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  • Playing Monday night and back to practice Tuesday afternoon, Central York coach Brad Livingston did not think the shortened week of preparation hurt his team from an X's and O's standpoint.

    "Actually, three days is pretty normal for us," said Livingston, whose Panthers (5-2, 2-0) play host to Dallastown (6-1, 2-0) for first place in YAIAA Division I. "We've been fortunate. We usually give them the whole weekend off. They don't even come in on Saturday."

    Mondays at Central are typically used to study film on the opposition. This week's Monday was used to deliver Livingston his 200th career win with a 42-0 shutout of South Western. That victory, coupled with Dallastown's 49-21 home win vs. William Penn, leaves the Wildcats and Panthers as the lone teams still perfect in league play. They also are jockeying for positioning in the District 3 Class AAAA rankings. Dallastown is fourth and Central ninth.

    While the quick turnaround comes at a crucial point in the season, recovery time was a bigger worry for Dallastown coach Kevin Myers. He addressed that concern Friday night, and Livingston agreed Tuesday, adding his team came out healthy after Monday's game.

    "I think an important thing for our kids is they have a chance to get away for a little bit and rest our bumps and bruises," Livingston said. "We lost that."

    A year ago, these two teams had an extra day to prepare for each other. The weather pushed the matchup to a Saturday at Dallastown, where Central won, 21-7.

    Friday's games

    Bermudian Springs (7-0, 6-0 Div. III) at Hanover (1-6, 1-5 Div. III)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Bermudian, 35-0.

    The skinny: The Eagles defense faces a different challenge this week in the aerial attack of Hanover.

    Eagles must: Cut down on the turnovers after committing three last week against Fairfield. The defense responded by shutting out the Green Knights for the final three quarters of a 33-7 win.

    Dallastown s Kristoffer Phennicie forced William Penn QB James Way to option out to his running back during the Wildcats  49-21 victory at Dallastown
    Dallastown s Kristoffer Phennicie forced William Penn QB James Way to option out to his running back during the Wildcats 49-21 victory at Dallastown Monday. (Jason Plotkin Daily Record/Sunday News)

    Nighthawks must: Get the ball to receivers Dylan Krieger and Ian Brown. Krieger, who entered Week 7 as the YAIAA receptions leader, was held to three catches. Brown also had three catches, and York Suburban limited quarterback Brady Goodfellow to just 21 yards passing.


    York County Tech (1-6, 1-5 Div. III) at Biglerville (1-6, 0-6 Div. III)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Biglerville, 50-28.

    The skinny: Two teams in desperate need for a win should be able to showcase their running games in this one.

    Spartans must: Forget Monday's 49-22 loss to Littlestown, with the exception of what they were able to do in the running department. The Spartans gained 316 yards against one of the YAIAA's better defenses.

    Canners must: Get back to basics, which includes plenty of handoffs to running back Joe Hurda. The Canners senior rushed for 117 yards in a loss to Eastern York. His steady play has been a bright spot for Biglerville, losers of six straight.


    Delone Catholic (3-4, 2-4 Div. III) at Fairfield (4-3, 3-3 Div. III)

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    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Delone, 44-9.

    The skinny: Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses and improve their standing in the District 3 Class A playoff picture. Fairfield is second and Delone sixth. The top four qualify for postseason play.

    Squires must: Generate some offense early. They have fullback Matt Giuffreda back in the fold, but his touchdown came in the closing minutes of a 35-6 loss at York Catholic. It ended a seven-quarter drought without a score.

    Green Knights must: Brush off two straight losses after getting off to a school-best 4-1 start. Coach Darwin Seiler chalked up Monday's loss against Bermudian Springs to turnovers. Fairfield committed five of them in the 33-7 loss.


    Dover (5-2, 2-0 Div. II) at Northeastern (0-7, 0-2 Div. II)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Northeastern, 38-21.

    The skinny: Before Dover can get to a potential Division II showdown with New Oxford, the Eagles must go through a winless Northeastern squad that has shown glimpses of potential.

    Eagles must: Assert themselves early. Against 1-6 West York, Dover found itself in a back-and-forth game early. Northeastern can move the football, but the Eagles' Wing-T offense has suppressed opponents' momentum all year.

    Bobcats must: Get some breaks early, especially on defense. If they can keep Dover from extending drives, this Bobcats team can build off the rally that fell short, 27-21, last week at Susquehannock.


    Eastern York (4-3, 4-2 Div. III) at York Catholic (4-3, 3-3 Div. III)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Eastern, 36-33.

    The skinny: A win could mean more for York Catholic, which is chasing Steel-High and Fairfield in the District 3 Class A rankings and gets a AAA opponent at home.

    Golden Knights must: Find a way to limit York Catholic QB Hakeem Kinard, who has wreaked havoc with his arm and feet in the last few games. One of the YAIAA's top passers, he rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns -- plus another through the air -- in a 35-6 win Monday vs. Delone Catholic.

    Fighting Irish must: Slow down one of the league's hottest running backs, David Livelsberger. He rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns Monday, following a 128-yard performance against undefeated Littlestown.


    Kennard-Dale (1-6, 0-2 Div. II) at West York (1-6, 1-1 Div. II)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: West York, 35-0.

    The skinny: This one is for pride as both teams look to close their last three games on a strong note.

    Rams must: Utilize their size up front. Running back Mike Young has become one of the YAIAA's top rushers. His status is uncertain this week after being forced out early during Monday's 21-0 loss to New Oxford. Coach Andy Loucks said after the game Young was not complaining of pain and suspected he took a hard hit to the knee.

    Bulldogs must: Play loose. Early Monday night against Dover, the Bulldogs offense traded blows and touchdowns before falling, 44-13.


    York Suburban (4-3, 4-2 Div. III) at Littlestown (7-0, 6-0 Div. III)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Littlestown, 48-22.

    The skinny: A trap game for Littlestown, which gets a young Trojans team a week before its potential showdown with Bermudian Springs. Suburban has won four of its last five games for first-year coach Jeremy Jones.

    Trojans must: Keep the pressure on with that defense that forces turnovers. It's been a recipe for success. Suburban recovered one fumble and picked off Hanover three times Monday.

    Thunderbolts must: Avoid those turnovers, which was something coach Mike Lippy addressed following a 49-22 win against York County Tech. Littlestown had three of them.


    Susquehannock (2-5, 1-1 Div. II) at New Oxford (5-2, 2-0 Div. II)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: New Oxford, 38-12.

    The skinny: An injury-plagued Susquehannock team limps into New Oxford to face a Colonials team in contention for its first division championship since 2002.

    Warriors must: Get quality blocking from their line for QB Bryan Kerr and RB Sammy Miller. Coach Bill Kerr said after Saturday's 27-21 win against Northeastern that injuries have taken a toll, especially on the line. The group was still able to help Miller rush for 172 yards and three TDs last week.

    Colonials must: Heed coach Jason Thurston's comments Monday about "sleepwalking" through the first half of their 21-0 win at Kennard-Dale. Distractions are aplenty in the form of homecoming and a date next week at Dover.


    South Western (2-5, 0-2 Div. I) at Red Lion (3-4, 1-1 Div. I)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: South Western, 28-5.

    The skinny: Both teams have switched offensive identities since early this season.

    Mustangs must: Quickly recover from the defensive showing by Central York in a 42-0 home loss to the Panthers. The passing game was held to 30 yards and the running game to 81.

    Lions must: Continue improving after Spring Grove halted their three-game win streak. The Lions nearly made it four with a halftime lead in that one. Known for its passing game with Blake Cahill entering the season, the rushing game has come on with Kenny Holloway and Cahill.


    Spring Grove (5-2, 1-1 Div. I) at William Penn (3-4, 0-2 Div. I)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Spring Grove, 50-24.

    The skinny: The scoreboard operator could be busy in this one. Both teams like the vertical passing game.

    Rockets must: Keep from getting beat up top, as Bearcats QB James Way likes to throw.

    Bearcats must: Keep from getting beat underneath, as Rockets QB Seth Hildebrand has thrived in finding receivers on the run.


    James Buchanan (3-4, 2-2 Mid-Penn Colonial) at Gettysburg (4-3, 4-0 Mid-Penn Colonial)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Gettysburg, 24-14.

    The skinny: A few weeks ago, the season looked bleak for both of these teams. Not anymore. Gettysburg has been perfect since opening Mid-Penn play.

    Rockets must: Rebound from a 38-21 loss to a tough West Perry squad, which improved to 3-1 in the Mid-Penn.

    Warriors must: Tune up the passing game after QB Jess Stouch completed just 1-of-6 passes in a 37-0 Week 7 win against Big Spring. Otherwise, Gettysburg rides a four-game win streak into Friday's game and has won its last three by a combined score of 135-27.


    Northern York (3-4, 2-2 Mid-Penn Colonial) at Shippensburg (5-2, 4-0 Mid-Penn Colonial)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: Shippensburg, 14-7.

    The skinny: Northern's up-and-down season takes a turn against Colonial Division co-leader Shippensburg.

    Polar Bears must: Take advantage of what a 42-14 win against winless Waynesboro provides -- a chance at stability. Northern has won and lost games, by close and lopsided margins. While Waynesboro was put in a situation of disarray last week with the firing of coach Scott Shacreaw, a productive game was still a confidence boost for the Bears.

    Greyhounds must: Ride the wave of momentum that began with an overtime win at Northeastern. Shippensburg has won five straight, starting with that 28-27 victory. The rest have come much easier.


    Bishop McDevitt (7-0, 4-0 Mid-Penn Keystone) at Red Land (4-3, 2-2 Mid-Penn Keystone)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m.

    Last year: McDevitt, 44-21.

    The skinny: The defending district champs in AAA bring their show to West Shore Stadium.

    Crusaders must: Keep up the high-octane offense, which can strike via the air or ground. Saturday against Lower Dauphin, they rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit and won 25-14. If it's not Andre Robinson on the ground, QB Nick Marsilio can strike with Kobay White in the passing game.

    Patriots must: Dictate the tempo with John Ford and the running game. If they have success, the rest of the team can feed off it.

    Contact Matt Goul at 771-2045 or Steve Navaroli at 771-2060.