Week 3 York-Adams League high school football preview game capsules

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch
  • There are 18 games featuring Y-A League teams in Week 3.
  • Three Division I teams are still unbeaten on the year - Red Lion, Northeastern and York HIgh.
  • Dover, West York and York Suburban are the only remaining winless teams from Division II entering Week 3.
  • Bermudian Springs and York Catholic are a pair of unbeaten Division III teams taking on undefeated opponents in Week 3.

The following are game capsules for all Week 3 contests featuring York-Adams League football teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.

Northeastern running back Frank Brown runs in for a touchdown as Northeastern plays York Suburban in its first home game of the season. The Bobcats begin a tough four-game stretch on Friday night with a non-league game against Solanco.


Dallastown (1-1) at Penn Manor (0-2): The Wildcats got in the win column with a convincing victory over West York last week. Dallastown's offense is averaging 35.0 points per game, while the defense is surrendering 29.0. The Comets haven't had an easy start to the season and, while they sit winless, they haven't been dreadful. Penn Manor's defense is allowing 23.0 points per game, but has done that against two pretty strong offenses in Lampeter-Strasburg and Cedar Cliff. This should be a competitive game. The Wildcats won last year's meeting, 23-13.

New Oxford (0-2) at Delone Catholic (2-0): The Colonials are still searching for their first win under second-year coach Greg Bowman and, unfortunately, are running out of opportunities to potentially get it this year. This will be the final non-league game for New Oxford and the third against a school smaller than itself. If the Colonials can't beat the Squires here, their best and potentially final chance to earn a win this year will likely come in Week 5 against Spring Grove. Meanwhile, Delone hasn't shown any signs of taking a step back after big losses to graduation. The Squires are off to another strong start. With the possibility of going unbeaten in non-league play, the Squires could be riding all kinds of momentum into the start of Division III play in Week 4. Delone shut out New Oxford a year ago, 35-0.

Hempfield (1-1) at Central York (1-1): This game has the potential to be one of the top-three games featuring a Y-A League team this week. Both the Black Knights and Panthers would like to go into league play with winning marks, but only one will actually do it. Central is coming off a shutout loss to Cumberland Valley after hanging around until about midway through the third quarter. This is also the Panthers' home opener after spending the first two weeks away, so expect them to be jacked up. Hempfield's lone win so far came against another Division I foe, Dallastown, in Week 1, so it'll hope to make it 2 for 2 against York County teams in non-league play. Central won this contest in a shootout last year, 48-42.

Solanco (1-1) at Northeastern (2-0): The Bobcats have gotten off to a strong start, surprising many with the number of weapons they have on both sides of the ball, despite graduating 21 seniors from a year ago. This, however, will be Northeastern's first true test of the season and starts a string of four consecutive weeks against good competition that will tell us what this team can truly become this season. The Golden Mules are coming off a heartbreaking, 55-54, overtime defeat to Conestoga Valley in Week 2, so expect them to have a chip on their shoulder. Solanco is averaging 51.0 points per game on offense, which will present a real challenge for the Bobcats' defense. Northeastern cruised to a 47-7 win in last season's game.

Red Lion (2-0) at Chambersburg (0-2): The Lions have now won their last 16 regular-season games dating back to 2015 and that streak doesn't appear to be in any real danger this week. Behind the backfield duo of the Zachs — quarterback Throne and running back Crossland — this offense is just as potent as last year's, putting up 35 points in each of its first two wins. Meanwhile, the Trojans have yet to find their offensive groove, scoring just 21 total points through the first two games. It'll certainly take a much bigger performance than that to knock off what appears to be another very good Lions squad. Last year's contest was a 31-10 victory for Red Lion.

Carlisle (2-0) at South Western (1-1): The Mustangs couldn't build off their momentum from Week 1's win, suffering an ugly 42-0 defeat to Manheim Township. Going into that game against the Blue Streaks, however, South Western faced a talent gap. Now, it comes back down to a side a little more its speed, taking on a good Thundering Herd squad. Carlisle is undefeated, but both wins have come against two down programs and have been by 10 combined points, so this is certainly a winnable contest for the Mustangs. The Mustangs dropped last year's game, 21-9.

Spring Grove (0-2) at Garden Spot (0-2): By losing in Week 2 to Mechanicsburg, the Rockets ended the Wildcats' 21-game losing skid, which pretty much sums up what might be in store for this team the rest of the way. Luckily, Spring Grove will have another shot to get a win before starting division play against a Spartans team that plays a lot of offense, but not much defense. Garden Spot lost a one-point game in its opener and then a shootout last week. The Spartans have scored 75 points in two games, but have also allowed 103. Garden Spot won last season's game, 35-13.

Cedar Cliff (2-0) at York High (2-0): Record-wise, this might be the premier game of the week, but it might be a tall task for the Bearcats. The unbeaten start to the year is a great sign for York High, which has been dogged with horrendous seasons in recent memory. Ultimately, this is a measuring-stick game for the Bearcats. Winning it is unlikely, but being competitive will be a tremendous gauge on how they will fare in Division I this season. The Colts have been firing on all cylinders, outscoring their competition, 68-15. The key to this game may be York High running back Khalid Dorsey, who's been on a tear early in his senior season. If he has a big night, the Bearcats will hang around. If Cedar Cliff keeps him in check, this one might not be close. The Colts rolled in this meeting last year, 61-21.

Alec Kramer of Susquehannock runs the ball during York Catholic vs Susquehannock football action at York Catholic High School in York City, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. York Catholic would win the game 27-17. The Warriors begin their Division II schedule with a home game against Gettysburg. Dawn J. Sagert photo


Biglerville (0-2) at Susquehannock (1-1): The start to the 2017 season couldn't be going much worse for the Canners, who have been blown out in each of their first two games. Biglerville has a point differential of minus-98, having allowed 114 points already, while scoring just 16. Meanwhile, the Warriors held tough in their loss to York Catholic in Week 2, losing by 10. They held a 10-0 lead early in the game, but were worn down late by the big Fighting Irish offensive line. This shouldn't be nearly as much of a grind for Susquehannock and it should come away with the win. The Warriors took last season's game, 29-14.

Dover (0-2) at Red Land (0-3): In a match-up between two winless teams, this game has some meaning to it. Eagles head coach Wayne Snelbaker is a teacher at Red Land. Dover has scored 26 points in each of its two losses, but is now hoping to get a better performance out of its defense. That should be in the cards. The Eagles are going up against a Red Land team that is averaging just 7.0 points per game. The Patriots cruised to a 38-14 win last year.

Waynesboro (1-1) at Gettysburg (1-1): This is a meeting between two teams that rebounded well from Week 1 defeats with big wins in Week 2. The Warriors suffered a one-score loss to South Western to begin the season, but responded with an away drubbing of New Oxford last Friday. Now, Gettysburg will look to win its first first game at home on the young season. As for the Indians, they began their season with a pair of home games, so this will be their first taste of playing on the road. The Warriors should present them with a stern test. Waynesboro won last year's contest, 38-12. 

Eastern York (1-1) at Littlestown (2-0): The Golden Knights got in the win column with a nice all-around win over York Tech in Week 2. Behind a good offensive performance and strong defensive effort, Eastern closed out the second of two consecutive home games to begin the season in promising fashion. Now, for their first road test, the Golden Knights must face a Thunderbolts team that is scoring at will, while the defense locks down opposing offenses. Littlestown is averaging 39.0 points per game on offense, while allowing just 6.5 on defense. A season ago, the Thunderbolts edged Eastern, 18-14.

Manheim Central (2-0) at West York (0-3): The absolutely brutal non-league slate comes to a close for the Bulldogs as they take on their fourth team from either Class 5-A or 6-A. Predictably, things haven't gone well for a very young West York squad, which is losing games by more than four touchdowns so far. This could be a stat-padding game for the Barons, who are coming off a shutout win over Donegal in Week 2, 46-0. Manheim Central dominated the Bulldogs a year ago, 63-0.

Columbia (0-2) at York Suburban (0-2): On paper, a game between a pair of teams with a combined record of 0-4 doesn't look entertaining, but it could mean something for the Trojans. The last two seasons, Week 3 is when Suburban has righted the ship, after also starting 0-2 in those years, before going on to win its final eight games of the regular season and make the postseason. The Trojans are inexperienced this year and have battled injuries, so a win this week would do them a lot of good in terms of confidence. The Crimson Tide was blown out by Delone Catholic last week. The rebuilding of a football program will continue into this week. Suburban should dominate. The Trojans rolled in 2016, 36-14.

York Catholic's Riley Brennan runs after a catch during York Catholic vs Susquehannock  football action at York Catholic High School in York City, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. York Catholic would win the game 27-17. The Fighting Irish will face Berks Catholic in Week 3, looking to avenge their only regular season loss from 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo


Shippensburg (2-0) at Bermudian Springs (2-0): From both a record and competitive standpoint, this could be the game of the week. The Eagles are off to a good start early, earning a two-score win over New Oxford in Week 1 and two-point win over Boiling Springs last week. Berm will need to be a notch better on both sides of the ball this week when the Greyhounds come to visit. The reigning District 3 4-A runner-up hasn't missed a beat so far, scoring 28.0 points per game offensively and allowing 20.0 points per game on defense. Last year's meeting was a good one, with Shippensburg claiming a 28-24 win.

Hanover (2-0) at Annville-Cleona (2-1): The Nighthawks are off to another good start, but this is where things started to go south for them last year. That was caused by quarterback Camden Mumma getting hurt in the game, so, Hanover will hope the same thing doesn't happen this season and it can continue to roll into Division III play. After suffering a tough two-point loss in Week 0, the Little Dutchmen have rebounded with a pair of convincing wins. They also won last year's meeting with the Nighthawks, 35-26.

York Catholic (2-0) at Berks Catholic (2-0): This meeting comes with a bit of revenge factor for the Fighting Irish. A year ago, like this year, they were 2-0 going into this game. Last year the Irish lost. It was York Catholic's only defeat in the regular season. This year's Berks Catholic team should again be the toughest foe on the Irish's non-league schedule and a perfect final tune-up before Division III play begins. The Saints won the District 3 4-A title a year ago and haven't taken a step back so far this season. They've scored 46 and 47 points, respectively, in their two wins, while only allowing 16, all of which came in Week 1. Last year, Berks Catholic shut out the Fighting Irish, 34-0.


Kennard-Dale (1-1) at York Tech (0-2), 1 p.m.: Not only have the Rams already surpassed last season's win total, but they have a chance to make it two victories before even starting league play. Just to show how K-D has improved, compared to last year, it hung tough with Hanover in last week's meeting, losing by 14, after getting beaten 58-0 in 2016. Realistically, there aren't many truly winnable games on the Spartans' schedule this season, but this could be one. However, in order to win, you need to score points and so far Tech has managed just six in two games. The Spartans won the 2016 version of this game, 28-6.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com