No more talk about small sample sizes.
As far as high school football goes, three games is enough to determine who is for real and who isn’t.
As teams gear up for league play Friday night, here is a rundown of seven interesting stats from York-Adams football teams and athletes after two weeks.
Seven: Of the 23 teams in the Y-A League, seven have scored more than 100 points through three games.
Not surprisingly, those teams are a combined 17-4 this season.
Delone Catholic (3-0) and York High (3-0) lead the list with a whopping 163 and 160 points scored, respectively.
The other five schools are narrowly over the 100-point threshold. Central York (3-0) and Littlestown (3-0) have both scored 104 points. Dover (1-2) follows with 103 points scored, while Red Lion (2-1) and Eastern York (2-1) round out the list with 102 points.
No other Y-A team has scored more than 75 points.
Six: With most Y-A teams — and high school teams in general — operating run-focused offenses, gaining consistent yardage on the ground is crucial. Six local teams have averaged 6.0 or more yards per carry this season.
As expected, York High and Delone headline the list at 9.8 and 9.2 yards per rush, respectively. The Bearcats have gained 1,136 yards on 116 carries, while the Squires’ 122 rushes have totaled 1,121 yards.
Despite a 1-2 record, York Suburban has the third-most efficient rushing attack in the Y-A League at 6.4 yards per carry. Kennard-Dale (2-1) is shortly behind at 6.3 yards a pop, and Dover (1-2) and Dallastown (1-2) cap the list at 6.0 yards an attempt each.
Five: Only a handful of undefeated teams remain in the Y-A League.
Central and York High are both undefeated in Division I, while Delone, Littlestown and York Catholic are all perfect in D-III. At least three of those teams will — inevitably — not be perfect at the end of the season.
In contrast, five Y-A teams are also winless after nonleague play.
South Western, West York, Biglerville, Hanover and York Tech are all searching for a win as league play begins.
Four: The top backs in the league have played like it so far this season, with four runners totaling more than 400 yards on the ground through three games.
York High’s Dayjure Stewart leads all rushers with 650 yards on 52 carries — good for 12.5 yards a tote.
Dallastown running back Nyzair Smith got back on track last week with 290 yards in the Wildcats’ 42-7 win over Penn Manor, bringing his season total to 517 yards.
Suburban’s Savion Harris (420 yards) and West York’s Ay’Jaun Marshall (403) round out the list.
Three: Defense wins championships, coaches say, and three Y-A teams have allowed 30 points or fewer this season.
York Catholic, the defending D-III co-champion, leads the list with only 20 points allowed in its three games against Suburban, Trinity and Susquehannock.
Delone has allowed 26 points in three games, giving the Squires a remarkable 137-point differential. York High follows with 30 points allowed and a 130-point differential.
Two: A big question mark entering the season for Central York was about Cade Pribula’s receiving corps. Through three games, there’s been little to question. The Panthers have the two top pass receivers, by yardage, in the league.
Saahir Cornelius has caught 13 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, while Taylor Wright-Rawls has reeled in nine balls for 303 yards and three scores. They are the only two players with more than 300 receiving yards.
One: Delone’s offense is hard to stop, but it’s even more difficult when the Squires’ defense is causing turnovers at a ridiculous pace.
Delone is the only Y-A team with double-digit takeaways. The Squires have forced 12 takeaways and own the best turnover differential in the league (nine).
Zero: Division I and Division III seem to have two different groups. The contenders and the noncontenders.
In D-II, though, the field is tougher to delineate. Zero is the number of D-II teams with undefeated records through three weeks. Eastern York — the only undefeated D-II squad entering last Friday’s games — lost to Littlestown.
No one can guess how the division will play out. All seven teams probably think they have a chance at the crown.
Reach Jacob Calvin Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.