Week 10 York-Adams League high school football preview game capsules
- Central York will face York High and Red Lion will face Dallastown, with the winners sharing the Division I crown.
- Dover will visit Susquehannock to play in a de facto Division II championship game, with both teams at 5-0 in division play.
- York Catholic and Littlestown are tied for the Division III lead heading into the final week of the season.
The following are game capsules for Week 10 of the York-Adams League high school football season. All games are 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.
Central York (6-3, 5-1) at York High (8-1, 5-1): This will be one of two games that will decide the Division I co-champs. It's also the first time in years that this rivalry game has some real meaning to it. Both programs are now most definitely relevant. The Panthers could've sewn up at least a share of a D-I crown with a win in Week 9, but couldn't slow down Dallastown. Central has struggled to stop the run the past two weeks, allowing more than 600 yards on the ground in those games. Now, it'll need to deal with the Bearcats' third-ranked rushing attack, which is putting up 321.3 yards per game. More than half of those yards have been picked up by Khalid Dorsey, who's second in the Y-A League in rushing, averaging 172.2 yards per game on the ground. The Panthers won last year's contest, 41-24.
Dallastown (7-2, 5-1) at Red Lion (8-1, 5-1): This is the other game that will decide the D-I co-champions. Unlike the Central-York High game, this game has had a lot of drama and meaning around it the last couple years. Two seasons ago, the Lions went on the road and upset the Wildcats, ruining their perfect season. Last year, Red Lion dominated Dallastown en route to completing a 10-0 regular season. Now, a division co-championship is on the line, as well as potential district berths. The Lions are firmly in the District 3 6-A playoff picture, sitting at No. 3 in the latest power ratings. However, the Wildcats know a win would get them in the playoffs, while a loss would make things dicey. Dallastown is sixth in 6-A. There is a possibility that these two teams could face each other in the first round of districts, if the Wildcats were to win and move up the fifth, while a Red Lion loss could drop it to fourth. This match-up has all you want in a Week 10 rivalry game. The Lions won last year's showdown, 27-7.
New Oxford (0-9, 0-6) at Northeastern (5-4, 2-4): This is the final chance for the Colonials to nab a win and avoid back-to-back winless campaigns, but it doesn't look likely. If there's any bright spot to the season, it's the fact that quarterback Brayden Long will likely finish as the league's passing leader. He's thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. In a year when there's been a clear-cut upper echelon and lower echelon in D-I, the Bobcats have found the middle ground. After winning its last two games to get back above .500 on the year, Northeastern should end the season like it started it, with a three-game winning streak. Going 6-4 with a relatively young group, and despite plenty of injuries, won't be a bad mark by any stretch. The Bobcats shut out New Oxford in 2016, 49-0.
South Western (2-7, 1-5) at Spring Grove (1-8, 1-5): This rivalry had more spice to it in years past. Both teams have had down years and will probably like to forget 2017. However, this game presents an opportunity to end the year on a high note and carry some momentum into offseason workouts. The Rockets have won the last two regular-season match-ups against the Mustangs, with 2016's version turning into a defensive struggle, with Spring Grove prevailing, 7-0.
Dover (6-3, 5-0) at Susquehannock (7-2, 5-0): Unlike D-I and (most likely) D-III, D-II will be the only division to crown an outright champion this season. It all comes down to this game between the only two remaining unbeaten division teams. For the Eagles, win or lose, this is likely their final game of 2017. Sitting 10th in the Class 5-A power ratings, it doesn't seem probable that Dover can leapfrog two teams to make the district playoffs. So, winning this game and being named D-II champions will give the Eagles something to hang their hats on for a successful 2017 season. Meanwhile, the Warriors haven't won a division title since 2006, with this season being the first time since then that they've truly been in contention. Susquehannock is also battling to play more than 10 games, with the District 3 4-A playoffs firmly in play. The Warriors sit at No. 6 in the power ratings, so a win will keep them in, while a loss could knock them out. The Eagles crushed Susquehannock last season, 45-16.
Gettysburg (6-3, 3-2) at West York (2-7, 2-3): The Warriors have again put up a decent record, but will finish shy of winning a division crown. However, all is not lost for Gettysburg. If the Warriors can win this game and get to 7-3, with some help, they could backdoor their way into the final Class 4-A district spot, which should have them motivated in this game. However, despite the Bulldogs' overall record, this won't be a walkover game for Gettysburg. West York has held halftime leads in its last two games against Susquehannock and Dover. If the Bulldogs win both of those games, then this game would hold a lot more meaning for West York. Still, the Bulldogs have shown great signs of improvement from the start of the year to the finish, so don't expect them to just bow down to the Warriors. Last season's game went the way of Gettysburg, 14-9.
Columbia (0-9) at Kennard-Dale (4-5, 2-4): The Rams enter this game off a tough loss to Susquehannock in Week 9 and will look to end the season on a positive note. It's already been a pretty successful season for K-D, winning more games in 2017 than it had in the previous two years combined. But, after starting 3-1, the Rams would like nothing more than to, at the very least, finish .500, which they should going against a winless Crimson Tide team. Columbia has already played and lost to two other Y-A League teams this year. K-D should make it a third loss. The last win the Crimson Tide have was in Week 10 last season, when they knocked off the Rams, 43-14.
Eastern York (2-7, 1-4) at York Suburban (1-8, 0-5): This is a battle between a pair of teams in the basement of D-II. Little has gone right for the Golden Knights this year, starting with a slew of injuries that have depleted the team. Then, there was the tragic bus accident the team was involved in coming home from its game this past week, in which the driver of an SUV crashed into the team bus head on and was killed. It'll be tough to shake such a scary and emotional event. The Trojans just never built momentum this year. A pair of early-season, controversial losses buried the team and it hasn't recovered. If nothing else, this will serve as a game that both teams will believe it can win in an attempt to end the season on a positive note. Suburban won last season's meeting, 35-14.
Biglerville (1-8, 1-5) at Bermudian Springs (7-2, 4-2): The one positive for the Canners from this season is that they won't go winless, as they did in 2016. But, one win is hardly a major improvement. However, Biglerville did show some positive signs in Week 9, losing in a shootout to Hanover. Rarely has the offense come together like that in the last couple seasons for the Canners, with the 41 points scored the most the program has put up in two years. Back-to-back losses has not only knocked the Eagles out of the driver's seat for a D-III title, but out of contention for one all together. Now, Bermudian must focus on clinching a District 3 3-A playoff berth. It occupies the fourth-and-final spot for the postseason. The Eagles rolled over the Canners a year ago, 41-0.
Delone Catholic (7-2, 4-2) at Hanover (5-4, 3-3): This year is going to turn out to be a wildly successful one for the Squires. However, it will culminate without any hardware to show for it. Delone is out of contention to win the D-III title and will also miss out on the District 3 2-A championship game. With a win, an 8-2 season would be one of the best in recent years for the Squires. The Nighthawks' offense continues to roll, putting up 44 points in last week's win over Biglerville and they needed every one of those to win. Hanover has already clinched at least a .500 mark, but finishing 6-4 would cap a nice season for the Nighthawks, one of the most explosive and fun teams to watch in D-III. Delone won last year's meeting against its arch-rival, 31-14.
Littlestown (8-1, 5-1) at Fairfield (4-5, 2-4): The Thunderbolts remained in a first-place tie with York Catholic in D-III with a win over Bermudian last week. Now, to stay that way to end the regular season, all Littlestown needs to do is defeat Fairfield. This shouldn't be much of a contest for the Thunderbolts. The Green Knights enter having lost four of their last five games. Both teams are locked into district playoff berths, with Littlestown sitting at No. 3 in 3-A, while Fairfield is at No. 2 in 1-A and will face Steel High for the 1-A title. The Thunderbolts rolled last year, 49-13.
York Catholic (7-2, 5-1) at York Tech (0-9, 0-6) at 2 p.m. Saturday: The Fighting Irish are locked into their fifth consecutive district championship game, so this should only serve as a tune-up for them. A win will assure them of at least a share of the D-III crown after winning it outright last season. Kyle Dormer needs 132 yards to join the 1,000-yard rushing club this year, so it would make sense that he try to achieve that before being pulled once the game is out of reach. The Spartans were shut out for the third time this season a week ago, so this season can't come to an end soon enough. York Catholic won last year's meeting, 48-20.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com