Week 8 York-Adams League high school football preview game capsules
- Red Lion and Central York will face off in a battle of the last two remaining teams unbeaten in Division I play.
- Dover and Susquehannock will look to stay undefeated in Division II play.
- York Catholic will try to hand Bermudian Springs its first Division III defeat of the year.
The following are game capsules for Week 8 of the York-Adams League high school football season. All games are 7 p.m. Friday.
New Oxford (0-7, 0-4) at Dallastown (5-2, 3-1): The Colonials are just playing out the string in what looks to be a second consecutive winless season. New Oxford has a minus-166-point differential through seven games, which is the second worst in the league. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are an experienced team looking to make a late-season playoff push. While Dallastown has a large senior class, it's being led by junior running back Nyzair Smith, who is second in the league in rushing with 1,129 yards, good for 161.3 yards per game. The Wildcats crushed the Colonials last year, 55-6.
Northeastern (3-4, 0-4) at Spring Grove (1-6, 1-3): The Bobcats finally get a break in division play after playing the top-four teams in Division I in a row to begin division play. Northeastern is coming off an embarrassing 55-6 loss to York High last week, so it'll be looking for a bounce-back performance, all while still trying to deal with a litany of injuries. Since winning their only game of the year back in Week 5, the Rockets have been outscored, 103-14. The Bobcats shut out Spring Grove a season ago, 27-0.
Central York (5-2, 4-0) at Red Lion (7-0, 4-0): There's no denying that this is the premier game of the week. It's a de facto championship game for Division I, with both teams unbeaten in division play. The Panthers enter with the third-best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 15.9 points per game. However, the Lions have the top scoring offense, putting up more than 41 points per game. Not to mention, for two consecutive weeks, Red Lion quarterback Zach Throne has set a new school single-game rushing record. A year ago, Central York gave the Lions their toughest game during their perfect regular season, losing, 28-18. Can the Panthers do even better this time and pull off the upset?
South Western (2-5, 1-3) at York High (6-1, 3-1): The Mustangs are still trying to gain their footing under first-year head coach Chris Heilman. Unfortunately, doing it in Division I is brutal. South Western has lost its last three games by 104 combined points, an average margin of defeat of 34.7 points per game. The Bearcats come rolling in off a dominating 49-point win over Northeastern and might possess one of the deepest talent pools in the league. Led by the league's leading rusher, Khalid Dorsey, and supported by juniors Dayjure Stewart and Rob Rideout, York High's offense is hard to contain, while its defense is tough to crack. The Mustangs did beat the Bearcats in 2016, 28-13.
Dover (4-3, 3-0) at York Suburban (1-6, 0-3): The Eagles' saw their four-game winning streak snapped last week, but it was a non-league game, so they're still in a tie for first in Division II. While a loss would really hurt Dover's chances at winning the division title outright, win or lose this week, it'll still control its own destiny as far as at least capturing a share of the crown. The Trojans simply aren't the same team from the past two years. Between a pair of controversial losses that could've changed the direction of its year, and being a young team, Suburban just hasn't righted the ship this season and is stumbling to a last-place finish. The Trojans prevailed last year, 29-13.
Gettysburg (4-3, 2-2) at Daniel Boone (2-5): It's another season where not much was expected out of the Warriors, but here they are, still in relative contention for a Division II title and a district playoff berth. Gettysburg is one of three teams in Division II with a positive point differential, at plus-57. So, the Warriors win big and suffer close losses. This should be another big win. The Blazers enter having lost two of their last three games, with those two defeats by a combined 61 points, while the lone win was by a touchdown. Gettysburg defeated Daniel Boone last season, 46-27.
Eastern York (2-5, 1-3) at Kennard-Dale (3-4, 1-3): The Golden Knights are plagued by low numbers and it's starting to show. They simply don't have the players to hang with some of the top teams in Division II. Coming off a 42-0 loss to Susquehannock, Eastern will have a more comparable match-up this week against a Rams team that is in a bit of a funk. After starting 3-1, K-D has dropped its last three games, a sign of a team still learning how to win. But, for both teams that are struggling at the moment, this game can be seen as a real toss-up either way. The Golden Knights won last season, 26-6.
West York (2-5, 2-1) at Susquehannock (5-2, 3-0): By looking at the Bulldogs' overall record, you wouldn't necessarily think they'd have a shot to win Division II, but at 2-1 in division play, they're very much in the thick of things. West York would need to run the table to win it, but crazier things have happened. A loss to the Warriors, however, would end any shot of a division crown and truly turn this race into a two-teamer between Susquehannock and Dover. Susquehannock not only has a division crown to play for, but also a district playoff berth. At the moment, the Warriors are in the eighth and final Class 4-A district spot according to the power ratings, so any loss from here on out might not only cost them the division championship, but the postseason, as well. The Bulldogs won a close one last season, 29-28.
York Catholic (5-2, 3-1) at Bermudian Springs (6-1, 4-0): It wasn't long ago that this looked like a relative down year for the Fighting Irish after they lost back-to-back games to fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in division play. But, three wins later and here is York Catholic right in the thick of the division race and in contention for a district playoff berth. A win over the Eagles this week would solidify all of that. Bermudian Springs is the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division III play, but is in the midst of a tough stretch. After coming from behind to down Delone Catholic in overtime in Week 7, 10-7, games against the Fighting Irish and then Littlestown await to determine Berm's Division III title fate. York Catholic handled the Eagles last season, 35-7.
Littlestown (6-1, 3-1) at Biglerville (1-6, 1-3): The Thunderbolts may have pulled off one of the best comebacks in the Y-A League this season with their win over Hanover last week. Trailing by as many as three touchdowns, Littlestown finished the game on a flurry, coming all the way back to win and remain in the division championship hunt. This should be a fairly routine game for the Thunderbolts, as the Canners enter with just one win on the year, which came against winless York Tech. Littlestown defeated Biglerville in 2016, 27-14.
Delone Catholic (5-2, 2-2) at Fairfield (4-3, 2-2): The Squires suffered a difficult defeat in overtime in Week 7, serving as a double-whammy of sorts. Not only are they essentially out of the running to win the division crown, but they're now also behind York Catholic for the second and final District 3 2-A playoff berth. Both Delone and the Fighting Irish have easy finishes to their schedules, with York Catholic's game against Bermudian Springs this week being the only real potential loss remaining on either team's schedule. In the same boat as the Squires are the Green Knights, who are trying to cling to the second and final District 3 1-A playoff berth. Unfortunately, Fairfield will be going up against the meat of Division III to close out its season, so finding that one win to ensure at least a .500 season could be tough. Delone shut out the Green Knights last season, 45-0.
York Tech (0-7, 0-4) at Hanover (3-4, 1-3): The Spartans are still winless on the season and appear destined for an 0-10 campaign. Sitting at just 47 points through seven games, Tech isn't even averaging seven points of offense per game. While the Nighthawks are coming off a heartbreaking loss last week to Littlestown, they should rebound and get back in the win column this week. If Hanover can win by at least five points, it'll become the fifth Division III team with a positive point differential on the year, an impressive mark for the division as a whole. The Nighthawks edged the Spartans a season ago, 21-14.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com