This weekend's high school football game capsules for York-Adams teams
Here are the Week 7 preview capsules for games involving York-Adams League teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Spring Grove (2-1 Division I, 3-3 overall) at Central York (1-2 Division I, 2-4 overall): The Rockets enter this game riding a mini two-game winning streak. However, they've done it against probably the two weakest opponents in Division I, New Oxford and York High. Now, Spring Grove travels to take on the Panthers, possibly the next weakest opponent in the division behind the Colonials and Bearcats. If the Rockets want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need this win because after this game, their final three games are against three of the toughest teams in the division, Red Lion, Northeastern and South Western. For Central, this is a chance for it to get right back into the District 3-AAAA playoff hunt. Right now, the Panthers sit at No. 20, four spots out of the final playoff berth. The Panthers are aided by their tough strength of schedule, but now have a chance to help themselves out by winning a game. This should be a close one.
Dallastown (3-0 Division I, 6-0 overall) at South Western (3-0 Division I, 5-1 overall): This game starts at 7:30 p.m. For the second straight week, the Wildcats will take on a team tied with them atop the division standings. Last week, they battled back from a 12-0 hole to hand Northeastern its first loss of the year. Now, Dallastown travels to take on the Mustangs in a game that could wind up deciding the Division I championship. Should the Wildcats win, they'll be 2-0 against the other top two teams in the division. However, if South Western prevails, then it'll be the Mustangs on the fast track to the crown with only three weeks to play. This game also has big District 3-AAAA seeding implications, with Dallastown holding down the No. 7 seed, while South Western is right on its heels at No. 8. This is by far the must-see game of the week in the Y-A League.
Red Lion (1-2 Division I, 3-3 overall) at New Oxford (0-3 Division I, 1-5 overall): The Lions just couldn't hang with South Western last Friday and after two straight division losses, now find themselves almost out of the Division I title race. However, Red Lion will get starting quarterback Dalton Grove back from suspension after he was ejected two weeks ago from the Northeastern game for unsportsmanlike penalties. The Lions will need him if they want to get back on the right side of the District 3-AAAA playoff cut line, where they are, right now, the first team out of the playoffs. For the Colonials, a team that showed a lot of competitiveness in non-league play, they just don't have the horses to keep pace in the loaded Division I landscape. New Oxford ranks in the bottom third of the league in scoring defense, allowing 27.5 points per game. Red Lion enters as the No. 1 scoring offense, putting up more than 31 points per game.
York High (0-3 Division I, 0-6 overall) at Northeastern (2-1 Division I, 5-1 overall): The Bearcats are still the only Y-A League team that hasn't won a game. Unfortunately, that doesn't look to change this week when they travel to take on the Bobcats. However, York High did have some offensive success for the first time this year, putting up 20 points in its loss to Spring Grove. That ups its total to 52 points in six games. For Northeastern, this will be a nice way to bounce back after a tough, fourth-quarter collapse to Dallastown last week in its first setback of the year. The Bobcats should have little trouble taking care of the Bearcats and working themselves back into the mix as being a tough out in the District 3-AAA playoffs.
Reading (3-3 overall) at Dover (4-2 overall): After the Red Knights had a successful non-league schedule, which included a 36-0 win over York High, they ran into some trouble in their league competition. However, after back-to-back losses, Reading righted the ship to the tune of a 61-7 victory over Daniel Boone last week. The Red Raiders have shown the ability to score, so that'll be an aspect of the game that the Eagles will need to keep an eye on. Dover, meanwhile, has won three straight games to open division play under first-year head coach Wayne Snelbaker. The Eagles are outscoring opponents during the three-game winning streak 73-40, despite losing their top two quarterbacks. However, Reading may have the advantage with its high-powered offense.
Susquehannock (1-1 Division II, 2-4 overall) at Eastern York (1-2 Division II, 3-3 overall): This game is a bit of a toss-up, with neither team showing a whole lot as of late. The Warriors are just 1-3 in their last four games, with the only win coming against a Gettysburg squad that is having a down year. Susquehannock ranks 17th in scoring offense out of 23 Y-A League teams, averaging just 15.7 points per game. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights enter with the No. 3 scoring defense, allowing just 12.8 points per game. They also snapped a three-game losing skid last week with a 30-point victory over Gettysburg. If Eastern can continue its good vibes from last week into this week, then all of a sudden, this is a team that could potentially finish above .500.
Kennard-Dale (0-3 Division II, 1-5 overall) at Gettysburg (0-3 Division II, 1-5 overall): This is a game where very little has gone right for either team. The teams enter having lost seven straight games, with the Rams riding a three-game losing skid and the Warriors in a four-game dry spell. If there's been any positives for K-D so far this season, it's been its offense. Dalton Stike is among the top passers in the Y-A League, while Kyle Wooldridge has the third-most receiving yards in the league and Nick Workinger is averaging 12.0 yards a carry through six weeks. Gettysburg, however, hasn't seen much go right in its second year in the league. The team ranks near the bottom in almost every offensive and defensive category as it continues to try to work through the difficulties of graduation from 2014.
York Suburban (2-0 Division II, 4-2 overall) at West York (2-0 Division II, 2-4 overall): The Trojans can now say they have the school's all-time leading passer as their quarterback. Senior Thomas Merkle flew past the old record last Friday with a 258-yard effort against Susquehannock. Now, he sets his sights on the all-time county record, while also trying to keep Suburban's impressive roll going. The Trojans enter this game riding a four-game winning streak, the longest in the division and tied for the second-longest current streak in the league, behind only Dallastown. The Bulldogs are probably happy to get back into division competition, the only part of their schedule where they've earned any wins. After seeing its comeback attempt against Delaware Valley Charter come up just short last week, West York will try to solve the high-flying Suburban attack that features a lethal one-two receiving combo of Collin Mailman and Brad Smith. The two have combined to catch 69 passes for 908 yards.
Bermudian Springs (2-1 Division III, 2-4 overall) at Delone Catholic (1-2 Division III, 2-4 overall): It may not be the Eagles of the past several years, but they're still holding their own against the division. After a rough non-league schedule, Bermudian bounced back and has looked formidable in division competition. The Eagles are riding a two-game winning streak coming into this match-up, easily playing their best football of the season. Meanwhile, the Squires have been up and down, showing glimpses of strong play, only to follow it up with a couple weeks of bad play. Based on that trend, this should be a good week for Delone, which is only 1-2 at home so far this season. The Squires also need to start playing with some desperation. They're currently the No. 5 seed in the District 3-A playoff race, one spot out of the four-team playoffs.
Biglerville (3-0 Division III, 4-2 overall) at York Catholic (2-1 Division III, 2-4 overall): The Canners look like the team everyone expected them to be this year, riding a four-game winning streak. Biglerville is winning its Division III games by an average of 23.3 points per game, primarily on the back of a defense that is only allowing 6.3 points per game in division play. The Irish enter also benefiting from division play beginning, going from an 0-3 team in non-league competition to 2-1 in division play. Right now, every game for York Catholic comes with a lot on the line. It is barely holding off Delone Catholic for the final spot in the District 3-A playoffs. The Irish go as junior running back Jakkar Kinard goes, who's tied for second in the league with 568 yards rushing.
Hanover (3-0 Division III, 6-0 overall) at Littlestown (1-2 Division III, 1-5 overall): On paper, this one doesn't look to be much of a challenge for the Nighthawks, who have rolled over every opponent so far this season. Right now, there isn't a whole lot of competition at the top of Division III, so until Biglerville and Hanover meet in Week 9, expect the Nighthawks to continue to blow past their opponents. For the Thunderbolts, it's been a season unlike many they've had in the past. Over the past five seasons, Littlestown averaged almost eight wins a year. However, it did only win three times last year, so this might be a program that is in the midst of transition and a rebuilding process.
Fairfield (0-3 Division III, 1-5 overall) at York Tech (0-3 Division III, 1-5 overall), 10 a.m.: Simply put, someone has to win this game. And whoever it is, should feel thankful, because for both teams, this might be the last winnable game of the year. It's hard to really find any stats that don't reflect each team's losing record. Both sit at or near the bottom in every team statistic and are well off the pace of other teams. If there's anything to give one team a slight advantage in, it might be in emotion, which should go to the Spartans. It's Tech's homecoming game, so the players should be fired up to put on a good show. It'll be up to the Green Knights to ruin the festivities.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com.