After losing its first two Division I games, Red Lion responded with a 41-28 victory over Northeastern. ROB ROSE, @robrosesports
The following are game capsules for York-Adams League football programs for the weekend of Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday, other than Biglerville at York Tech, which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Spring Grove (2-4) at Central York (5-1): The Panthers continued their dominance over York-Adams League teams last week and have outscored their Division I opponents, 148-21 through three games. Meanwhile, the Rockets' last three games have been a struggle. WIth Spring Grove allowing more than 43 points per game and Central York at home, the Panthers should move to 4-0 in the division.
Red Lion (4-2) at York High (4-2): Following consecutive losses to begin Division I play, the Lions had to have their win over Northeastern last week to keep alive any hope of repeating as Division I champions. They got it. Next up, a meeting with a Bearcats team that has hit its stride after a 1-2 start. York High will try to continue its success on the ground with quarterback Tobee Stokes and Tyrell Whitt, while Red Lion will look to wide receiver Randy Fizer to follow up his three-touchdown performance vs. Northeastern with another big game.
South Western (3-3) at Northeastern (5-1): The Bobcats got a test on the road against a Red Lion team that needed a win and came up short. After leading in the fourth quarter against Red Lion, Northeastern will look to bounce back and earn a crucial win before playing Central York and York High in the next two games. The Mustangs opened division play with two wins before a 40-point loss to Central York.
Dallastown (1-5) at New Oxford (3-3): The Colonials stopped the bleeding last week after a 2-0 start to the season quickly turned into a three-game losing streak. With road games at Northeastern and Red Lion still on the schedule, New Oxford has an opportunity to pick up a win and finish the season with a .500 record with a win over Dallastown. The Wildcats have been outscored 99-14 in their three Division I games this season.
York Suburban (6-0) at Dover (2-4): A dreadful 0-4 start to the season the Eagles has quickly turned around with wins over Eastern York and Kennard-Dale. Dover will get a real test this week when the undefeated Trojans come to town. Suburban will have to keep its focus on this game and not look ahead to next week’s meeting with Gettysburg, which could decide the Division II champion.
Eastern York (2-4) at West York (1-5): The Golden Knights played the three teams with the best records in Division II in their first three games and were outscored 133-34. This week offers an opportunity to tie last season’s win total with a victory against the Bulldogs. West York will attempt to ride the momentum from its first win of the season last week vs. Susquehannock after a dreadful start to the campaign.
Kennard-Dale (3-3) at Gettysburg (5-1): The Rams are still searching for that elusive division win after going winless against their divisional opponents last season and losing their first two this year. That won’t be easy this week with a road contest against the Warriors. Gettysburg cruised past its first three divisional opponents and will look to do the same this week to set up a showdown with York Suburban the following week.
Susquehannock (3-3) at Northern York (4-2): The Warriors need to bounce back from a disappointing loss last week to West York to have any hopes of keeping pace with York Suburban and Gettysburg in the division. Susquehannock will look to control the game by running the ball, just as it has for most of this season, with a total of 28 pass attempts in five games. To get the win against the Polar Bears, the Warriors will need to slow down Northern running back Kyle Swartz, who has 1,127 rushing yards this season.
Fairfield (1-5) at York Catholic (2-4): The undefeated 2018 season the Fighting Irish had in 2018 hasn’t carried over because of a large number of seniors lost to graduation. Despite a 1-2 start to division play, a win against Fairfield could push York Catholic in the direction of a .500 season with three winnable games on its schedule against the Knights, Hanover and York Tech, which are a combined 2-16. Fairfield will try to find a way to replicate its success from a week ago vs. Hanover and and pull off another road upset.
Bermudian Springs (4-2) at Delone Catholic (3-3): This contest should decide who can pull ahead in the race for the Division III title with both teams 3-0 in division play. The Squires’ 0-3 start has completely turned around and now they have a chance to get above .500 at home against the Eagles. Bermudian hasn’t allowed a point in its last two games and will need its defense to continue its strong play to get a big win on the road.
Biglerville (1-5) at York Tech (0-6): The Canners have struggled to stop teams on defense this season – allowing at least 21 points in each game — but their offense should be able to get back on track against the Spartans. Biglerville scored a season-high 50 points in its win over Fairfield and will look to find its groove on offense again in this game. Tech has struggled to establish any offense this season, with only six total points in its last four games.
Hanover (1-5) at Littlestown (3-3): A week after picking up their first win, the Nighthawks suffered a defeat at home to a Fairfield team that had not won a game previously. Hanover will have to slow down the Thunderbolts’ offense to have a chance after allowing at least 33 points in each game this season. Littlestown has scored 40 points twice this season and comes off a 46-0 win over York Tech.
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