They know everything there is to know about each other.

The schools are only separated by 12 miles and most of the players grew up playing with or against each other in recreational leagues.

So, when Biglerville and Bermudian Springs square off in the District 3 Class AA football semifinals Friday night in York Springs, there will be no secrets.

"You obviously are going to tidy some things up a bit," Bermudian head coach Jon Defoe said. "You certainly have to expect some change in the game plan, but after 12 weeks, you are what you are. You sell your team short by changing what got you here."

Three weeks ago, the teams squared off against each other in the final game of the regular season and Bermudian came away with a 37-21 win and the YAIAA Division III championship.

Biglerville had a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter before Bermudian went on a 17-7 run to head into the fourth quarter up 23-14.

Despite allowing two touchdowns in the first 20 minutes of the game, the Bermudian defense did as it has done all season long. It regrouped and denied the Canners another score until the start of the fourth quarter.

Biglerville cut the lead to 23-21 with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter, but Bermudian scored the final 14 points of the game.

Both teams learned a little bit about themselves.

"We learned that we are probably better than what we thought, and better than what a lot of people gave us credit for," Canners head coach Alex Ramos said.

Defoe agreed.


"They are good at what they do," he said. "They are a very good team. Our guys have a lot of respect for their team."

One aspect of the Canners' game that has propelled them to the success they have had this season is their ability to win the turnover battle.

"We are plus-20 in the turnover battle," Ramos said. "We rally to the football. We preach ball security all the time."

"They are very opportunistic," Defoe said. "They fly to the ball so well. When you rally to the ball, good things happen."

When the teams square off Friday, Biglerville will be the underdog, a role Ramos and his team have embraced.

"They earned the rights to be favorites," he said

Last week they adopted the rallying cry of "Nobody believes in us" from the New York Giants, and they plan to keep it around for at least one more week.

Last week, the Eagles easily defeated Susquenita 42-7 while Biglerville won perhaps the biggest football game in school history against Trinity, 28-26.

"It feels great to be practicing in November," Ramos proudly exclaimed.

Two years ago, Bermudian was in a familiar situation. It had lost to a Littlestown team, that finished the regular season undefeated, by 20 points, and then, three weeks later, it shocked everyone by pounding Littlestown 37-0.

That marked only the second time two Hanover area teams had met in the regular season and then in the playoffs. Delone Catholic and Hanover did that, also in Class AA, in 1995, with Hanover taking both meetings.

This year's Bermudian Springs seniors were sophomores on the 2010 team that faced Littlestown twice and have discussed the scenario, but only briefly.

"They know they have to go out, play and execute," Defoe said about the third such meeting of Hanover area rivals. "We can't be worried about what happened three weeks ago. We have to go out and execute Friday."

The winner of Friday night's game advances to the championship game next Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium against one of two possible Berks County rivals, Wyomissing or Schuylkill Valley.

This is the third straight season the Eagles have played in the District 3 semifinals.

"It is time to kick the door down," Defoe said.; 717-637-3736, extension 143. Twitter: @michaelrubin6.