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Get the lowdown: Week 5 football game capsules for York-Adams League teams

ROB ROSE
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  • In Division I, Central York and York High will be favored to continue unbeaten seasons.
  • In Division II, Gettysburg and New Oxford also look to continue undefeated campaigns.
  • In Division III, York Catholic and Delone Catholic look primed to stay perfect on the season.

The following are game capsules for York-Adams League football programs for the games of Friday, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday, expect Bermudian Springs at York Tech, which will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday, and York Suburban at Gettysburg, which is 7 p.m. Saturday.

DIVISION I

Central York (4-0) at Northeastern (0-4): The Panthers continued their domination of divisional opponents with another shutout win last week. Central York has allowed just one field goal in four games while junior quarterback Beau Pribula has completed 74% of his passes and accounted for 18 total touchdowns in four games. The Bobcats have fought hard to keep their games close, but this contest is likely to feature the Panthers’ reserves after halftime. Central rolled past Northeastern a season ago, 57-7.

Dallastown (1-1) at Spring Grove (2-2): The Rockets come off a shutout loss at home to powerhouse Central, but get a chance to get back above .500 in front of their home fans. Spring Grove has looked good when not playing Division I's two undefeated teams (York High and Central York) and will look to keep that going on Friday. The Wildcats had another week off after they had a second game postponed because of COVID-19 last weekend. The Wildcats will hope the extra week to prepare can guide them to a second win in three games. Dallastown beat Spring Grove in 2019, 29-20.

York High's Antoine Beard, left, looks to stop Red Lion's Randy Fizer Jr. during football action at Horn Field in Red Lion, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. York High would win the game 34-30. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Red Lion (2-2) at Dover (0-3): The Lions suffered a crushing close defeat at home to York High last week, letting a big lead slip away, but get a chance to bounce back against the Eagles this week. Dover’s last game was postponed because of COVID-19. The Eagles struggled against D-I powers York High and Central York, so this game will be a test to see if the new team in D-I is ready to compete with another traditional power in the division.

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South Western (1-2) at York High (4-0): The Bearcats’ roster may be young, but they already know how to win. York High’s offense is led by sophomore running back Jaheim White, who continues to shred opposing defenses, while the Bearcats’ defense finds its roles and continues to improve. If the Mustangs can hold White under 200 yards it will be a moral victory at least, but they will need to establish their own rushing attack to compete on the road. White is averaging 225 yards rushing per game. York High beat the Mustangs a year ago, 28-17.

DIVISION II

Eastern York (0-4) at Susquehannock (0-3): Someone’s rough start to the season is about to finally end. After a pair of big losses, the Warriors played West York tough before a bye last week. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights lost each of their first three games by more than two scores before dropping a 40-39 contest to the Bulldogs on Friday. Eastern York has the offensive firepower to pull away from Susquehannock, but will need its defense to step up to get its first win. Susquehannock won this game last season, 42-20.

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York Suburban (1-2) at Gettysburg (3-0): The defending D-II champion Trojans have not been able to replicate their prolific offensive performance from Week 1 again this season and now face possibly the toughest defense in the division. Gettysburg got out to a big lead on Kennard-Dale last week, but nearly let the Rams come all the way back. Suburban won this matchup last year, 30-19, en route to an undefeated regular season, but this year the Trojans need a win to avoid a losing campaign in 2020.

Kennard-Dale (1-2) at West York (2-0): The Bulldogs are off to a surprise 2-0 start after winning just one game a year ago. West York will get a tougher test with the Rams this week. K-D beat York Suburban in its opener and battled two unbeaten teams (Gettysburg and New Oxford) tough, while the Bulldogs beat the two D-II teams without a win this year — Eastern York and Susquehannock. K-D beat West York in 2019, 42-14.

Kennard-Dale's Steven Lukes, right, works to pull down New Oxford's Benjamin Leese during football action at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. New Oxford would win the game 28-12. Dawn J. Sagert photo

New Oxford (4-0) has a bye this week.

DIVISION III

Biglerville (1-3) at Littlestown (2-2): The Thunderbolts had a rough draw playing York Catholic and Delone Catholic to begin the year. The Fighting Irish and Squires are both unbeaten. The Thunderbolts, however, have bounced back nicely. Littlestown has found its offense after scoring 13 total points in the first two games combined. The Canners erupted for 39 points last week after scoring just 27 total points in the first three games. Littlestown shut out Biglerville last year, 20-0.

Fairfield (1-3) at Delone Catholic (4-0): The Squires continued to roll through their early-season schedule with their toughest test yet against Bermudian Springs last week. Fairfield continues to head in the wrong direction after a Week 1 win. Delone Catholic just needs to stay focused on this week’s game and not look ahead to next week’s showdown with unbeaten York Catholic. Delone beat Fairfield last year, 44-13.

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Hanover (1-3) at York Catholic (4-0): Everything written above about Delone Catholic goes for York Catholic as well. The Fighting Irish are allowing just seven points per game and haven’t played a one-score game since Week 1. Next week’s meeting with the Squires looms large, but the Irish need to take care of the Nighthawks first. York Catholic did just that last year, with a 24-0 win over Hanover.

Bermudian Springs (2-2) at York Tech (1-3): After a 2-0 start, the Eagles have been slowed down by a pair of meetings with the undefeated parochial powers, Delone and York Catholic. This week they travel to face a Spartans team that is much more difficult to beat this season than in previous years. Bermudian scored a combined 80 points in the first two weeks and will need to find that offensive firepower again to get to over .500. Bermudian handled Tech last season, 48-8.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.