Week Zero of the York-Adams League football season is in the books.
Now it’s time to reflect on some of the highlights and leading standouts from those contests.
Among the players to excel during the openers were Red Lion's Randy Fizer, York Suburban's Savion Harrison and Eastern's York's Trevor Seitz.
Here's a closer look at Week Zero:
Randy Fizer does it all for Red Lion: After he surpassed all expectations as a sophomore while switching from quarterback to wide receiver, Red Lion coach Jesse Shay challenged junior wide receiver/safety Randy Fizer to become a player who makes an impact in all three phases of the sport.
Fizer, a 2018 Y-A Division I first-team all-star, more than responded to his coach's challenge against McCaskey on Friday night in a 39-14 Red Lion win.
He caught a touchdown pass, and if not for a pair of penalties that Shay said didn’t really have an impact on the plays, would have had touchdowns on defense and special teams as well.
The junior had a pair of interceptions in the game, one of which he returned for a touchdown. That was called back because of a blocking penalty. Fizer also took a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, but had that touchdown erased by an illegal block.
Shay said Fizer had the talent to make an impact on defense and special teams last season, but wasn’t asked to do so because of the seniors at those positions. If the first game is an example of what’s to come this season, Shay is excited about Fizer’s junior season.
“He was solid at it, but we didn’t need him there as a sophomore,” Shay said. “As a coaching staff we believe in putting our best 11 (players) out there and he’s certainly one of our best 11.”
Shay added that he was happy with the play from a pair of seniors playing key roles on offense in their first seasons as starters. Quarterback Nic Shultz and running back Devyn Gurreri powered the Lions offense to victory with a dominant running game. Gurreri ran all over the Red Tornado defense and finished with 119 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries.
Harrison comes up big in Suburban win: While it wasn’t the players' focus entering the game, York Suburban coach Andy Loucks said stopping the momentum York Catholic had early in the contest in the debut of its new field provided some extra motivation for his players to start strong.
“We weren’t concerned about ruining anybody’s night, we just wanted to get a win,” Loucks said.
The Trojans did just that and used their rushing game to do so en route to a 41-13 triumph. Senior running back Savion Harrison, a Division II first-team all-star in 2018, followed up a strong junior season with a big effort to begin his senior campaign.
Harrison totaled 154 yards with three touchdowns on 10 carries in the victory. A big chunk of Harrison’s production came from one carry — a 90-yard touchdown run — that came from a normal run play where he hit an open hole, broke a pair of arm tackles and outran the Fighting Irish defense for the score.
“For us, it’s not about trying to out-fancy somebody else,” Loucks said. “It’s just trying to be consistent and execute the plays. It definitely helps when you do things right and they can finish it off like that.”
The focus for Suburban coming into this season was to finish games. With 21 points in the fourth quarter, Loucks was proud of the energy his team played with until the game’s final seconds ticked away.
“Last year we lost a couple games we were winning or we were in the game and didn’t finish the game and play the (full) four quarters,” Loucks said. “That’s something the team wanted to make sure we really put our effort into once we got up.”
Suburban also ended a four-game losing streak against the Irish. The Trojans get to exact some more revenge next Friday when they play host to Delone Catholic, a team that handled the Trojans 62-0 last season.
Seitz shines in loss to Columbia: After he threw for 2,800 yards and 38 touchdowns in his first year as a varsity quarterback, the pressure was on Eastern York senior quarterback Trevor Seitz to follow up his strong season without two of his top weapons from last year.
With wide receivers Demonte Martin and Dylan Zurin now playing NCAA Division I football, Seitz needed to become even more of a leader this season, while also helping to bring along a number of young skill-position players for the Golden Knights.
In his first game of the season, a 35-28 loss to Columbia, Seitz was 20 for 36 for 272 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 26 yards and added another score with his legs.
“When you lose two players of that caliber, I think it’s easy to attribute one’s success to them,” Eastern York coach Josh Campbell said. “Obviously, they were very good players and it helped Trevor, but Trevor in his own right is a very good player. It was nice to see him have success on the field.”
As for Seitz’s new targets, senior running back/wide receiver Kaleb Corwell had 11 catches for 151 yards and added another 52 yards out of the backfield. In addition to Corwell’s usual production, senior wide receiver Eliot Whiteside caught three passes for 29 yards and both of Seitz’s touchdown passes.
Campbell said that he didn’t consider the first game the Golden Knights’ Super Bowl, and while they wanted to pull out the win in a close contest, something they struggled with during last year’s 3-7 campaign, the team had chances to win and would learn from the result.
“We had opportunities to win, Columbia had opportunities to win, too, and they just ended up making a couple more plays than we did in the end,” Campbell said.
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