We're one week through York-Adams League division play, and local football teams are starting to get a sense of where they belong.
Only a few teams can be division champions at the end of the season, and last week was a good indication of which teams have a realistic chance at the three crowns.
Almost halfway through the regular season, here is a rundown of some intriguing stats from York-Adams League teams and athletes.
Seven: Saving the best for last is overrated. Let’s start with the best stat of the season.
York High star running back Dayjure Stewart scored seven touchdowns in the Bearcats’ 71-14 win over New Oxford. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior ran for a York High-record 412 yards in the win.
York High has scored 231 points this season, and Stewart eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last week. His 108 points (18 touchdowns) are more than 13 Y-A teams have scored all season.
Six: Of the 23 Y-A League teams, six have a turnover differential of four or more (one per game).
Delone Catholic leads the way with a plus-nine differential. The Squires have forced 13 turnovers in their four wins.
York High and York Suburban follow closely behind with eight- and seven-turnover differentials, respectively.
West York (five), Northeastern (four) and York Catholic (four) round out the list. The Bulldogs are 0-4 despite forcing 12 takeaways — mostly due to the team’s difficult schedule to start the season.
Five: With most teams operating run-heavy offenses, stopping the run is vital to winning games in the Y-A League. A handful of teams have been successful in that department, allowing less than 4 yards per carry.
Delone leads the way at 2.2 yards per carry allowed, and York High follows with 2.8 yards a pop. Littlestown (2.9), York Catholic (3.7) and Dallastown (3.8) round out the list.
Four: This stat is an unhappy one, at least for a few Y-A squads. Four local teams are winless through four games this season.
South Western, West York, Hanover and York Tech are all 0-4. Hanover and Tech play each other this week, so at least one of these four squads will have a win going into next week.
Three: In contrast, only three Y-A teams are undefeated this season.
York High, Delone Catholic and York Catholic are all perfect through four weeks. Central was perfect through three weeks until a 56-28 loss to Red Lion derailed the Panthers.
Delone and York Catholic face off later in the season, meaning only two of the three could end the regular season unbeaten.
Two: It’s getting difficult in these stories not to have the most fun with facts about York High and Delone — and for good reason. The Bearcats and the Squires are dominating opponents.
York High and Delone are the only two Y-A programs to still average more than 40 points a game. Red Lion, Central, Dover and Littlestown all average more than 30 — an impressive per-game total — but the Bearcats and the Squires have taken it to the next level.
Both teams are actually scoring more than 50 points a game. York High is scoring 57.8 points per contest, while Delone is totaling 54.5 a game.
One: Despite the loss to Red Lion last week, Delaware commit Cade Pribula still showed why he’s the No. 1 quarterback in the Y-A League. The Central signal caller threw for more than 300 yards for the third time this season.
He is the only passer in the league to throw for more than 1,000 yards through four games. Pribula has thrown for 1,225 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he is about 300 yards away from the Y-A League record.
New Oxford’s Brayden Long is second in the league with 884 passing yards.
Zero: It’s only one week, but one loss can derail a high school football season. Three of the top programs from last season lost in the first week of division play and are now fighting an uphill battle to keep their title hopes alive. Zero is the number of losses any of them can afford from here on out and still have realistic title hopes.
Central, one of the favorites to win D-I this season, was doubled by Red Lion last week at home. Susquehannock, last season’s D-II champ, is 1-3 this season and lost 28-7 to Dover, last year’s runner-up, a week ago. Littlestown, which shared the D-III crown with York Catholic, lost 22-19 to the Fighting Irish last week.
The season isn’t over for the three squads. Central has a star quarterback and could certainly run the table. The Warriors are in the wide-open Division II, and Littlestown is one of four solid teams who are battling for the D-III crown.
For all three, though, this week has become a must-win game — even more so than a normal game.
Reach Jacob Calvin Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org