York-Adams League Week 3 Football Preview: Capsules For Every Game

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It’s Week 3 of the high school football season, and York-Adams League teams continue to progress toward divisional play. Of the 22 teams in the league, 21 will be in action in 18 different games, all of which begin Friday at 7 p.m.

A notable change to the schedule took place on Wednesday afternoon. Fairfield, originally slated to play in Hamburg, pulled out of the game due to a lack of healthy players. In place of the Green Knights will be Eastern York, who previously had no games scheduled for this week.

Here is the summary of all the games on the local list:

TRANSVERSE

South West (2-0) at New Oxford (2-0): Division I visits Division II with a pair of perfect records on the line. Both teams were dominant early on. The visiting Mustangs outscored their first two opponents 76-16 and averaged 358.5 yards while giving up 185. The Colonials are 69-14 and 346-183.5 overall. South Western won 14-7 at New Oxford last fall.

York Catholic (0-2) at York Suburban (1-1): It’s homecoming for York Suburban, who are chasing a second straight win after beating Donegal 41-18 last weekend. York Catholic comes in with an 0-2 record of bad luck; the Irish’s two losses had final one-score margins.

Bermudian Springs (0-2) at Susquehannock (1-1): The host Warriors found the win column last week, claiming a 10-7 win over Littlestown at home. Bermudian Springs were on the wrong end of 41-0 and 44-7 defeats in their first two games against New Oxford and Boiling Springs, but it should be noted that the Eagles won this game, 31-14, there is a year.

FIRST DIVISION

Shippensburg (2-0) at Spring Grove (2-0): The Rockets took a big lead early and held on late for a 33-28 win at Kennard-Dale last week, and they’re back home to face another tough test. Shippensburg went undefeated in the 2021 regular season and finished 11-1 on aggregate. In the first week of this season, the Greyhounds won, 28-10, against the Cedar Cliff team who eliminated them.

Carlisle (2-0) at York High (0-2): The Bearcats, with 28-24 losses at Woodland Hills and 35-32 at Hempfield, could be a big play here or there from a 2-0 start. Instead, they’re still looking for their first win as Carlisle comes to town. The Thundering Herd beat Mechanicsburg, 28-14, and Governor Mifflin, 48-14, to start the season.

Hershey (0-2) at Dallastown (0-2): This game includes two glacial start offenses. The Wildcats have scored just 13 points in two games (while allowing 70), and the visiting Trojans aren’t far ahead with 21 total points (38 allowed). Dallastown beat Hershey, 20-13, last year and could again benefit from a boost in confidence.

Central York (1-1) at Hempfield (2-0): The Panthers will be looking to bounce back from a narrow 35-33 loss to Cumberland Valley last week, but they will have to do so against a Hempfield team that has already defeated two of Central York-Adams Division I foes (Dallastown 30-13, York High 35-32). Central York running back Juelz Goff and wide receiver Parker Hines have already scored four touchdowns apiece this season.

Red Lion (2-0) at Reading (1-1): The Lions have a chance to top their 2021 win tally before they even start division play, as they followed up their Week 1 win over Ephrata with a 45-32 win at West York last Friday. Reading outscored Muhlenberg, 40-10, last week, bouncing back from an opening loss to Central Dauphin East.

Northeast (1-1) to Central Dauphin East (1-1): The Bobcats rebounded from a Week 1 loss to Dover with an 18-10 victory over Red Land last Friday. They are back in action against another team 1-1, as the Panthers have a 31-12 win over Reading and a 29-22 loss to Cedar Crest in the restart.

DIVISION II

Northern York (1-1) at Dover (1-1): The host Eagles shared a pair of matchups against Division I sides, beating Northeastern, 35-6, before falling 41-13 to South Western. Enter a team from North York who outscored Red Land, 45-6, in Week 1, but are coming off a narrow 23-16 loss to Chambersburg.

Kennard-Dale's Garrett McCleary (2) scores a touchdown against Spring Grove during their regular season football game at Fawn Grove on Friday September 2, 2022.

Lampeter-Strasbourg (1-1) to Kennard-Dale (0-2): Kennard-Dale’s first two games of the season pitted teams with 10 wins last year, and the Rams fell to 0-2 after a failed comeback against Spring Grove last weekend. Their next chance comes against the Pioneers, who followed a 40-35 loss to Solanco with a 35-0 win over Penn Manor.

West York (0-2) at Exeter Township (2-0): West York fell 45-32 to Red Lion in their home opener, and the Bulldogs gave up a league-worst 89 points in two games. They’ll be looking for road stops against the Eagles, who have averaged 36 points per game so far.

Eastern York (0-2) at Hamburg (2-0): A week after beating Fairfield 24-7, Eastern York will take the place of the Knights in this game. It remains to be seen how much the short notice affects the Golden Knights, but a tough test certainly awaits them. Hamburg were an attacking juggernaut from the start, winning their first two games 48-6 and 75-21.

DIVISION III

York Tech (1-1) in North Lebanon (0-2): The Spartans beat Kutztown, 47-27, in their home opener on Saturday; only a last-minute touchdown from James Buchanan on a Monday night in Week 1 stands between York Tech and a perfect start. North Lebanon’s two defeats ended in scores of 14-9 and 37-0.

Biglerville (1-1) against James Buchanan (2-0): Biglerville opened the season with its first win since 2020, then came down to earth with last Friday’s 42-0 loss to Susquenita. The Rockets held off Clear Spring, Maryland 14-6 at home in Week 2 and will play Mercersburg at home for the third straight week.

Delone Catholic (0-2) at Greencastle-Antrim (2-0): Delone has an extra day off after playing a game on Thursday last week, but the 33-21 loss to Lancaster Catholic didn’t make extra time any more fun. The host Blue Devils won their first two games by an aggregate of 81-20 and are coming off a 53-7 win over West Virginia-based Berkeley Springs.

Littlestown (0-2) to Annville-Cleona (1-1): The Thunderbolts razed Susquehannock close on the road last week, coming off the wrong end of a 10-7 final. Annville-Cleona beat Hannover, 55-12, in Week 1 before falling, 22-19, to ELCO last Friday.

Hannover (0-2) at Pequea Valley (0-2): It was a rough start for the Nighthawks, who parted ways with head coach Wil Rider before the season and lost both games by an aggregate of 85-19. Hannover will be looking to bounce back from a 30-7 home loss to Columbia. Pequea Valley haven’t scored a point in two games so far, losing 14-0 to Biglerville and 35-0 to Octorara Area.

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