STROHECKER: Week 7 of York-Adams football provided plenty of good theater
Friday night's slate of high school had everything you could ask for as a fan.
There was a last-second victory, a final-play defensive stand and two overtime games, one of which went to double overtime.
In total, of the 12 games on the York-Adams League schedule, five of them were decided by one score. That's tremendous theater no matter what side of the outcome you were on. And with it starting in Week 7 of the season, that means that for the next three weeks, we might just be in for more of it as division titles are sought and playoff lives are fought for.
Late-game drama: To begin, there were two games that were decided on the final play from scrimmage.
In a showdown of the top-two teams in Division I, Dallastown and South Western, the Wildcats went on the road and led from start to finish. And for much of the game, they held a two-score advantage. But, that hardly prevented the Mustangs from making things interesting in the end. Trailing 29-21, South Western drove to the Dallastown 17 yard line, thanks to a 47-yard catch and lateral perfectly executed by Noah Staub and Jeff Green. On the final play from scrimmage, with two seconds left, the Mustangs heaved one up in the end zone, only for it to be intercepted by Jake Jansen, sealing the Wildcats' victory. It was one heck of a finish that, for the majority of the game, didn't look possible.
About 30 minutes northeast from that ending was one of equal drama between York Suburban and West York. Despite trailing for the entire night, the Trojans managed to pull out a 23-22 victory over the Bulldogs thanks to persistence and one clutch kick.
Suburban's Jonas Atkinson nailed a 21-yard field goal with one second remaining, lifting his team to victory and helping the Trojans remain unbeaten in Division II play. On a couple occasions, Suburban trailed West York by two scores, but continued to battle back and put itself in a position to win, continuing to prove its worth as a Division II title favorite. As for the Bulldogs, just chalk this up as another close loss that could've — and probably should've — been a victory.
Overtime madness: For as great as those two endings were, nothing quite ratchets up the pressure like overtime. On Friday night, we got a double dose of it, too.
On most nights, when Kennard-Dale finds itself down 14 points, you can pretty much chalk it up as another loss. And when that 14-point deficit occurs in the fourth quarter? Well, it's all but certain to end in defeat for the Rams.
However, K-D continued to fight in its game against Gettysburg, erasing that fourth-quarter deficit and getting the game into an extra period. When the Rams struck first in overtime to take a 21-14 lead, you just had a feeling that something special might be brewing. K-D got the stop it needed to complete the improbable comeback and earn just its second win of the year, while the Warriors continue to hover at the one-win mark.
One overtime wasn't enough for Bermudian Springs and Delone Catholic to settle their differences. After remaining tied through the first overtime session, the Squires kicked off the second one with a field goal, going up 17-14.
That was nothing that the Eagles couldn't overcome, scoring a touchdown on their ensuing possession to capture the 21-17 win. The victory for Bermudian continues its divisional push to not only contend for the Division III crown, but also to sneak its way into a District 3-AA playoff spot. As for Delone, this was probably a win that it should've captured, but was ultimately a result that proves the inconsistent nature of this team.
Exciting finish: Those four games all highlighted a crazy Week 7 in the Y-A League. I didn't even touch on York Catholic's 27-20 upset win over Biglerville, the fifth game of the week that was decided by one score. Until this past Friday, the Canners were rolling and looked like a legit contender in Division III. But, the setback to the Irish shows just how much of a week-to-week league this is, with no outcome a certainty.
With the importance of each game only multiplying as we scratch weeks off the calendar, it wouldn't surprise me to see more of these close match-ups for the next three weeks.
If we consider this past Friday night as just an appetizer of what's to come, then that should only make fans in the area thrilled as we hit the final stretch of the regular season.
District 3 outlook
For the duration of the regular season, I'll post an updated look at how Y-A League teams are fairing in the District 3 power ratings. Here's how things are shaking out after Week 7:
Class A (Four-team field): No. 3 - York Catholic; No. 7 - Delone Catholic; No. 8 - Fairfield
Class AA (Eight-team field): No. 3 - Hanover; No. 9 - Biglerville; No. 13 - Bermudian Springs; No. 14 - Littlestown
Class AAA (16-team field): No. 5 - Northeastern; No. 15 - York Suburban; No. 16 - Spring Grove; No. 19 - Dover; No. 25 - Susquehannock; No. 29 - Eastern York; No. 31 - West York; No. 33 - Gettysburg; No. 34 - Kennard-Dale; No. 35 - New Oxford
Class AAAA (16-team field): No. 6 - Dallastown; No. 11 - South Western; No. 13 - Red Lion; No. 21 Central York; No. 26 - York Tech; No. 27 - York High
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