Week 3 football power rankings

What a week it was for Hanover-Adams area football teams. Canners Country celebrated a second win and Fairfield looked impressive again. Bermudian shut out a strong, non-league team and one could argue that Spring Grove is the best team in Division I.

Fun fact: Hanover-Adams area teams have gone a combined 3-7, 7-3 and 5-5 in three weeks, so 15-15 as a group through week three.

The top of our weekly power rankings stayed mostly the same but there was some movement in the middle of the pack.

The best

1. Bermudian Springs (Last week: 1) The Eagles shut out Shippensburg, 21-0, and ran for 307 yards. Three turnovers were a concern for head coach Jon Defoe, but holding Ship to 123 total yards was an impressive statement by the Eagles’ defense. Colton Dull and Briton Shelton have combined for 10 touchdowns and have each eclipsed 100 rushing yards in every game. Next up is a trip to Hanover. Continue reading “Week 3 football power rankings” »

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with Fairfield’s Mason Flickinger

Fairfield quarterback Mason Flickinger runs for yardage against York Catholic last season. (Kate Penn - GameTimePA) 0828_SPT_JS-Mason-Flickinger.jpg
Quarterback Mason Flickinger was a key ingredient in Fairfield football’s 6-4 record a season ago, and the Green Knights trip to the 2013 playoffs. During 2014 media day, Flickinger answered questions on his team’s chances in the upcoming season, and how they can replicate last year’s success.

Talk about the offensive scheme entering 2014: Last year we were pretty balanced, we had a great running attack. This year we could spread it out a little bit more, use our speed to our advantage. Throw a good bit.

Your go-to wide receiver is: Usually we try and spread it around. There’s no one guy. Just short, and quick.

On building off last year’s success: Last year we obviously had a great season. But we’re going to try to build off that, use our momentum and carry that into this year.

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Q+A: Delone girls volleyball coach Jason Leppo

The Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball team hasn’t lost since 2012 and is coming off a state title run last season. Three seniors graduated but the Squirettes still boast a lineup that includes Maddie Comly and Cheyenne Altland. Another run through states is a very plausible goal and they’re off to a 5-0 start. As we continue our Q+A series, we sat down with head coach Jason Leppo, who is in his fourth year at Delone, to talk about the challenges of repeating and reloading. He spoke with us about this year’s squad, his favorite away venues and his picks to win each division this season.

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Week two of the Hanover-Adams area football power rankings

In our first installment of this season’s Hanover-Adams area football power rankings, we mentioned how area teams got off to a disappointing 3-7 combined record in week one. They turned it around and went 7-3 in week two. Maybe our post was motivation, maybe it wasn’t.

Either way, each of our teams ranked 7-10 earned impressive victories, including Biglerville and Hanover, both snapping long losing streaks after winning two games combined last season. Will that be enough to get them out of the basement in our week two power rankings?

The best

1. Bermudian Springs (Last week: 1)—Yes, their running production decreased from 395 yards in week one to 305 yards in week two. That, if it even counts as a negative, would be the only pessimistic thing that could be said about the Eagles. They won handily, 36-6, over Boiling Springs and are one of just five undefeated teams left across YAIAA. GameDay with GameTimePA listeners have already started asking if they can run the table and go 10-0.

2. Gettysburg (LW: 2)—Remember when Mike Rubin and Brandon Stoneburg picked South Western over Gettysburg and said the Warriors’ week-two game against New Oxford would be close? Yeah, neither do we..

The Warriors opened their new stadium by blowing out the Colonials, 42-6. After giving up 41 points in week one, the defense improved, holding New Oxford to 85 total yards and zero offensive touchdowns.

How cool would it be to see a Bermudian-Gettysburg matchup with those two offenses?

The Rest

3. Spring Grove (LW: 4)The Rockets nearly knocked off powerhouse Cumberland Valley before falling late, 21-17, in week one, then blasted past Mechanicsburg, 17-7. In all, they outscored two solid nonleague teams, 38-24, and the defense looks solid. The Rockets host York Suburban this week. The Trojans haven’t scored a point yet this year.

Spring Grove's Ian Slaven (24) lunges in to attempt to block a Mechanicsburg field goal attempt ( Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)

Spring Grove’s Ian Slaven (24) lunges in to attempt to block a Mechanicsburg field goal attempt ( Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)

4. Delone Catholic (LW: 7)—The Squires move up three spots after a blowout win over Columbia. The passing game, which was a question mark coming into the season, has been solid so far with Brian Shermeyer at the helm. The offense seems to be clicking and injured-QB Jake Wiles even snuck in a touchdown from the 1-yard line. Delone will try to get above .500 as they host St. Paul’s School from Maryland.

5. Littlestown (LW: 3)—Bolts nation, coach Mike Lippy and most of the Littlestown team seemed a little shell-shocked after being blown out at home, 49-14. Lippy took full blame and said that losing at home is a situation in which his team isn’t used to being in. He was disappointed in recent practice efforts and wanted to get back to work. The Bolts travel to Lancaster Catholic this week.

6. Fairfield (LW: 8)—If you looked at just the box score from the game against James Buchanan, you’d think the Green Knights most likely lost. They were outgained 317-184 in total yards and the offense didn’t seem to have much of a rhythm. But Mason Flickinger was the difference-maker, scoring the opening touchdown on an interception return and the game-winning score on a 2-yard run. Up next for Fairfield is a home game against Carson Long Institute.

7. Hanover (LW: 9)—We mentioned that week two could be the first time that the Nighthawks were favored and they didn’t disappoint. Colton Ehrhart and Jordan Laughman each scored twice and Hanover won easily, 35-7, for its first win at Sheppard-Myers Stadium since it was renovated two years ago. With another win, Hanover could match its win total from the previous four years combined. They travel to Eastern York this week.

8. Biglerville (LW: 10)—Another pleasant surprise was the Canners ending a 10-game losing streak with a 34-28 win at Waynesboro. Head Coach Alex Ramos said afterward that with the losing streak, doubt was starting to set in, but the guys kept their spirits up. The defense still needs to get better but the Canners have a chance at a 2-1 record if they can knock off a New Oxford team that is still looking for its first win.

9. New Oxford (LW: 6)—It seems unfair to put two Division-I teams at the bottom of the rankings after losses to very good teams. But an 0-2 record leaves New Oxford and South Western near the bottom until they can turn things around. The Colonials have had to deal with Bermudian Springs and Gettysburg, two very good offenses, in the first two weeks. The Colonials offense has managed just 13 points so far this season. A matchup at Biglerville looms in week three.

10. South Western (LW: 5)—Once again, we believe these teams are probably better than their records, but South Western has given up 99 points in two games, so they fall five spots this week. However, sophomore Andrew Hartlaub has six touchdowns – two receptions, three kickoff returns and a rush. The schedule doesn’t get much easier as the Mustangs travel to Carlisle this week.

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with South Western’s Matt Helwig

South Western's Matt Helwig (Jessica Sprenkle -- GameTimePA.com)

South Western’s Matt Helwig (Jessica Sprenkle — GameTimePA.com)

Next up in our Sunday Spotlight series of football player Q&As is a session with South Western tackle/defensive lineman Matt Helwig.

The one person on your team you wouldn’t want to face in a tackling drill: Josh Zeroth. Even though he is younger than me, we both have that mindset where we are aggressive and we could hurt each other if we were colliding forces.

Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Least favorite practice drill: Mirror drill. It’s where two linemen don’t touch each other. You stay on your line and one guy leads and you constantly move with your man. It is hard to keep concentrating because it gets very boring.

Best nickname on the team: Lineman Jordan Morela. Last year when we got his practice jersey, he picked out an old senior one that had the last name Barrett on it so that became his nickname.

Actor who would play you in a movie about your life: Mark Wahlberg.

The sport you’d be the worst at: Baseball. I would be awful at it. I used to play rec league but the best position I played was the bench.

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Football power rankings: Week one in the Hanover-Adams area

Week 1 wasn’t exactly a great showing for Hanover-Adams area teams. The group as a whole went 3-7. However, several teams including Spring Grove, Fairfield, South Western and Delone Catholic lost by seven points or less and Bermudian Springs, Gettysburg and Littlestown all impressed. In the first chapter of our weekly Power Rankings series, Mike Rubin and Brandon Stoneburg break down all ten teams and how they stack up after week one.

The best

1. Bermudian Springs—To quote Dennis Green, “They are what we thought they were.” We knew Bermudian was going to run and they did against New Oxford, going for 395 rushing yards. The Colton Dull-Briton Shelton duo is going to be hard to stop for any team on Bermudian’s schedule. With a dominating win at New Oxford, the Eagles proved they are the class of Division III.

2. Gettysburg—The Warriors returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown Friday as if to say, “Hello, YAIAA, we’re here to stay.” In a back-and-forth game that featured 85 total points, several lead changes and multiple touchdowns by four different players, Kobe Wansel played hero by hauling in a 45-yard game-winning touchdown. The Warriors’ run game and offensive line both looked dominant at times, but the defense let South Western stay in the game until the last 50 seconds.

3. Littlestown—The Bolts were able to hold off Boiling Springs, 18-13. With Littlestown’s success in recent years, we’ve almost come to expect them to cruise to wins. Could week one’s performance show a dent in their armor or was it a minor hiccup during a reloading season? A week two matchup at home against a tough Greencastle-Antrim team from Franklin County will be a good test to gauge where the Bolts are as a team.

The Rest

4. Spring Grove—The Rockets nearly knocked off powerhouse Cumberland Valley before falling late, 21-17. Head Coach Russ Stoner is not one for moral victories, but holding CV to 138 yards on the road could provide a confidence boost for the team. Can they translate that into a win in week two against Mechanicsburg?

5. South Western—What a week one game. 85 total points, several lead changes and a few last-minute dramatics. But the Mustangs came away on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 44-41 loss to Gettysburg. Head Coach Damian Poalucci said he was proud of his team for fighting until the end. Quarterback Brock Geiman and the running back combo of Robby Harbison and Andrew Hartlaub looked solid, but the defense will have to get better as a matchup with Cedar Cliff looms in week two.

6. New Oxford – The schedule is not friendly to the Colonials. Hosting Division-III powerhouse Bermudian Springs in week one and visiting Gettysburg as they open a new stadium in week two? That would be tough for any team. The defense gave up almost twice as many yards as the offense gained and things won’t get any easier against Gettysburg’s stable of running backs.

7. Delone Catholic—With injuries to quarterback Jake Wiles and running back Tavian Dorsey, things could have gone south quickly for the Squires. But they led Trinity until the fourth quarter when the Shamrocks finished off a 37-30 win. Wiles’ replacement, Brian Shermeyer proved he is more than adequate to fill the position, throwing for 250 yards. Turnovers hurt the Squires and the defense will have to bounce back after giving up 431 yards. Delone hosts Columbia in week two.

8. Fairfield—The Green Knights lost 24-21 at Newport in week one and travel to James Buchanan this week. Alex Irvin scored on each of his three receptions and totaled 92 yards. Irvin and quarterback Mason Flickinger could be a dangerous duo in the passing game if they stay consistent.

9. Hanover—For most of the first half against James Buchanan, the Nighthawks looked like the better team. Then the Rockets scored 20 unanswered points to pull away, 33-19. However, week two might be the first time in nearly a year that the Nighthawks are favored as they host a Kennard-Dale team that is coming off a 53-7 loss.

10. Biglerville—The only team in the area to be shutout Friday night was the Canners, losing 10-0 to Annville-Cleona. Biglerville managed just 128 total yards on offense and until they prove they can score, they’re stuck in the basement of our weekly power rankings.

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Spotlight: Q&A with Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper

Ziba Topper, Spring Grove offensive lineman

Ziba Topper, Spring Grove offensive lineman

 

We sat down with high school players from respective schools and asked quick-hitting questions in conjunction with our 2014 football preview. Here is Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper. Continue reading “Spotlight: Q&A with Spring Grove offensive lineman Ziba Topper” »

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Handing out awards from Gettysburg’s thrilling 44-41 win at South Western

The shootout at the Mustang Corral on Friday night proved to be an impressive chapter in the inter-divisional rivalry. Now that the dust has settled, we take a look back and hand out a few awards for the best performances of the night.

Best performance: Two different guys scored three touchdowns and another scored the game-winner so this was a tough category. But, Wade Laudeman takes home the award with 122 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. The most impressive part was that Laudeman did all of his damage in the first half. He didn’t gain a yard on two carries in the second half while missing time with cramps. His average came out to 13.5 yards per carry.

Best defensive performance: Miles Francis came away with a fourth-quarter interception for the Mustangs, but the offense failed to capitalize. The Warriors’ team defense wins this award for its fourth-down stand with less than a minute left in the game. Brady Thayer caught a ball near the right sideline just a few yards from the first donw marker and the defense swarmed him before he could extend the play.

Best performance in a losing effort: Brock Geiman deserves consideration for his play in his first start. But, sophomore Andrew Hartlaub scored in three different ways – kickoff return, rush and reception. His kickoff return in the first quarter helped stop the bleeding after Gettysburg had jumped out to a 13-0 lead. The Mustangs settled in after that play and kept it close the rest of the way.

Worst statistic: Before Gettysburg’s last offensive drive, this award could have gone to the passing game, which stayed quiet for most of the night as the backfield ran wild. But, eight penalties, including three personal fouls nearly cost the Warriors in a big way. Coach Heiser will need his defense to be more disciplined as the season progresses.

Gettysburg's Nathan Sharrah scores from 15 yards out in the first quarter.

Gettysburg’s Nathan Sharrah scores from 15 yards out in the first quarter.

Best statistic: 295 rushing yards for the Warriors. Behind an offensive line that played bigger than its size, Laudeman, Nathan Sharrah, Tyler Lampe and Elijah Jackson had plenty of room to run for most of the night. Coach Heiser complimented his backfield’s ability to step in and carry the load no matter whose number was being called.

Best “Are you kidding me?” moment: After Gettysburg’s Kobe Wansel ran the opening kickoff back 93 yards for a score, it didn’t feel like anything could top that…until Wansel got behind the defense for a 45-yard touchdown catch with less than two minutes left in the game. The press box and the Mustang crowd were in shock. It proved to be the game-winning touchdown after the Warriors defense stopped the Mustangs on the ensuing drive.

Best play that made you do a double take: A 27-yard pass from Geiman to Noah Staub in the second quarter that set up a Robby Harbison touchdown a few plays later. The ball was lofted deep down the middle of the field. Staub, in single coverage, went up with his defender and they both got a hand on the ball at its highest point. Staub seemed to gain control, then bobble it, then gain control again while hanging in the air.

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Spotlight: Q&A with New Oxford offensive lineman Brock Hartman

Brock Hartman, New Oxford offensive lineman

Brock Hartman, New Oxford offensive lineman

We sat down with high school players from respective schools and asked quick-hitting questions in conjunction with our 2014 football preview. Here is New Oxford offensive lineman Brock Hartman:

On the new uniforms modeled after the New England Patriots: It’s a good team to be reppin’. They’re a good team with a good coach. I feel like we’re a good team with a good coach. It’s comparable.
What you watch for during a game as a fan: I like to see the chemistry the teams have. That’s what I think makes a good team. That’s what makes things work. It’s not a one-player game, it’s 11 players.
The challenges entering Division I: Greater teams. We had some teams that we beat pretty easily. … Now, as we’re moving up, it’s every week (New Oxford will face a great team). Every week we’re going to have to bust our butts.
Least favorite practice drill: Up-downs.
One teammate you wouldn’t want to go up against: Max Lippy.
What are your pregame rituals: I always pray and listen to music before the game.
Favorite YAIAA stadium to play in other than your own: Red Lion.
Favorite play call: Belly or any counter-run play where I get to pull and truck someone.
Who is New Oxford’s biggest rival? South Western. We know a lot of those kids so it’s always competitive.
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys.

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Meet Hanover’s new girls volleyball coach, Liz Garber

Coach Garber (second row, far right) is set to begin her first season at the helm in Hanover.

Coach Garber (second row, far right) is set to begin her first season at the helm in Hanover.

The fall sports season is almost upon us. With that comes a fair share of football talk, but there are plenty of story lines in other sports as well. In girls volleyball, Hanover finished second in Division III last season with an 11-11 record before replacing head coach Reagan Bitler with Liz Garber during the offseason. Garber, a Hanover native, was an assistant coach in Virginia for three years before returning home to York County. She recently spoke with GametimePA.com about what to expect in her first season and what life as a rookie head coach is like.

Question: Your athletic director told me this is your first season. When did you accept the position? Was it expected or a surprise?

Answer: Yes, this is my first year. I started coaching with Hanover when club-ball season started. Mr. Bitler said he was looking for someone to coach because he was resigning. That was when I initially showed interest. By the time I officially got the position I had actually been coaching the girls all through club season and summer.

Q: Who else is on the coaching staff with you?

A: Dean Marcionette.

Q: Have you coached before?

A: I have not been a head coach before this season. I was an assistant coach for three years in Virginia and coached club volleyball teams.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from Hanover, but I went to school at Carroll Christian in Westminster, Maryland.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?

A: I am looking forward to everything! I have a great group of girls who I have bonded closely with already. I want to see them succeed and have fun.
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