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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerThomas Merkle

The odds weren’t in Thomas Merkle’s favor when he began this season as a freshman at Kenyon College.

Going into fall camp leading up to his first year with the Lords, the York Suburban High School graduate had to try to beat out two junior quarterbacks, who were with the program for the two prior seasons. However, working in his favor was the fact that, like him, neither had ever started a college game. So, all Merkle could do was compete and let his talent determine his fate.

Despite his inexperience at the NCAA Division III level and his lack of size, the 5-foot, 10-inch Merkle always possessed a strong arm and loads of confidence.

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, 505-5446/@ydsportsJohn Kuhn

John Kuhn hits paydirt, Bruce Arians hits a rough patch, and Will Beatty finally hits the field.

It was an eventful Week 3 for a trio of York County products who make their living in the NFL.

Here’s the breakdown.

Kuhn:

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerThomas Merkle

The odds weren’t in Thomas Merkle’s favor when he began this season as a freshman at Kenyon College.

Going into fall camp leading up to his first year with the Lords, the York Suburban High School graduate had to try to beat out two junior quarterbacks, who were with the program for the two prior seasons. However, working in his favor was the fact that, like him, neither had ever started a college game. So, all Merkle could do was compete and let his talent determine his fate.

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Ryan Vandersloot, The York DispatchDallastown vs Spring Grove football

SPRING GROVE – As the Dallastown football team sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to its teammate Edgar Centeno Friday, the Wildcat running back broke into a dance.

The moment was probably just what head coach Kevin Myers and his team needed after a getting tested by a Spring Grove club in both teams’ York-Adams League Division I opener.

It also gave them a chance to breathe a heavy sigh of relief.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerWest York vs. Central York

Before we talk about this past Friday night’s games, let’s first reexamine the preseason expectations of two York-Adams League Division I schools.

Northeastern was the talk of the Division I circuit all during the preseason and through the first three weeks of the 2016 season.

Central York, meanwhile, wasn’t supposed to “wow” anybody this year. Not when it was coming off a 3-7 season last year, starting a sophomore quarterback and learning a new system under a new head coach.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerYork High School Athletics

York High athletic director Ron Coursey stood at the podium at the front of the William Penn Senior High School cafeteria with a microphone in his hand, scouring the room filled with student-athletes.

If Coursey saw one of the students on the phone, talking to a teammate or simply not doing anything at all, he had no problem calling them out for everyone else to hear.

This is how mandatory study hall works for York High athletes. If you’re not doing homework or studying, you’re exposed. If you don’t have any work to do, then you better find some.

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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORTRussell Stoner

Before the action kicks off Friday night, West York will start a new football tradition.

The West York Football Booster Club will honor the inductees of its inaugural Hall of Fame class prior to the Bulldogs taking on Eastern York.

The first class is comprised of individuals who are at least 10 years removed from the program and have met the school’s specialized criteria and standards while representing West York.

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Steve Heiser, 505-5446/@ydsports.

Some of the greatest players in West York High School football history will be honored Friday night.

Just before the Bulldogs’ home game against Eastern York, the West York Football Booster Club will induct its first members into the newly formed West York Football Hall of Fame.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerRed Land vs. Dover Football

The following are game capsules for Week 2 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.

DIVISION I

Dallastown (3-0) at Spring Grove (2-1):

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerPHOTOS: Red Lion Football practice

Red Lion head coach Jesse Shay doesn’t hold back when he expresses what he thinks his team can accomplish this year.

If there was ever a season in his four years with the Lions that could yield the grandest results, this is the one. He realizes that.

He’s never had a team filled with this much talent and experience. And he might not have a team like it again anytime soon.

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