The following are game capsules for Week 6 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted..
Dallastown (5-0, 2-0) at Northeastern (3-2, 0-2): Some would’ve predicted that, by the time these two teams faced off, their records would be reversed. The Wildcats have gotten off to another hot start, mostly doing it with their running game and a stout defense. Dallastown is averaging 264.0 yards per game on the ground, fourth in the league, and allowing just 14.4 points per game, tied for fifth fewest. Meanwhile, the Bobcats, after rolling through their non-league schedule, have dropped their first two D-I contests. The one common theme in both is awful second halves. Northeastern has gotten outscored 56-14 in both losses, with Central York and Red Lion each outscoring the Bobcats 28-7 in the third and fourth quarters of the last two games. Potentially already eliminated from D-I title consideration, one more defeat and the Bobcats could see their District 3 5-A playoff hopes dashed, as well. The Wildcats won last year’s meeting in a defensive struggle, 15-12.
Central York (3-2, 1-1) at New Oxford (0-5, 0-2): The Panthers failed to back up their upset of Northeastern in Week 4, suffering a disappointing home defeat to South Western last Friday night. In more than half of its games this season, Central has gotten off to slow starts offensively in the first half and been forced to play catch-up in the second half. In two of those instances, the Panthers have lost. So getting off to a fast start will be key. The Colonials are still searching for their first win of the year under first-year head coach Greg Bowman. Things haven’t been pretty for the Colonials. New Oxford ranks 22nd (out of 23 teams) in scoring offense, averaging just 11.8 points per game, while it ranks 20th in scoring defense, allowing 37.8 points per game. Central York doubled up the Colonials in 2015, 38-19, for one of two D-I wins on the year.
Red Lion (5-0, 2-0) at South Western (3-2, 2-0): The Lions are for real. Last week’s showdown against Northeastern was supposed to be Red Lion’s first real test of the season and one of its biggest ones all year, but it wasn’t much of a contest. The Lions rolled. So far, the Lions are winning by an average of more than four touchdowns per game and doing it with the third-best rushing attack in the league at 277.2 yards per game. The Mustangs have responded well to a disappointing non-league slate by going 2-0 in D-I play. However, if the Mustangs want to be taken seriously as a D-I contender, they have to win this game, especially on home turf. If Red Lion can get past this game unscathed, then it should make it to Week 10 unblemished. South Western won last year’s game, 31-14, but it was against backup quarterback Sam Emig, who is now starting for the Lions.
Kennard-Dale (0-5, 0-2) at Dover (1-4, 0-2): The Rams may have squandered their only real shot at getting a win last week when they lost a home game to West York. Losing 33-6 to the Bulldogs wasn’t a good sign for K-D. Managing to get six points against one of the worst defenses in the league and allowing 33 points to one of the worst offenses in the league highlighted all of the problems the Rams still have. Little has gone right for the Eagles since winning their second game of the year, but this should be a game to help them right the ship some. Dover should have a chance to get its offense going, one that is averaging just 14.2 points per game. The Eagles blew out K-D last year, 41-20.
Eastern York (2-3, 2-0) at Gettysburg (3-2, 2-0): The way the Golden Knights have turned things around in D-II play has turned this into an intriguing game. After going winless in non-league play, Eastern is unbeaten against D-II foes and the turnaround is staggering. In their three losses, the Knights were outscored by 45, but in their two wins, they’ve outscored opponents by 22. The Warriors have been wildly inconsistent this year, winning two games by at least 17 points, but also have two losses by more than 25 points. The winner of this one could actually put itself at the top of the list as a legit D-II title contender. Eastern rolled in the 2015 meeting, winning 33-3.
York Suburban (3-2, 1-0) at Susquehannock (1-4, 0-1): Could this be déjà vu for the Trojans? Last year, Suburban began the year with two straight losses before rattling off eight straight victories to capture the D-II crown. After beginning this season with back-to-back defeats, the Trojans now find themselves on a three-game winning streak and with a real good chance to make it four straight vs. a struggling Warriors team. They're also the only team in D-II with a positive scoring differential, outscoring their foes by 27 total points. Susquehannock got off to a rough start in D-II play last week, getting thumped by Gettysburg, 41-3. Now, it must deal with a Suburban squad starting to find its rhythm. The Trojans almost scored half a century in the 2015 game, winning 47-14.
Governor Mifflin (4-1) at West York (1-4, 1-1): All the good feelings that the Bulldogs felt after getting their first win last week will most likely go out the window in Week 6. West York thumped Kennard-Dale to get in the win column, but now it must back up that performance against a very good team. The Mustangs lost their season opener and have since reeled off four straight wins. Gov. Mifflin has a plus-61-point differential in its four wins, aided by a 42-0 win over Daniel Boone last week. Three of the Mustangs’ four wins have come by one score or less.
Biglerville (0-5, 0-2) at Delone Catholic (3-2, 0-2): The Canners are just one of four winless teams remaining in the Y-A League and might have a tough time finding that elusive first victory. With several D-III teams showing real promise in the early part of the season, this game against the Squires might just be Biglerville’s “easiest” game remaining and it’s not that easy. Plus, the Canners are working on an extremely short turnaround, after having its Week 5 game against York Tech rescheduled to Monday because of rain. Biglerville will have just three days to prepare for Delone. The Squires should pick up their first D-III win. After getting blown out by York Catholic two weeks ago, Delone lost a 6-0 game to unbeaten Littlestown on the road in a game played in very sloppy conditions. The Canners won the 2015 version of this game, 21-6.
Hanover (3-2, 0-2) at Fairfield (4-1, 1-1): The Nighthawks have now lost their last four games against D-III teams, dating back to last season. Three of those came in division play, while one was in the District 3 2-A playoffs in 2015. Hanover needs to improve against D-III opposition. That's an indication that when it plays tougher competition, the Nighthawks don’t quite match up. The Green Knights had their best-ever start to a season end last week against Bermudian Springs, but now have a shot to get right back in the win column. The good news for Fairfield is that, if it can secure at least one more win, that should be plenty to earn one of the two berths in the District 3 1-A two-team tournament. Hanover crushed the Knights last year, 53-14.
Littlestown (5-0, 2-0) at York Catholic (4-1, 2-0): This game has a lot of D-III title implications. That's something many wouldn’t have expected to begin the year. The Thunderbolts earned coach Mike Lippy his 100th career win with the program with their 6-0 win over Delone Catholic last week and now will look to start working toward 200. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish look every bit the part of the D-III threat people expected them to be coming into 2016. This should be a good game between two sides that like to run the football, but in order for York Catholic to win, it’ll need to score way more than the 5.8 points per game that opponents are averaging against the stout Thunderbolts defense. The Fighting Irish won on the road last year, 35-14.
Spring Grove (3-2, 1-1) at York High (0-5, 0-2) (noon): The Rockets earned their first win in their last three games last week by shutting out New Oxford, 18-0. They now face another winless team, but one coming off a near upset of unbeaten Dallastown. Moral victories don’t count for anything in the standings, but the Bearcats almost knocking off the Wildcats last week proved how far this team has come under new head coach Russell Stoner. A Bearcats' win might not be far off. Of the four winless teams remaining in the league, York High might be the best of the bunch, so don’t be shocked if it gives Spring Grove a test in this one. The Rockets won last year’s battle, 48-20.
Bermudian Springs (4-1, 2-0) at York Tech (3-2, 1-1) (1 p.m.): The Eagles are performing the way everyone expected them to this season. Bermudian has the top offense in the league, averaging more than 366 yards per game to help make up for its middle-of-the-pack defense. Meanwhile, the Spartans have gotten away from their run-first offense of years past and now have a passing attack that is among the best in the league. Josiah Smallwood is the second-leading passer in the league and has the top receiver in the league to throw to in Jordan Ray. Tech is also working on a short week, having played Monday, but at least will have Friday to prepare. The Eagles won this game last year, 34-8, which was their second victory in a five-game winning streak.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org