The following are game capsules for Week 8 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Dallastown (6-1, 3-1) at New Oxford (0-7, 0-4): It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that, here we are in Week 8 and the Wildcats are right in the thick of the Division I race. They are the two-time reigning champs, after all. However, this Dallastown team wasn’t supposed to be anything special, yet here it is with a 3-1 mark in division play (6-1 overall). Most likely, the Wildcats will stay with just one loss until Week 10, when they take on rival Red Lion. The Colonials are still searching for their first win and will most likely not get it this week. Across the board, they’re little match for Dallastown. The Wildcats crushed New Oxford in 2015, 43-13, and it could be more of the same this Friday night.
Spring Grove (4-3, 2-2) at Northeastern (5-2, 2-2): The Rockets’ suffered a tough home loss last Friday night to Central York and it most likely eliminated them from Division I title and District 3 5-A playoff consideration. But, Spring Grove can still play for pride, hope to improve on last year’s five-win season and shoot for an above-.500 record, which is certainly within reach with three weeks to play. The Bobcats have turned it around after back-to-back division losses knocked them out of the Division I race. They still rank fifth in the latest District 3 5-A power ratings, so playing for districts is what it’s all about now. Northeastern shut out the Rockets last year, 30-0.
York High (0-7, 0-4) at South Western (3-4, 2-2): If there was ever an upset special in Division I, this might just be it. Sure, the Bearcats don’t have a win yet, but they continue to make strides, while the Mustangs have been reeling a bit of late. If York High can avoid the turnover bug (minus-nine on the season), then it can hang around in games and threaten to pull off the upset. South Western started division play 2-0, but has lost two straight, the second time this year it’s suffered a two-game losing streak. The Mustangs blitzed the Bearcats in last season’s contest, 46-0.
Red Lion (7-0, 4-0) at Central York (5-2, 3-1): This is not only the premier Division I showdown of the week, but it’s also one of two league games on the Week 8 slate with division title implications. The Lions are looking to remain the only unbeaten team in Division I and District 3 6-A. A win would also all but assure them of grabbing at least a share of the Division I crown. However, if the Panthers can continue their resurgence, then a win this week would have them controlling their own destiny for at least grabbing a share of the Division I title. However, a loss would all but finish them in division and, potentially, District 3 6-A play. Red Lion dominated in this game last year, winning 42-7.
York Suburban (5-2, 3-0) at Dover (2-5, 1-2): Forget what happens in non-league play when it comes to the Trojans. This is now the second consecutive year they’ve begun the season with back-to-back losses, only to rattle off long winning streaks. Suburban currently holds the longest active winning streak in division play, winning its last nine Y-A League contests dating back to Week 4 last season. The Eagles will look to put an end to that and try to resurrect their season. A key for Dover is that it’s only allowing 92.7 passing yards per game, which it’ll need to continue this week going up against the league’s third-best passer in Ben Igo. The Trojans won last year’s showdown in a shootout, 55-27.
Kennard-Dale (0-7, 0-4) at Eastern York (3-4, 3-1): The Rams continue to struggle, putting up a league-worst 7.4 points per game on offense and allowing the third-most points at 40.9 per game. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights will be hungry coming into this one after they suffered their first division loss of the year last week against Susquehannock and now sit a game back in the loss column for the Division II lead. Eastern is only averaging 20.7 points per game on offense, but that should get a boost this week against a susceptible K-D defense. The Rams won last year’s contest, 18-14.
Daniel Boone (3-4) at Gettysburg (4-3, 3-1): The Warriors will finish out their non-league schedule with the Blazers. Gettysburg is one of the best rushing teams in the league, averaging 245.0 yards per game on the ground. This will be Daniel Boone’s third game against a Y-A League team this year. The Blazers opened the year with back-to-back losses against Northeastern and Red Lion, getting outscored 102-13. So, they’ll try to avoid a winless 2016 against Y-A League foes.
Susquehannock (2-5, 1-2) at West York (1-6, 1-2): The Warriors have been much feistier than their record indicates. And, after knocking off Eastern York last week, they’re in the win column in division play and looking to put together their first winning streak of the year. West York is still trying to get through a 2016 season that’s been full of growing pains. If they can limit their mistakes, which has led to a league-worst minus-15 turnover differential, then they might have a chance to stay close in this one. West York won last year’s meeting, 34-31.
Bermudian Springs (6-1, 4-0) at York Catholic (6-1, 4-0): This is the second of the two key divisional showdowns in Week 8. This was the game circled all year long as the potential match-up that would decide the Division III champion. Sure enough, it most likely will. The Eagles have one of the most potent offenses, ranking second in the league in yards per game at 357.9. However, Bermudian will need to focus on its defense in this one. Whether or not it can slow down the Fighting Irish rushing duo of Jakkar Kinard and Dan Yokemick will ultimately decide this contest. York Catholic already put up an impressive offensive showing two weeks ago when it handed Littlestown its first defeat. Now, it’ll look to do the same and put itself in the driver’s seat for a Division III title against the Eagles. Bermudian won a season ago, 20-17.
Biglerville (0-7, 0-4) at Littlestown (6-1, 3-1): Nobody could’ve predicted the Canners would take a step back like this. But, the graduation bug finally caught up to them and now they must deal with the week-in and week-out grind of a tough Division III. Biglerville will most likely not pick up its first win of 2016 this week when it travels to face the Thunderbolts. Littlestown still has a dream of at least earning a share of the Division III crown. It’ll be Bermudian Springs’ biggest cheerleaders on Friday night, because a Bermudian win over York Catholic will give the Thunderbolts a chance to make it a three-way tie atop Division III with a win over the Eagles in Week 9. The Canners took care of Littlestown last season, 41-20.
Fairfield (4-3, 1-3) at Delone Catholic (4-3, 1-3): The Green Knights still haven’t beaten a team that has a win when they’ve played them, which is a telling sign of just how suspect Fairfield’s schedule has been this year. It makes this game crucial for the Green Knights to help them regain some confidence and snap their three-game skid. The Squires have struggled in division play after a promising start to the year, going unbeaten in non-league play. This should be a chance to right the ship for Delone against a team that isn’t as good as its record might indicate. The Squires hung up more than half a century in last year’s game, winning 51-20.
Hanover (3-4, 1-3) at York Tech (4-3, 2-2) (10 a.m.): The Nighthawks have been plagued by the loss of promising sophomore quarterback Camden Mumma. Since his injury, they haven’t been the same and are now battling just to get to .500 on the year. Meanwhile, the Spartans are not only looking to ensure themselves of having a .500 season, but to potentially also achieve the program’s first winning campaign since 2009. This is Tech’s homecoming game, hence the early start. That could play a factor into it being a sloppy game early. Hanover cruised past the Spartans a year ago, 53-16.
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