The 2017 Susquehannock football team is in the hunt for a possible York-Adams League Division II title. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
The following are game capsules for Week 7 of the York-Adams League high school football season. All games are 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Spring Grove (1-5, 1-2) at Central York (4-2, 3-0): This game pits one of the league's lowest-scoring offenses against one of the league's best-scoring defenses. The Rockets, fresh off of earning their first win of the season in Week 5, were outmatched against York High in Week 6. Spring Grove is scoring 19.2 points per game through six weeks. Meanwhile, after a slow start to the year, the Panthers have found their groove. While their division schedule is heavily backloaded the final three weeks of the season, Central is taking advantage now, putting up big points, while allowing 15.2 per game, the third fewest in the league. The Panthers won in 2016, 35-21.
Dallastown (4-2, 2-1) at South Western (2-4, 1-2): The Wildcats have been unassuming this year, but continue to find ways to win, which has been a staple under head coach Kevin Myers. Nyzair Smith is quietly putting together a fantastic season at running back, rushing for 920 yards so far and averaging 10.3 yards per carry. Slowing him down is the key for any team to beat Dallastown. A tough stretch to begin division play continues for the Mustangs, who have already had to deal with Central York and Red Lion on back-to-back occasions. South Western is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to rush defense, allowing 151 yards per game. It can't allow Smith to account for that if it wants to pull off the upset. The Wildcats won last year's meeting, 35-7.
York High (5-1, 2-1) at Northeastern (3-3, 0-3): Bearcats' running back Khalid Dorsey is the reason why Dallastown's Nyzair Smith isn't receiving more love. Dorsey has been on an absolute tear in his senior season, blowing past the 1,000-yard mark, sitting at 1,050 through six games. That's 175.0 yards per game, which puts him on pace for 1,750 for the year. The Bobcats can't get through this game fast enough to finally catch a bit of a break to close out the season. Northeastern has hung around in each of its three losses, but late in games, just couldn't come up with the big plays to turn losses into wins. The Bobcats won last year's game, 37-6.
Red Lion (6-0, 3-0) at New Oxford (0-6, 0-3): Like pretty much all of last season, the Lions are dominating teams. Not only does Red Lion sit atop the league in points per game (40.7), but quarterback Zach Throne broke a 25-year-old record for rushing yards in a game in Week 5, putting up 242 yards on the ground. With an incredibly favorable match-up awaiting him again this week, it wouldn't be shocking if he broke his own record. The Colonials are simply playing out the string to another difficult season. While the Lions are putting up more than 40 points on offense, New Oxford is allowing 40.8 on defense, which could lead to a long night for Colonial fans. Red Lion won last season's meeting, 63-14.
Conrad Weiser (3-3) at Dover (4-2, 3-0): The Eagles take a break from division play to finish out their non-league slate. Dover is in the midst of a four-game winning streak and sits atop the Division II standings. The duo of Derek Arevalo and Brandon Lawyer have created problems for opposing defenses both on the ground and through the air, while quarterback Justin Johnson has showcased his ability to use his arm and legs to keep the offense moving. The Scouts come into this game at .500, but are playing better football as of late, going 3-1 over their last four games. In that time, Conrad Weiser is outscoring its opponents, 119-78. The Eagles lost last year's game, 35-20.
Susquehannock (4-2, 2-0) at Eastern York (2-4, 1-2): The Warriors have been a pleasant surprise in Division II this season, rattling off back-to-back division wins to keep pace with Dover in the standings. With the Eagles not playing a division game this week, Susquehannock can move into a tie with Dover for first in the division. Losing in Week 6 is the first time this season the Golden Knights have won or lost two games in a row this season. Playing at home, they'll look to snap that skid, while also looking to derail the Warriors' quest to win the division. Susquehannock won last year's game, 27-21.
Kennard-Dale (3-3, 1-2) at Gettysburg (3-3, 1-2): After getting off to a surprisingly hot start, the Rams have come back to earth a bit over the last two weeks. A pair of losses by 16 combined points shows that K-D isn't quite ready to take the jump from winless in 2016 to division champs in 2017, but it also shows that the team isn't far off. Learning how to win takes time and, with a young core of mostly sophomores and juniors, the Rams are setting the foundation for a brighter future. The Warriors have been led by Ammon Robinson, who's found the end zone eight times in six games, making him one of the Y-A League's top scorers. Gettysburg rolled in last season's meeting, 41-6.
York Suburban (1-5, 0-2) at West York (1-5, 1-1): Both of these teams have struggled this season. The Trojans have now lost three consecutive games, with last week's 16-point defeat to Susquehannock the first of those by more than three points. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are coming off a bye week last week, a product of playing in Week 0. It presented a chance for West York to recharge the batteries after its first win and finish the final four weeks strong and try to gain some momentum for the offseason workouts. Also, at 1-1 in division play, the Bulldogs are still, theoretically, in the Division II title conversation, but has a tough finish to the season. Suburban took down West York in 2016, 38-7.
Bermudian Springs (5-1, 3-0) at Delone Catholic (5-1, 2-1): This is definitely the premier game of the week in the Y-A League, with a pair of 5-1 teams. Bermudian, the last remaining unbeaten team in Division III play, is the outright D-III leader. The Eagles, however, have a host of teams on their tails. Despite Bermudian's strong record, the Eagles have turned the ball over the second-most times in the league at 13 times in six games. The Squires, actually, are in the same boat, also committing 13 turnovers on the season, so this game ultimately could come down to which team can take better care of the ball. The Eagles held Delone's offense in check in 2016, winning 28-7.
Biglerville (1-5, 1-2) at York Catholic (4-2, 2-1): The Canners couldn't build off their first win in a year and a half, losing by 22 to Delone Catholic in Week 6. Biglerville's big hindrance this year has been its scoring defense, which is allowing 41.7 points per game. The Fighting Irish are coming off their biggest win of the year, winning in the final minute at Littlestown to snap the Thunderbolts' undefeated season and remain in the Division III title hunt. Not only did York Catholic keep its shot at defending the division crown alive, but it made a big move to remove Delone Catholic from the second spot in the District 3 Class 2-A power ratings to try and defend its district championship. The Fighting Irish routed the Canners in 2016, 41-12.
Hanover (3-3, 1-2) at Littlestown (5-1, 2-1): The Nighthawks' offense showed up last week, putting up 38 points in their win over Fairfield. Now, they need to try and do it against a bigger and stronger team in the Thunderbolts. Hanover ranks fifth in the Y-A League in passing defense, allowing just 86.7 yards per game. That could prove crucial going up against a Littlestown offense that averages 154.7 yards per game through the air, which ranks fourth in the league. The Thunderbolts were stunned on their home field last week to ruin their undefeated season, so expect them to have a chip on their shoulder. Littlestown won in 2016, routing Hanover, 49-0.
Fairfield (3-3, 1-2) at York Tech (0-6, 0-3), 10 a.m.: The Green Knights fell short in their game against Hanover in Week 6, but will get a favorable match-up in this one. If Fairfield wants to avoid another collapse that prevents it from playing in the District 3 Class 1-A title game, it needs to win this game. One more win could get the Green Knights into the championship game, but with their final three contests against York Catholic, Delone Catholic and Littlestown, that win needs to come this Saturday. The Spartans continue to struggle offensively. The seven points scored in Week 6 against Bermudian was a season high. York Tech knocked off Fairfield last year, 28-12.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org