This weekend's football game capsules for York-Adams League teams
Here are the Week 6 preview capsules for games involving York-Adams League teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Northeastern (2-0 Division I, 5-0 overall) at Dallastown (2-0 Division I, 5-0 overall): This is, without a doubt, the game of the week. Two undefeated teams look to inch their way closer to a Division I title. Right now, the top half of the division is like the SEC West, where the four favorites — Northeastern, Dallastown, Red Lion and South Western — beat up on each other and the team that ends the year the least battered will be the champ. The Bobcats already took care of one of those head-to-head match-ups last week by defeating the Lions, 14-13. However, this time, they'll be on the road and going up against a Wildcats side that possesses a defense that, simply put, doesn't allow points. Dallastown has given up 38 points in five games, a measly 7.6 points per game. This has all the makings of being one of the games of the year.
New Oxford (0-2 Division I, 1-4 overall) at Central York (0-2 Division I, 1-4 overall): It wasn't so much shocking that the Colonials lost to Spring Grove last week, but the manner in which they did was surprising. The 30-point defeat was less than encouraging for a program that could've really used a win in a game that appeared very winnable. Instead, New Oxford took a step backwards as it searches to work its way back toward the 2013 season, when it won three games. For the Panthers, they can finally take a breath. Their brutal first half finally came to a close on Monday night against South Western. For the first time all year, Central may enter a game as a favorite and should take care of the Colonials at home. Could a win for the Panthers kick start a potential second-half playoff push? Maybe. A win would certainly be a start in the right direction.
South Western (2-0 Division I, 4-1 overall) at Red Lion (1-1 Division I, 3-2 overall): If Northeastern-at-Dallastown is the game of the week, then this is 1B. Again, we have a meeting between two Division I favorites. The Mustangs come into this game on short rest, having last played on Monday after their game against Central York was rescheduled because of bad weather that hit the area last Friday. Whether the quick turnaround has an impact on the team's preparation, or possible endurance, remains to be seen. It's certainly a factor to watch. Meanwhile, the Lions enter off a tough one-point loss last Friday at Northeastern, setting them back in their quest to continue to grow under Head Coach Jesse Shay. But, more than the loss, perhaps the biggest thing to come out of that game was the ejection of senior quarterback Dalton Grove. He was ejected in the second quarter for two unsportsmanlike penalties, which means he's also suspended for this game. Sam Emig will likely start for Red Lion, after coming in to play the majority of the game after Grove was ejected, going 7-for-17 for 76 yards in the loss.
York High (0-2 Division I, 0-5 overall) at Spring Grove (1-1 Division I, 2-3 overall): Not much has gone right for the Bearcats this season. From the very beginning, it was going to be a rebuilding season, so now all the players and coaches can do is ride out the final half of this season and look for positives. Certainly, York played a tough schedule during the first half of the season, so this match-up against the Rockets should give the Bearcats a chance to be a bit more competitive. Meanwhile, things have set up well for Spring Grove to begin division play, getting a chance to open 2-1 and get back to .500 overall. Eventually, the Rockets will have to play stiffer competition, but for now, this is definitely a game that they should win. A victory over York will put Spring Grove in a strong position to possibly be in contention during the final weeks to make the playoffs, which would exceed preseason expectations.
Dover (2-0 Division II, 3-2 overall) at Kennard-Dale (0-2 Division II, 1-4 overall): After a disappointing 1-2 non-league slate, things have turned around for the Eagles in division play. Back-to-back wins over Gettysburg and Eastern York have Dover off to an unbeaten start in D-II and looking like the favorite in the division. This is a game that favors the Eagles, so don't be stunned if they're going into Week 7 with an unblemished division mark. For the Rams, keeping this close will be considered a success. They haven't really played a close game yet this season, with their four losses coming by an average margin of 26.0 points per game and their lone win by 14 points. The chances of a second win in this game for K-D are slim, but maybe it'll be close until the very end.
Gettysburg (0-2 Division II, 1-4 overall) at Eastern York (0-2 Division II, 2-3 overall): During the preseason, Warriors head coach Matt Heiser said "tradition doesn't graduate." Unfortunately, winning can. Gettysburg just hasn't found the same consistency it had a year ago, dropping three consecutive games, including its first two in division competition. The Golden Knights also enter on a three-game losing streak after opening the year 2-0. It's hard to fault Eastern for last weekend's 7-6 loss at Dover, with the game being played in ugly conditions. Maybe things would've been different had the weather been normal, but it wasn't, so here the Golden Knights sit at 2-3, in desperate need of a win. Eastern should control this game, meaning a win would get it back to .500 and in decent position to make a run at a playoff berth down the stretch.
Susquehannock (1-0 Division II, 2-3 overall) at York Suburban (1-0 Division II, 3-2 overall): The Warriors kicked off their division schedule last weekend with a strong 21-7 win over Gettysburg. That win helped Susquehannock snap a two-game skid and get off to a fast start in division play. Meanwhile, the Trojans have responded to their 0-2 start with a three-game winning streak and show no signs of slowing down. Suburban has one of the best passing attacks in the league, which is led by the combination of quarterback Thomas Merkle and wide receiver Collin Mailman. The two have connected 26 times in five games this year for more than 430 yards of offense.
York Tech (0-2 Division III, 1-4 overall) at Bermudian Springs (1-1 Division III, 1-4 overall): The Spartans continue to sputter since winning in Week 1. They've lost every game since, including both division games by 23-6 margins. The strong offense that Tech showed in its only win has been non-existent in its losses. The team has only averaged 11.0 points per game over the last four games. For the Eagles, they can finally exhale. They're no longer winless, thanks to a 42-12 win over Fairfield last week. The win may be too little, too late for Bermudian when it comes to possibly making the playoffs, but the 30-point blowout is at least a step in the right direction. It's been an uncharacteristically bad year for an Eagles team that typically rules Division III, but after this week, don't be surprised if Bermudian is back near the top of the division standings after a second straight win, this time over the Spartans.
Delone Catholic (1-1 Division III, 2-3 overall) at Biglerville (2-0 Division III, 3-2 overall): The inconsistent Squires were at it again last week. They put a halt to their brief two-game losing streak with a 26-7 victory over Littlestown. When you throw out the 56-0 loss to Union City (Tennessee), Delone is 2-2 in games that actually count toward its District 3-A power rating and in those games it has a plus-23 point differential. Just don't know how the Squires will fare on a week-to-week basis because it's too hard to predict. The Canners, on the other hand, seem to have found their mojo and are looking like the preseason favorites so many predicted they'd be. After losing its first two games by a total of four points, Biglerville has won its last three by a combined 78 points, or 26.0 points per game. There might only be one team in Division III that can hang with the Canners this season and it's not Delone, so don't expect the Biglerville train to slow down this Friday.
Fairfield (0-2 Division III, 1-4 overall) at Hanover (2-0 Division III, 5-0 overall): For the sake of competition, logjams in standings can be a good thing, but only if they're all winning teams. Unfortunately, Division III has a bunch of teams lumped together at 1-4 overall, the Green Knights included. Fairfield has given up 40-plus points in all four of its losses and that could become five with the high-flying Nighthawks next on its schedule. Hanover is really the only other team, besides Biglerville, with a legit shot of winning the Division III title. The Nighthawks haven't played the toughest schedule, which has created some doubters, but they've at least been dominant in some of those wins. However, with how below average Division III is this season, don't expect Hanover to shed many of those doubters as it continues to roll through a relatively soft schedule until it faces off with Biglerville in Week 9.
York Catholic (1-1 Division III, 1-4 overall) at Littlestown (1-1 Division III, 1-4 overall): When five of the division's eight teams sit at 1-4, you're bound to have two of them meet up, and this is one of those match-ups. A week after the Irish got their first win over Delone Catholic, they fell a score short of upsetting Hanover. This game doesn't figure to give York Catholic a ton of problems. The Thunderbolts come in off a loss to the Squires. By virtue of common opponents, since the Irish beat Delone and Littlestown lost to the Squires, then York Catholic should win this one. I think that's the case, but not for that reason. Rather, I give the edge to the Irish because of running back Jakkar Kinard, who has 408 yards on the ground and will be the x-factor in this game.
West York (2-3 overall) at Delaware Valley Charter (2-3 overall), 2 p.m.: The Bulldogs have righted the ship in league play after a winless non-league slate. They might have a losing record, but their 2-0 mark in York-Adams Division II has them right at the top of the standings. In both of West York's division wins, it's scored 42 points, a potential sign that it may have found its offense. The Bulldogs will need their offense going up against Delaware Valley Charter, a team that has won its last two games by a combined score of 116-0. However, before that, DVC lost its first three games by a combined score of 109-56. The true identity of the Philadelphia-based school remains to be determined. All I know is, this game has the potential to see a lot of points get scored.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow on Twitter @P_Strohecker.