Week 5 York-Adams League high school football preview game capsules
- York Suburban will play a rare Thursday night game to conclude its non-league schedule against Northern Lebanon.
- A pair of winless teams will earn their first wins of the season with two match-ups between winless programs.
- All four Division III teams that got off to winning starts in league play in Week 4 play each other in Week 5.
The following are game capsules for Week 5 of the York-Adams League high school football season. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Northern Lebanon (3-1) at York Suburban (1-3), 6:30 p.m.: Week 5 of the season kicks off a day early with this non-league clash. What we know about the Trojans is that they won't end the regular season on another eight-game winning streak after losing in Week 4 to Kennard-Dale. A short week of preparation isn't ideal for Suburban, which is still trying to find an identity. The Vikings have rattled off back-to-back wins after starting 1-1, including a 40-6 thumping Pequea Valley last week. Northern Lebanon is averaging 25.8 points per game, so Suburban's defense will need to come ready. The Trojans won last year's meeting, 48-31.
Red Lion (4-0, 1-0) at Northeastern (3-1, 0-1): The Lions already slayed one Division I power last week in previously-unbeaten York High. Now they'll try for another in the Bobcats. If opposing D-I teams thought they'd get a break from Red Lion at the quarterback position this season with the graduation of Sam Emig, think again. Zach Throne is continuing what Emig did last year, using his dual-threat capabilities to run the Lions' regular-season winning streak to 18 games, dating back to 2015. Northeastern was humbled in its loss to Central York last week and things aren't getting any easier. With Red Lion this week, and Dallastown and York High to follow in Week 6 and Week 7, this could be make-or-break time for the Bobcats. The Lions won last year's game, 35-14.
New Oxford (0-4, 0-1) at Spring Grove (0-4, 0-1): One of these teams will finally earn its first win. It also may be the last, best chance this season for either team to grab a 2017 win. In five games this season, this will be the fourth time the Rockets are facing a winless team. The Colonials have allowed at least 25 points in every game this season, while only scoring at least 20 on two occasions. Spring Grove shut out New Oxford last season, 18-0.
Central York (2-2, 1-0) at South Western (2-2, 1-0): The Panthers got back on the winning track with a dominating win over Northeastern last week. Despite its two defeats in non-league play, Central should be among the favorites to win Division I. The Panthers showcased that by handing the Bobcats their first defeat of the season. Going on the road will present some difficulties for the Panthers, especially against a Mustangs team that is off to a decent start under first-year coach Chris Heilman. If there's any concern about South Western thus far, it's the fact that it's 0-2 at home and 2-0 on the road. This game is at home, so Mustang fans, watch out. South Western edged Central in 2016, 14-11.
Dallastown (3-1, 1-0) at York High (3-1, 0-1): The Wildcats have rattled off three consecutive wins after losing the opener and look to be contenders in Division I again. Dallastown is averaging 51 points on offense during its winning streak, but during that stretch, the Wildcats haven't played a team with York High's talent. York High is coming off its first defeat of the year, in which the offense was held in check by Red Lion. Standout running back Khalid Dorsey was held to 78 rushing yards in the loss, the first time he's failed to crack triple digits this season. The Wildcats won last year, 29-26.
Eastern York (2-2, 1-0) at Dover (2-2, 1-0): This game may ultimately have a lot of bearing on the Division II title race. Both teams look to be D-II contenders. The Golden Knights have alternated wins and losses through four weeks, so, if you're a believer in patterns, then this isn't a favorable game for Eastern. The Eagles, meanwhile, have won their last two games after beginning the season 0-2. Dover's offense is explosive, averaging nearly 34 points per game. The Knights will likely need to keep this low scoring if they want to have a chance to pull off the road upset. Eastern did just that in last year's game, 19-14.
Gettysburg (2-2, 0-1) at Susquehannock (2-2, 0-0): The Adams County Warriors didn't have an answer for Dover's offense last week and now must try to right the ship on the road before they fall too far behind the D-II leaders. Gettysburg is averaging 26.5 per game on offense, while allowing 25.5 on defense. This is the York County Warriors' first divisional game. Susquehannock's offense hasn't been as prolific as Gettysburg's, but its defense has been better. If this turns into a high-scoring affair, that should favor Gettysburg, while a low-scoring game could favor Susquehannock. Gettysburg rolled last season, 41-3.
Kennard-Dale (3-1, 1-0) at West York (0-5, 0-1): Nobody would've guessed that the Rams would be leading the division at this point, or any point, of the season. But they are, and they're also the only team with a winning overall record in Division II. K-D has a chance to get to four wins in a season for the first time since 2010 with one more win, and it could come against the Bulldogs. It's hard to see West York going the whole season without a win, but it's running out of quality chances. The Bulldogs will have a bye week next week, so a win would send the 'Dogs into the break with a positive taste in their mouths. West York won last year, 33-6.
Bermudian Springs (3-1, 1-0) at Fairfield (3-1, 1-0): The Eagles look very much like a threat to win the division title. Bermudian's defense is allowing 17.3 points per game, and nearly half of those points came in its Week 3 defeat. Meanwhile, this is the game last year where things unraveled for the Green Knights. They didn't win a game in the last six weeks, going from 4-0 to 4-6. Fairfield, however, is more experienced and more talented this season, and a win this week would open a lot of eyes around the division. The Eagles won in 2016, 42-14.
Littlestown (4-0, 1-0) at Delone Catholic (4-0, 1-0): This is the only game in the Y-A League featuring two undefeated squads. The Thunderbolts have yet to be tested, outscoring their foes 153-27. This will be, by far, Littlestown's toughest game to date. The Squires have withstood the graduation bug for another year and appear likely to be battling for the division title until the end. A win over York Catholic on the road last week was a fantastic start to the division schedule, and a win this week would have Delone 2-0 in division play with wins over two very good teams. Played in wet conditions last season, the Thunderbolts prevailed, 6-0.
York Catholic (2-2, 0-1) at Hanover (2-2, 0-1): Both of these teams are looking to snap two-game skids and keep themselves in the thick of the Division III race. The loser of this game can all but kiss its chance at a D-III title goodbye. The Irish are the reigning division champs and have already lost as many times this year as they did in 12 games a season ago. The Nighthawks are a team that feasted on lesser competition last season and have done so again this year. York Catholic shut out Hanover last season, 14-0.
Biglerville (0-4, 0-1 Div. III) at York Tech (0-4, 0-1 Div. III): The positive news in this one is that one of these teams will win its first game of the year. The negative is that it might be the only game either team wins all season. Neither team will want to squander this chance. The Canners and Spartans have combined to get outscored this year, 345-54. Biglerville has allowed more points between the two (195), but Tech has contributed just 12 points to the combined total over four games. The Spartans prevailed last year, 44-34.
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