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Week 6 York-Adams League high school football preview game capsules

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch
  • Entering Week 6, there are two undefeated teams - Red Lion and Littlestown - and two winless teams - York Tech and New Oxford remaining.
  • Northeastern and Dallastown will square off in a game that holds crucial Division I and District 3 playoff implications for both.
  • Dover and Kennard-Dale will meet in what could be a deciding game for the Division II title race.
  • York Catholic will try to remain in the Division III race, while traveling to Littlestown to face the unbeaten Thunderbolts.

The following are game capsules for Week 6 of the York-Adams League high school football season. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday.

Nathan Phillips, right, congratulates Khalid Dorsey after he scored a second quarter touchdown for the Bearcats, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. After bouncing back from a Week 4 loss to Red Lion with a win over Dallastown, the Bearcats will look to stay hot against Spring Grove in Week 6, which is coming off its first win of the season. John A. Pavoncello photo


New Oxford (0-5, 0-2) at Central York (3-2, 2-0): The Colonials may have missed their chance at securing a win this season after losing to Spring Grove in Week 5. Now, they need to try and snap their long losing streak, which dates back to 2015, on the road against a Panthers side that has found its groove in division play. Since dropping back-to-back games in Week 2 and Week 3 in non-league play, Central has outscored its first two Y-A D-I opponents, 77-7, including a shutout victory over South Western in Week 5. The Panthers shut out New Oxford in 2016, 47-0.

Northeastern (3-2, 0-2) at Dallastown (3-2, 1-1): The Bobcats hung right with Red Lion for about 42 minutes last Friday, before the Lions eventually pulled away late in the game. Northeastern is right in the thick of a grueling stretch in Division I play, facing the top four teams in the division all in a row. Next up are the Wildcats, a team coming off a 26-16 defeat at York High in Week 5. They'll likely have a chip on their shoulders. Dallastown will be hoping for a win to stay in the division race, while the Bobcats could use a win to keep their district hopes within reach. Northeastern won last year's contest, 24-13.

South Western (2-3, 1-1) at Red Lion (5-0, 2-0): The Mustangs are coming off a lopsided defeat to Central York last Friday and things won't get any easier. A trip to Red Lion will require South Western to be near perfect if it wants to pull off the upset. The Lions showed they're definitely beatable with the way they allowed Northeastern to hang around for 3 1/2 quarters in Week 5. When push came to shove, however, they also showed they still have the winning pedigree to come out on top. Red Lion won last season's meeting, 42-13.

York High (4-1, 1-1) at Spring Grove (1-4, 1-1): The Bearcats showed their mettle by responding to their first bit of adversity by bouncing back with a win. After dropping its first game in Week 4, York High responded by going wire-to-wire in its win over Dallastown last Friday, showing that this year's team has the makeup of a winner, something that was lacking in recent years. The Rockets, meanwhile, finally got in the win column by defeating New Oxford. There don't seem to be many wins left on the schedule for Spring Grove, but, sometimes the hardest one to get is the first one, so maybe last week can be the kick start the Rockets needed. Spring Grove prevailed in last year's game, 23-7.

Kennard-Dale head coach Chris Grube leads the Rams as they prep for their upcoming game against West York, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. After falling to the Bulldogs in Week 5, the Rams will host Dover in a pivotal Division II match-up in Week 6. John A. Pavoncello photo


Dover (3-2, 2-0) at Kennard-Dale (3-2, 1-1): The Eagles have found their stride, winning three consecutive games. Dover's experience is also showing through in an otherwise young division, which should help it stay in the mix and contend for the Division II title. During a three-game winning streak, the Eagles' offense is putting up 38.7 points per game, while holding teams to 18.3. The Rams' early-season run hit a road bump in Week 5 by giving West York its first win of the season. Still, K-D was within a couple points of winning, so don't jump ship on the Rams yet, thinking that the inevitable slide and losing of past teams is about to hit this year's squad. Dover defeated K-D last season, 54-0.

Gettysburg (2-3, 0-2) at Eastern York (2-3, 1-1): The Warriors suffered a tough two-point loss to Susquehannock last week, giving them their first away defeat of the season. Through five games, Gettysburg has scored 130 points, while allowing 128, a sign that its offense is performing well enough to win almost every game, but also a sign that the defense needs to improve. The Golden Knights are coming off a loss on the road to Dover and must now respond. Eastern can't afford to drop another division game, or else it can all but kiss any shot at winning the division goodbye. The Knights rolled in last season's meeting, 31-13.

Susquehannock (3-2, 1-0) at York Suburban (1-4, 0-1): The Warriors kicked off divison play last week with the narrow win over Gettysburg. Despite being hit hard by the graduation bug, Susquehannock has put together a decent first half. Still, the Warriors have alternated wins and losses so far this season, so, if you're a believer in trends, then this game won't go Susky's way. Don't be fooled by the Trojans' record. This team lost with one second to play in Week 4 and as time expired in Week 5, both in controversial fashion. A young squad, Suburban has shown glimpses of maturing at a pretty quick pace this season, so, despite the less-than-spectacular record, the Trojans aren't to be taken lightly. Last year's contest was a good one, with Suburban coming out on top, 28-24.

York Catholic quarterback Wesley Burns completes a pass during the Irish's football game against Delone. York Catholic will look to remain in the Division III title race going up against undefeated Littlestown in Week 6. Randy Flaum photo raflaum@comcast.net  Randy Flaum photo


York Tech (0-5, 0-2) at Bermudian Springs (4-1, 2-0): Sadly, the minor resurgence the Spartans had in 2016 isn't translating to 2017. Tech has turned into a stat-padding game for opponents, indicative of its inability to score on offense and prevent points on defense. The Spartans have a minus-179 point differential and lost last weekend to previously-winless Biglerville. The Eagles should have little trouble in this one and will probably have a large enough lead by halftime to implement the running clock in the second half. Getting up early and resting some key players will do Bermudian some good as it prepares for a second half when it'll face Delone Catholic, York Catholic and Littlestown from Weeks 7-9. The Eagles won in 2016, 28-7. 

Delone Catholic (4-1, 1-1) at Biglerville (1-4, 1-1): The Squires have every right to think they should still be undefeated after having a pair of questionable calls go against them last week. Despite it all, they still only lost to Littlestown by one, but it could prove costly in terms of the race to win Division III. Delone is legit and this game shouldn't be much of a challenge, affording the Squires to get a comfortable lead early and coast in the second half. The Canners snapped a 15-game losing streak with last week's win over York Tech, so they'll finally be riding some momentum into a game. Unfortunately, it's hard to see Biglerville winning another game this season. Delone shut out the Canners last year, 41-0.

Fairfield (3-2, 1-1) at Hanover (3-2, 1-1): For all intents and purposes, this is an elimination game in Division III. The Green Knights were dealt a tough blow prior to last week's loss with starting quarterback Darian Mort going down with an injury. Whether or not he's healthy for this game could make all the difference. The Nighthawks hung around with York Catholic on the road, but eventually their offense couldn't make up for the shortcomings of the defense. If Mort is out for Fairfield, that'll make things easier for Hanover. The Nighthawks took the 2016 game, 42-7.

York Catholic (3-2, 1-1) at Littlestown (5-0, 2-0): The Fighting Irish aren't out of the Division III race, but will need some help. In this game, they can help their own cause by knocking off an undefeated Thunderbolts team, creating a potential three-way tie for second place. York Catholic's offense was clicking last week, hanging 54 on Hanover. Don't expect that same type of offensive output in this game, though, as Littlestown enters having allowed just 10.8 points per game, a huge reason why it's still unbeaten. The Fighting Irish defeated the Thunderbolts last year, 29-20.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com