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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerRed Lion vs. Central York

Every single one of the Red Lion football team’s wins has told us something about it this season.

Through their first seven games, the Lions had wins by 21 points (twice), 24 points, 29 points, 35 points, 42 points and 49 points. Each of those victories showcased the dominance that Red Lion has had over its opponents week in and week out this season. Not just within the league, but within District 3.

But, until the Lions demonstrated that they could handle a dogfight, a game that would come down to the fourth quarter, there would still be a question mark about what the team truly is.


, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerSam Emig

Seven weeks into the season, the Red Lion football team had yet to be tested.

As much as that proved the Lions’ dominance, it wouldn’t bode well once the team hit the District 3 6-A playoffs, knowing that it would eventually have to play a tight game.

On Friday night, Red Lion finally faced its first sign of adversity and passed with flying colors.

Facing a resurgent Central York team, the Lions withstood a third-quarter rally by the Panthers and earned a hard-fought 28-18 victory at Central York, improving to 8-0 on the year and 5-0 in York-Adams League Division I. The Panthers fell to 5-3 and 3-2 in Division I.


, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerCentral York vs. Spring Grove

The following are game capsules for Week 8 of the York-Adams League football season. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted.


Dallastown (6-1, 3-1) at New Oxford (0-7, 0-4): It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that, here we are in Week 8 and the Wildcats are right in the thick of the Division I race. They are the two-time reigning champs, after all. However, this Dallastown team wasn’t supposed to be anything special, yet here it is with a 3-1 mark in division play (6-1 overall).


, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerYork Catholic quarterback Dan Yokemick and the Fighting

There are no new York-Adams League teams on the right side of the projected cut line in the latest District 3 football power ratings.

A couple of teams, however, made some big jumps after Week 7.

The league still owns one-quarter of the 32 projected playoff-bound teams, but after last week, most of those eight local teams are in better position than this time a week ago.

York Catholic leads that group, moving up to No. 1 in the 2-A ratings.

Here the class-by-class breakdown:

6-A: Red Lion, Dallastown and Central York are all still inside the projected top eight, with the Lions, still unbeaten (7-0), holding steady at No. 3.


, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerJordan Ray

During a pre-practice film session on Tuesday, York Tech football coach Charlie Troxell reminded his players not to get too cocky going into Saturday’s game against Hanover.

Typically, a coach of a 4-3 team wouldn’t have to warn his team about overconfidence.

The Spartans, however, have earned the right to walk around with a little extra swagger. At 4-3, Tech sits in fourth place in the York-Adams Division III standings. That may not sound like anything to write home about. Considering the history of Spartan football, however, this has already felt like a banner year, even if it might not lead to an actual championship banner at the end of the season.


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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerCentral York vs. Spring Grove

Central York’s crucial York-Adams League Division I win over Spring Grove on Friday night wasn’t more than 15 minutes old and head coach Josh Oswalt was already looking ahead to Red Lion.

He understood the magnitude of the Panthers’ 35-21 win against the Rockets, keeping their league title hopes alive and also their District 3 6-A playoff hopes in tact. But, what it also did was set up Oswalt’s team with a chance to play for a de facto Y-A League Division I title game this upcoming Friday when it hosts the Lions.


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If Week 5 was a bad one for York-Adams League football teams in the District 3 power ratings, then Week 6 was the complete opposite.

After both Northeastern and Central York dropped on the wrong side of the playoff cut line following Week 5 losses, both got back on the right side of the projected cut with big victories in Week 6.

In total, the Y-A League has eight teams currently on the right side of the playoff picture, making up exactly 25 percent of the 32 teams that will compete in the District 3 playoffs over six classes in a few weeks.

Following is a breakdown of each class:



, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerRed Lion vs South Western football

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


South Western (3-3, 2-1) at Dallastown (5-1, 2-1): The Mustangs were flying high in division play until they were humbled a week ago by undefeated Red Lion. This will be another tough test for South Western. It must now travel to Dallastown in a battle between two teams that will be jockeying for second place behind the Lions in Division I. The Wildcats are also coming off a loss in Week 6 to Northeastern.


, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerEastern York football practice

Eastern York football coach Jeff Mesich said he didn’t have to deliver his best William Wallace speech following his team’s Week 3 loss to Littlestown.

There was no need to go “Braveheart” on his Golden Knights.

At that point, however, the Golden Knights definitely needed some sort of change.

They had lost their first three games of the season and were about to embark on York-Adams League Division II play. Yet, even in defeat, Mesich and his players said they saw something in that 18-14 loss to the Thunderbolts. Eastern led for much of the contest vs. Littlestown, only to have its final drive stall with a late-game interception in the end zone.