York-Adams League football teams went 11-12 in Week Zero, with some interesting statistics to examine.
With only one week of stats to go off, it’s important not to jump to conclusions. Small sample size bias often leads people awry. Take these stats with a grain of salt — they could tell a whole different story next week.
Here is a rundown of some intriguing stats from Y-A League teams and athletes after Week Zero play.
Seven: A lucky number of teams didn’t need any luck on offense last week, with seven Y-A teams scoring 35 or more points.
York High led the way with a remarkable offensive performance at Reading. The Bearcats lead the Y-A teams through one week in points (63), total offense (634 yards), rushing yards (476) and yards per rush (17.7).
Delone Catholic, Gettysburg and Eastern York all won their games by four touchdowns or more, scoring 47, 42 and 41 points, respectively.
Central York, Littlestown and Red Lion round out the top seven with 38, 35 and 35 points, respectively.
Six: At least six Y-A coaches are happy with their running games after Week Zero. That’s the amount of area teams that averaged 7.0 or more yards per carry.
After York High's insane 17.7 yards per rush, Eastern York ran for the second most yards per carry in Week Zero with 13.3. The Golden Knights ran for 360 yards on 27 carries in their 41-13 win over Columbia.
South Western couldn't find the end zone often or stop Gettysburg's offense last week, but the Mustangs still had the third-best rushing attack. South Western gained 8.8 yards a pop on 25 rushing attempts in its 42-6 loss to the Warriors.
Susquehannock (7.7), Delone (7.2) and Gettysburg (7.0) round out the top six after their Week Zero wins.
Five: Running the ball is important, but having a pass catcher to stretch the field helps the running game and quarterback alike. In Week Zero, five players accumulated 100 yards receiving, some on as few as two catches.
Central York's Saahir Cornelius broke out for the Panthers in their 38-14 win over West York, topping the list with 179 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions.
The most impressive receiving day of Week Zero, though, may have been Dallas Evans from Dover. Evans caught only two passes, but made the most out of both. The senior took both passes for scores, one for 86 yards and the other for 82 yards.
York Tech's Terence Romey (six receptions for 132 yards), New Oxford's Connor Becker (five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown) and Central running back Hunter Werner (three catches for 104 yards and a touchdown) complete the list.
Four: Kennard-Dale's defense played about as well as a defense can play in any game last week against Pequea Valley. The Rams were one of four Y-A schools to allow single digit points to their opponents, with K-D leading the way with a shutout.
K-D also leads the Y-A League in yards allowed (34) and rushing yards allowed (minus 26).
Gettysburg, Delone and Susquehannock all followed suit, allowing one touchdown each.
Three: Only three players tallied 20 or more points in individual scoring in Week Zero. All three athletes also scored more points alone than their opponents did total.
Bermudian Springs quarterback Chase Dull ran for four touchdowns (24 points) in the Eagles' 28-22 win over New Oxford, and York High's Dayjure Stewart also scored four touchdowns — three rushing and one passing — for the Bearcats.
Gettysburg running back Ammon Robinson rounds out the top three with three rushing touchdowns and a successful two-point conversion for a total of 20 points.
Two: Twelve players ran for more than 100 yards last week, but only two topped the 200-yard mark.
Stewart accumulated 258 rushing yards on only 12 carries, gaining 21.5 yards per attempt. Daniel Clapp, the fullback in Susquehannock's Wing-T system, gained 244 yards on 23 carries and scored three TDs in the Warriors' 28-7 win over Hanover.
One: No team in the York-Adams League won the turnover battle better than Delone Catholic did against Trinity in the Squires' 47-7 win.
Delone forced six turnovers without giving one up on offense for a plus-six turnover differential. No other Y-A team produced better than a plus-two turnover differential last week.
Zero: What could zero be? Well, it's the number of division games played last week. The beginning of the season is important, but it's merely a primer for division play.
The most important games, decisions, plays and stats are all yet to come.
Reach Jacob Calvin Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.