The following are game capsules for Week 10 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday.
Dallastown (7-2, 4-2) at Red Lion (9-0, 6-0): Even though this game no longer has division championship implications, there’s still a lot on the line. Dallastown could be playing for its playoff life, clinging to one of the final District 3 Class 6-A playoff spots. Meanwhile, Red Lion, which clinched the Division I title last Friday, is looking for its first undefeated regular season since 1974. That 1974 season was the third straight unbeaten year for the Lions and the fourth in five seasons. Then there’s this: Last season, the Wildcats entered this Week 10 meeting at 9-0, but were shut out by Red Lion, 26-0.
Northeastern (7-2, 4-2) at New Oxford (0-9, 0-6): After stumbling to begin division play and taking themselves out of any Division I championship possibilities, there’s a good chance the Bobcats will fully rebound and end the regular season on a five-game winning streak. That will definitely lock up a home playoff game in the first round of the District 3 Class 5-A tournament. In Week 9, the Colonials had their one legit chance to earn a win this season, but were dominated by York High. Now, they’re staring a winless campaign in the face in Greg Bowman’s first year as head coach. Northeastern won this game last year, 45-7.
Spring Grove (4-5, 2-4) at South Western (4-5, 3-3): A year ago, the Rockets pulled off a minor upset in this rivalry to earn their way into one of the final District 3 Class 3-A playoff spots. However, both teams enter this one on a bit of a slide and will have their seasons come to an end after this Friday night. Spring Grove will try to snap a three-game losing skid, while the Mustangs are 2-3 in their last five games. Last year’s game finished 28-21 in favor of the Rockets.
York High (1-8, 1-5) at Central York (6-3, 4-2): Last Saturday, the Bearcats finally earned a win this season, snapping a 19-game losing streak dating back to Week 10 of the 2014 season. It was a minor consolation for a team that’s shown signs of improvement this year, but hadn’t won a game up until this past Saturday. Unfortunately, looking to make sure York High doesn’t end the year on a winning streak are the Panthers, a team that knows this Friday’s game comes down to one thing: win and they’re in the district playoffs. Sitting in the No. 7 spot in the District 3 Class 6-A power ratings, a win will lock up an improbable playoff berth, while a loss will end their season. Central York shut out the Bearcats in 2015, 42-0.
Susquehannock (3-6, 2-3) at Dover (3-6, 2-3): The Warriors bounced back from a heartbreaking Week 8 loss to West York by dismantling Kennard-Dale last Friday night, 51-0. Now, Susquehannock will travel to Dover to take on the Eagles in a tiebreaker game. Both teams enter coming off a win, so one will end the 2016 season on a momentum-building two-game winning streak, while the other will drop to 3-7 on the year. The Warriors won last year’s meeting, 44-13.
York Suburban (7-2, 5-0) at Eastern York (4-5, 4-1): The Trojans clinched at least a share of the Division II crown with their win over Gettysburg in Week 9. It was the first time the program has at least shared the division title in back-to-back seasons since 1961-62. Now, Suburban will look to win it outright for the second straight year. While the Golden Knights haven’t had the best season, record-wise, they’ve been strong in division play. They've given themselves a chance to earn some sort of accolade (a division co-championship) for their improvement from last season. The Trojans won last year’s game, 30-7, ending the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, a feat they’re looking to duplicate this season.
West York (2-7, 2-3) at Gettysburg (5-4, 3-3): The Bulldogs couldn’t follow up their stunning win over Susquehannock in Week 8 by knocking off Dover in Week 9. West York lost by a touchdown, but if there’s been any consolation to its down year, it’s the fact that the Bulldogs have been more competitive over the last few weeks, a sign that the team’s youth is starting to develop. The Warriors come into this game off a tough loss to York Suburban that ended their division title hopes. Now, Gettysburg needs to avoid having a let-down. This should be an easy win for the Warriors, but could be closer now that they don’t have much left to play for. The Bulldogs won last year’s meeting in a rout, 52-14.
Kennard-Dale (0-6, 0-9) at Columbia (0-9): It's a battle of winless teams in Lancaster County. Both teams have struggled mightily this season, but one will come away vicotrious in the season finale. Columbia had to forfeit a game a couple weeks ago because of a lack of skilled players, and doesn't have more than 20 players on the roster. Columbia faced two Y-A League teams earlier this year, Delone Catholic and York Suburban, and lost by a combined score of 79-28.
Bermudian Springs (7-2, 5-1) at Biglerville (0-9, 0-6): The Eagles took down Littlestown in a big match-up last Friday night and now gives themselves an outside chance of still grabbing a share of division title. However, it’ll start with winning this rivalry game, which Bermudian should do, considering the Canners have now lost 10 games in a row dating back to last year’s District 3 Class 2-A semifinal loss. Biglerville took down the Eagles in last year’s showdown, 17-14.
Hanover (5-4, 3-3) at Delone Catholic (6-3, 3-3): For both of these teams, their seasons will end after Friday night. However, this rivalry game still has some importance to it. The Nighthawks lost a lot from last year’s co-division championship team, but have a chance to go 6-4 on the year, which would be a heck of a feat. Meanwhile, the Squires have a chance to earn seven wins in a season for the first time since 2012, a year in which they made the District 3 Class 1-A championship game. Hanover won last year’s contest, 45-20.
Fairfield (4-5, 1-5) at Littlestown (7-2, 4-2): It seems like a long time ago when we were talking about how the Green Knights got off to the best start in program history at 4-0. Now, they’re in real danger of following their impressive start with a six-game losing streak. Fairfield is barely holding onto the final playoff position in District 3 Class 1-A, a spot that seemed wrapped up midway through the year. The Thunderbolts can’t grab a share of the Division III title anymore after last week’s close loss to Bermudian Springs, but they still have the District 3 Class 3-A postseason to worry about. A win and Littlestown will be back in the playoffs, while a loss and it could be done after Friday. The Thunderbolts gave up 36 points in last year’s shootout, but still doubled-up the Green Knights, 72-36.
York Tech (4-5, 2-4) at York Catholic (8-1, 6-0): Two weeks ago, the Spartans were dreaming of possibly matching the best season in program history. Now, they’re in real danger of finishing below .500 and ending a promising season on a three-game slide. That will most likely happen, since Tech is facing a strong Fighting Irish team. Still, this season has been a big step in the right direction for the Spartans. York Catholic doesn’t need to win to secure the Division III crown outright, but that’s the easiest route for it to take. The Fighting Irish have really seemed to step up their game in the second half of the season, which is hard to believe since they’re 8-1 overall, but in their biggest games this year, they’ve played their best football. There’s plenty of motivation for Catholic to come out on Senior Night and put forth another dominating performance as it gears up for a fourth straight District 3 championship game. The Fighting Irish won last year’s game, 56-8.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com