The success of the undefeated York Suburban football team has been a major York-Adams League sports story for weeks now.
The Trojans, however, are now starting to get some recognition from across the state and across the region.
Suburban (8-0) is now ranked No. 7 in the state in Class 4-A, according to the Pennsylvania Football News. They are the only team from District 3 ranked among the top 10 in 4-A.
Thursday, Suburban's standout running back, Savion Harrison, was one of eight players recognized nationally for a weekly honor from MaxPreps.com, a national website covering high school sports.
Last Friday, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Harrison had a monster game in the Trojans' biggest contest of the season — a York-Adams League showdown of Division II unbeaten teams against Gettysburg. Harrison ran wild in the game, rushing for a career-high 324 yards on 24 carries, including four touchdowns, according to statistics supplied by MaxPreps.com. His TD runs covered 67, 58, 38 and 7 yards. Suburban won the showdown, 30-19.
Because of that performance, Harrison earned the MaxPreps/USA Football Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week award. The Mid-Atlantic Region covers Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina.
For the season, according to Suburban's MaxPreps site, Harrison has rushed for 1,281 yards on 135 carries, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. He's rushed for 18 touchdowns and is averaging 160.1 yards per game. He is second in the York-Adams League in rushing.
Harrison has been helped by a standout offensive line, led by 6-7, 255-pound Garth Barclay, who has already committed to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for NCAA Division I Syracuse University.
Harrison is also a standout defensive back for the Trojans. He's made three interceptions on the season. Against Gettysburg, Harrison had an interception called back on a defensive pass interference penalty. Later in the drive, he deflected a pass that fell incomplete and the Warriors turned the ball over on downs.
Suburban, which is the only unbeaten team in the Y-A League, appears locked into the District 3 Class 4-A playoffs. The Trojans are No. 3 in the current 4-A power ratings behind Susquehanna Township (7-1) and Berks Catholic (5-1). Ten teams will make the 4-A district bracket. Suburban has one District 3 title in program history, back in 1986 when the Trojans won the 2-A crown over Susquehanna Twp., 10-7.
Suburban leads Y-A D-II at 5-0. With two more victories to end the regular season, the Trojans will win their third outright D-II title in five seasons. Suburban also won the division in 2015 and 2016.
The Trojans will finish the regular season at West York (1-7) on Friday, Oct. 18, and at home against Susquehannock (4-4) on Friday, Oct. 25.
OTHER PREP FOOTBALL NOTES
York-Adams stat leaders: The only back ahead of Harrison on the updated list of Y-A rushing leaders is Northeastern's Manny Capo with 1,347 yards on 183 carries. He's averaging 7.4 yards per rush.
The other rushers in the league's top five are Kennard-Dale's Wyatt McCleary (978 yards, 7.9 ypr), Susquehannock's Daniel Clapp (841 yards, 7.0 ypr) and York High's Tyrell Whitt (733 yards, 8.3 ypr).
The top five in Y-A receiving yards are: New Oxford's Abdul Janneh (38 receptions for 761 yards, 20.0 ypc), Northeastern's Jordan Lagana (35 receptions, 621 yards, 17.7 ypc), Eastern York's Kaleb Corwell (41 receptions, 536 yards, 13.1 ypc), Red Lion's Randy Fizer (30 receptions, 508 yards, 16.9 ypc) and Dover's Shane Klinedinst (17 receptions, 443 yards, 26.1 ypc).
The top five in Y-A passing yards are: New Oxford's Brayden Long (110 for 173, 64%, 1,723 yards), Dover's Justin Johnson (81 for 141, 57%, 1,380 yards), Eastern York's Trevor Seitz (97 for 162, 60%, 1,353 yards), Hanover's Chase Roberts (111 for 243, 46% 1,341 yards) and Northeastern's Zech Sanderson (77 for 169, 46%, 1,154 yards).
"Football for Freedom:" The military will be honored before the season-ending rivalry game between Red Lion and Dallastown.
The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Red Lion's Horn Field.
For a decade, the Dallastown-Red Lion contest has served as a tribute to those who have served.
This year, in addition to honorary captains from both schools and a speaking engagement from state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York Township), Red Lion will kick off its campaign for the Junior ROTC at Red Lion. All branches of the military have been invited, and will attend, for an afternoon of games, food and recognition of the military before the Dallastown game.
The game is being billed as "Football for Freedom."
The event will last from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.