The following are game capsules for Week 7 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
South Western (3-3, 2-1) at Dallastown (5-1, 2-1): The Mustangs were flying high in division play until they were humbled a week ago by undefeated Red Lion. This will be another tough test for South Western. It must now travel to Dallastown in a battle between two teams that will be jockeying for second place behind the Lions in Division I. The Wildcats are also coming off a loss in Week 6 to Northeastern. That was Dallastown’s first real test of the season. If the Wildcats want to stay in contention for a third-straight Division I crown until their Week 10 tilt against Red Lion, it’ll need a big bounce-back performance against the Mustangs. Dallastown won last year’s meeting, 29-21, a game that came down to the final play in the end zone.
New Oxford (0-6, 0-3) at Red Lion (6-0, 3-0): This one doesn’t look to be pretty for the Colonials. They rank 21st out of 23 teams in scoring defense, allowing 39.3 points per game, and are dead last in the league in total defense, surrendering nearly 400 yards of offense to opponents. Meanwhile, the Lions rank in the top three in basically every statistical category, offensively and defensively, meaning the mercy rule could come into effect as soon as possible, which is up by 35 points by halftime. Red Lion hung up 61 points on New Oxford last year, winning 61-21.
Central York (4-2, 2-1) at Spring Grove (4-2, 2-1): This is the premier game in Division I this week, with both teams not only hoping to stay in the Division I title race, but also in their respective District 3 playoff races. Right now, the Panthers hold the eighth-and-final 6-A spot, while the Rockets have slowly been making their way up the 5-A landscape and currently sit at No. 11. Both of these teams are also very even in nearly every statistical category, ranking toward the middle of the league. Spring Grove grabbed last year’s meeting, 24-14.
Dover (2-4, 1-2) at Conrad Weiser (3-3): The Eagles are the odd ball out in Division II this week and will pay their final non-league game. Dover padded its stats last week in its 54-0 win over Kennard-Dale, earning its first division victory and snapping a three-game slide. However, the Scouts will prove a much tougher test than the Rams. Conrad Weiser enters having won three of its last four games, averaging 35.3 points per game on offense over that span.
Eastern York (3-3, 3-0) at Susquehannock (1-5, 0-2): The Golden Knights wiped the slate clean after going winless in their first three non-league games and have since won three in a row and hold a half-game lead in the Division II standings. Eastern runs a very dynamic offense, varying its approach based on who it’s facing. The Warriors nearly knocked off York Suburban last week, rallying from a double-digit deficit to take a late-game lead, only to lose, 28-24. Susquehannock’s record isn’t indicative of the way it’s performed this season, playing a couple close games into the fourth quarter, but failing to finish the job. The Warriors routed the Golden Knights, 42-20, in 2015.
Gettysburg (3-3, 2-1) at Kennard-Dale (0-6, 0-3): The Warriors dropped a shocker to Eastern York at home last week, putting them a game back in the Division II race. Now, they’ll try to rebound against a struggling Rams team that has had trouble scoring points. K-D is only scoring 7.7 points per game, good for last place in the league. Gettysburg isn’t lighting up the scoreboard either, averaging 21.8 points per game, but that number should increase against the Rams. K-D won last year’s game in overtime, 21-14.
West York (1-5, 1-1) at York Suburban (4-2, 2-0): The Bulldogs were back in the loss column last week after earning their first win of the season in Week 5 against Kennard-Dale. But, the good news for West York is that last week's setback was a non-league loss, so it didn’t impact its standing in the Division II race. The bad news for the Bulldogs, however, is that they must now take on the Trojans, a team that is riding a four-game winning streak, the second longest in the league. Suburban has won its last eight division games dating back to last season and has really made the Division II landscape its own during that span. The Trojans were victorious in 2015, 23-22.
Delone Catholic (4-2, 1-2) at Bermudian Springs (5-1, 3-0): After beginning the year 3-0, the Squires lost their first two division games. But, they rebounded last week with a 41-0 blowout win over Biglerville. Now, Delone will look to spoil the Eagles’ chances of winning the Division III crown. This marks a stretch of three straight tough games for Bermudian. It hosts Delone this Friday, travels to York Catholic in Week 8 and then hosts Littlestown in Week 9. These next three weeks will determine the Eagles’ fate as possible Division III champions and the Squires aren’t a team they can overlook. Last year’s showdown came down to the end, with Bermudian grabbing a 20-17 victory.
York Catholic (5-1, 3-0) at Biglerville (0-6, 0-3): The Fighting Irish handed Littlestown its first loss last week and should improve to 6-1 and 4-0 in division play against a Canners team that is going through a rebuilding season. York Catholic running back Jakkar Kinard is now second in the league in rushing with 845 yards and, with a big performance against Biglerville, could eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this Friday night. After getting crushed by Delone Catholic last week, this match-up doesn’t seem favorable for the Canners. It could be another long night for Biglerville. The Fighting Irish won last year’s meeting, 27-20.
York Tech (3-3, 1-2) at Fairfield (4-2, 1-2): The Spartans, by way of their outstanding passing game, are no longer a walk-over game for the rest of Division III. They could give the Green Knights some fits, who have lost two straight after beginning the year with a program-best four straight wins. Tech’s Jordan Ray leads the league in receiving yards with 513, while Josiah Smallwood is second in the league in passing with 939 yards. He is third in the league with eight touchdowns. Fairfield, meanwhile, may have been using some smoke and mirrors to get to its 4-2 mark. The Green Knights’ four wins have come against teams with a combined record of 1-21. Their two losses are against opponents with a combined 8-4 mark. The Spartans won last year’s contest, 30-14.
Littlestown (5-1, 2-1) at Hanover (3-3, 1-2): It’ll be interesting to see how the Thunderbolts regroup after suffering their first loss of the season last week against York Catholic, putting them a game back in the Division III race. Through its first five games, Littlestown only allowed 29 points. However, the Fighting Irish put up 29 alone against the Thunderbolts in Week 6. The Nighthawks got back on the winning track with a win over Fairfield, routing the Green Knights, 42-7. Hanover has scored more than 40 points in its three wins, but is averaging just 11.7 points per game in its three losses. The Nighthawks won the 2015 meeting, 36-14.
Northeastern (4-2, 1-2) at York High (0-6, 0-3) (noon): The Bobcats snapped a two-game slide with a big win over Dallastown last Friday. Now, they’ll look to make it two in a row against a recharged, but still winless, Bearcats team. Even with its two division losses, all but eliminating it from the Division I race, Northeastern still has a lot to play for with its District 3 5-A playoff positioning up in the air. Currently, the Bobcats are in the No. 6 position in 5-A, but anymore losses the rest of the way could knock them out of the picture for good. York High has been a lot more competitive this year, but is losing games because it’s still struggling to hold onto the football. The Bearcats rank 21st in the league with a minus-nine turnover differential, giving the ball away 18 times on the year. Northeastern won last year’s contest, 35-8.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com