District 3 football game capsules for York-Adams League teams on Friday, Nov. 8
- New Oxford travels to Cedar Cliff for an offensive showdown.
- York Suburban begins its district title run after a first-round bye.
- Delone Catholic looks for a ninth straight win in the Class 2-A title game.
The following are District 3 game capsules for York-Adams League football programs for Friday, Nov. 8. All games start at 7 p.m.
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 5-A QUARTERFINAL
New Oxford (7-4) at Cedar Cliff (8-2): The Colts have won seven straight games and played stout defense during the streak. Cedar Cliff has allowed 20 points twice since its last loss and will need to continue its defensive success against the New Oxford offense.
This playoff contest features two players that own offensive school records at their respective positions. New Oxford quarterback Brayden Long broke the Adams County career passing yards record with nearly 6,500 yards. The Colts’ offense is led by running back Jaheim Morris, who reached 4,054 career rushing yards in the regular-season finale to set the program record.
The Colonials will need to use their successful formula that contained Northeastern standout running back Manny Capo last week against Morris to pick up a road win against the Colts.
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 4-A QUARTERFINALS
Lampeter-Strasburg (8-3) at York Suburban (10-0): The Trojans ran through their 2019 schedule and rarely were challenged. With all 10 wins by more than 10 points, Suburban used a balanced blend of offense and defense to dominate opponents.
The Pioneers have been equally dominant in their victories, scoring more than 30 points in each win. L-S produced a strong season despite losing its starting quarterback, Sean McTaggart, to a knee injury in its first game. McTaggart had been drawing interest from schools such as Penn State, Delaware and Villanova.
The teams had one common opponent this season in West York. The Trojans beat the Bulldogs, 41-10, while L-S defeated West York, 49-6.
Gettysburg (9-2) at Berks Catholic (6-4): The Warriors’ only two losses came to undefeated York Suburban and Bishop McDevitt, which will also be in action this weekend in the district playoffs.
Other than the loss to Suburban, Gettysburg’s last loss was in August and the team has beaten each of those teams by at least two touchdowns.
Berks Catholic’s best win this season came in its first game, a victory over Exeter Township, which eliminated York High in the District 3 5-A playoffs last Friday. The Saints’ offense features a group of running backs that carry the ball. The Saints don't pass the ball much.
The Saints’ only loss at home this season was at the hands of 10-0 Wyomissing in the regular-season finale.
DISTRICT 3 CLASS 2-A CHAMPIONSHIP
Delone Catholic (8-3) at Upper Dauphin (11-0): After an 0-3 start to the season, reaching the district title game seemed nearly impossible for the Squires. Eight straight wins has put Delone Catholic a win away from some hardware.
The Squires will have to continue to pull off big road wins to get past the Trojans. Upper Dauphin has run through every team on its schedule this season and scored 400 more points than its opponents.
Delone Catholic’s offense has been unleashed during its winning streak as well. The Squires have scored 39 or more points in six of their eight wins and will need to continue putting up points to leave with the title.
Delone beat Upper Dauphin in last year's District 3 2-A semifinals, 48-23.
Upper Dauphin's 6-3, 210-pound senior QB, Macklin Ayers, has rushed for 1,713 yards and passed for 1,072 yards. He also leads UD in tackles from his linebacker spot.
Reach Rob Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.