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By JOHN WALK
The York-Adams League high school football schedule this weekend is stocked full of games with division title implications and teams battling for their District 3 playoff lives.
Here are preview capsules for the Week 9 games. They start at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Central York (4-4 overall, 4-1 league) at Dallastown (7-1, 5-0): Despite suffering an upset loss, 20-13, to Red Lion last week, Central York is still in line for a shot at repeating as the Division I champion, but only if the Panthers can bounce back and find a way to win this Friday. The Central defense will have to do a better job of slowing the run, an area this unit struggled with last week in giving up 228 rushing yards. Only problem is Dallastown is the best rushing team in Division I, averaging 208.9 rushing yards a game. The Wildcats also have the best run defense in Division I, holding opponents to 110 rushing yards a clip. This will certainly pose a challenge to Central backs Pearson Hinkle (460 rushing yards, eight touchdowns) and Terrance Carter (752 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns).
However, Dallastown did have trouble against the pass a couple weeks ago in a one-point win over South Western. And next in line behind South Western, Central has the No. 2 passing game in Division I. So perhaps the Panthers will have to rely on getting it done offensively through the air.
South Western (3-5, 3-2) at Northeastern (4-4, 1-4): With the division title out of the picture, both teams enter this one with district playoff aspirations on their minds. Both sit on the edges of the top 16 of the District 3 brackets in Class AAAA and Class AAA, respectively. The top 16 teams qualify for the postseason in both classes. The Bobcats last week saw the return from injury of quarterback Blake Einsig (605 passing yards, eight touchdowns) and running back Kody Reeser (489 rushing yards, four touchdowns), and they went on to snap a four-game losing streak with a 27-10 win over Spring Grove to get back to .500. It’s unclear if Northeastern running back Chris Whack (608 rushing yards, three touchdowns) will play. He sat out last week with an injury. Either way, Northeastern’s key to victory should be on attempting to quiet South Western quarterback Brock Geiman (1,326 passing yards, 12 touchdowns).
Red Lion (5-3, 4-1) at Spring Grove (3-5, 1-4): The Lions enter after pulling off a 20-13 upset win at Central York last Friday and needing a victory this Friday over the Rockets in order to set up a shot at the Division I title in a Week 10 showdown against Dallastown. Spring Grove will look to play the spoiler while also attempting to snap its three-game losing streak. For that to happen, the Rockets will have to get their ground game back on track after being held to an average of 145.5 rushing yards the last two weeks, a drop-off from the 209.3 rushing yards they averaged the first six weeks. On the other side, the Spring Grove defense will be tasked with putting the brakes on a Red Lion rushing game that’s pumped out 489 combined rushing yards the last two weeks.
New Oxford (0-8, 0-5) at York High (2-6, 2-3): York High had its two-game win streak snapped last week in a loss to South Western, bringing an end to the Bearcats’ playoff hopes. Now, York High quarterback James Way (1,038 passing yards, 503 rushing yards, 13 total touchdowns), running back Bryshon Sweeney (628 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns) and the rest of this senior class will aim to go out on a high note over the final two weeks of their high school gridiron careers.
Dover (4-4, 3-1) at West York (7-1, 4-0): This matchup lost a bit of luster after the defending Division II champion Eagles suffered an upset loss, 36-21, last Friday to York Suburban, who lost to West York two weeks ago, 58-7. Plus, the status of Durran Ledbetter (542 rushing yards, six touchdowns) is unclear after the junior running back didn’t see any action out of the Dover backfield last week. On top of all that, the Dover offense relies strictly on its running game, which could prove problematic for the Eagles, considering West York is holding opponents to 92.4 rushing yards this season, the second-best clip in the league.
Gettysburg (7-1, 3-1) at York Suburban (4-4, 3-1): Following an 0-3 start, the Trojans have won four of their last five games and will enter this Friday three spots shy of the top 16 of the District 3-AAA power rankings. Gettysburg will aim to get past Suburban and on to its Week 10 showdown with West York. The Warriors have the third-best passing defense in the league, holding opponents to 68.1 passing yards a game this season. This unit will focus on keeping Suburban quarterback Thomas Merkle (1,268 passing yards, nine touchdowns) and wide receiver Collin Mailman (719 receiving yards, seven touchdowns) under control. That duo connected eight times for 196 yards and three scores in last week’s win at Dover.
Pine Grove (4-4) at Eastern York (5-3, 2-3): The Golden Knights have won two in a row and will attempt to improve their District 3 stock. They currently sit two spots shy of the top 16 of the Class AAA rankings. The Eastern ground game is averaging 292.4 rushing yards and will look to get it done again this week, while the Knights’ defense will go up against Pine Grove running back Mark Weinus (982 rushing yards, five touchdowns) and quarterback Logan Levan (680 passing yards, 103 rushing yards, eight total touchdowns).
Kennard-Dale (1-7, 0-5) at Susquehannock (0-8, 0-4): Susquehannock quarterback Josh Stoneberg (823 passing yards, four touchdowns) will try to lead the Warriors to their first victory of the season against a K-D defense giving up a league-high 11.2 passing yards per completion.
Littlestown (2-6, 1-4) at Bermudian Springs (8-0, 5-0): The Eagles likely wrapped up the Division III crown for the third time in four years with a road win at York Catholic last week. Eagles senior Colton Dull became the first York-Adams League running back this season to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau, now with 1,141 rushing yards on the year. He and West York quarterback Ross Campbell are tied for the top spot in the league for the most rushing touchdowns (19).
York Catholic (5-3, 4-1) at Fairfield (5-3, 3-2): The District 3-A bracket takes the top four teams. And York Catholic and Fairfield are currently ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the latest District 3-A power rankings. Fairfield gave up nearly 400 rushing yards in a 17-14 loss to Delone Catholic last week. And the Irish will enter strong in both the run and pass, behind the talents of quarterback Hakeem Kinard, who is first in the league in passing yards (1,442) and passing touchdowns (14), second in completions (94) and sixth in rushing yards (863).
Biglerville (4-4, 2-3) at Hanover (2-6, 1-4): With a Week 10 game against undefeated Bermudian Springs on the horizon, the Canners are going to need a victory this Friday if they have any hopes of making the District 3-AA playoffs. The District 3-AA bracket takes the top eight teams and Biglerville is currently ranked No. 9. The Canners will rely on running back Scott Cooper (503 rushing yards, 297 receiving yards, nine touchdowns) to lead the way offensively, while the defense will focus on softening the 1-2 punch of Hanover quarterback Kyle Krout, who has the second most passing yards in the league (1,337), and receiver Dylan Krieger, who leads the league in receptions (47) and receiving yards (902).
Delone Catholic (4-4, 3-2) at York Tech (1-7, 1-4): Following a 1-3 start, Delone Catholic has won three of its last four games and now sits one spot shy of the top four of the District 3-A power rankings. The Squires put up nearly 400 rushing yards in a three-point win over Fairfield last week. Look for much of the same this Saturday, with Delone running backs Jake Kadis (741 rushing yards, eight touchdowns) and Alex Little (574 rushing yards, one touchdown) leading the way.
— Reach John Walk at email@example.com.
By JOHN WALK
Dallastown football coach Kevin Myers is tired of hearing about how his team defends against the pass.
This subject is topical this week, because it appears as though Central York might have to rely more on moving the ball through the air this Friday night when the Panthers travel to Dallastown in a crucial York-Adams Division I showdown with division title implications on the line.
Sure, the Panthers (4-4 overall, 4-1 division) have speedster Terrance Carter (752 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) and bruiser Pearson Hinkle (460 rushing yards, eight touchdowns) in their backfield. But Dallastown (7-1, 5-0) has the best run defense in Division I, holding opponents to 110 rushing yards a clip.
Plus, Dallastown has given up the most passing yards (1,410) of any team in the league thus far. So perhaps the better strategy for the Panthers would be to let loose the arm of quarterback Nik Strine, who has thrown for 636 yards and five touchdowns in five starts this season.
“That’s a point some people bring up, that teams are throwing the ball more on us, but if you go back and look at total offense it’s pretty even,” Myers said Wednesday.
To Myers’ point, Dallastown is giving up an average of 286.5 total yards a game, a stat that sits around the middle of the pack of the eight Division I teams and the league’s 23 teams.
“We gotta get off the field on third downs, that’s what we’ve been emphasizing,” Myers said. “We gotta get a little bit better at that.”
With two weeks to play in the regular season, the Division I title is still very much up for grabs. Dallastown currently sits atop the division standings, leading Central and Red Lion (5-3, 4-1) by only one game. And the Wildcats host the Panthers this Friday and travel to Red Lion the following week. Fortunately for Dallastown, it’s already battle-tested, with down-to-the-wire one-point wins over West York (7-1) in Week 2 and South Western (3-5) in Week 7.
“Anytime you win close games and hard-fought contests, it gets you ready,” Myers said. “The last couple weeks we started slow and had to come from behind. It helps with the kids’ confidence. Other team scores first and we have the mentality that we can answer right back — that it’s not over. South Western was up 21-0 on us and we came back.”
It’s also worth noting Dallastown is finally healthy across the board for the first time in a long time, according to Myers. That could actually help the Dallastown ground attack that’s No. 1 in Division I with an average of 208.9 rushing yards a game.
“The last three or four weeks we’ve been mixing up the offensive line. We’ve had a couple guys hurt. Tray Noye came back last week from a concussion. Garrett Kerr came back from a concussion. Noah Geesey has been fighting a hip flexor,” Myers said. “Knock on wood, this will actually be the first week we don’t have any starters out.”
— Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By JOHN WALK
Over these next three weeks, we’ll see the titles decided across all three York-Adams League divisions.
First up this Friday, York Catholic is playing host to Bermudian Springs in a showdown that will likely decide the Division III crown.
Other York-Adams League teams are looking to stay on track for a Division I or Division II titles, while even more are aiming to get enough wins to keep their hopes at a District 3 playoff berth alive.
Here are preview capsules for York-Adams League games this weekend:
York High (2-5 overall, 2-2 league) at South Western (2-5, 2-2), 730 p.m.: These squads may have losing records, but both still have a shot at reaching the District 3-AAAA playoffs, so the Bearcats and Mustangs will battle it out Friday with playoff aspirations on their minds. York High last week won back-to-back games for the first time this season after beginning the year 0-5, while South Western has nearly beaten Central York and Dallastown, the two best teams in York-Adams Division I. This could turn out to be a back-and-forth contest between York High quarterback James Way (932 passing yards, 451 rushing yards, 10 total touchdowns) and South Western signal-caller Brock Geiman (1,124 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns).
Spring Grove (3-4, 1-3) at Northeastern (3-4, 0-4), 7 p.m.: Both teams are reeling a bit coming into this meeting. Northeastern has dropped four in a row, while Spring Grove has lost two straight and three of its last four. Spring Grove has had trouble this season when opponents slow down its running attack, as was the case again last week when Central held leading rusher Shay Feulmer to a season-low 25 rushing yards. So it’ll be interesting to see how the Rockets do against a Northeastern defense that is second best in the league against the run.
Dallastown (6-1, 4-0) at New Oxford (0-7, 0-4), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats aim to stay perfect in league play to set up a Week 9 match-up at Central York that will likely decide the Division I crown. Dallastown senior running back Addison Quinones has racked up 817 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns thus far. Seniors Dez Jones (189 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Sharod Wilson (252 rushing yards, three touchdowns) have also proved to be capable back-ups when called upon, as they could be this week if the score becomes lopsided in Dallastown’s favor.
York Suburban (3-4, 2-1) at Dover (5-2, 3-0), 7 p.m.: These teams are each coming off losses, Dover in a heartbreaking non-league defeat at Reading and Suburban in a one-sided affair against West York. The Trojans had no answer against the West York run game, which could prove problematic against a Dover team punching out an average of 249 rushing yards a game. The Eagles need to win this one to stay on track in their quest to win back-to-back Division II titles, with a road trip to West York looming next Friday.
Conrad Weiser (5-2) at Gettysburg (6-1, 3-1), 7 p.m.: A match-up between two very good squads with solid running games. Gettysburg has tallied 1,925 total rushing yards to this point, while Conrad Weiser has mashed out 2,028 total rushing yards. On paper, the Warriors have the better defense, having given up 1,239 yards of offense, the second-lowest total in the York-Adams League. Conrad Weiser has allowed 1,938 yards.
Kennard-Dale (1-6, 0-4) at Eastern York (4-3, 1-3), 7 p.m.: Last week, Eastern snapped a three-game losing streak with a 48-0 win at Susquehannock, getting the Knights back on track in their goal to reach the District 3-AAA playoffs. Golden Knights’ running backs David Livelsberger and Lucas Barshinger have combined for 1,484 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
Susquehannock (0-7, 0-3) at West York (6-1, 3-0), 7 p.m.: The No. 2 ranked team in the latest District 3-AAA power rankings, West York has outscored opponents 289-93 in its six wins this season. West York quarterback Ross Campbell has passed for 937 yards and seven scores while rushing for 874 yards and 17 touchdowns. Three West York running backs — Noah Bowers, Garrett Stauffer and Cadence Thomas — have each gone for at least 290 rushing yards to this point and combined for 12 total touchdowns. Wide receiver Diego Torres has tallied 484 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Look for any one of those names to have a big night. The Bulldogs have one last warm-up with games looming against Dover and Gettysburg the following two weeks.
Bermudian Springs (7-0, 4-0) at York Catholic (5-2, 4-0), 7 p.m.: Two weeks of regular-season games remain after this Friday, but really the winner of this meeting basically gets crowned as the Division III champion, a title Bermudian Springs last held in 2012. York Catholic hasn’t won a division crown since 1992, when the league had 18 teams and two divisions. Bermudian Springs does just about everything right on both sides of the ball, especially running the ball, which will be troublesome for a York Catholic defense allowing an average of 267 rushing yards a clip, the third-worst average in the league. The Irish offense will counter with quarterback Hakeem Kinard, who leads the league in passing yards (1,271) and passing touchdowns (13) and is sixth in the league in rushing yards (767). York Catholic wide receiver Qua’Shawn Grooms is fourth in the league in receiving yards (465).
Biglerville (3-4, 1-3) at Littlestown (2-5, 1-3), 7 p.m.: The District 3-AA tournament takes the top eight teams. And both of these squads are currently on the edge of being in the top eight of the power rankings. So playoff aspirations are on the line here. The Thunderbolts are coming off their first league win of the year and are aiming to make it two in a row. The Canners have lost back-to-back games for the first time this year.
Fairfield (5-2, 3-1) at Delone Catholic (3-4, 2-2), 7 p.m.: Last season, Fairfield finished 6-5 overall, marking the most wins in program history. A victory this Friday would match that total and put the Green Knights on track for an even better season, quite remarkable considering Fairfield didn’t have more than three wins in a season up until a year ago. Quarterback Mason Flickinger (560 passing yards, 205 rushing yards, 16 total touchdowns) will lead the way for Fairfield against a Delone Catholic defense that has given up the third most passing yards in the league.
Hanover (1-6, 0-4) at York Tech (1-6, 1-3), 10 a.m.: These teams are about even in every category, except for the passing game, in which Hanover’s 1,144 passing yards are the second most in the league, while York Tech is last in the league in this category. The Spartans instead rely on a running game steered by Nashid Bones (212 rushing yards, two touchdowns), Damarius Wiggins (353 rushing yards, three touchdowns), Jibri Bones (291 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and Kyle Chesnavage (135 rushing yards, one touchdown).
— Reach John Walk at email@example.com.
By JOHN WALK
Four weeks ago, on a Friday night at Northeastern High School, longtime Central York football coach Brad Livingston stood quietly on the turf field watching his players run through pre-game warm-ups.
At the time, Northeastern was undefeated through the first three weeks of the season. Central, meanwhile, had a big goose egg in the win column. And the Bobcats’ student section made sure to remind the Central players of that moments before the Week 4 match-up.
“It was a great environment. Their student body was sitting down there at the stands at the end and really giving us the raspberries,” Livingston recalled while chatting before practice earlier this week. “I said: ‘Thank you, very much. Keep it going.’ I was smiling inwardly because I knew the boys wouldn’t react to that too well.”
The Panthers reacted by beating Northeastern, 44-17. As we all know by now, Central hasn’t lost a game since. After the victory over the Bobcats, Central followed up with a 20-13 overtime win against South Western, and road victories at New Oxford, 41-22, and Spring Grove, 38-21. The four-game win streak has Central sitting alongside Dallastown (6-1 overall, 4-0 league) for the top spot in the Division I standings and on track for a shot to repeat as the division champion.
That feat didn’t appear possible when the Panthers began the season by losing out-of-division games to West York (6-1), Cumberland Valley (5-2) and Hempfield (4-3) by a combined score of 91-44.
Turnaround: So what changed these last four games to turn in Central’s favor?
The run game, led by seniors Terrance Carter (620 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) or Pearson Hinkle (375 rushing yards, six touchdowns), has been relatively solid all year.
Looking at the passing attack, Central has cut down on the number of interceptions but has still been able to put up solid numbers through the air no matter who is at quarterback — sophomore Shannon Valenti (415 passing yards, one touchdown, six interceptions) started the first three weeks before junior Nik Strine (554 passing yards, five touchdowns, one interception) returned from a knee injury and took over the gig in Week 4.
A noticeable difference is the Central defense, which gave up 200-plus rushing yards a game during the first three weeks, but has kept opponents to an average of 128.8 rushing yards the last four weeks. The Panthers have also cut down on penalties, from 60 yards a game the first three weeks versus an average of 44.5 the last four weeks.
“I think the one thing maybe offensively that might be somewhat overlooked, something we put some emphasis on, we try to limit the number of negative plays,” Livingston said. “Early in the season we were having drives that got stopped because we had one or two negative plays in a row. We don’t really have that as much anymore, knock on wood, although we had one play at Spring Grove the other night that ended up third down and 39. That wasn’t too good. But we’re really trying, at least every offensive play we run, it’s either a zero (no gain) or a positive number (gain).”
Gaining experience: Plus, there’s the experience factor. The Panthers pretty much had a brand new starting lineup on both sides of the ball. Only five starters returned on offense and three on defense coming into the year. Maybe getting those first three games under the belts of the new starters contributed to this team turning a corner in Week 4 and not looking back?
“Yes we would’ve loved to have won one, two or three of those first three games, but they were all part of the process,” Livingston said. “Get to Game 4. There we were thinking we’ve gotten everything tightened down and everybody at the right place. So now it’s up to us.”
It’s worth noting all four of Central’s wins have come against teams with losing records, although Northeastern and Spring Grove did have records of .500 or better coming into their games against the Panthers.
Anyway, provided Central gets a win this Friday over Red Lion (4-3, 3-1), the big showdown at Dallastown is the following week in a game that should decide the Division I crown. The Panthers finish out the regular season with a home game against York High (2-5, 2-2). However, Livingston feels his bunch will falter if it gets ahead of itself.
“I think for them, the one thing for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, they absolutely, positively cannot get stagnant and get satisfied,” Livingston said of his players. “This is a team that if they don’t get better every week they’re gonna lose a football game or two.”
— Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By JOHN WALK, 505-5406/@YorkSportsGuy
A nail-biter in Dallastown. Littlestown snapping a five-game losing streak. York High winning back-to-back games for the first time all year. Central York continuing its turnaround. And lopsided victories. Plenty to like from Week 7 of high school football action across the York-Adams League. If you haven’t already, check out Friday’s game story of Dallastown’s 28-27 win over South Western, in addition to a moving story about Dallastown High School senior Tristan Schilling, who served as the team’s honorary captain Friday night.
Here are your top York-Adams League performers from Week 7:
–Dallastown: A handful of players to give props to here. Workhorse Addison Quinones hung tough despite taking a wicked shot to the back in the first half to finish with a game-high 114 rushing yards and a touchdown. Senior back Sharod Wilson tallied a pair of scores to go along with 91 rushing yards on 17 carries. Then there was the trifecta of Wildcats: Jakob Garrity, Owen Ritter and Jake Jansen. Garrity nabbed an interception in the end zone to prevent South Western from taking a fourth quarter lead. Then Ritter caught his only reception of the night for a 57-yard score down the sidelines to put Dallastown up by a touchdown. And, after South Western scored a touchdown, Jansen blocked the potential game-tying extra-point kick as Dallastown escaped with a 28-27 victory. Crazy to think how things could be very different for Dallastown right now seeing as how the Wildcats beat West York in Week 2 by a point when the Bulldogs’ two-point conversion in the fourth quarter – instead of a game-tying extra-point kick – failed, and on Friday South Western’s game-tying extra-point kick in the final minutes was instead blocked. But good teams usually find a way to win. Less than two weeks until Central York (4-3 overall, 4-0 Division I) comes to town in a game that will likely decide the Division I crown.
–South Western QB Brock Geiman: The Mustangs’ junior signal-caller completed 17-of-32 passes for 245 passing yards and a touchdown. With South Western’s proverbial back against the wall, Geiman orchestrated a pair of impressive fourth quarter drives. The first was a 16-play drive that started at South Western’s own 20-yard-line and included four third down conversions and four Geiman passes. South Western got down to the Dallastown 10-yard-line before Geiman was picked off in the end zone. On their next drive, the Mustangs were down by a touchdown with under six minutes to play, and churned out a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped off by Geiman’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Noah Staub in the end zone. The Mustangs (2-5, 2-2 Division I) have plenty to be proud of despite this loss. Three of their losses have come by a touchdown or less. At 2-5 overall, South Western still has a shot at making the district playoffs considering its last three regular season games are winnable ones. If the Mustangs can get to the district playoffs, they would surely be a dangerous 5-5 team.
–York High RB-CB Bryshon Sweeney, WR Sae’Quon Whitaker: Whitaker racked up a game-high 146 receiving yards on three catches, one an 82-yard score in the first quarter. Sweeney finished with 57 rushing yards and a score to go along with his 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bearcats’ 20-17 win over visiting Northeastern (3-4, 0-4 Division I). York High (2-5, 2-2 Division I) stayed on track in its goal to reach the district playoffs, now having won back-to-back games after beginning the year 0-5. Up next is a trip to South Western (2-5, 2-2 Division I).
–Northeastern RBs Fred Mulbah, Chris Whack: Following a 3-0 start to the year, the Bobcats have now lost four-straight. But they’ve been depleted by injuries, being without top running back Kody Reeser and also now down to their third-string quarterback. So kudos to Northeastern for hanging tough the last few weeks despite those setbacks. This was again the case Friday night in a three-point loss at York High. Whack finished with 91 rushing yards. Mulbah, a freshman, saw his first varsity carries and went for 97 rushing yards on 11 tries.
–Dover RB Tyrel Jones: The senior running back entered Friday night with 112 rushing yards on the season. In Dover’s 27-20 non-league loss to Reading (4-3), Jones went for 133 rushing yards and two scores.
–Central York defense, RB Terrance Carter: The Panthers’ defense held Spring Grove running back Shay Feulmer to a season-low 25 yards in Central’s 38-21 win over the Rockets. Feulmer entered the game with 707 rushing yards through the first six weeks. Carter, who didn’t play the previous week, had a monster game with two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns and 140 total yards. Central York stayed perfect in league play, improving to 4-0 in Division I. Its Week 9 trip to Dallastown (6-1, 4-0 Division I) is continuing to look all the more appetizing.
–Eastern York RBs David Livelsberger, Lucas Barshinger: This duo again had a stellar night, this time in the Golden Knights’ 48-0 win over Susquehannock, snapping a three-game losing streak. Barshinger totaled 174 rushing yards and four touchdowns while Livelsberger went for 86 rushing yards and a score.
–West York: The Bulldogs’ defense held York Suburban to seven points and 157 total yards of offense. The special teams registered a blocked punt return for a score. The offense rolled to 386 total yards and seven touchdowns, as nine players accounted for 345 rushing yards in West York’s 58-7 win over the Trojans (3-4, 2-1 Division II). West York (6-1, 3-0 Division II) has scored at least 41 points in each of its six wins thus far and is averaging 49.6 points over the last five weeks.
–Bermudian Springs defense, RB Colton Dull: The Eagles’ defense held Delone Catholic to 65 total yards of offense in a 38-0 win over the Squires. Of note is the fact Bermudian quarterback Ryan Markle, who entered having thrown for 669 passing yards this season, was kept to 30 passing yards Friday night. In addition, Delone Catholic came into this one with the sixth-most rushing yards of the league’s 23 teams, yet could only muster 35 rushing yards against Bermudian Springs. The Eagles’ defense has only surrendered 917 yards of offense to this point, marking the only unit in the whole league that hasn’t given up more than 1,000 yards. Bermudian Springs has also kept opponents to 27 points all season. Taking part in this defensive frenzy Friday, Dull picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a score. On the other side, Dull rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns. By remaining perfect in league play, this sets up a Week 8 contest between Bermudian Springs (7-0, 4-0 Division III) and York Catholic (5-2, 4-0 Division III) in a meeting that will decide the Division III crown.
–York Catholic QB Hakeem Kinard, RB Jack Burnside, WR Qua’shawn Grooms: Speaking of York Catholic, all three of these guys had stellar games in the 41-10 Irish win at Biglerville (3-4 overall, 1-3 Division III). Kinard, a senior, passed for 265 yards, rushed for 149 yards and accounted for three York Catholic touchdowns. Burnside entered this game with 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the year. The senior back about doubled those totals on Friday, rushing for 109 yards and tallying three touchdowns against the Canners. Grooms had a game-high 137 receiving yards on four catches, two of them for scores.
–Littlestown RBs Lucas Reynolds, Zach Brown: The Thunderbolts snapped a five-game losing streak with a 49-20 win at Hanover. Reynolds and Brown provided the damage, combining for 246 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
–Hanover WR Dylan Krieger: Krieger hauled in 133 receiving yards, ran for 83 rushing yards and scored twice in the 49-20 loss to Littlestown.
–Gettysburg offense: Eleven touchdowns and 579 yards of total offense. Eleven different ball carriers combining for 531 rushing yards. This pretty much sums up the story in Gettysburg’s 85-12 win at Kennard-Dale. It’s the most points any York-Adams League team has put in a single game this season. The 85 points was also the most scored of any team across the state Friday night – the next closest was West Middlesex beating Youngsville, 80-6.
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