points and is losing by a margin of 21.5 points per game. Meanwhile, the Saints, haven't allowed a point yet in two games, outscoring their two opponents 83-0. Don't expect this one to go the way of the Irish.
Kennard-Dale (0-2) at York Tech (1-1), 1 p.m.: The Rams have been hampered by an inexperienced defense. Through two games, K-D's allowed 101 points. That goes up against scoring an average of 21 points per game, not terrible for an 0-2 team. If the Rams can somehow improve their defense over the course of the season, they might find themselves in a few games late and maybe even scratch out some victories. But, don't expect that to be this Saturday, when they travel to take on the upstart Spartans. After earning a season-opening win in overtime against Pequea Valley, York Tech suffered a minor setback in Week 2 with a 19-12 defeat to Eastern York. Still, the Spartans haven't been too extreme one way or the other on offense or defense, which isn't a bad thing. Right now, Tech's offense is good enough to move the ball and put up points, while its defense can keep it in games. And early in the year, that's often a winning formula.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow on Twitter @P_Strohecker