HEISER: Some York-Adams League football numbers to chew on heading into Week 5

  • The top four York-Adams League teams in turnover differential are each 4-0.
  • Central York QB Beau Pribula has 15 TDs and two interceptions. He's completing 74% of his passes.
  • York High running back Jaheim White has rushed for 900 yards. He's averaging 12.7 yards per carry.
  • The Central York defense has yet to give up a touchdown yet this season.
The York High defense closes in on Red Lion quarterback Randy Fizer last Friday. The Bearcats are are one of the league leaders in turnover differential.

“Hold on to the damn ball.”

It’s a line that was made famous in the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights.” It’s also a line that most high school coaches repeat to their players again and again.

There’s a good reason for that. Holding on to the damn ball is seriously important.

Want proof?

All you have to do is check out the updated York-Adams League football statistics provided by Ryan Vandersloot at yorkdispatch.com.

The numbers speak for themselves.

After four games, the top four teams in the league in turnover differential are all 4-0 — New Oxford, York High, Delone Catholic and York Catholic. Each has at least a plus-five turnover differential.

Turnover differential is not a sexy stat. It’s not something that normally garners headlines, like four-touchdown games, 300-yard rushing performances or 400-yard passing efforts.

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If you want to win consistently, however, it may be the most telling stat of all.  

That’s just one of several statistical notes of interest heading into the fifth week of the Y-A season.

Here are some others:

Central York quarterback Beau Pribula.

News flash: Here’s a news flash — Beau Pribula and Jaheim White are pretty good.

OK, that’s not really breaking news. Anyone who follows the local high school football scene knows that the Central York junior quarterback and the York High sophomore running back are uber-talented players.

Their stats, however, can’t be ignored.

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Prubula has already committed to Penn State, and during Central’s 4-0 start he’s shown why James Franklin is so high on him. Pribula is 56 for 76 (74%) for 824 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s averaging nearly 11 yards per passing attempt.

White, meanwhile, is enjoying a breakout season at York High with 900 yards rushing, averaging 225 yards per game on the ground and 12.7 yards per rush.

Delone Catholic's Tate Neiderer.

Do-it-all man: If you’re looking for possibly the most versatile athlete in the league, you could do a lot worse than Delone Catholic senior Tate Neiderer.

The Squires’ fullback has piled up 11 touchdowns already this season and is the league leader in points scored with 66.

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Neiderer is not just a TD machine either. He’s also fourth in the league in rushing at 471 yards, averaging 118 yards per game. He’s also Delone’s leader in receiving yards with 109. And defensively, the reigning D-III Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 11 tackles per game with two total sacks.

Not bad for a kid who weighs just 175 pounds.

Don’t sleep on Wyche: While White’s exploits have deservedly garnered a lot of attention, another Y-A running back is quietly enjoying a standout season.

York Catholic’s De'Kzeon Wyche is second in the league in rushing with 554 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and nearly 140 yards per game.

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In just more than a week, when Delone travels to York Catholic in a showdown for the D-III crown, it should be fun to watch Neiderer and Wyche on the same field.

Northeastern running back Manny Capo.

Capo still going strong: The Northeastern Bobcats aren’t having the kind of season they had hoped to have at 0-4.

Running back Manny Capo, however, is still putting up stellar numbers. The defending Y-A rushing champion, after gaining more than 1,700 yards last season, has piled up 489 yards in 2020, averaging 122 yards per game and 7.9 yards per carry. He's third in the league in rushing yards.

A top dual threat: Like Wyche, Red Lion quarterback Randy Fizer is likely getting overshadowed by Pribula’s staggering numbers.

Still, the Lions senior is putting up some pretty impressive stats in his return to the QB position after spending the previous two seasons as a wideout.

He’s fifth in the league in rushing with 398 yards (tops among league QBs), averaging just a tick under 100 yards per game on the ground and 5.8 yards per carry.

He’s also thrown for 529 yards, giving him more than 900 total yards, while also completing 63% of his passes.

The Panthers juggernaut: With Pribula at the helm, it’s not all that surprising that Central leads the league in scoring at 52.3 points per game.

Defensively, however, the Panthers have been just as good — maybe even better. They’ve yet to give up a touchdown, allowing just a lone field goal on the season. That comes out to a minuscule points-allowed average of 0.75, which also leads the league.

Central has won each of its games by the mercy rule.

York Suburban wideout Kenny Johnson.

Receiving leaders: York Suburban’s Kenny Johnson is the league leader in receiving yards with 377. The sophomore is averaging 22.2 yards per catch.

The league leader in receptions is Red Lion’s Jeff Nyamekye with 22. He’s averaging 13.9 yards per catch.

Central’s Taylor Wright-Rawls is the leader in TD receptions with seven, which is one more than Johnson. Wright-Rawls has 12 catches, which means that nearly 60% of his catches have gone for touchdowns.

Finally, in terms of yards per catch, no one can match Northeastern’s Kaden Hamilton, who is averaging 36.3 yards per catch. Despite having just seven catches, he is fourth in the league in receiving yards at 254.

— Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com. Stats for this story were mainly provided by the teams on MaxPreps.com.