Football game capsules for York-Adams League programs for weekend of Sept. 20-21
- Northeastern looks to improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in Division I against Dallastown.
- York Suburban attempts to improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in Division II against Kennard-Dale.
- Littlestown will try to move to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Division III at Delone Catholic.
The following are game capsules for York-Adams League football programs for the weekend of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday, other than West York at Wyomissing, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Dallastown (1-3) at Northeastern (4-0): The Bobcats’ 4-0 start to the season has been a surprise to many, but not to the team. Northeastern has scored at least three touchdowns in each game and allowed 14 or fewer points in the past three contests. Those numbers don’t bode well for the visiting Wildcats, who have scored double-digit points in one game and will need to try and slow down Manny Capo, the York-Adams League rushing leader with 728 yards and nine touchdowns.
New Oxford (2-2) at Central York (3-1): A week after a dominant win over Red Lion, Central York battles another of Division I’s top offenses. This contest could come down to which quarterback can make more plays for his team. While senior Brayden Long will continue to look for his top target on the Colonials — wide receiver Abdul Janneh — the health of the Panthers' quarterback, Beau Pribula, who sat out the second half of last week’s win as a precaution because of an injury, may decide how this game goes.
Red Lion (3-1) at South Western (2-2): After losing their first two games, the Mustangs have won two straight entering this meeting. The Lions had everything go wrong last week against Central York and will look to get back on track and keep pace in Division I. Red Lion won the 2018 meeting between the teams, 37-7.
Spring Grove (2-2) at York High (2-2): The Bearcats rebounded from a disappointing loss to Cedar Crest by winning a high-scoring affair against New Oxford. Spring Grove enters the game after a 40-14 loss to Northeastern after winning its previous two games. York High will look to establish its running game with quarterback Tobee Stokes and running back Tyrell Whitt, who have combined for 902 yards on the ground this season.
Kennard-Dale (3-1) at York Suburban (4-0): Through four games, the Trojans have matched their win total from a season ago and opened division play with a five-touchdown victory over Eastern York. This week offers a real test. The Rams enter with a group of seniors looking for revenge against their Division II opponents that held them without a win during division play last season. This contest may be decided on the ground. Two of the league’s premier running backs — York Suburban’s Savion Harrison (678 yards) and Kennard-Dale’s Wyatt McCleary (720 yards) — have had tremendous success running the ball this season.
Eastern York (2-2) at Dover (0-4): After scoring at least 28 points in their first three games, the Golden Knights were held to just seven in their loss to begin division play. Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled to score, with fewer than 14 points in three games this season. The winner of this game will likely be the team that moves the ball better through the air. Eastern York’s Trevor Seitz (841 yards) and Dover’s Justin Johnson (818 yards) are No. 3 and No. 4 in the York-Adams League passing ranks, respectively.
Susquehannock (3-1) at Gettysburg (3-1): This game offers one team a chance to improve to 2-0 in Division II and possibly take a lead in the division, depending on the results in the other games. Like the other top contest in this division between K-D and York Suburban, this battle may be won on the ground. Susquehannock’s offense is led by running back Daniel Clapp (492 yards) while Gettysburg will feature do-everything standout Charles Warren (347 yards rushing).
West York (0-4) at Wyomissing (4-0): This season hasn’t gone the way the Bulldogs hoped and it won’t get any easier this week. West York has scored 19 total points in its first four games and now travels to face a Wyomissing team that has scored more than 30 points in three of its games. In 2018, Wyomissing won the meeting between the teams, 34-14. Wyomissing is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 3-A, according to one poll.
Bermudian Springs (2-2) at Fairfield (0-4): The Eagles enter this game with an opportunity to jump out to a 2-0 start in division play. The Knights’ offense has woken up in the past two weeks with a combined 41 points after being shut out in their first two games. Bermudian won the 2018 meeting between the teams, 34-6.
Biglerville (1-3) at York Catholic (1-3): Both teams need to win this contest to try and keep pace in the early part of division play and can’t afford to fall to 0-2. For the Fighting Irish to win this game they'll have to slow down the Canners’ backfield duo of Sam Hurda (376 yards) and Kalen Sharrah (294 yards). York Catholic won the 2018 meeting between the teams, 38-0.
York Tech (0-4) at Hanover (0-4): The opportunity to earn their first victory is out there for the taking for both teams in this game. The Spartans have used the running game to have some success in 2019 with running back JoJo Nieves (437 yards), while the Nighthawks' quarterback, Chase Roberts, is second in the league in passing with 854 yards. Hanover won the 2018 meeting between the teams, 44-12.
Littlestown (2-2) at Delone Catholic (1-3): The Squires picked up their first win of the season at the right time as division play began. The Thunderbolts also began division play with a win and could be 3-1 if not for some late plays that decided a shootout against Eastern York. This contest features two of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league between Littlestown’s Zach Ressler (611 yards) and Delone Catholic’s Kevin Mowery (476 yards).
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