Following is Friday’s schedule of York-Adams football

contests. Scores will be posted as soon as they become

available.

FRIDAY

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Bermudian Springs 34, New Oxford 7. F

Cumberland Valley 21, Spring Grove 17. F

Red Lion 28, Hershey 7. F

Dover 34, Shippensburg 13. F

Littlestown 18, Boiling Springs 13. F

Annville-Cleona 10, Biglerville 0. F

Northeastern 20, York Catholic 17. F

Pequea Valley 20, York Tech 12. F

Red Land 25, York Suburban 0. F

Reading 26, York High 25. F

James Buchanan 27, Hanover 19. F

Gettysburg 44, South Western 41. F

Waynesboro 53, Kennard-Dale 7. F

Newport 24, Fairfield 21. F

West York 41, Central York 20. F

Northern York 48, Susquehannock 28. F

Eastern York 35, Columbia 14. F

Trinity 37, Delone Catholic 30. F

Dallastown 35, Lancaster Catholic 14. F

High school football season starts Friday night.

Are you ready?

The York Dispatch sure is.

For complete coverage of Friday’s action, visit yorkdispatch.com.

John Walk will cover the West York-Central York rivalry. Look for his game story, and lots of photos, shortly after the conclusion of the game.

In addition, Ryan Vandersloot will man our live high school scoreboard, to keep you up to date on all of the games.

You can also check out the action on Twitter. Walk will send out Tweets from @yorksportsguy, while Vandersloot will Tweet from @yaiaascores.

It’s all on yorkdispatch.com on Friday night.

By RYAN VANDERSLOOT
505-5446/@yaiaascores

York Catholic’s Nick Geiman hits out of a sand trap during a York-Adams Division III match at Springwood Golf Course on Thursday. Geiman finished
York Catholic’s Nick Geiman hits out of a sand trap during a York-Adams Division III match at Springwood Golf Course on Thursday. Geiman finished with a 6-under-par 66 to lead York Catholic to the team win. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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The Eastern York golf team has dominated the York-Adams League Division II circuit throughout the early part of the young season.

Crushing victories by 40 strokes in the opener and 20 in the second match over second-place West York has helped put the bull’s-eye directly on the Golden Knights’ navy blue and yellow golf shirts.

Thursday afternoon at Honey Run Golf Club, the Bulldogs nearly hit that bull’s-eye. West York received a medalist 2-over-par 74 from standout Axel Hartman and a surprising 81 by Ryan Jordan to give Eastern a pretty good scare with a 408 total.

The Knights, who had a couple of their skilled players card higher than normal scores, remained unbeaten, however, in large part because of the duo of Kevin Crumbling and Andrew Davis. Eastern’s top players each carded identical 75s to lead the Knights to a three-stroke triumph over the runner-up Bulldogs with a 405.

“Our top four players are under a five handicap,” Davis said. “So we’re pretty solid. If we all shoot our best scores, we should be under 390.”

Geiman fires 66 in Division III event: The top score of the day, however, didn’t come from the Division II match. York Catholic’s Nick Geiman fired a sizzling 6-under-par 66 at Springwood to lead the Fighting Irish to another dominating Division III triumph. York Catholic won by a whopping 67 shots over second-place Hanover to improve to 15-0 on the season.

Things were much closer in the Division II contest.

While it was a nice sunny and cool day on the links, wind gusts made the play at Dover High School’s new home course difficult for most.

“We had a couple of guys who didn’t have their games today,” Davis said. “With the wind being the way it was today, it showed a lot in these conditions, but we still did good.”

Hartman has been a fixture around the West York golf team since he was in eighth grade. The Bulldogs have been a force in the division, league and even District 3 as a team over that time, and Hartman is hoping his team can claw its way back to the top with just four league matches remaining.

“I was a manager on the team in eighth grade and I know we’ve won (every division) match with the exception of two,” he said. “So we’ve pretty much won everything. Now we came close to Eastern today and we’re going to have to try to keep reeling them in.”

Hartman didn’t get off to the best of starts despite his low score, but he didn’t blame the wind for his sluggish opening.

“The wind wasn’t too bad,” he said. “I had a rough start. I started out with two bogeys in a row, but I just fought back at the end. The wind was affecting some shots, but you just have to learn to play it.”

While Davis and Hartman have some experience playing at Honey Run, the venue has been absent from the high school ranks. Dover played its home matches at Grandview.

Hartman, however, couldn’t attribute his score to any experience edge. In fact, his limited knowledge may have resulted in his slow start.

“I only play here once a year in Brady Lucas’ scramble,” Hartman said. “It’s an awesome charity event to play in for the Four Diamonds Fund. So it helped me out a little bit, but I didn’t know the course entirely. There’s one hole where there is a hazard to the right and I aimed there and it went there so that didn’t help.”

Susquehannock’s Caleb Bryant shared medalist honors with Hartman with a 74 to help the Warriors to a third-place finish (436).

Irish keep rolling: At Springwood, Geiman got help from Joe Parrini (76), Andrew Forjan (83), Josh Stewart (87), Ryan Deporter (87) and Dimitri Amalfitano (87). Overall, York Catholic had six of the top eight scores on the day. The Irish have won each of their first three matches by at least 67 shots.

OTHER GOLF

Central York takes Division I event: On Wednesday at South Hills, Central York took a closely contested York-Adams Division I match. The Panthers finished with a 394 total, followed by Dallastown (399) and Spring Grove (400). It was an outstanding day for female players. Central’s Julianne Lee, Spring Grove’s Victoria Ross and Dallastown’s Blake Sebring and Evan Greenplate each tied for medalist honors with 72. No one else shot lower than 77. Central York is now 12-0 on the season, while Dallastown is second at 10-2.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

By MATT ZENITZ / Carroll County Times

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he has told several of his close friends the same thing leading up to this season: “I feel good about this team.”

Maryland’s schedule will be tough, possibly the Terps’ toughest schedule in years, as the Terps enter their first season in the Big Ten. But to Edsall, this is the deepest, most talented and most experienced team he has had since he took over as the Terps’ coach in 2011.

“We’re in a position that we haven’t been in, in the three previous years going into this year,” the Susquehannock High School graduate said during an interview.

And whether it’s Edsall, assistant coaches or players, those within Maryland’s football program all say the same thing: The Terps have the tools to be competitive despite that daunting schedule that includes matchups against three preseason AP top 25 teams (No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan State and No. 14 Wisconsin) and three other teams (Iowa, Michigan and Penn State) that received votes to be in the top 25.

Edsall said he felt good about Maryland leading into last year, too. “But I didn’t feel as good as I feel this year,” Edsall said.

“The process that we’re going through, that we went through and are now continuing to go through has put us in a position this year to go out and be very competitive in the Big Ten,” Edsall said.

The Terps were picked to finish just fifth out of seven teams in the Big Ten’s East Division in a preseason media poll compiled by Cleveland.com.

However, Maryland has arguably one of the top wide receiving corps in the country, led by Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. The Terps also have a sixth-year senior at quarterback (C.J. Brown), three talented running backs (Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown) and an improved offensive line that Edsall said he thinks will surprise people.

“We’re excited,” Brown said. “We have a lot of potential [on offense].”

The defense appears to be in good shape as well.

The Terps lost just one starter (Marcus Whitfield) from last year’s front seven and still have several players that were either starters or key role players on Maryland’s defense that ranked 21st nationally in 2012.

The secondary is a question mark. Junior cornerback Alvin Hill is entering his first season as a starter. Fellow starter Will Likely is just 5-foot-7 and gave up some big plays during preseason practice. And nickel back Jeremiah Johnson fell victim to some big plays during camp as well.

However, the Terps have three potential NFL players along the defensive line (nose tackle Darius Kilgo and defensive ends Andre Monroe and Quinton Jefferson). Linebackers Cole Farrand, Matt Robinson and L.A. Goree are returning starters. So are safeties Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon.

Davis had a team-high 102 tackles last year and two interceptions last year. And according to Edsall, Davis was among the most impressive players during preseason camp.

The Terps lost Whitfield, who had nine sacks last year, but they replace him with senior Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil. Cudjoe-Virgil had three sacks in six games last year and was one of just three outside linebackers from the Big Ten selected to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in college football.

Maryland coaches are also enthusiastic about the progress of sophomore outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, a former top recruit who was consistently disruptive as a pass rusher during preseason practice.

“I’m excited about a lot of things [on defense],” Farrand said. “I think we’re big. I think we’re strong. I think we’re fast. We definitely have a lot of leadership. Everybody’s holding each other accountable this year, so I think that’s great in a football team … and I think we’re looking very good.”

The first five games will be key. Maryland, which opens against James Madison Saturday, may be favored in each of its first five games before playing Ohio State in College Park Oct. 4.

If the Terps can win each of those games, that matchup with Ohio State becomes even more interesting, especially considering the Buckeyes will now be forced to play this year without star quarterback Braxton Miller.

Maryland was just 7-6 last season, but the Terps were 5-2 before injuries started to mount.

“People talk about Maryland going into the Big Ten and struggling. I don’t see that,” said James Madison coach Everett Withers, who was the defensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2012 and last year. “I see Maryland having a chance — staying healthy — to have some success.”

Reach staff writer Matt Zenitz at 410-857-7896 or sports@carrollcountytimes.com.

By MEL BARBER
505-5443/@ydfood

Graham Nelson, dressed as the Red Lion Area Senior High School mascot, and student-athletes recommend the burger and sauce sandwich from their concession

Graham Nelson, dressed as the Red Lion Area Senior High School mascot, and student-athletes recommend the burger and sauce sandwich from their concession stand. From left are, front row: Paige Taylor, Johnnie Tamny, Kendall Lookingbill and Heather Jackson; and, back row: Ben Warner, Kendrich Gillespie-Boyd and Judge Kunce. Watch the video at youtube.com/yorkdispatchvideo. (Hanna Byrne photo)

ENTER THE CONTEST:www.facebook.com/yorkdispatch

Friday night football is a tradition stretching far back in American consciousness. We all know the key components: the burly players, the peppy cheerleaders, the brassy band, the roaring crowd.

But from letter jackets and milkshakes at the soda fountain to Vines and gourmet meals in the stands, food has always been as much a part of the experience as huddling in a succession of ever-thickening sweaters, jackets and coats as winter creeps up on the fans.

By the time 7 p.m. rolls around and we’re scrunching down the seats to make room for one more friend, the concession stand crew has been hard at work for about six hours.

In Spring Grove Area School District, the job of overseeing the concessions goes to Tess Piety, president of the athletic boosters. Running two stands — home side and visitors side — with a volunteer crew of 10 to 12 people per side keeps her plenty busy.

“Sometimes it can be a little bit hectic and chaotic, but that’s part of the fun and fever of Friday night football,” she says. “If you hear our fans erupt, it definitely gives you a sense of excitement.”

The menu: Like the players on the field watching their win-loss record every year, concession stand crews take pride in upping their game. Folks who remember grabbing popcorn, a hot dog and maybe an ice-chest can of soda or a tiny cup of hot chocolate would be amazed at the offerings these days. You thought juggling the hot dog, the soft pretzel and the soda while navigating the crowd was tough? Bring a tray.

“We do have kind of an extensive menu. We do everything from hot dogs to soft pretzels to sausage sandwiches to hamburgers,” Piety says. “We also have a french fry vendor that comes in, which is a local businessman in Spring Grove, and this year we will also be adding Chick-fil-A.”

She’s not done.

“We’re also attempting to add a few new items to our menu,” she says. “We’ve always had pizza, but this year we might be offering some hot soups for those cold fall evenings.”

Spring Grove High School students Autumn Leese and Austin Piety talk up the school’s concession stand specialty, baked potato. Vote for your favorite

Spring Grove High School students Autumn Leese and Austin Piety talk up the school’s concession stand specialty, baked potato. Vote for your favorite at http://www.facebook.com/yorkdispatch. (Randy Flaum rflaum@ yorkdispatch.com)

Game nights aren’t just excuses to pile up the junk food and snack your way through four quarters of raucous cheering with a gang of friends anymore. The menus are practically home-cooked, four-course meals. There’s a reason for that evolution, as the concession stands cater to families with packed schedules.

“I think for some, especially for parents of players that drop their students off at the field late afternoon, early evening, they’re not worried about cooking dinner for their families, knowing they can feed them at the concession stand,” Piety says. “So I think it’s important for us that we can tailor to individual needs, whether you want a snack or to eat something hearty for dinner.”

Continuity: The pride in what they’re serving — and the knowledge that all of the money generated from concessions goes right back into supporting the athletic programs in the district, with some left over for academic programs like the Link Crew mentoring at the high school — builds a strong core of volunteers who come back year in and year out to hand off your food with a smile. Their off-the-field effort isn’t as visible as the performances from the players or the marching band, but it’s an indispensable piece of a larger whole.

William Penn Senior High School students, from left, Tristan Brown, Danara Muldrow and Imarii Dennison talk about their favorite foods. Watch the video at

William Penn Senior High School students, from left, Tristan Brown, Danara Muldrow and Imarii Dennison talk about their favorite foods. Watch the video at youtube.com/yorkdispatch video. (Randy Flaum rflaum@ yorkdispatch.com)

“We have some volunteers, like Bob Smith, who is an icon in the concession stand, and he has been a coach and a parent and a volunteer for our district for a very long time,” Piety says. “I truly think it’s the camaraderie that they’ve built with some of the volunteers over the years, and that they truly enjoy giving back to the community and the excitement of Friday night football under the lights.”

The dedication of volunteers, the donations from local businesses, and the hunger of fans for a special treat at the game keep high school concessions fueled season after season, sport after sport.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of our entire community,” Piety says.

— Reach Mel Barber at mbarber@yorkdispatch.com.

Win prizes for yourself and your school

The York Dispatch is running a contest to celebrate the York-Adams league schools and the hardworking concessions crews with prizes for the top three vote-getters. Visit The York Dispatch on Facebook to vote for your favorite school and — if you want to — share a food-related memory of Friday night football or name your favorite food from the concession stand.

Your vote could win your school a gift certificate for Weis Markets to help stock up on supplies. First place gets $100, second place gets $50 and third place gets $25.

And because we don’t want to leave out the community members who help make everything possible, three lucky voters will each receive a $20 gift certificate.

You have two weeks to cast your vote. Try it on your phone from the stands as you bite into that first soft pretzel or sausage sandwich of the season Friday.

York Dispatch Staff Report

The Susquehannock girls’ tennis team dropped a 4-1 non-league decision to visiting Hershey on Wednesday.

No. 1 singles player Usha Baublitz picked up Susquehannock’s only victory when she won in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).

By JOHN WALK
505-5406/@yorksportsguy

Following are capsule looks at Friday’s opening-night high school football games involving York-Adams League teams:

Bermudian Springs at New Oxford, 7 P.M.: The Colonials (6-5 last year) and Eagles (10-2 last year) enter coming off solid seasons, but are both replacing about half their starters. The only sure bets for both clubs is the running game should be solid, considering New Oxford returns its entire offensive line while bulldozer Colton Dull (1,107 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns last season) is in the backfield again for Bermudian Springs.

Biglerville at Annville-Cleona, 7 P.M.: The Canners (1-9 last season) have 17 starters returning this year, but will have to take a large step forward considering all nine losses last fall were not close except for one. Annville-Cleona (4-7 last season) should provide a solid test. The Little Dutchmen are coming off a playoff appearance and expect to keep the momentum going.

West York at Central York, 7 P.M.: The Bulldogs won four of their last five games a year ago, when a young team appeared to turn the curve following a tough start to the 2013 campaign. Now West York’s 17 returning starters will aim to pick up where they left off against the defending York-Adams League Division I champion Panthers. Longtime Central York coach Brad Livingston has to replace nearly his entire starting roster. So this will be the first peak we’ll get at the new toys he’ll employ this fall.

Lancaster Catholic at Dallastown, 7 P.M.: The Wildcats debut on their new turf field in Week 1, coming off their most successful season after having reached the District 3-AAAA semifinals for the first time last fall. Dallastown returns about half its starters, but will have to replace playmakers Andrew Henry (1,408 yards passing last season), Robert Catchings (1,452 rushing yards) and Malik Lewis (834 yards receiving). Lancaster Catholic always provides a challenge, and this season will be no different. The Crusaders have six starters back on both sides of the ball. Their main concern is at quarterback, but coaching guru and offensive coordinator Jim Cantafio usually finds a solution there.

Delone Catholic at Trinity, 7 P.M.: Fifteen starters return looking to get the Squires back on track following an uncharacteristic losing campaign in 2013 (4-6). Behind three returning offensive linemen, look for senior running back Jake Kadis (203 rushing yards) to get his first chance at being Delone Catholic’s feature back against a Trinity club with 12 returning starters that are also aiming to return to form following a 2-8 season, which began with a 42-28 loss to the Squires.

Dover at Shippensburg, 7 P.M.: This is more a measuring stick for Shippensburg (8-3 last fall, District 3-AAA appearance) than it is for Dover (9-3, District 3-AAA quarterfinals in 2013). The Greyhounds lost nearly every starter to graduation and will again have to stop Dover’s potent running game. Gone for the Eagles is quarterback Logan Ambrose and his 550 rushing yards. But he was fourth in line on the team in running the ball behind returners Isaiah Green (1,161 rushing yards), Dorian Ledbetter (787 rushing yards) and Jake McLean (682 rushing yards).

Eastern York at Columbia, 7 P.M.: Both clubs have holes to fill on defense. Eastern York (5-5 last season) will look to take advantage with its running game. All-Star tackle Garret Ishman plows the way up front for running backs David Livelsberger (928 rushing yards) and Jake Kessler (247 rushing yards). Columbia (3-7 last season) will rely on third-year starting quarterback Kyle Warfel (937 passing yards, seven touchdowns) and wideout Daeshawn McIlwain (25 receptions for 538 yards, six touchdowns).

Fairfield at Newport, 7 P.M.: A pair of somewhat similar teams here. Fairfield had a breakout 2013 campaign by going 6-5 and reaching the District 3-A playoffs for the first time. Newport (6-5 in 2013) made it to the District 3-AA playoffs last season for the first time in 14 years. Both clubs return about half their starters, with Fairfield strong at quarterback and Newport expected to be tough in the trenches.

Gettysburg at South Western, 7 P.M.: Another game of nearly identical teams. Both clubs should be solid on defense. Both return seven to eight starters on offense and will have a new quarterback. The Mustangs (3-7 last season) differ from the Warriors (6-5 last season) in that they’ll have to find replacements for graduated running backs Dillon Thomas (490 rushing yards) and Camden Brown (368 rushing yards).

James Buchanan at Hanover, 7 P.M.: For a James Buchanan club that’s traditionally weak, a four-win season in 2013 can be considered a breakout year. With 16 starters returning, James Buchanan is aiming for the program’s first winning season in nearly 20 years. In order to do so, it will be need a Week 1 win over a Hanover team returning only seven starters from a 1-9 showing a year ago.

Waynesboro at Kennard-Dale, 7 P.M.: A matchup of two new head coaches taking over struggling programs. At Kennard-Dale (1-9 last season), Patrick Weider is the new man after serving as KD’s assistant coach last fall and York High’s assistant coach the previous seven seasons. Brennan Marion, a former Tulsa standout receiver who had a brief taste of the NFL, takes over at Waynesboro, which didn’t win a game in 2013.

Boiling Springs at Littlestown, 7 P.M.: A meeting of two teams tasked with replacing nearly its entire starting lineup, with Littlestown (12-1 last season) trying to follow up on last year’s run to the District 3-AA title game and Boiling Springs feeling confident it can take a step forward after a 2-8 campaign in 2013.

York Catholic at Northeastern, 7 P.M.: This one has the potential to be a high-scoring affair considering both teams have questions on defense but are expected to be dangerous on offense. York Catholic (8-4 last season) returns All-Star quarterback Hakeem Kinard (1,688 passing yards, 1,203 rushing yards, 33 total touchdowns), who has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Northeastern (1-9 last season) brings back 17 starters, including junior quarterback Marcus Josey (1,246 passing yards, 258 rushing yards), who will be tasked with running the Bobcats’ new spread wing-T attack.

Hershey at Red Lion, 7 P.M.: With quarterback Blake Cahill (1,580 passing yards) gone to graduation, second-year Red Lion coach Jesse Shay is aiming to improve on a 4-6 record by employing a more ground-it-out approach on offense. But this side only features four returning starters, while the defense is a bit more sound with eight starters back. Hershey is in rebuild mode with a few starters back on both sides of the ball following a 6-5 campaign in 2013.

Spring Grove at Cumberland Valley, 7 P.M.: Cumberland Valley is last year’s District 3-AAAA runner-up but will have to field 17 new starters. This program is usually solid every season, though, and will get a good test against Russ Stoner’s Spring Grove outfit, which returns 14 starters back from a 6-5 ballclub. However, the Rockets have concerns of their own with Jeff Delaughter and his program-record 3,477 career rushing yards gone to graduation. Spring Grove also has to replace quarterback Seth Hildebrand (1,622 passing yards, 468 rushing yards), receiver Logan Hall (56 receptions for 937 yards, 10 touchdowns) and three All-Stars on the defensive line, including David Shaw, who is now playing at the University of Maryland.

Susquehannock at Northern York, 7 P.M.: First-year coach J.C. Lewis has four starters back on offense and defense. He’ll aim to keep the good vibes going in Glen Rock following last year’s 3-7 campaign, the most wins for the program since 2007 (6-4). Northern is similar in that it also won three games last fall and only brings back a few starters on both sides of the ball.

Red Land at York Suburban, 7 P.M.: York Suburban (5-5 last season) relies on the arm of Thomas Merkle (1,367 passing yards) on offense and will look to linebacker Sawyer Robinson (58 tackles, 2.5 sacks) to steer a defense featuring six new starters. Red Land (4-6 last season) will bank on the talents of quarterback Garrett Scott, who collected more than 700 yards through the air and 800-plus yards on the ground a year ago.

Reading at York High, 7 P.M.: This will be our first look at the offense being employed by coaching guru and Bearcats’ new offensive coordinator George Chaump, who should only improve the already dangerous James Way, last year’s Division I Player of the Year who returns at quarterback. York High (4-6 last season) will have to stop Reading receiver and Rutgers recruit Dontae Owens.

York Tech at Pequea Valley, 7 P.M.: Pair of similar teams here with very few starters back coming off three-win seasons. And both clubs will have new players on offense trying to learn how to run the triple option. Senior Nashid Bones is moving from slot receiver to Tech’s feature back this fall, tasked with trying to fill the shoes of Calvin Savary, who graduated as the program’s all-time leading runner with 3,497 career rushing yards.

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

By JOHN WALK
505-5406/@yorksportsguy

A young football team with a first-year coach, Northeastern couldn’t have had a tougher start to last season on the high school gridiron.

There was the Week 1 heartbreaker, when the Bobcats squandered a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter lead, capped off by sophomore quarterback Marcus Josey fumbling away the ball and a York Catholic defender scooping it up and scurrying 75 yards the other way for the game-winning score. Columbia followed in Week 2 when, facing a fourth and long with two minutes left and down by seven points, the Tide hurled a 55-yard touchdown pass, then opted to go for a two-point conversion, beating Northeastern, 8-7. A week later, the Bobcats and Shippensburg went to overtime, when Ship scored on fourth down and won with a two-point conversion, 28-27.

“Ugh, it pulls your heartstrings,” second-year coach Jon Scepanski said Wednesday afternoon, recalling last year’s early setbacks.

There’s something to be said for gaining experience and learning from mistakes, though. And following an 0-9 start to the 2013 campaign, which included a six-point loss at Susquehannock in Week 7, the Bobcats finally put together a winning performance in Week 10 over Kennard-Dale, 35-13.

As a result, Northeastern’s 17 returning starters this season feel like they should be able to keep the momentum going and get the program back to its winning ways, like the teams in 2011 (6-5) and 2012 (7-4), and in the process be a contender in the program’s first year competing in a wide-open Division I.

“There’s a lot of talk about how much harder it’s gonna be,” Josey said about Division I. “Yeah, it’s gonna be a step up from last year but I’m not too worried about it.”

Josey, who totaled 1,246 passing yards last season as a first-year starter, has added 30 pounds to his 5-foot, 11-inch frame. The added bulk will help Josey, who also totaled 258 rushing yards in 2013, since he’ll be expected to run more in Scepanski’s new spread wing-T attack.

“We’re trying to adapt to fit our kids the best way we can,” Scepanski said. “Our line has decent size but they have speed. And in the spread wing-T we can utilize our big guys moving more than with last year’s offense.”

Speed appears to be the theme of this Northeastern ballclub. On defense, the Bobcats junked the 4-3 for a 3-5-3 setup.

“It allows us to bring backers from different angles and groupings of who’s going (blitzing) and who’s not,” Scepanski said. “Again, we’re trying to fit our kids to what best fits them.”

The new offense provides plenty of options for Northeastern to attack on the ground, taking advantage of an average sized but quick offensive line and the return of the Bobcats’ top four rushers, so we should see an improvement from a club that finished second to last in the York-Adams League in rushing last fall.

This brings us to Friday’s crossover meeting with a quick and dangerous York Catholic offense — featuring quarterback Hakeem Kinard (1,203 rushing yards, 1,688 passing yards and 33 total touchdowns last season) and wideout Qua’Shawn Grooms (39 receptions for 632 yards, seven touchdowns). The matchup could turn out to be one of the most entertaining games among the 19 total Week 1 contests featuring York-Adams League squads.

“I expect to come out with a bang,” Josey said. “I really just want to stick it to them.”

— Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.

COLUMN By STEVE HEISER
505-5446/@ydsports

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Sometimes, picking high school football games isn’t all that hard.

Often times in the York-Adams League, there’s a well-defined pecking order in each of the three divisions. With a few exceptions, it usually doesn’t take a lot of thought to select each week’s winners.

The 2014 season, however, looks to be different. There appear to be no clear favorites in any the championship races. In fact, each of the divisions appears relatively wide open.

That should making picking winners each week a lot more difficult. And it should make our annual Pigskin Pickers online contest a lot more fun.

Opening night on the prep gridiron will be Friday, Aug. 29. Starting that week and going through the rest of the 10-week regular season, our readers will have the opportunity to pick each and every game involving the York-Adams League teams.

At the end of the regular season, the champion Pigskin Picker will receive a $100 gift card, while the second-place finisher gets a $50 gift card and the third-place finisher receives a $25 gift card. There’s also a $10 gift card given away each week to the best picker of the week. All ties will be broken by random computer selection.

Many of you are probably familiar with how the contest works. You will need to click the contest link and register, although if you’ve entered the contest before, you may already be registered. After that it’s pretty basic. Just follow the instructions and pick each week’s games. It’s really pretty easy. Hey, if this 50-something, technology-impaired sports editor can do it, you can, too.

And that brings us to one of the other perks of the Pigskin Pickers contest. You can prove you’re smarter that the so-called “experts” here the Dispatch. Our picks will be listed right along with yours. Then we’ll let the standings determine who knows more about high school football. Our employees, of course, will not be eligible for any of the contest prizes.

Other prep football offerings: The Pigskin Pickers contest, however, is just one part of our high school football offerings here at the Dispatch.

John Walk will anchor our prep football coverage this season.

He’ll offer a complete lookahead to the 2014 campaign. It starts this week with his Division I preview in Wednesday’s print and online editions. That will be followed by a Division II preview on Thursday and a Division III preview on Friday.

John will have more coverage next week. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, he’ll look at 10 York-Adams Players to Watch and on Wednesday, Aug. 27, he’ll detail the 10 York-Adams Games to Watch. Finally, on Thursday, Aug. 28, he’ll feature one of the opening-night games with a video and provide preview capsules on all of the Week 1 games. We’ll also debut the 2014 York Dispatch Pigskin Pickers.

Each Thursday during the season, John will provide a feature story, video, game capsules, statistics and standings.

The Pigskin Pickers will also appear each Thursday.

Many Fridays, John will also cover a game and do a story for our website. Our photo department will also be taking loads of pictures. On opening night, John and a photographer will cover the Central York-West York rivalry.

Each Monday, John will also have a high school football column, looking back at the previous weekend action and looking ahead to the next weekend’s big games.

Ryan Vandersloot, meanwhile, will once again man our high school scoreboard on Fridays and Saturdays at yorkdispatch.com, providing up-to-the-minute football scores, not to mention various other high school scores. You can also check out John and Ryan on Twitter at @yorksportsguy and @yaiaascores. Twitter updates are also available at @ydsports. Ryan also has a blog at yaiaascores.com.

So there you have it. That’s our football game plan for the 2014 high school football season. We hope you’ll enjoy our coverage, both in print and online.

And don’t forget to enter the Pigskin Pickers contest. This year’s contest promises to be among the most exciting ever. With no overwhelming favorites, most weeks will likely feature a large number of “pick ‘em” games.

One week you can be a genius and the next week you can be a dolt. Either way, it’s OK. It’s just adds a little competitive fun to the high school gridiron campaign.

Let the games begin.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

There are plenty of options this fall when analyzing who could come out on top in the race for the York-Adams League Division III football crown.

Littlestown and Bermudian Springs, last year’s top two teams, have plenty of holes to fill after losing a ton of talent to graduation.

That leaves the door open for Biglerville (17 returning starters), Delone Catholic (15 returning starters) and Fairfield (12 returning starters from a six-win team).

York Catholic could very well be in the mix, too. Following a pair of four-win seasons in 2011 and 2012, the Irish had their best season under Head Coach Eric Depew in 2013, placing third in the division standings and making it all the way to the District 3-A title game to finish with an 8-4 overall record, the program’s most wins since 2002 (9-3).

York Catholic returns about half its starters this season. And those coming back are mighty talented, especially senior quarterback Hakeem Kinard, who earned a Division III All-Star nod a year ago after collecting 1,203 rushing yards, 1,688 passing yards and 33 total touchdowns. Where the Irish have questions are on defense, where they lost to graduation their entire defensive line, an All-Star linebacker and an honorable mention cornerback. If those questions are addressed, though, York Catholic could be in line to win the division title, a feat the Irish last achieved in 1992.

Here’s a look at all eight teams in Division III.

Bermudian Springs Eagles:

Coach: Jon DeFoe (16th season, 106-56 record).

Last year’s record: 8-1 league (second place Division III), 10-2 overall (District 3-AA semifinals).

Key players lost to graduation: TE-OLB-P Austin Hartzell, QB Ted Marines, OG-ILB Grant Mauro, WR-OLB Alex Orwig, DE-K Aaron Rebert.

Key players returning: FB Colton Dull, OT-DT Noah Hakes, RB Briton Shelton, CB Wyatt Gearhart, WR Ryan Markle.

Returning starters: Six on offense, five on defense.

York Catholic’s Scott Bartkowiak had 53 tackles, one sack and four interceptions last season when he was a York-Adams Division III All-Star at

York Catholic’s Scott Bartkowiak had 53 tackles, one sack and four interceptions last season when he was a York-Adams Division III All-Star at linebacker. He’s back this season. (YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO)

Outlook: The only sure bet for this ball club is the running game should be good to go with senior fullback Colton Dull (1,107 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns) and senior running backs Briton Shelton (585 rushing yards) and Ryan Markle (547 rushing yards) all returning on a unit that amassed 2,890 yards on the ground last fall.

The rest will be a work in progress. Sure, Markle hauled in 378 receiving yards last year, too. But the Eagles will need a new quarterback to replace the departed Ted Marines (1,332 passing yards). They’ll also have to somehow find replacements for wideout Alex Orwig (408 receiving yards) and the do-it-all Austin Hartzell, who was solid at tight end (11 receptions for 239 yards), outside linebacker (68 tackles, one sack, one recovered fumble) and punter (35.0 average on 28 punts).

All-Star defensive tackle Noah Hakes (55 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one recovered fumble) and cornerback Wyatt Gearhart (48 tackles, three interceptions, one recovered fumble) will be back to anchor a defense that will have six new starters in the daunting attempt for this unit to live up to being the best defense in the league for the third year in a row. The kicking game might also be suspect considering All-Star punter Hartzell and All-Star kicker Aaron Rebert have graduated. Looks like plenty of work for 16th-year coach Jon DeFoe this fall.

Quote: DeFoe: “Well, we think we’re gonna be right there every year. We certainly expect to be one of those teams.”

Schedule: 8/29 at New Oxford, 9/05 vs. Boiling Springs, 9/12 vs. Shippensburg, 9/19 at Hanover, 9/26 vs. Fairfield, 10/04 at York Tech, 10/10 vs. Delone Catholic, 10/17 at York Catholic, 10/24 vs. Littlestown, 10/31 at Biglerville.

Biglerville Canners:

Coach: Alex Ramos (fifth year, 20-22 record).

Last year’s record: 0-9 league (last place Division III), 1-9 overall.

Key players lost to graduation: FB-DT Joe Hurda.

Key players returning: K Jorden Trostel, OL-DL Nate Mentzer, QB Mason Unger, QB Ben Hurda, WR/DB Gage McAuliffe, RB-DB Scott Cooper, RB-DB Sam Laird.

Returning starters: Eight on offense, nine on defense.

Outlook: In the four years he’s been at Biglerville, Coach Alex Ramos fielded his youngest roster in 2013. This led to a down 1-9 campaign last fall following an impressive 9-3 season in 2012. The Canners, however, have 17 starters returning this season, the most of any team in Division III. Still, they’ll have to take a large step forward considering all nine losses a year ago were not close except for one (a 44-37 loss against York Catholic in Week 8). Plus, All-Star fullback Joe Hurda has graduated, taking his 939 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns with him.

As a result, senior Sam Laird (265 rushing yards on 45 carries last season) and senior Scott Cooper (235 rushing yards on 44 carries) will see a lot more touches this fall out of the backfield. Junior Ben Hurda (135 passing yards) and senior Mason Unger (475 passing yards) will again split duties at quarterback. Senior Nate Mentzer will anchor the offensive and defensive lines. And the kicking game should be strong with the return of All-Star Jordan Trostel (17 points after touchdown, three field goals).

Quote: Mentzer: “We were young last year, but that’s not an excuse for us this year. And we’re happy that’s not going to be an excuse. We return a ton of starters. We only lost four seniors.”

Schedule: 8/29 at Annville-Cleona, 9/05 at Waynesboro, 9/12 vs. New Oxford, 9/19 at Fairfield, 9/26 vs. York Tech, 10/03 at Delone Catholic, 10/10 vs. York Catholic, 10/17 at Littlestown, 10/24 at Hanover, 10/31 vs. Bermudian Springs.

Delone Catholic Squires:

Coach: Steve Wiles (120-42 record, 15th season).

Last year’s record: 3-6 league (seventh place Division III), 4-6 overall.

Key players lost to graduation: WR Patrick Staub, RB Nate Miller, DT Connor Bossom, DE Isaac Orndorff, LB Cody Kuhn, FB Matt Guiffreda.

Key players returning: OT-DL Chase Kint, K Jay Strickland, WR-S Tyler Loucks, TE-DE Justin Gobrecht, RB-DB Jake Kadis, QB-OLB Jake Wiles, RB-DB Tavian Dorsey.

Returning starters: Seven on offense, eight on defense.

Outlook: Senior fullback Matt Guiffreda (898 rushing yards in 2012 as a junior) went down with a broken leg in Week 3 last season and missed four games. He still ended up totaling 644 yards on the season, but his momentary absence left an already young team searching for options offensively. That contributed to the Squires uncharacteristic losing season (3-6 league, 4-6 overall). Fifteen starters (seven on offense, eight on defense) return this fall, though, aiming to get Delone Catholic back on track. Behind three returning offensive linemen, senior running back Jake Kadis (203 rushing yards) will pave the way on the ground. Longtime coach Steve Wiles also expects junior running back Tavian Dorsey (107 receiving yards, 62 rushing yards) to have a breakout season after seeing limited action as a sophomore in 2013. Jake Wiles (775 passing yards) is back under center for his senior campaign but will need new targets with the graduation of receiver Patrick Staub (485 receiving yards).

The Squires had the fifth-best run defense in the league last year while sitting middle of the pack in pass defense. This bodes well for a unit that returns eight starters, led by defensive linemen Chase Kint and Justin Gobrecht up front and a strong secondary featuring Kadis, Dorsey and Tyler Loucks. The kicking game should be strong, too, with the return of senior Jay Strickland, a second-team All-Star selection last fall.

Quote: Wiles: “Last year’s record should provide motivation.”

Schedule: 8/29 at Trinity, 9/05 vs. Columbia, 9/12 vs. St. Paul’s (Md.), 9/19 vs. York Catholic, 9/26 at Littlestown, 10/03 vs. Biglerville, 10/10 at Bermudian Springs, 10/17 vs. Fairfield, 10/25 at York Tech, 10/31 vs. Hanover.

Fairfield Green Knights:

Coach: Darwin Seiler (third year, 7-14 record, last year’s Division III Co-Coach of the Year).

Last year’s record: 5-4 league (fourth place Division III), 6-5 overall (District 3-A semifinals).

Key players lost to graduation: RB Nick Mort, WR-KR Chase Senseney, OG-DT Brett Harris, DE Tyler Burhman, ILB Nick Mort, ILB Cody Anders.

Key players returning: QB Mason Flickinger, RB/WR-S Mike Quealy, WR-ILB Antijuan Washington, WR Brandon Hummel, RB Brandon Selman, OL Ryan Hovis.

Returning starters: Six on offense, six on defense.

Outlook: The Knights blew everyone out of the water a year ago. Up until 2013, Fairfield hadn’t won more than three games in a season. In his second year as head coach last fall, Darwin Seiler steered his club to a fourth-place finish in Division III, an appearance in the District 3-A tournament and went 6-5 overall, the best record in the program’s 11-year history. For his efforts, Seiler earned Division III Co-Coach of the Year honors. Eight of his players were first-team or second-team All-Star selections as well. Now the real question is if Fairfield can have a repeat performance or go back to hanging around the cellar of Division III. Twelve returning starters (six on offense, six on defense) will provide the answer. Among them is senior quarterback Mason Flickinger, who tallied 1,017 yards through the air and 355 yards on the ground last season. However, he’ll no longer be able to throw to All-Star wideout Chase Senseney (27 receptions for 530 yards, 11 touchdowns) or hand off to running back Nick Mort (1,492 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns). Attempting to fill those gaps will be wideouts Antijuan Washington (120 receiving yards) and Brandon Hummel (124 receiving yards) and the versatile Mike Quealy (92 receiving yards, 279 rushing yards).

Quote: Seiler: “Last year changed our level of expectations and that’s a fundamental change at Fairfield. I’ve been telling them all year now that one season is great, but now we got to replicate that. That’s what our challenge is this year and I don’t think we’re going to surprise anybody.”

Schedule: 8/29 at Newport, 9/05 at James Buchanan, 9/12 vs. Carson Long, 9/19 vs. Biglerville, 9/26 at Bermudian Springs, 10/03 vs. Hanover, 10/10 vs. York Tech, 10/17 at Delone Catholic, 10/24 vs. York Catholic, 10/31 at Littlestown.

Hanover Nighthawks:

Coach: Bill Reichart (first full season, 0-5 record).

Last year’s record: 1-8 league (ninth place Division III), 1-9 overall.

Key players lost to graduation: RB Trace Russ.

Key players returning: WR-FS Dylan Krieger, RG-MLB Garrett Reichart, RB-OLB Colton Ehrhart, QB-FS Kyle Krout.

Returning starters: Three on offense, four on defense.

Outlook: A 1-4 start to the 2013 season was bad enough. Then Mike Ketterman resigned at the season’s midpoint. And Hanover went on to lose its final five games to finish near the bottom of Division III for the third year in a row. Perhaps with only seven returning starters and 15 new starting spots up for grabs, the Nighthawks could use some young blood to change their fortunes. The only areas Hanover was strong in last season came in the passing game, both offensively and defensively. That should continue into 2014 with the return of senior Dylan Krieger (45 receptions for 719 yards) at wideout and junior Kyle Krout taking over the full-time starting gig at quarterback after totaling 420 passing yards in limited time last fall. Krout and Krieger are also defensive backs. Look for juniors Jordan Laughman and Colton Ehrhart to handle the running load, with Hanover having graduated its top-three runners from a year ago. Senior Garrett Reichart, son of Coach Bill Reichart, will anchor the defense at middle linebacker. The Nighthawks are still aiming to get their first win under Bill Reichart, who took over the head coaching gig in Week 6 of last year.

Quote: Garrett Reichart: “For us to get a win at our new, renovated stadium we haven’t done that yet. I think we have two very winnable games at the beginning of the season, at home I think it’s going to happen.”

Schedule: 8/29 vs. James Buchanan, 9/05 vs. Kennard-Dale, 9/12 at Eastern York, 9/19 vs. Bermudian Springs, 9/26 at York Catholic, 10/03 at Fairfield, 10/10 vs. Littlestown, 10/18 at York Tech, 10/24 vs. Biglerville, 10/31 at Delone Catholic.

Littlestown Thunderbolts:

Coach: Mike Lippy (12th year, 92-35 record, last year’s Division III Co-Coach of the Year).

Last year’s record: 9-0 league (first place Division III), 12-1 overall (District 3-AA runner-up).

Key players lost to graduation: QB-OLB-P Trevor Hildebrand, CB Dustin DeGroft, DT Kevin Billand, DL Darren Dickensheets, WR Garret Trout, DE Jake Bankert, ILB L.J. Miles, OLB Todd Cook, CB Brent Chrismer.

Key players returning: S Lucas Reynolds.

Returning starters: Lippy: Three to four on both sides of the ball.

Outlook: The Thunderbolts won their second division title in four years by going 9-0 in league play last season, reaching the District 3-AA title game and finishing with a 12-1 overall record, marking the most wins in a season in program history. Longtime Littlestown coach Mike Lippy will pretty much have a brand new team this year, though. He returns only three to four starters on both sides of the ball, highlighted by 2013 Division III All-Star safety Lucas Reynolds (59 tackles, two interceptions, one recovered fumble last season). Gone to graduation are quarterback/linebacker Trevor Hildebrand, running back/cornerback Dustin DeGroft, wide receiver Garrett Trout and defensive linemen Darren Dickensheets and Kevin Billand, all of whom were Division III All-Star selections last season.

Quote: Lippy: “The division is wide open. Wide open. Bermudian and Delone are always there. Biglerville a few years ago. It’s why you play every year and it’s why you go out on Friday night. We just hope to remain competitive like we’ve been doing years and years.”

Schedule: 8/29 vs. Boiling Springs, 9/05 vs. Greencastle-Antrim, 9/12 at Lancaster Catholic, 9/20 at York Tech, 9/26 vs. Delone Catholic, 10/03 at York Catholic, 10/10 at Hanover, 10/17 vs. Biglerville, 10/24 at Bermudian Springs, 10/31 vs. Fairfield.

York Catholic Fighting Irish:

Coach: Eric Depew (fourth year, 16-17 record).

Last year’s record: 6-3 league (third place Division III), 8-4 overall (District 3-A runner-up).

Key players lost to graduation: OG-DE Ben Smith, OT-DT Ian Shelley, C Bradlee Rosenzweig, ILB Doug Mills, WR-CB Miles Elliott, OG-DT Mike Connor, DT Travis Fisher.

Key players returning: QB-CB Hakeem Kinard, WR-ILB Qua’Shawn Grooms, WR-OLB Scott Bartkowiak.

Returning starters: Five on offense, five on defense.

Outlook: York Catholic should be dangerous offensively again this fall with the return of quarterback Hakeem Kinard, who was downright nasty last fall. As a junior in 2013, Kinard earned All-Star honors as a quarterback (1,203 passing yards, 1,688 rushing yards, 33 total touchdowns) and cornerback (37 tackles, one interception, one recovered fumble). The good thing here for Irish fans is Kinard won’t be relied upon to do it all. He has a returning target in All-Star wideout Qua’Shawn Grooms (39 receptions for 632 yards, seven touchdowns). And if opposing defenses key on Grooms, Kinard can also throw to senior Scott Bartkowiak (17 receptions for 288 yards) or sophomore Daniel Yokemick (16 receptions for 235 yards).

Where the Irish have questions is on the defensive side. York Catholic had the second-best pass defense in the league in 2013, partly because the defensive line of Ben Smith, Ian Shelley, Mike Connor and Travis Fisher put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. All four have graduated. Ditto for tackling machine Doug Mills, a Division III All-Star selection last fall. Cornerback Miles Elliott, an honorable mention in 2013, is also gone. On a positive note, All-Star linebacker Scott Bartkowiak (53 tackles, one sack, four interceptions) is returning.

Quote: Depew: “We have a lot of talent, a lot of speed. So we’ll take advantage of it this year.”

Schedule: 8/29 at Northeastern, 9/05 at Susquehannock, 9/12 vs. Berks Catholic, 9/19 at Delone Catholic, 9/26 vs. Hanover, 10/03 vs. Littlestown, 10/10 at Biglerville, 10/17 vs. Bermudian Springs, 10/24 at Fairfield, 10/31 vs. York Tech.

York Tech Spartans:

Coach: Matt Glennon (second year, 3-7 record).

Last year’s record: 3-6 league (eighth place Division III), 3-7 overall.

Key players lost to graduation: FB Calvin Savary, RB-CB-KR Stephaun Montouth, OLB Brock Rivera, QB Dalmar Dickson, G Dylan Bowman, G Jake Stine.

Key players returning: T Mason Carl, CB Nashid Bones.

Returning starters: Four on offense, four on defense.

Outlook: The Spartans’ three wins last season were the most wins for the program since 2009 (6-4). But second-year coach Matt Glennon brings back only four starters on both sides of the ball, losing his entire backfield to graduation, including running back Calvin Savary, who tallied 1,191 rushing yards last season to finish as the program’s all-time leading runner with 3,497 career rushing yards. Mr. Do-It-All Stephaun Montouth has also graduated after earning All-Star nods last fall as a cornerback and kick returner and an honorable mention at running back. Plus, a young team will have to learn how to run Glennon’s triple-option.

Senior Nashid Bones, an All-Star cornerback last fall, also served as a slot receiver on offense. He’ll now be moving into the backfield this fall. Glennon expects him to be the Spartans’ feature back.

Quote: Glennon: “Our center and fullback will be back. The guys who aren’t starters, they got some playing time last year. Our quarterback started a game last year then got hurt. He’ll be our quarterback this year. A couple of our linemen were working in and out last year.”

Schedule: 8/29 at Pequea Valley, 9/06 vs. Eastern York, 9/12 at Kennard-Dale, 9/20 vs. Littlestown, 9/26 at Biglerville, 10/04 vs. Bermudian Springs, 10/10 at Fairfield, 10/18 vs. Hanover, 10/25 vs. Delone Catholic, 10/31 at York Catholic.

Prediction:

Of all three divisions in the York-Adams League, this one is the toughest to predict how everything will shake out. Delone Catholic and York Catholic appear primed to battle it out for the division crown, and Bermudian Springs should be right there, too. Littlestown usually reloads every season, but with a near complete turnover of starters it’s hard to see the Thunderbolts contending for the division title. Biglerville does return nearly its entire starting roster but will have to make dramatic improvements if it hopes to make any noise. Fairfield finishes in sixth place. It’s a coin flip between York Tech and Hanover for the last two spots.

Ryan Vandersloot contributed to this report. Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.


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