Eric Lam will coach his first game as Dover High School’s head football coach on Friday night vs. Hanover.
Eric Lam will coach his first game as Dover High School's head football coach on Friday night vs. Hanover. (FILE PHOTO)

Following are capsules for all of this weekend's high school football games involving York-Adams League programs


NEW OXFORD AT BERMUDIAN SPRINGS, 7 P.M. New Oxford enters the season with high hopes after winning three of its final four games in 2012. The Colonials will mix the running of Wes Beans with the passing of Anthony Lippy. Bermudian put together an outstanding 12-1 record last season, but a group of key players graduated, including 1,000-yard rusher Zach Stroup. Tristan Sponseller, who also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last season, decided to focus solely on wrestling in his senior year. Sponseller will wrestle at NCAA Division I Lock Haven University.

BIGLERVILLE AT JAMES BUCHANAN, 7 P.M. Biglerville will make sure that Joe Hurda gets his share of touches. The senior fullback racked up 914 yards while averaging 5.7 yards a carry in 2012. He's one of the few veterans on offense following the graduation of five York-Adams Division III First-Team All-Stars. James Buchanan has nowhere to go but up after an 0-10 season.

LANCASTER CATHOLIC AT DALLASTOWN, 7 P.M. Dallastown opens the season with a huge challenge. Lancaster Catholic, which won the state Class AA title two years ago and reached the District 3-AAA semifinals last year, features a massive offensive line, with the tackles checking in at 275 pounds and 265 pounds, respectively, and both guards entering at 235. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are stocked with veteran players, including quarterback Andrew Henry (1,194 passing yards, 11 TD passes and 399 rushing yards) and Rob Catchings (1,004 rushing yards).


TRINITY AT DELONE CATHOLIC, 7 P.M. Trinity has just five returning starters from last year's 9-2 club, but one of the veterans is quarterback Mike Boguski, who passed for 1,791 yards and 18 touchdowns. Delone will counter with its running game featuring Matt Guiffreda. The 5-10, 185-pound senior accumulated almost 900 rushing yards (898) in 2012. Jake Wiles takes over at quarterback for the Squires.

HANOVER AT DOVER, 7 P.M. Dover will count on the one-two running punch of Logan Ambrose and Isaiah Green, who combined for 1,362 yards last season. Green was a first-team selection on the York-Adams Division II All-Star Team. Hanover finished 0-10 with a young team a year ago, and Head Coach Mike Ketterman hopes the experience the players gained in 2012 helps them secure victories in 2013. Eric Lam is Dover's new head coach this season. Lam previously coached at Dallastown (2003 and 2004 seasons).

COLUMBIA AT EAST ERN YORK, 7 P.M. Columbia will count on all-league linemen Vanyel Peterson and Andres Munoz to provide pass protection for quarterback Kyle Warfel. Warfel threw for 1,284 yards for last year's Crimson Tide. A new era begins at Eastern following the graduation of Alex Cooley, who departed as the York-Adams League's all-time leading career rusher with 6,015 yards. The current Golden Knights team is a veteran one, with eight returning starters on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Thomas Taylor passed for 881 yards and seven TDs a year ago, and Jake Kessler grabbed 18 passes for 334 yards (18.6 average).

LITTLESTOWN AT BOILING SPRINGS, 7 P.M. Littlestown counts on the running of Dustin DeGroft (862 yards, 6.6 yards-per-carry average) and the receiving of Garrett Trout (15 receptions for 212 yards). Boiling Springs won just one game a year ago, but with eight starters back on offense, the Bubblers are aiming to make amends this year.

NORTHEASTERN AT YORK CATHOLIC, 7 P.M. Northeastern, under first-year head coach Jon Scepanski, will field an extremely young team. Only eight of the 60 players are seniors. York Catholic is banking on the presence of tested offensive and defensive linemen to control the line of scrimmage. The Fighting Irish lost six games in 2012, with five of the setbacks by seven points or less.

CUMBERLAND VALLEY AT RED LION, 7 P.M. Red Lion will begin the Jesse Shay coaching era by taking on a perennial powerhouse. Cumberland Valley has won 12 District 3 titles and one state championship. The Eagles will look to four returning starters on the offensive line to keep their relentless Wing-T offense running smoothly. Red Lion quarterback Blake Cahill is back for his senior year after passing for 1,197 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

SOUTH WESTERN AT GETTYSBURG, 7 P.M. Gettysburg's mission is to stop Dillon Thomas. Easier said than done. The South Western running back is coming off 1,521 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns a season ago. Gettysburg will bank on the play of 13 returning starters (six on offense and seven on defense). The Warriors are playing their final season in the Mid-Penn Conference before joining the York-Adams League next fall.

SUSQUEHANNA TOWN SHIP AT SPRING GROVE, 7 P.M. The Indians and Rockets offer a terrific Week 1 matchup. The mantra for Spring Grove's defense has to be wrap, wrap, wrap, because a missed tackle against Susquehanna Township's speedy backs and receivers could result in a touchdown. Takhi Turner and Lorin Butler do the heavy lifting for the Indians' running game. The Rockets will counter with Jeff Delaughter, who had a sensational junior season, rushing for 1,554 yards (5.8 yards-per-carry average).

SUSQUEHANNOCK AT YORK SUBURBAN, 7 P.M. Susquehannock is on a mission to wipe out the memories of last year's 1-9, injury-filled season. Bryan Kerr will direct the offense again after passing for 920 yards in 2012. Steven Nalls (39 receptions) and Sammy Miller (364 rushing yards and 189 receiving yards) are also back this season. The Warriors don't have a lot of depth, so staying healthy will again be a major factor. Chiam Smith averaged 15.3 yards on receptions for Suburban in 2012, but the Trojans' starting QB and three leading rushers all graduated. Jeremy Jones, the former offensive coordinator for West York's highly successful program, is in his first season as York Suburban's head coach.

COATESVILLE AT YORK HIGH, 7 P.M. Coatesville, coming off a 13-3 season that closed in the AAAA state title game, is poised to make another major impact this year. Two of the Red Raiders' players, Tyler Burke and Daquan Worley, made verbal commitments to Maryland and Penn State, respectively. Burke is a tight end-middle linebacker and Worley is a running back/defensive back for the defending District 1 champions. The game will mark a homecoming for Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega, who was York High's head coach for five seasons (2004-08). The Bearcats are attempting to rebound from a 3-7 season, but it's questionable if the recovery can start this week.

OXFORD AREA AT KENNARD-DALE, 7 P.M. Saturday afternoon home games have been a staple in Fawn Grove since Kennard-Dale began playing football. That will change this year when the Rams will use portable lights to play three night home games. K-D is looking for better results this year following a winless season in 2012. Four of the losses were by nine points or less, and Head Coach Andy Loucks hopes the presence of eight returning starters on both offense and defense can produce a turnaround season. The Rams lost a close one to Oxford last year (12-8), and a victory this year could build momentum for the upcoming weeks.


FAIRFIELD AT CARSON LONG, 11 A.M. After shedding its 37-game losing streak last year, Fairfield is aiming to put together a winning streak this season. Just three seniors were on the 2012 team, although one of them, Thomas Bollinger, rushed for 1,025 yards. The second-leading rusher, Nick Mort (340 yards), is back, along with the leading receiver, Chase Senseney (18 receptions for 294 yards) and the entire offensive line. Carson Long returns 13 starters (six on offense and seven on defense). However, the Warriors were unable to win a game last year.

PEQUEA VALLEY AT YORK TECH, 1 P.M. Calvin Savary returns to the York Tech backfield following his monster 2012 season during which he rushed for 1,551 yards (5.8 yards-per-carry average). Pequea Valley counts on the play-making abilities of quarterback Hunter Smith, who will operate behind a veteran offensive line (four returning starters). Smith accounted for 814 yards running and passing last season. The Braves return 12 starters, six on both offense and defense.

-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis