Week 2 York-Adams high school football game capsules

Patrick Strohecker
  • Division I and III teams went a combined 12-4 in Week 1 of the season.
  • All seven Division II teams are winless heading into Week 2.
  • There are two matchups this week featuring unbeaten teams.

The following are game capsules for Week 2 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated for 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.

West York (left) will look try to earn its first win of the season on Friday. Central York, meanwhile, is one of 12 Y-A teams looking to make it a 2-0 start. Amanda J. Cain photo


Red Lion (1-0) at Daniel Boone (0-1): The Lions were impressive in their Week 1 win over Waynesboro. Not only did Red Lion’s offense make a statement, but so did its defense. To start, the Lions’ offense, despite all of its new starting pieces, still managed to hang 38 points on the Indians. Senior quarterback Sam Emig led the way with a three-touchdown performance. But, the real story may have been the defense, which allowed just 17 points against a high-flying offense that put up 60 points on a couple occasions a year ago. The Blazers, meanwhile, continue their rugged start to the 2016 season by playing another Y-A Division I team. After getting blasted by 54 points against Division I favorite Northeastern in Week 1, Daniel Boone now might be facing the second-best team in the division in Week 2.

South Western (1-0) at Manheim Township (0-1): The Mustangs didn’t have the toughest opening-week match-up against Gettysburg last Friday, but they still impressed. South Western showed that it will still have the weapons on offense in 2016 in quarterback Nate VanCampen and running back Drew Hartlaub, scoring 35 points in the win. But, the Mustangs’ defense also shined, shutting out the Warriors. The Blue Streaks, meanwhile, enter off a tough loss to a strong Central Dauphin team, 31-9. That isn’t necessarily indicative of the type of team Township is going to be this season. CD is one of the top teams in District 3 6-A.

Spring Grove (1-0) at Mechanicsburg (0-1): The Rockets carried all the momentum they gained to finish the 2015 season into 2016. And they did it with an unexpected twist. With senior quarterback Jake Messersmith banged up, Spring Grove turned to sophomore Nick Shaqfeh to lead it past a rebuilding Hershey program at home, 42-9. Whether or not Messersmith will be healthy enough to start in Week 2 remains to be seen, but now the Rockets must take their dominant Week 1 performance and have it translate away from home. The Wildcats enter still searching for their first points after getting shut out by Carlisle in Week 1, 44-0. Mechanicsburg allowed 209 rushing yards last week, so look for the Rockets to exploit that.

J.P. McCaskey (0-1) at York High (0-1): One of these teams will earn its first win of the season. The Bearcats have already shown improvement from last year to this year, even though they still lost to Reading. York High scored 24 points in its 11-point loss to the Red Knights, a sign that it should have a competent offense this season and be much more competitive than in 2016. The Red Tornado opened its 2016 season with a difficult home game against State College, losing 24-13. It took McCaskey three quarters to finally get rolling, scoring all 13 points in the fourth quarter. See if that late surge continues into this Week 2 battle.

Cumberland Valley (1-0) at Central York (1-0): A difficult non-league schedule continues into Week 2 for the Panthers and new head coach Josh Oswalt. After dismantling West York, 45-15, in Week 1, Central rides into this tough match-up with a lot of confidence. While neither facet could be considered explosive, the Panthers did show a nice balance between their run and pass games, throwing for 174 yards and rushing for 176. This will be a much tougher task for Central. The Eagles are one of the premier District 3 6-A programs and showed it in Week 1. They dispatched Coatesville, 41-21, totaling 357 yards of total offense, while wide receiver Josiah Quigley hauled in three touchdown grabs and running back Jake Palmer ran for 137 yards.


Dallastown (1-0) at West York (0-1): In Week 1, the Wildcats proved that you can never write them off entering a season, no matter how much they lost from the previous year. They also secured a nice home win against a strong Lancaster-Lebanon League foe. Dallastown came from behind to beat Hempfield, 17-13, last Friday in a battle of two playoff teams from 2015. Dallastown could now be staring a 2-0 start in the face. The Bulldogs’ opener didn’t go how they hoped, trailing by 16 at halftime to Central York and then giving up 21-unanswered points in the third quarter. A difficult start to the season against Y-A Division I opponents continues. West York welcomes in an upstart Wildcats team for its home opener.

Dover (0-1) at Steel High (1-1): It was a tough start for the Eagles to 2016. They were handed a 42-6 thumping by Shippensburg to open the season. Dover still has some work to do to find a true identity after the 2015 season unraveled so quickly and this might not be the week that everything falls into place. The Rollers enter with two completely different results to begin the season. They have a 55-6 win and a 14-0 loss under their belts. Somewhere, Steel-High would like to find consistency with its offensive performances, but at least it can say its defense showed up in both weeks and could have another big week against the Eagles.

New Oxford (0-1) at Gettysburg (0-1): The Colonials ran out of steam against a good Bermudian Springs team in its opener, losing 42-26 in Greg Bowman’s team debut as head coach. Still, New Oxford could improve its passing defense. It didn’t allow a ton of yards to Chase Dull in the opener, but he didn’t have trouble finding open men, only missing on four passes. Improving their defense shouldn’t be a problem for the Colonials this week. They take on a Warriors team that was shut out in the opener to South Western. Gettysburg entered 2016 hoping that its 2015 rebuild was over, but after one week, it looks like it still might be going on. This will be another tough test for the Warriors against a Y-A Division I foe, however not quite as potent as the Mustangs.

Hanover (1-0) at Kennard-Dale (0-1): The Nighthawks proved for, at least one week, that what it lost from 2015 won’t impact their performance in 2016. James Buchanan isn’t a powerhouse program, but the 55-36 Hanover victory was a statement. Don't let the 36 points allowed fool you, either. Hanover was leading 55-12 after three quarters and put most of its junior varsity players in the game, allowing the Rockets to score 24 straight points in the final quarter. The Rams didn’t have quite the home opener they hoped for, losing 30-14 to Pequea Valley. K-D will get a second crack at notching a home win in Week 2, and might have to win this one in a shootout because the Nighthawks' offense still looks to be as potent as last year's.

Northeastern (1-0) at York Suburban (0-1): The Bobcats’ season-opening win didn’t tell us a whole lot about them. They did what they were expected to do, crushing Daniel Boone. However, the 60-6 score was authoritative, a credit to Northeastern not just sleepwalking past an inferior foe. Coby Motley’s two pick-sixes for the Bobcats were an added bonus. The Trojans lost a close home opener to York Catholic last Friday, 20-14, a somewhat disappointing result, considering what’s awaiting them this week. After dropping its Week 1 game, Suburban now stares at the very real possibility of opening the season 0-2, with both games being at home. This should be a bit more challenging for Northeastern than its Week 1 game, but shouldn’t present any real problems late.

York Catholic (1-0) at Susquehannock (0-1): What the Fighting Irish’s opening win showed was that returning quarterback Dan Yokemick and returning running back Jakkar Kinard will be difference makers this season. Even though neither was 100 percent throughout the game, they both still performed to get Catholic the 20-14 win over Suburban. What’s more, the Irish got a nice bump in District 3 power-rating points by knocking off a bigger 4-A program. The Irish will have a second chance to do that against the Warriors – again on the road – this Friday. Not much was expected of Susky coming into the year, but it gave Northern York all it could handle on the road in Week 1, losing a tight 14-12 contest. In a week that saw all seven Division II teams go down, the Warriors were the most competitive.


Boiling Springs (0-1) at Bermudian Springs (1-0): The Eagles’ strong finish to 2015 carried into this year with a nice win over a bigger New Oxford program. That’s a nice, early start to racking up crucial District 3 power-rating points for Bermudian, a program that has a real shot at qualifying for the District 3 3-A tournament. After going winless in the first month of last season, the Eagles have a realistic shot of opening 2016 with back-to-back wins, with this week’s home opener against a Boiling Springs program that was held scoreless by Littlestown in Week 1. That was shocking in itself, considering the Bubblers have a real threat at running back in Bryan Malone, who was held out of the end zone by the Thunderbolts last Friday.

Big Spring (0-1) at Biglerville (0-1): Talk about heartbreak. The Canners were less than a minute away from opening the year with a thrilling, come-from-behind road win vs. Annville-Cleona last Friday, only to have it snatched from them in the final seconds. Now, Biglerville must regroup and play with the same intensity in its home opener against the Bulldogs. The only way to describe the Canners’ Reggie Adams was sensational, rushing for 303 yards on 15 carries and scoring four times. Big Spring showed some offensive potential in its Week 1 loss, scoring 21 points. However, the Bulldogs gave up 49 to East Pennsboro, so it could be another long day for their defense, while Biglerville’s offense could thrive for a second straight week.

Columbia (0-0) at Delone Catholic (1-0): The Squires are a Y-A Division III favorite because of what they returned on offense. However, it was Delone’s defense that impressed in Week 1, holding Trinity to just seven points in its 17-7 road win. Unfortunately for the Squires, they won’t have much tape to study about their next opponent, the Crimson Tide, because Columbia’s Week 1 game against Neumann-Goretti was postponed on Saturday because of Hurricane Hermine approaching the New Jersey shore. 

STROHECKER: Div. I, Div. III teams impress in Week 1

Fairfield (1-0) at James Buchanan (0-1): The Green Knights could be a team on the rise in 2016 and they showed that with a nice 47-15 win in Week 1, albeit over a much-lesser St. Joseph’s Catholic program. Still, Fairfield has experienced youth on its side and that could pay dividends this year and over the next couple years, as well. The Green Knights have a legit shot at beginning the season 2-0 when they travel to take on James Buchanan. The Rockets proved they might be better this year than last, after scoring 36 points in Week 1, four times more than they did in all of 2015.

Hamburg (2-0) at Littlestown (1-0): Boy, were the Thunderbolts impressive in Week 1. They shut out a good Boiling Springs offense, en route to a 28-0 victory, making some early noise that maybe the last two down years are truly a thing of the past. Both Wes Storey and Andrew Matthews rushed for more than 100 yards as Littlestown ran the ball 55 times on 67 total plays. The Hawks enter with two wins already under their belts, scoring 34 points in both games. On the flip side of the ball, Hamburg has also only allowed 14 total points this season with one shutout.

Eastern York (0-1) at York Tech (0-1), 1 p.m. Saturday: The only non-Friday game this week pits two teams still searching for their first wins. The Golden Knights hit the road off a disappointing 42-7 loss to a strong Lampeter-Strasburg team in Week 1. This type of match should favor Eastern a bit and will be a good chance to get in the win column and give new head coach Jeff Mesich his first win as a head coach. The Spartans lost the inaugural “Battle for the Mason-Dixon Line Trophy” to Harford Tech (Maryland), 38-14. That will turn into an annual rivalry game between the two tech schools, but now York Tech will turn its attention to its home opener. This will be a crucial game for both teams. Wins early in the season might be tough to come by for each program and just by getting one could create some momentum moving forward.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com