Week 4 York-Adams League football preview capsules

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Football

By DICK VanOLINDA

The York Dispatch

Following are capsulized looks at Friday night’s high school football games involving York-Adams League teams.

When there are two records listed behind a team, the first record is the league record and the second is the overall mark.

DIVISION III GAMES

YORK SUBURBAN (2-0, 3-0) AT DELONE CATHOLIC (2-0, 3-0), 7 P.M. It’s one of the first showdowns of the 2011 season that will certainly impact the outcome of the division race.

Suburban is off to its best start since 2005, thanks to an explosive offense (32.5 points a game) and a stingy defense (10.3 a game). The Trojans’ Jaime Nixon-Alark is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. The 6-0, 160-pound junior averages 14.6 yards a carry and 23.3 yards a catch.

Delone will answer with its running triumvirate of Colby McMaster, Tyler Smith and Luke Clabaugh (530 total yards) and the passing of Brett Smith. Smith possesses an amazing statistic: eight of his 19 completions have resulted in touchdowns.

YORK TECH (0-2, 0-3) AT BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (2-0, 3-0), 7 P.M. Since the second half of the season opener, Bermudian’s offense has been pretty much unstoppable.

The Eagles are cranking out 35.3 points and 326 rushing yards a game. Bermudian running back/kicker Tyler Fitzkee has scored a league-leading 74 points on 10 touchdowns and 14 conversion kicks.

Shyheim Carter (246 yards) and Calvin Savary (237 yards) are an excellent rushing duo for York Tech, which accumulated 218 yards on the ground last week against Suburban.

BIGLERVILLE (2-0, 2-1) AT LITTLESTOWN (1-1, 1-2), 7 P.M. Littlestown’s defense will focus on shutting down Biglerville’s running game, which is ranked sixth among 22 York-Adams teams (5.6 yards a carry).

The Canners’ Oakley Fissel is averaging 8.8 yards a pop (44 carries for 388 yards).

Littlestown, by contrast, has been more successful through the air. The Thunderbolts’ Dustin Crouse has passed for more yards (529) than any other York-Adams quarterback.

EASTERN YORK (0-2, 0-3) AT FAIRFIELD (0-2, 0-3), 7 P.M. The records are identical, but Eastern has shown more offense and a better defense in the first three games.

The Golden Knights’ Alex Cooley enters the contest with 285 rushing yards.

Fairfield, which has scored just two touchdowns so far, is caught in the throes of a 22-game losing streak.

HANOVER (0-2, 0-3) AT YORK CATHOLIC (1-1, 1-2), 7 P.M. Hanover has been unable to get on track offensively, getting outscored, 120-18.

York Catholic combines the running of Matt Lehr (5.9 yards a carry) with the passing of James Dougherty (528 yards and four touchdowns). The Fighting Irish’s Patrick Montgomery has grabbed 13 passes for 270 yards (20.8 average).

CROSSOVER GAMES

NEW OXFORD (0-3) AT CENTRAL YORK (2-1), 7 P.M. Things don’t get any easier for New Oxford, which managed just a combined 28 points in losses to Delone Catholic, Greencastle-Antrim and Waynesboro.

Central owns victories over West York and Hempfield, with its loss coming to powerful Cumberland Valley.

Panthers’ quarterback Brandon Baker picks up yards with his arm (326 passing yards) and his legs (194 rushing yards). Jalil Ford (nine catches for 115 yards) has been Baker’s favorite target so far. Ford possesses the speed to score from anywhere on the field.

WEST YORK (2-1) AT DALLASTOWN (1-2), 7 P.M. Dallastown, which graduated most of its starters from last year’s 11-1 team, is still looking for answers offensively.

The Wildcats have made it into the end zone just one time so far this season.

West York features a veteran quarterback, Kaden Hepler, who has passed for 473 yards and five touchdowns. Tested wide receiver Jerrin Toomey has recorded 12 catches for the Bulldogs. Brock Snellbaker leads West York’s ground game (256 rushing yards).

DOVER (3-0) AT SPRING GROVE (0-3), 7 P.M. The contrasting records signal a mismatch, but Dover better beware.

Spring Grove’s offense, after being held to a total of 13 points the first two weeks, came to life last week by scoring 24 points against West York. Rockets’ sophomore quarterback Seth Hildebrand passed for 104 yards and three touchdowns.

Running is the specialty of Dover’s Tanner Link, who averages a first down a carry (48 for 486 yards). The Eagles’ defense is also very good. It’s yielding a scant 10.7 points a game.

KENNARD-DALE (1-2) AT RED LION (1-2), 7 P.M. Red Lion is headed in the right direction following a 36-20 victory over Carlisle last Saturday night.

The Lions parlay the breakaway running of Jason Milton with the passing of Tanner Klinefelter and receiving of Eric Althoff. Milton averages 8.6 yards a carry, Klinefelter has 423 passing yards to his credit, and Althoff has snared 15 passes for 220 yards.

Kennard-Dale’s Dan Hare and Matt Vincent have teamed for 483 rushing yards.

SUSQUEHANNOCK (0-3) AT SOUTH WESTERN (2-1), 7:30 P.M. Susquehannock’s first three games were against Suburban, Wyomissing and Central Dauphin East. Those teams are a combined 9-0.

Next up for the Warriors is a South Western team that has championship aspirations. The Mustangs’ Mike Felton is showing why he earned an NCAA Division I scholarship from Temple. The running back/wide receiver is averaging 7.8 yards a carry and 27.1 yards a reception.

Susquehannock’s rushing leader, Austin Sauble, also has a fine yards-per-carry average at 6.5. Sauble has accounted for 150 yards on 23 carries.

– Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdispatch.com or at 505-5407.

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