Most of the 23 football teams in the York-Adams League know their fate heading into the final week of the regular season.
They know that their season will end after Friday's games.
However, there are still more than a handful of teams that have a lot to play for in Week 10. Whether it be a potential division title or trying to secure a spot in the District 3 postseason, their entire season will come down to Week 10.
Division I: There's nothing to talk about here.
Red Lion improved to 9-0 with its win over Spring Grove, and with Dallastown's loss to Central York, the Lions have clinched the Division I title outright. It's the program's first division title since 2003.
Now, it's just a matter of trying to finish a perfect regular season and improving its seeding in the District 3 6-A power ratings.
Division II: Even though York Suburban earned at least a share of the division title with its win over Gettysburg on Friday night, its Week 10 contest at Eastern York will still have championship implications.
The Golden Knights are still sitting at 4-1 in division play, despite being 4-5 overall. So, an Eastern York win over the Trojans would make them co-champions. With Eastern's season bound to end after next Friday, it'll be a nice consolation prize for the team.
Division III: Like with Division II, York Catholic has already sewn up at least a share of the division title with its win over Fairfield this past week.
It's the program's first division crown since 1992. However, Bermudian Springs still has a chance to grab a piece of the division title as well. Should the Fighting Irish slip up in their regular-season finale against York Tech and the Eagles defeat rival Biglerville, both teams will tie for the division title.
However, York Catholic controls its own destiny, so all it needs to do is beat the Spartans and it won't matter how Bermudian Springs does, because it'll have the title all to itself.
District implications: While two of the division championships still have some sorting out to do, more than just a few local teams face must-win situations to try to extend their seasons another week.
In 6-A, Central York already kept its postseason hopes alive by knocking off Dallastown in Week 9. Now, as a result, both teams must win in Week 10 to avoid leaving their fates up to the computers. Right now, the Panthers are in the No. 8 spot, with little room for error going into their Week 10 tilt against York High. Meanwhile, because of their loss, the Wildcats slipped down to No. 6 and are in a much more precarious situation with a tough road game awaiting them in Week 10 against Red Lion.
Northeastern (7-2) looks solid in Class 5-A at No. 3, and could possibly move up to No. 2 with a win Friday at winless New Oxford.
York Suburban moved up to No. 6 in the 4-A ratings and should be firmly set in making the top eight, regardless of its result next Friday against Eastern York.
The 3-A landscape is where there might be the most concern among Y-A League supporters. Bermudian Springs and Littlestown are both inside the top four of the projected power ratings, but are holding down the third and fourth spots, respectively. However, just two weeks ago, both teams were in much better situations at No. 2 and No. 3, but by virtue of the top 3 teams in Division III — the Fighting Irish, Eagles and Thunderbolts — all beating up on each other, it's actually hurt Bermudian Springs and Littlestown in the 3-A power ratings. Wins by both teams will see them make the postseason, but a loss by either could spell the end of their season.
In 1-A, after its 4-0 start, Farifield seemed like a lock to make the championship game. However, after losing five straight and possibly ending the regular season on a six-game slide, the Green Knights all of a sudden aren't a lock for the title game. Despite Steel-High being the only other team contending with Fairfield for the second-and-final 1-A spot. and the Rollers being just 3-6, both teams are struggling to pull away from each other. They'll both have their seasons come down to next Friday. Going into Week 10, Steel-High is No. 2 and Fairfield is No. 3.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org