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Rob Rose, York Dispatch

  • Week 5 of the high school football season is this weekend.
  • The York-Adams League teams are involved in a dozen games on Friday night.
  • The highlight game is Spring Grove at York High in a major Division I competition.

The following are game pods for the week 5 high school soccer competitions featuring York-Adams League programs. Each of the games is scheduled for Friday, September 24th at 7pm.

FIRST LEAGUE

Spring Grove (4-0) at York High (3-1): The Bearcats offensive came after a tough week 1 loss to a strong team from Governor Mifflin Elite, but Friday offers another tough test. The Rockets Defense has shut down every team they have faced this season and will try to keep this streak going. Spring Grove has had its best start in more than a decade and has the chance to prove that it is one of the top teams in the division in this showdown.

Dover (1-3) in Central York (3-0): The Panthers were forced to walk by last week after Red Lion canceled the game for health reasons. With an extra week to rest and prepare, it should mean trouble for the Eagles. Dover dropped 60 points to York High last week and Central York are starting with an offensive that is at least as strong.

Dallastown (3-1) in the northeast (1-3): The Wildcats followed a strong non-league start with a big win against another local team that appears to be on the rise in the Southwest. Northeastern struggled to stop the run with a big loss at Spring Grove last week and it doesn’t get any easier this week against the big offensive line and group of running backs from Dallastown. The Wildcats also have some serious receptionists.

Red Lion (0-3) at South Western (3-1): The Mustangs’ special start to the season had a catch against Dallastown last week. Despite losing in Division I, South Western still has a chance to prove that it can compete with the better teams in Division I of the season. Red Lion’s game against Central York last week was canceled for health reasons.

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DEPARTMENT II

East York (0-4) in New Oxford (3-1): The Colonials continued through the division opponents with a win against Susquehannock last week. New Oxford haven’t lost a game in their division as they moved from DI ahead of the 2020 season. The Colonials will try to use their defenses to keep this streak going. The Knights offense nearly took the team past York Suburban last week and will face another challenge on the road this week. Eastern’s defense has allowed at least 35 points in every game this season.

Susquehannock (2-2) near Gettysburg (2-2): After a bad second week, Gettysburg’s offense has a total of 87 points in the last two games. Susquehannock’s defense must deliver a dominant performance to win the battle of the York-Adams League Division II Warriors. Susquehannock scored 36 points on his two wins combined and might need to match that number to take that road win.

Kennard-Dale (3-1) at York Suburban (1-3): When these teams clashed last season and the Rams won, it came as a surprise. This year it will be a surprise if Kennard-Dale doesn’t go with the win. After a narrow defeat in Week 1, the Rams have passed their opponents while the Trojans continue to search for their identities.

Exeter Parish (2-2) in West York (0-4): It doesn’t get any easier for the Bulldogs after they’ve finished their division. Exeter fought to the end of their first game against Central York and was West York’s toughest challenge yet. The Bulldogs’ offense failed to produce enough points to cause an upset against a team like Exeter.

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DEPARTMENT III

York Tech (0-3) in Hanover (1-3): The Nighthawks’ offensive was halted last week with a loss to Bermudian Springs. Hannover should jump into this game to avenge the defeat York Tech missed last season to end the Spartans winless streak. The Spartans struggled to start the year and sat down last week over a COVID-19 problem, making this road test even more difficult.

Littlestown (0-4) at Delone Catholic (0-3): The Squires had to sit out last week due to a canceled game against York Tech and it might have been helpful to roll back after a slow start. Delone Catholic was beaten by 82-34 points earlier in the year and didn’t look like the team battling for district titles lately. However, Littlestown struggled even more, giving up 41 more points to York Catholic last week.

Biglerville (0-2) at York Catholic (3-0): Nothing went the way Biglerville had planned this year. The Canners had to cancel two games and were outdone with 103-7 points in the two games they played. In the meantime, the Fighting Irish have treated every team they have played and hope to do the same at home this week.

Bermudian Springs (2-2) at Fairfield (1-1): Similar to Biglerville, Fairfield had a start-and-stop phase in the first half of the season. The Knights haven’t played a game in two weeks since scoring 40 points in week 2 to beat Eastern York. While Fairfield is stuck at home, Bermudian Springs has recovered from a slow start and his last two opponents with a combined 72-29.

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