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Week 3 Y-A League high school football game capsules

Patrick Strohecker
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  • Four Division I teams will look to remain unbeaten in Week 3.
  • Through the first two weeks, only two Division II teams have won games.
  • York Catholic faces Berks Catholic in a battle of undefeated 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.

Susquehannock will look to earn its first win of the season on Friday night when it travels to Biglerville, a team also winless. Amanda J. Cain photo

DIVISION I

Penn Manor (0-2) at Dallastown (2-0): The Wildcats are off to an impressive start again this year, averaging 40 points per game. On top of that, Dallastown has yet to turn the ball over, one of three York-Adams League teams yet to do so. The Comets, meanwhile, have allowed 70 points in their two losses and have only scored 18, so this has all the makings of a big night for the Wildcats.

Delone Catholic (2-0) at New Oxford (0-2): The Squires are off to a hot start and are making a name for themselves as a team that can join Bermudian Springs, Hanover and York Catholic as a Division III contender. Delone is tied for the fifth-best scoring defense in the Y-A League, giving up just 10.5 points per game. The Colonials, on the other hand, are running out of chances to secure wins this season after dropping their first two games to smaller programs. This will be New Oxford’s last shot to grab a win over a small school before entering league play against programs just as large as it is, but with more depth and talent.

South Western (1-1) at Carlisle (2-0): Talk about two completely different games for the Mustangs to start off their season. A 35-0 shutout of Gettysburg in Week 1 had people talking of big things from South Western in 2016, only to follow that up with a 35-0 loss to Manheim Township. Now awaiting the Mustangs is a tough Thundering Herd program that is continuing its upward trend that was started by former coach and now current Central York coach, Josh Oswalt. Carlisle, now coached by former Red Lion coach Pat Conrad, knocked off Red Land last week to move to 2-0. That's the same Patriots team that shocked perennial power Bishop McDevitt to open their own season.

Garden Spot (1-1) at Spring Grove (2-0): The Rockets were given a favorable schedule to open the year and so far, they’ve taken advantage of it. Even without senior quarterback Jake Messersmith playing, sophomore Nick Shaqfeh has carried the team to an unbeaten start and Ryan Daugherty has broken out as one of the league’s best running backs. The Spartans have shown the ability to put up points, averaging 31.5 points per game, but have also struggled to prevent them, allowing 36.5 per game.

Chambersburg (1-1) at Red Lion (2-0): The Lions have shown no early signs of being over hyped coming into the season, ranking in the top five in both scoring offense (40.0 ppg) and scoring defense (10.5 ppg). That’s also a 29.5 average margin of victory, also among the best in the Y-A League. The Trojans haven’t found much consistency through two weeks of play on either side of the ball, scoring 20 points in their Week 1 win, while managing just seven last Friday. On defense, they have a shutout and then gave up 20 points to Shippensburg last week. With Red Lion looming, you’d have to imagine Chambersburg could struggle this week.

York High (0-2) at Cedar Cliff (2-0): You have to feel for the Bearcats. They’ve made a lot of strides to better the program since last year’s winless campaign and it’s shown on the field with the team’s competitive performance, but not in the record. Then York High had to have last week’s loss to J.P. McCaskey cut short because of a shooting outside Small Field in York High’s home opener. Now the team is at risk of playing its final four home games on Saturday afternoons, as opposed to under the lights of Friday nights. Week 3 won’t get much better for the Bearcats, either. A potent Colts team awaits. Cedar Cliff has scored 40 points in each of its first two wins and is allowing just 7.0 points per game.

Central York (1-1) at Hempfield (0-2): The Panthers finally hit the road for the first time this season after opening 2016 with two straight home games. While Central gave its fans a show in Week 1, the Week 2 loss to Cumberland Valley was to be expected. Now, it needs to put that performance in the past and rebound for its first away game in a very winnable contest. The Black Knights nearly upended Dallastown in Week 1, but were blown out in Week 2. Hempfield could realistically go 0-2 against York County schools in non-league play this year by the end of Friday night.

DIVISION II

Red Land (2-1) at Dover (1-1): Teams in Division II haven’t fared well through the first two weeks, going just 2-12 in 14 games. However, the Eagles are one of the two teams with a win, coming up with a surprising victory over Steel High last week on the road. Dover has scored 25 points in its first two games, while surrendering 48, but gave up just six last week against the Rollers. Now, the Eagles finally have their home opener against a good Patriots team that stunned Bishop McDevitt in their first game, but is coming off a loss to Carlisle last week. This should be an enticing Week 3 match-up.

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Littlestown (2-0) at Eastern York (0-2): After back-to-back down years, the Thunderbolts look to be back to their winning ways. Through two weeks, Littlestown has scored 86 points and given up just seven, a staggering plus-79 differential through two games. The Golden Knights haven’t gotten off to a good start under new head coach Jeff Mesich, especially in the big-play category. There are several areas where Eastern can improve, but the first focus needs to be limiting big plays, something that’s destroyed the team in its two losses, giving up a few in each game. One bright spot early has been the play of dual-threat sophomore quarterback Seth Bernstein, who leads the Y-A League in rushing through two games with 358 yards.

Gettysburg (1-1) at Waynesboro (0-2): After getting shut out by South Western in Week 1, the Warriors responded by hanging up 44 on another Y-A League Division I team, New Oxford. Gettysburg has already matched its win total from 2015 and could possibly eclipse it with a winnable road contest against an Indians team that is still searching for its first victory. Possessing a high-flying offense in past years, Waynesboro is still searching for that rhythm, averaging just 17.5 points per game on offense.

York Tech (1-1) at Kennard-Dale (0-2): You have to give the Spartans credit. There aren’t a ton of games on their schedule where you’d give them a true shot of winning, but they took advantage of one last week. Jordan Ray has been a huge playmaker, supplying Tech with a real threat at wide receiver. The Rams, meanwhile, have failed to carry over any momentum from a decent finish to last season, getting outscored 88-14 through two weeks.

West York (0-2) at Manheim Central (2-0): The Bulldogs have potential for the future, but right now, they’re still going through growing pains. And the schedule hasn’t been kind, playing against two Division I teams the first two weeks in Central York and Dallastown. Now Lancaster-Lebanon League power Manheim Central is waiting. The Barons have outscored their first two opponents by 76 points, a complete contrast to West York, which has been outscored by 87 points in its two games.

York Suburban (0-2) at Columbia (0-1): With few teams in Division II showing the potential to really make some noise this year, the Trojans, despite their winless mark, might still be one of the better teams in the division. They played York Catholic tough in their Week 1 loss and probably would’ve given Northeastern a better fight last week had quarterback Ben Igo not been hurt. The Trojans were forced into starting a freshman under center. The Crimson Tide finally got underway last week after having their first game postponed, but it was ugly. Columbia was waxed by Delone Catholic, 43-14, last Friday. Columbia now gets a second chance at a Y-A League program.

DIVISION III

Bermudian Springs (2-0) at Shippensburg (2-0): The Eagles had to rally to knock off Boiling Springs in Week 2 and remain unbeaten. So far, a strong finish to 2015 has carried over for Bermudian, as it enters Week 3 averaging 31.5 points per game on offense. The Eagles will need every bit of that offensive output and then some against the Greyhounds, a team that has allowed just 13 points in two games and is winning by an average margin of 24.5 points per game.

Susquehannock (0-2) at Biglerville (0-2): For both of these teams, a win in this match-up could be a huge momentum booster heading into league play. The Warriors were doubled up by York Catholic a week ago in their home opener, but moved the ball well on a number of drives, but either turnovers or turnover on downs kept them from putting points on the board. The Canners, meanwhile, were just seconds away from opening the year with a win, only to be denied by Annville-Cleona, and then followed that effort with a blowout loss to Big Spring. This seems to be a more even match for both schools and could finally kick start one team in the right direction.

Smithsburg (Md.) (0-2) at Fairfield (2-0): It’s been a while since the Green Knights last started a season 3-0 and it hasn’t won three in a row at any point in the season since 2014, when they did it between Week 2 and Week 4. But, here it is, Week 3 and Fairfield has one heck of a chance to go unbeaten in non-league play. The Green Knights are averaging 49.5 points per game on offense and have allowed just 12.5 per game on defense. On the flip side, the Leopards have scored 13 points in each of their two losses, while giving up 48 over the two games. All signs points to a potential rout in favor of Fairfield.

Berks Catholic (2-0) at York Catholic (2-0): This is a big showdown for both schools. The Fighting Irish have the opportunity to run the table in non-league play, knocking off three 4-A schools. That would set them up well in the District 3 2-A playoff race. It would also make them a legit threat in Division III. The Saints are looking to avoid the upset and continue their strong play early in the year. So far, Berks Catholic has outscored its opponents 90-16, but this will be by far its toughest test, going up against a not-your-average 2-A program.

Annville-Cleona (1-2) at Hanover (2-0): The Nighthawks haven’t played the stiffest competition in non-league play, but this will be a good test for them as a tune-up for the Division III schedule. Hanover is the highest-scoring Y-A League team through two weeks, putting up 113 points. Quarterback Camden Mumma has thrown for 342 yards and six touchdowns to just one interception. The Little Dutchmen already stunned one Division III team this year in Biglerville and wouldn’t mind making it two. However, it’s hard to get a feel for this A-C team because its two losses have come by a combined 48 points and its lone win was a last-second victory by five points over a winless Biglerville team. So, the Little Dutchmen are a lot closer to being winless as opposed to entering this game with a winning mark.

SATURDAY

Northeastern (2-0) at Solanco (1-1) (7 p.m.): While the Bobcats haven’t played the toughest of schedules to open the season, they’ve still taken care of business in convincing fashion. Not only is Northeastern averaging 54.5 points per game on offense, but it’s also only allowed 13 points in the first two weeks. Now, it’ll take on a Golden Mules team that has a potent offense (28.0 ppg), but also a leaky defense (26.0 ppg), so look for the Bobcats to put up big numbers on offense again.

Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com.