The York-Adams League is halfway through the football season and the divisional races are heating up. Week 6 of the campaign offers crucial rivalries and matchups throughout the roster.
The 11-game schedule includes two 2-0 divisional team clashes and three team matches without a divisional win. Other games, though it’s too early to tell, could be the difference between winning and missing the playoffs in a few weeks.
York High is inactive this week, while Kennard-Dale has a non-league game scheduled for Saturday night. The other 20 teams in the league face off against divisional foes, with nine of 11 total tilts kicking off at 7 p.m. Friday.
Here’s what to expect this weekend:
Central York (4-1, 2-0) at Dallastown (3-2, 2-0): The Panthers may have faced their toughest Divisional test in years but overcame their mistakes to beat South Western, 30-28, and extend their Division I winning streak to 22 games in a row. Now comes a road meeting with the Wildcats, who have won three straight games. Dallastown will likely need Pitt’s senior promise Kenny Johnson — last week’s DI Skill Player of the Week — to elevate his game even higher if the Wildcats are to keep pace.
Spring Grove (3-2, 0-1) at Northeastern (1-4, 0-2): The Rockets, who lost 42-7 at Central York in their first division game, rebounded last week with a 36-7 victory over Eastern York. Northeastern is also still looking for a division win after a lopsided loss to York High and a poor finish to Dallastown. The Bobcats averaged just 12 points per game while allowing 33.
Southwest (3-2, 0-2) at Red Lion (2-3, 0-1): It’s been a frustrating two weeks for the Mustangs, who gave up a last-minute touchdown to Dallastown and lost just two points to Central York. This team has shown they can compete with anyone, but would like the results to reflect that this time around. Red Lion dropped its third straight contest last Friday; the Lions actually played 67 games to York High’s 37, but the explosive Bearcats still won 46-14.
New Oxford (4-1, 2-0) at Susquehannock (2-3, 0-1): The Colonials beat both Dover and York Suburban by multiple scores to move into a strong position at the top of the standings. Susquehannock, who rushed for just 65 yards on 20 attempts in last week’s 29-15 loss to Dover, will need more firepower to keep up with the Warriors’ comeback.
Dover (3-2, 1-1) at York Suburban (2-3, 0-2): Eagles quarterback Aric Campbell threw three touchdowns to lead Dover past Susquehannock last week, while the Trojans couldn’t capitalize on Mikey Bentivegna’s 150 rushing yards and kickoff return touchdown in a loss to New Oxford. A win could be vital for both teams as playoff champs take shape over time.
West York (1-4, 1-1) against Eastern York (1-4, 0-1): Aside from a 34-20 win over York Suburban in Week 4, the visiting Bulldogs have struggled offensively this season, averaging just 208 yards per game. The Golden Knights’ bugaboo, meanwhile, has been turnovers — Eastern York has 14 gifts and a minus-8 turnover margin this fall.
Delone Catholic (2-3, 2-0) at York Catholic (2-3, 2-0): This rivalry showdown always brings extra anticipation, and the division’s top spot on the line only adds to that. Squires running back Brady Dettinburn is the reigning D-III Skill Player of the Week after rushing for 153 yards and one interception on defense against Littlestown. Fighting Irish quarterback Levan McFadden won the honor a week before and went on to do it all for York Catholic.
Hanover (2-3, 1-1) at Bermudian Springs (1-4, 1-1): Both teams picked up their Premier League victories last week, with Bermudian Springs losing their winless tag. Eagles lineman Montana Speelman earned weekly D-III honors for wreaking havoc on defense and opening holes for the rushing offense. The Nighthawks exploded for 56 points in a comeback win over Fairfield; they had scored 38 in their first four games, with a maximum of 12.
Littlestown (1-4, 1-1) at Fairfield (1-3, 1-1): It will be a contrast of styles in this game, with Alex Popoff and the Thunderbolts happy to pass visiting the more entrenched Green Knights. Both teams won their first division games before losing last week – Littlestown fell 27-21 at Delone Catholic, while Fairfield were on the wrong end of a 56-19 rout at Hanover.
Biglerville (2-3, 0-2) at York Tech (1-4, 0-2): Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and both teams have surely had an anxious week of preparation. The loser will be alone in last place in the division, while the winner will still have a path to contention with four weekends remaining. Running backs Seth Lady and Anthony Torres are expected to remain the focal points for the Canners and Spartans, respectively.
OUT OF DIVISION
Kennard-Dale (2-3) at Fleetwood (2-3): This match features two teams with opposite trajectories in their respective leagues. The Rams, after starting the season 0-3, picked up a pair of YAIAA Division II victories. The host Tigers have won two of their first three contests, but have lost 42-14 to Twin Valley and 44-0 at Garden Spot over the past two weeks. Kennard-Dale gets an extra day off before making the nearly two-hour trip north for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff.