"... It's not an easy win," says York High running back Khalid Dorsey.
The following are game capsules for all Week 4 contests featuring York-Adams League football teams. All games begin at 7 p.m. Friday.
Northeastern (3-0) at Central York (1-2): Division play commences for both of these teams with a tough test. For the Bobcats, this begins a four-week stretch that will define their season, facing their four biggest challengers for a Division I crown. Northeastern is coming off a strong win over a good Solanco side, holding the Golden Mules' high-scoring offense to just seven points. Its league-leading, points-allowed average stands at 6.3 points per game. The Panthers were plagued by mistakes in their loss to Hempfield and now enter the D-I schedule on a two-game skid. Now is the time for Central to step up. A division loss right off the bat would put Central behind the 8-ball in the division, and would also make qualifying for districts difficult with three losses. The Panthers won last year's meeting, 28-27.
Spring Grove (0-3) at Dallastown (2-1): This will be the first opponent the Rockets face this season that has a win going into the game. That doesn't bode well for Spring Grove, which hasn't won yet and could be looking at a disappointing season, with a difficult D-I schedule awaiting. The Wildcats are coming off another convincing non-league win, this time over Penn Manor. In its last two games, Dallastown is scoring 52.5 points per game, while allowing 20.0. Both of those figures could improve for the Wildcats in this meeting, where they should have a significant advantage in nearly every aspect of the game. Dallastown won last season's contest, 23-14.
South Western (1-2) at New Oxford (0-3): The Mustangs closed out their non-league schedule with a second consecutive loss, but get a break to open division play. The new artificial turf field at home hasn't been kind to South Western. It lost both games in the friendly confines. The Mustangs' only win came on the road in Week 1. They should make it 2 for 2 as visitors in this one. The Colonials have lost 14 consecutive games dating back to Week 9 of 2015. Defense has let down New Oxford in its last two defeats, surrendering 93 points combined. South Western rolled in 2016, 50-6.
York High (3-0) at Red Lion (3-0): Who would've guessed this would be the marquee match-up back in the preseason? But, here we are, with a pair of unbeaten teams as division play begins. These are two of the top-five scoring offenses in the Y-A League, with the Bearcats averaging 36.7 points per game, while the Lions are averaging 35.5. York High is coming off a huge victory in Week 3 over a good Cedar Cliff squad, putting up more than 500 yards of offense. Red Lion, on the other hand, received a forfeit last week, so will go into this one with 13 days of rest. The Lions should be fresh, but will they also be rusty? Red Lion cruised last season, 49-7.
Dover (1-2) at Gettysburg (2-1): The Eagles finally cracked the win column in Week 3, downing Red Land in convincing fashion. Offense hasn't been the problem for Dover this year. The defense finally showed up in the win over the Patriots. The Warriors won their second game in a row last week to get above .500, edging Waynesboro in a defensive battle, 14-13. In a division that could be up for grabs, getting off to a 1-0 start could be crucial. Gettysburg won a tight showdown last season, 21-19.
West York (0-4) at Eastern York (1-2): The Bulldogs can be thankful their brutal non-league slate is finished. West York should fare better and be much more competitive against teams its own size. The Bulldogs possess a good rushing attack with Ay'Jaun Marshall and Jamal Anderson, but couldn't stick with it consistently in non-league play because they would fall behind big early. The Golden Knights enter this game with the second-fewest rushing yards per game in the league at 62.7, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. This was the game last year that got things turned around for Eastern, winning 27-10.
York Suburban (1-2) at Kennard-Dale (2-1): We've seen this pattern before with the Trojans. For the third consecutive year, Suburban dropped its first two games and then got in the win column in Week 3. Is last week the start of another run like the previous two seasons, when the Trojans won their next eight games en route to a Division II crown and district playoff berth? Time will tell. The Rams are on the right side of .500 for the second time this season and are playing competitive football. Not to mention, after three straight road games to open the year, K-D will finally have its home opener. K-D will play five of its final seven games at home — a huge bonus in its quest to contend for the D-II crown. Suburban won last year, 42-6.
Susquehannock (2-1) at Twin Valley (0-3): The Warriors have been an early-season surprise and will have one more non-league game before closing out the season with all D-II match-ups. Susquehannock hasn't done anything spectacular, it's just stayed right in the middle of the league for most statistical categories. One area where the Warriors have been strong is in turnover differential, where they have a plus-four edge, the second-best number in the league. The Raiders have lost all three games by one score and are actually putting up 29.0 points per game on offense. However, they're also allowing 35.7, so that should make the Susquehannock offense excited. The Warriors dropped last year's meeting, 35-34.
Hanover (2-1) at Bermudian Springs (2-1): This is a very enticing match-up in the opening week of Division III play, with two teams that have dreams of contending for the division title. Hanover's high-flying offense finally hit a bit of a snag last week, managing just 14 points in its first defeat of the year. Offense isn't going to be easy to come by for the Nighthawks in division play, so they need to learn how to win low-scoring affairs. This game could test that. The Eagles played their first home game last Friday and subsequently suffered their first defeat, but, it was against a strong Shippensburg side, so nothing to hang their heads about. Bermudian has scored 20-plus points in all three games and should manage at least that again this week. The Eagles rolled in last season's meeting, 38-9.
Fairfield (2-1) at Biglerville (0-3): The Green Knights are off to another promising start, but they must make sure they don't have a letdown, like they did last season. Fortunately, any potential slide shouldn't begin this week. This looks to be a game that favors Fairfield. The Knights have scored 109 points in three games this season, 96 of which have come in their last two games, both wins. That bodes well because the Canners have allowed 142 points in their three defeats, while managing just 28 points. Fairfield won last year, 29-12.
Delone Catholic (3-0) at York Catholic (2-1): This is the premier game of the week in Division III and probably the second-best game in the league behind the Red Lion-vs.-York High contest. The Squires have yet to slip up, but were on this same run last season before dropping their first game of the year to the Fighting Irish. Delone is winning by 25.3 points per game, but don't expect that number to get bigger after this game. York Catholic is entering off a 50-0 drubbing by Berks Catholic last week. If the rivalry between the two parochial schools doesn't motivate the Irish, then the chip on their shoulder from getting blown out by Berks Catholic should. York Catholic won last year, 42-7.
York Tech (0-3) at Littlestown (3-0): This game doesn't look to be very competitive, with the Spartans still searching for an identity, while the Thunderbolts look to be a true Division III contender. Tech has scored just six points in three games, all of them coming in one game. That's unlikely to change this week. Littlestown enters allowing just 9.0 points per game and hasn't given up more than 14 in a game. The Thunderbolts won last season, 34-8.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org