York Catholic, Kennard-Dale capture outright division titles; other weekend football

Nick Creisher, seen here in a file photo, had 16 tackles on Friday night for York Catholic.

The York Catholic and Kennard-Dale football programs sewed up championship regular seasons over the weekend.

Now both teams are looking ahead to District 3 competition.

The Fighting Irish wrapped up a perfect regular season and clinched the outright York-Adams League Division III championship on Friday night.

The Fighting Irish shut down the visiting York Tech Spartans, 28-0, to clinch the division title for the time since 2018. They finished the third undefeated regular season in program history.

With the win, York Catholic (9-0) clinched the No. 1 spot in the District 3 Class 2-A power ratings and is expected to play host to No. 4 seed Susquenita (5-4) in the playoff semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

The official District 3 football brackets will not be released until noon Monday. In all, 10 York-Adams League teams are expected to earn District 3 football berths.

In the win vs. Tech, Nick Creisher had 16 tackles and York Catholic rushed for 195 yards.

Tech finished 1-9.

Kennard-Dale, meanwhile, rolled to a 42-21 victory over visiting Eastern York on Saturday night.

The game was originally set for Friday, but was postoned until Saturday.

The Rams finished with the program's best-ever regular season at 9-1. They also clinched the program's first-ever division title, winning York-Adams Division II at 6-0.

K-D also made a move up to No. 3 in the final District 3 4-A power ratings. That seeding should earn the Rams a first-round bye and a home game in the district 4-A quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 12, against No. 6 seed Donegal (7-2).

Eastern fell to 2-8.


Rockets keep rolling: Spring Grove's defense was dominant en route to a 35-0 win at South Western on Friday.

The Rockets held the Mustangs to fewer than 100 total yards of offense.

Both teams have made the District 3 Class 5-A playoffs. Spring Grove (8-1) should be the No. 4 seed and should play host to No. 13 seed Twin Valley at 7 p.m. Friday. South Western (6-4) looks like the No. 10 seed and will likely travel to No. 7 seed Exeter (6-3) on Friday.

Squires secure spot, Fairfield falls short: Delone Catholic needed a win and some help from Littlestown to enter the District 3 1-A playoffs and got it on Friday night.

The Squires won at Hanover, 8-0, and jumped over Fairfield for the No. 2 spot in the 1-A power ratings. Only the top two teams in 1-A make the district field.

Coltyn Keller rushed for 82 yards on 21 carries for Delone.

No. 2 Delone (6-4) is set to play No. 1 Steel-High (7-2), which is ranked No. 1 in the state in 2-A and is the defending 2-A state champion. Steel-High, however, has lost its last two games.

The 1-A title game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Steel-High.

Fairfield lost at home to Littlestown, 28-7, and dropped down to No. 3 in the 1-A ratings and out of the championship game.

Fairfield is 5-4 and Littlestown is 3-6. Nate Holt's 145 rushing yards sparked the Littlestown win.

Colonials crush Bulldogs: New Oxford needed a big win to keep its playoff hopes alive and got it on Friday.

The Colonials cruised to a 37-0 win over visiting West York and grabbed the 14th-and-final spot in the District 3 5-A power ratings.

New Oxford (6-4) is expected to travel to No. 3 seed Shippensburg (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round.

The Colonials held the Bulldogs (0-10) to minus-8 yards in total offense.

Eagles finish .500: Bermudian Springs bounced back from a struggling start to finish the season at 5-5 and earn a District 3 3-A playoff berth.

The Eagles ended the regular season with a 27-0 victory over visiting Biglerville (0-9) on Friday. It was the Eagles' third consecutive victory.

Bermudian is expected to be the No. 6 seed in 3-A and will play at No. 3 seed Hamburg (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.

In the win vs. Biglerville, the Eagles had 412 rushing yards, led by Chanse Boyer (27 rushes for 189 yards) and Ricky Pacana (11 rushes for 161 yards).

Gettysburg wins close one: Gettysburg outlasted visiting Twin Valley in a nonleague contest on Saturday night, 31-28.

The Warriors (7-3) earned the No. 9 seed in the District 3 Class 5-A field, while Twin Valley fell to 6-4 and earned the No. 13 seed in the district 5-A bracket.

Gettysburg is expected to travel to No. 8 seed Warwick (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in a district 5-A first-round contest.

Wildcats win big: Dallastown closed out its 2021 regular season with a 41-14 road victory over rival Red Lion on Friday.

The Wildcats finished the season at 6-4 and outside of the playoffs. Red Lion's record fell to 2-8.

Coleton Mahorney led Dallastown with 134 yards rushing on 16 carries, including a touchdown.

Trojans finish strong: York Suburban closed out a difficult season with some success on Friday.

The Trojans picked up a 21-10 home victory over Susquehannock. Suburban ends the season 3-6, while Susquehannock finished at 5-5 after going winless in 2020.

Mike Bentivegna led Suburban with 205 rushing yards on 18 carries. He scored all three of Suburban's touchdowns.

Susquehannock's Zach Pecunes rushed 18 times for 172 yards.

Bobcats, Eagles in wild one: Neither Northeastern nor Dover was able to score many points this season, but that changed on Friday.

Northeastern defeated Dover, 40-33, in a surprising overtime shootout.

The Bobcats closed out the campaign 2-8, while the Eagles end the year 1-9.

Lucas Runk (13 rushes, 143 yards) and Gavin Mullins (23 rushes, 130 yards) had big ground games in a losing cause.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.