Week 2 York-Adams League high school football game capsules

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch
  • There will be six games in Week 2 featuring match-ups between two Y-A League teams.
  • There are four showdowns featuring teams that are currently unbeaten on the year.
  • Ten Y-A League teams are still searching for their first win of the season entering Week 2.

The following are game capsules for all Week 2 games featuring York-Adams League football teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Central York running back Hunter Werner (left) rushes the ball against West York on Friday, Sept. 2, 2017. The Panthers opened the year with a 28-13 win over the Bulldogs and will now face a stiff test against Cumberland Valley in Week 2. Bill Kalina photo


Central York (1-0) at Cumberland Valley (1-0): Coach Josh Oswalt used some very strong words to describe his Panthers’ 28-13 win over West York in Week 1. They were not kind words. Now, Central faces a true measuring-stick game against a very good Eagles side. If the Panthers don’t cut down on their sloppiness and penalties, it could be a long night for them. Cumberland Valley is coming off a 21-14 win over Coatesville last week at home, so while Central is opening the year with two consecutive road games, this will be the Eagles’ second consecutive home game. Cumberland Valley rolled in last year’s meeting, 35-7.

West York (0-2) at Dallastown (0-1): The brutal non-conference schedule continues for the Bulldogs this week when they take on another school two class sizes bigger. West York showed improvement from its first game to last week, but head coach Jeremy Jones is done with moral victories and wants to start seeing better results. The Wildcats come home after dropping their season opener last week. It wasn’t an ideal start for Dallastown, but it definitely will have the talent, size and numbers advantage in this game. The Wildcats won last year’s contest, 63-6.

Gettysburg (0-1) at New Oxford (0-1): The Warriors lost a lot from last year’s squad, but they stayed competitive against a bigger South Western team to open the season. Still, Gettysburg would like to get a win under its belt and another clash against a York-Adams Division I foe could make that difficult. The Colonials saw their losing streak stretch to 12 games with a Week 1 defeat to Bermudian. Still, the Colonials were very competitive against the Eagles. New Oxford hasn’t won a game since Week 9 of the 2015 season. The Warriors defeated the Colonials in 2016, 44-27.

York Suburban (0-1) at Northeastern (1-0): The Trojans were outclassed by York Catholic in their opener, bringing their record to 0-5 in Weeks 1 and 2 under Andy Loucks. It’ll take time for a new crop of players, taking on new roles, to work into game form. Unfortunately, Suburban now goes from facing a York-Adams Division III team on the road to taking on a Division I opponent away from home. The Bobcats got off to a good start in 2017 with a win vs. Daniel Boone. Under the guidance of sophomore quarterback Zech Sanderson, Northeastern had some success, but also some growing pains. Sanderson matched his three touchdown tosses with three interceptions, showing both his potential and inexperience in his first start. The Bobcats took care of the Trojans last season, 49-7.

Daniel Boone (0-1) at Red Lion (1-0): So much about the Lions looks different this year, but the results on the field remained the same after Week 1. Like so many times in 2016, Red Lion coasted to an easy win over Waynesboro last week and probably won’t have much issue in its home opener this week. The Blazers will again try their hand with a Y-A Division I opponent, hoping for better success than last week’s two-score defeat to Northeastern. A year ago, the Lions rolled to a 42-7 win in this meeting.

Manheim Township (1-0) at South Western (1-0): The Mustangs kicked off the Chris Heilman era with a win over Gettysburg. Now, South Western must try to duplicate that result in its home opener, but against a much stronger team. The Blue Streaks are coming off a big Week 1 win over Central Dauphin in which they held the Rams to just 14 points in a relatively low-scoring game. It’ll certainly be a challenge for the Mustangs, who lost to Township last season, 35-0.

Mechanicsburg (0-1) at Spring Grove (0-1): The Rockets didn’t get off to the start they were hoping for, dropping a 25-12 result to a Hershey team that’s struggled the last several years. On paper, this is another game that Spring Grove could win, but if it lets this one slip away, then the Rockets may struggle to earn wins as they enter league play. The Wildcats hung tough with a good Carlisle side in Week 1, but must now hit the road for a second straight week to face the Rockets. Spring Grove shut out Mechanicsburg last season, 35-0.

York High (1-0) at J.P. McCaskey (0-1): The Bearcats started a new season with fresh new jerseys and a victory by defeating Reading in Week 1. Led by running back Khalid Dorsey’s three touchdowns, York High showcased that 2017 may be much different than the last few years and it will look to continue its winning ways in Week 2. The Red Tornadoes didn’t fare well against a strong State College side in Week 1, but the Bearcats should be more on their level. Still, York High is riding a wave of positive energy, while McCaskey will have the taste of a 33-point defeat still in its mouth. The Red Tornadoes beat York 26-6 last season in a shortened game after a shooting took place in the Small Field parking lot.

York Suburban's Nate Banks runs the ball  while York Catholic defends during football action at York Catholic High School in York City, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. York Catholic would win the game 30-14. The Trojans will look to avoid a third consecutive 0-2 start when they take on Northeastern in Week 2. Dawn J. Sagert photo


Steel-High (1-1) at Dover (0-1): High school coaches don’t like to talk about moral victories, but the Eagles may have had one in Week 1. After falling behind big to District 3 Class 4-A runner-up Shippensburg, Dover battled back to make the score more respectable and show it has some talent. The Eagles have the potential to win York-Adams Division II this year, so strong showings against good non-league teams will only help to bolster the team’s confidence as league play nears. The Rollers are already playing their third game of the year, which includes a 63-point home win in Week 0 and 15-point loss last week. Dover won last year’s meeting, 19-6.

York Tech (0-1) at Eastern York (0-1): The Spartans looked like a team that lost their two best offensive weapons from last year, getting shut out in their opener. It’ll take some time for Tech to find out what it has, but after losing the last three games of 2016 to finish 4-6, the Spartans could be in for long year in 2017. Much like Tech, the Golden Knights had key holes to fill from last year, but at least brought back a good chunk of 2016’s roster. That didn’t translate into a win in Week 1, but Eastern should win this contest, which will be its second consecutive home game to open the year. The Spartans won last year’s game, 30-24.

Kennard-Dale (1-0) at Hanover (1-0): You have to go back to 2011 to find the last time the Rams won a season opener, but that streak of five consecutive years of losing in Week 1 is now over. There’s no way around it, K-D was good in every part of its 20-7 win over Pequea Valley. Now, the Rams will need to try to slow down a high-flying Nighthawks offense that has put up points seemingly at will in recent years. Defense is still a work in progress for Hanover, which allowed 32 in its 47-32 win over James Buchanan. If either defense can get a couple stops, that could be the difference. The Nighthawks shut out K-D in 2016, 58-0.

Susquehannock (1-0) at York Catholic (1-0): This might be one of the better games in Week 2, featuring two 1-0 teams coming off impressive wins. Starting with the Warriors, they shocked a lot of people by not only beating a good Northern York squad, but doing it in rather convincing fashion. It was a promising step for Steve Wiles’ group. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish showed that not much changed from last year to this year with a new crop of core players filling big roles to lead them to an easy win over York Suburban. York Catholic will look to make it two wins a row at home to open the year on Friday night. The Fighting Irish doubled-up Susky in last year’s meeting, 34-17.

York Catholic quarterback Wes Burns throws a pass during York Catholic vs York Suburban during football action at York Catholic High School in York City, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. York Catholic would win the game 30-14. The Fighting Irish face Susquehannock in Week 2, looking to take down a school larger than them for a second consecutive week. Dawn J. Sagert photo


Bermudian Springs (1-0) at Boiling Springs (0-1): While New Oxford is still a team in the midst of a rebuild, the fact that the Eagles beat the Colonials by two scores last week is a positive sign for Bermudian. This contest should be another tune-up game for the Eagles before a much tougher Week 3 showdown with Shippensburg. The Bubblers didn’t fare well against one York-Adams Division III team last week in Littlestown, losing 30-6. Now, Boiling Springs will have to deal with an arguably tougher D-III team. Bermudian won last year’s contest, 21-18.

Biglerville (0-1) at Big Spring (1-1): The slide from last year’s 0-10 year continued for the Canners in Week 1, losing handily to Annville-Cleona. Biglerville is still a work in progress in its rebuild to get back to what it was just two seasons ago. Unfortunately, this week’s test will be a tall one against a Bulldogs side that’s already played two games. In those two contests, Big Spring is averaging 47.0 points per game on offense. The Bulldogs took last year’s game, 49-7.

Delone Catholic (1-0) at Columbia (0-1): The Squires showed that, despite significant losses to graduation in 2016, winning ways aren’t going away. At least not yet. Delone showcased grit and heart in its Week 1 win, overcoming a nine-point deficit in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to down Trinity in the closing seconds. Now, awaiting the Squires are the Crimson Tide, a team that lost a narrow contest in Week 1, 21-12, to Octarora Area. Delone showed it can win at home, but now it will see if it can put forth the same performance on the road. The Squires won last year’s meeting, 43-14.

James Buchanan (0-2) at Fairfield (1-1): This is a meeting between two teams that have already been in action for two weeks. However, only the Green Knights have showcased anything positive. After suffering a close defeat in Week 0, Fairfield rebounded with a big win last week and should be in store for another one. The Green Knights offense shouldn’t have much problem moving the ball this week, going up against a Rockets side that has allowed 47.5 points per game in its first two losses. Fairfield rolled when these teams played in 2016, winning 57-10.

Littlestown (1-0) at Hamburg (0-2): The Thunderbolts opened with a strong win over Boiling Springs and now have a very intriguing match-up in Week 2. Awaiting Littlestown is a Hawks side that has already played twice, losing both games, but allowed just 14 points in each. Hamburg should provide some challenges for the Thunderbolts’ offense. On the other hand, however, the Hawks have managed just seven points in the two games, meaning that if Littlestown can put together two strong drives offensively, that could be enough to seal the win. The Thunderbolts cruised to a 58-7 win last season. 

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com. This story was updated to correct an error on the site of the Daniel Boone-Red Lion game.