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Get the skinny: Here are Week 7 football game capsules for York-Adams teams

ROB ROSE
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  • Central York is at Central Dauphin in a District 3 6-A semifinal.
  • Delone Catholic plays host to Steel-High in the District 3 1-A title game.
  • Bermudian Springs is at Middletown in a District 3 3-A semifinal.

The following are game capsules for York-Adams League football programs for the games of Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. All games are at 7 p.m. Friday, except York Catholic at York Tech, which will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday.

DISTRICT 3 PLAYOFFS

Class 6-A Semifinal — Central York (6-0): at Central Dauphin (5-0): The Panthers have destroyed each of their opponents this season, boasting a 354-10 point differential, but now comes a true test. The Rams are ranked No. 2 in the state in 6-A and easily handled all of their opponents as well. Central York junior quarterback Beau Pribula (24 TD passes, two interceptions, 73% completion percentage) may be the most-heralded player on the field, but it’s time to find out just how special this dominant Panthers team really is. Last year, the Panthers suffered a 47-14 first-round district loss to Harrisburg. No 6-A team from the York-Adams League has ever won a district playoff game since the 6-A playoffs started in 2016.

Delone Catholic outside linebacker Elijah Staub reacts after the Squires score their first touchdown against York Catholic, Friday, October 23, 2020
John A. Pavoncello photo

Class 1-A Championship — Steel-High (5-0) at Delone Catholic (6-0): These teams met in the 2019 District 3 semifinals and the Squires hope it goes the same way this year. Delone Catholic put up lots of points in the 39-27 victory a year ago, but it might need more to win this game. The Steamrollers, featuring star wideout Mekhi Flowers, have lived up their name this season with individual game totals of 77 and 65 points. This will be the fourth meeting between Delone and Steel-High in three years. Delone has won two of the previous three meetings during that span. Delone is looking for a district title breakthrough after falling in a district final in each of the last two years. Delone does own eight district titles, with the last coming in 2012 — over Steel-High. The Rollers are ranked No. 3 in the state in 1-A. 

Class 3-A Semifinal — Bermudian Springs (4-2) at Middletown (3-1): The Eagles’ two losses came against the parochial powers in York-Adams Division III (Delone Catholic and York Catholic). Now they get to test their talents against a familiar foe. Bermudian lost to Middletown in the 2018 playoffs, 42-20. The Eagles get a shot to avenge that loss. The Blue Raiders come off a 49-14 blowout win of Trinity. 

Class 6-A — York High (7-0) advanced to the District 3 6-A final after Harrisburg was forced to forfeit because of COVID-19 exposure.

DIVISION I

Red Lion (4-2) at Dallastown (1-3): The Lions continue to score points every week and should do the same on Friday in this match-up of neighboring rivals. Red Lion’s defense showed up last week and held Spring Grove to one score, a week after the Rockets ran up and down the field against the Wildcats. If it is Randy Fizer’s last high school game on Friday, the senior will have a chance to break a few more records against a young Dallastown team. Red Lion beat Dallastown last year, 28-21.

Spring Grove's Tyree Brooks, left, works to take down Dallastown's Egan Granholm during football action at Papermaker Stadium in Jackson Township, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Spring Grove would win the game 41-26. Dawn J. Sagert photo

South Western (1-4) at Spring Grove (3-3): The Rockets had big goals entering this season and can end the year with a winning record one season after it went 0-7 in division play. Spring Grove has lost to the top three teams in Y-A D-I, but handled the teams that have struggled. The Mustangs had higher expectations for this season, but appear to be another year away from climbing up the standings. South Western won last year's meeting, 44-25.

Northeastern (0-6) at Dover (1-4): It took more than a month, but the Eagles earned their first Y-A D-I win last week and now have a chance to end the season on a winning streak. The Bobcats suffered another brutal loss with a 64-7 defeat to York High last week and have been unable to stop anyone, allowing 46 points per game.

DIVISION II

Kennard-Dale (3-2) at Eastern York (1-4): This game features a true clash of styles. The Rams will try to run the ball and control the line of scrimmage, while the Golden Knights have the athletes to air it out and score points with their passing game. The Rams come off a 35-7 win over Susquehannock — the lone team Eastern York beat this season, 14-0, two weeks ago before its bye. K-D beat Eastern in 2019, 34-12.

York Suburban (3-2) at Susquehannock (0-5): It hasn’t been the year that either of these teams hoped for, but the Trojans can close out a solid season with another big victory. Suburban scored 50 points last week against West York and the Bulldogs beat the Warriors earlier this year. Suburban dominated Susquehannock last year, 41-14.

Kennard-Dale's Brockets Gilland, right, works to take down New Oxford's Dylan Forbes 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 (5-0) at West York (2-2): A strong start for the Bulldogs has given way to a two-game skid. The Colonials, on the other hand, have dominated in their first season in Y-A D-II and will look to get the win and a perfect D-II season, while also avoiding any injuries ahead of their District 3 5-A semifinal playoff game next week against a state-ranked Warwick outfit.

DIVISION III

Fairfield (2-4) at Littlestown (3-3): The Knights had to wait a month in between wins, but tied their win total from 2019 with a big victory over York Tech last week. The Thunderbolts have beaten each Y-A D-III team that didn’t qualify for the District 3 playoffs and will look to continue that trend and close out the year with a winning record. Littlestown rolled past Fairfield in 2019, 40-15.

York Catholic (5-1) at York Tech (1-5): The Fighting Irish suffered a rough loss to the rival Delone Squires on their home field last week and now have a week to recalibrate before their District 3 Class 2-A title game the following week vs. Camp Hill. The Spartans have now lost four straight games after their big Week 2 win. YC beat Tech 49-8 in 2019.

Hanover (2-4) at Biglerville (1-5): No this isn’t a typo, these teams are playing again this week. With their originally scheduled opponents (Bermudian and Delone) in the district playoffs, the Nighthawks and Canners will face each other once more. Biglerville will try to capture the victory as the home team this time around after Hanover won, 21-20, on its home turf last week.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.