Analyzing the Gridiron Challenge: Regular-season title on the line

I have to admit: A few weeks ago, I thought Matt Goul was going to run away with our Gridiron Challenge staff title.

Even when Tom Sixeas closed in to within a point or two, I thought Matt’s lead was insurmountable.

But suddenly here we are, entering Week 10, and it all comes down to one game: The cat fight between William Penn and Central York.

GameTimePA.com's Week 10 football predictions. Click the image to see a larger version.

GameTimePA.com’s Week 10 football predictions. Click the image to see a larger version.


Matt takes the Bearcats, and a win would give him the regular-season Gridiron Challenge staff crown. Tom takes the Panthers, and a win would give him a share of the title with Matt. Their other picks are identical.

Next in the pecking order will be Lyzz Jones and Steve Navaroli, who will finish in a tie for third. Their Week 10 picks are also identical. (They fall on the side of the Panthers and also happen to be the only two to predict Eastern York will beat York Suburban, so they have a chance to gain ground if the Golden Knights win.)
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Visit GameTimePA at Red Lion football Friday night

It’s the backyard brawl. It’s the season finale. It’s GameTimePA.com’s Game of the Week.

Red Lion's Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie catches the winning touchdown during a game earlier this month at Central York. The Lions host Dallastown on Friday night. (Kate Penn -- GameTimePA.com)

Red Lion’s Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie catches the winning touchdown during a game earlier this month at Central York. The Lions host Dallastown on Friday night. (Kate Penn — GameTimePA.com)

It’s Dallastown at Red Lion football, and we’ll be there.

GameTimePA.com will be loading up the NewsVroom for Friday night’s big game at Red Lion. Stop by our tent at the main entrance to Horn Field (at the south end zone) to meet some of the GameTimePA team and pick up some swag:

Dallastown's quarterback Cade Gold scrambles during a September game against Spring Grove. (Jeff Lautenberger -- GameTimePA.com)

Dallastown’s quarterback Cade Gold scrambles during a September game against Spring Grove. (Jeff Lautenberger — GameTimePA.com)

  • Download the free GameTimePA app and show it to us for a T-shirt, while supplies last. Not only will you get some swag, but you’ll also get hooked up with our sweet app, which is packed with live scoring updates, stories, photos and videos and more so you can get the latest news and scores on the go.
  • Show us your best touchdown dance or football spike to be featured in our Fan Cam video of the day.
  • Enter the Gridiron Challenge for one last chance at the weekly prize. Plus, it’s your last chance to predict the winners to rack up points toward our season-ending prize.
  • Check out our gear, from livestream coverage of other area football games to our live scoreboard and our photo galleries.

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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with York Tech’s Mason Carl, Northern’s Tyler Craig

This week’s Sunday Spotlight features a pair of offensive and defensive linemen: York County Tech’s Mason Carl, and Northern York’s Tyler Craig.

Mason Carl, York County Tech lineman

Mason Carl, York County Tech lineman

MASON CARL, York County Tech

NFL player you pattern your game after: I really like Cameron Wake. It was fun playing defensive end last year, and he’s probably my favorite. Second is Haloti Ngata. He’s a monster.

Best nickname on your team: I like Doo-Baby. That’s Demarius Wiggins. I think Stephuan Montouth gave him that nickname, and it just stuck.

Pregame music choice: I don’t really listen to anything. I just sit on the bus the whole way there. I stay pretty quiet until it comes to game time.

Sport you’d be the worst at: There’s so many to pick from. Ice hockey? I like to hit people, but skating is out of the equation.

Tyler Craig, Northern York lineman

Tyler Craig, Northern York lineman

TYLER CRAIG, Northern York

Favorite Mid-Penn stadium (other than your own): Mechanicsburg. I used to play there before I came here.

Pre-game meals: A lot of fruit. Sometimes chicken. Those are the main things.

Teammate you like to face in practice: Me and Jordan Eutzy have gotten into it a couple times. He gives me a pretty good workout.

Best nickname on the team: Bruce Naylor. His nickname is “Bruce Juice.” The first day of workouts, he just threw up everywhere.

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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 20-25

Delone Catholic's Kayla Baadte hugs head coach Jason Leppo after receiving her medal after the YAIAA girls' volleyball championship game at Dallastown Area High School Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Delone swept Red Lion to claim the title. (Photo bby Kate Penn - — GameTimePA.com)

Delone Catholic’s Kayla Baadte hugs head coach Jason Leppo after receiving her medal after the YAIAA girls’ volleyball championship game at Dallastown Area High School last Tuesday. Delone swept Red Lion to claim the title. (Photo by Kate Penn – GameTimePA.com)


Volleyball was a shining star this week.

Of course, Delone Catholic did it again – a third-straight YAIAA volleyball championship, and the hopes of making a run at yet another state title.

On the Squirettes way to another YAIAA crown, they had a stiff quarterfinals test from Susquehannock, more specifically Abby Bentz who put together an absolutely monster effort in defeat (see below for more).

And then there was York Tech’s Brooke Glass, who managed to fire out a triple-double in her team’s sweep of William Penn.

Have no fear, however. All these ladies made our Athlete of the Week nominations, along with other standouts from the week that was. Go for it fans. Let your votes be known.


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Poll: YAIAA football Athlete of the Week | Oct. 20-25

William Penn's Zack Ingram is pulled down just shy of the end zone on Friday against New Oxford Jordan Gardner during the football game at Small Field in York Friday, October 24, 2014. Ingram went on to score on the next play. He scored four touchdowns for the bearcats, helping William Penn beat New Oxford 43-7. (Photo by Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

William Penn’s Zack Ingram is pulled down just shy of the end zone on Friday against New Oxford. Ingram ran for 131 yards on the evening, and scored four touchdowns in the Bearcats 43-7 win. (Photo by Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News)


Here’s a shoutout to the overlooked and the emerging.

A shoutout the Susquhannock, which picked up its first win of the season, a 10-9 victory over Kennard-Dale in a tighly-contested contest.

To Biglerville, a team that continued its improved play by topping Hanover, as the Canners grabbed their fifth win of the season.

In that game, a Nighthawks wide receiver continued to post his jaw-dropping numbers as well, as Dylan Krieger caught a whopping 23 passes – yes, 23 – for 223 yards. Not surprising, Mr. Krieger will be one of our contestants for our Athlete of the Week award (vote below fans).

So will be William Penn senior Zack Ingram, who came off the bench to rush for 131 yards and four touchdowns, in the Bearcats 43-7 win over New Oxford.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 20-25

New Oxford's Aaron Gebhart raises his hands in victory as he wins the PIAA District 3 Class AAA boys' cross-country championships in Hershey last Wednesday in Hershey. (Kate Penn - Daily Record/Sunday News)

New Oxford’s Aaron Gebhart raises his hands in victory as he wins the PIAA District 3 Class AAA boys’ cross-country championships in Hershey last Wednesday. (Photo by Kate Penn – Daily Record/Sunday News)


It’s postseason time, which means do-or-die time for many of our local teams.

Of course, champions are also formed during this time.

A key goal in a high school soccer match – or in Adam Yingling’s case, four key goals – can make all the difference; Nick Geiman did everything he could to win a state golf title. Even so, finishing third overall isn’t shabby by any stretch; and Aaron Gebhart knows that title feeling, after winning the District 3 Class AAA cross country championship last week. And with that being said, the York Suburban boys captured their second-straight overall team title in cross country.

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Gridiron Challenge analysis: The pack stays tight with two weeks left

With two weeks left in the regular season, Matt Goul is still clinging to his lead in the Gridiron Challenge standings — amongst our pickers, anyway. (About 20 of our readers have out-predicted Matt throughout the course of the season.)


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Matt followed his perfect 14-0 record in Week 7 with his worst performance of the season (9-5 in Week 8) to take a 99-27 overall record. Meanwhile, Tom Sixeas has kept plugging away and managed to gain a couple of points on Matt. Tom is within striking distance at 98-28 with two weeks left.

Lyzz Jones saw a similar fate to Matt. She also correctly predicted all 14 games in Week 7 but followed that up with a dismal 8-6 showing to slip two games behind third-place Steve Navaroli.

Week 8 was a little weird, though, with three games that flummoxed all six of our pickers: Red Lion’s win against Central York, York Suburban’s win vs. Dover and Northeastern’s defeat of Spring Grove.

If you ignore those three across-the-board losses, both Tom and Brandon Stoneburg got every other game correct. They were the only two to correctly predict Biglerville’s win against Littlestown — the only other game that Steve got wrong as he held onto his third-place position.

On mobile? Slideshow: York Suburban beats Dover

That was helpful for Brandon, who had vaulted past Mike two weeks ago for a fourth-place tie with Lyzz entering Week 7 but dropped a couple of lone-wolf picks to go 9-5 and slide back into last place with Mike RUbin. Brandon’s 11-3 effort in Week 8 moved him back up into fifth place with a two-point lead on Mike.

Lyzz and Mike lost a point on their pick of Fairfield, and Matt’s final loss was his incorrect lone wolf prediction that Conrad Weiser would beat Gettysburg, which won on a last-second field goal.

That brings us to Week 9.

GameTimePA.com's Week 9 football predictions. Click the image to see a larger version.

GameTimePA.com’s Week 9 football predictions. Click the image to see a larger version.


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Week 9 YAIAA power rankings: Red Lion shakes up chase

Red Lion's Antwan Jackson makes a run during the football game last week at Central York. The Lions' 20-13 win added to the potential suspense in the YAIAA Division I chase for the final two weeks.

Red Lion’s Antwan Jackson makes a run during the football game last week at Central York. The Lions’ 20-13 win added to the potential suspense in the YAIAA Division I chase for the final two weeks.

Just two weeks remain in the regular season. Not much has changed in the YAIAA power rankings, but division titles will soon be decided. Here’s a look at where the teams stand:

1. Bermudian Springs (8-0, last week: 1) — Coach Jon DeFoe found a few things to work on following a 42-21 win at York Catholic that firmed up Bermudian’s YAIAA Division III title chances. The Eagles were just 0-of-2 passing the football (with a would-be completion to fullback Colton Dull voided by an illegal-man downfield call — by the way, Bermudian’s only penalty last week). They also fumbled away two possessions in the fourth quarter, but this was their toughest league test to date. Littlestown at home Friday and a trip to Biglerville in Week 10 are what stand in the way of the Eagles and an undefeated regular-season campaign.

2. Dallastown (7-1, lw: 2) — Following the Wildcats’ steady performance at winless New Oxford, they return home for a showdown with Central York. This game would have broken a first-place tie with the Panthers. Instead, Central’s loss to Red Lion means Central trails the Wildcats by one game in the YAIAA Division I standings. For Dallastown, they now must fend off the Panthers this week and Red Lion — which also has just one league loss — next week to preserve its sole possession of first place.
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Sunday Spotlight: Two-minute drill Q&A with York Catholic’s Qua’Shawn Grooms

Qua'Shawn Grooms, York Catholic. (Jessica Sprenkle -- Daily Record/Sunday News)

Qua’Shawn Grooms, York Catholic. (Jessica Sprenkle — Daily Record/Sunday News)

A three-year starter on the York Catholic football team, Qua’Shawn Grooms knows his teammates well.

During this summer’s YAIAA football media day, we asked the receiver and defensive back about them and the team in general.

The one player on your team you wouldn’t want to face: Like Ian (Shelley) said last year, Josh Boyer. He has an attitude. If he’s mad, he’s coming after you.

NFL player you best compare to: Reggie Wayne. Not too fast, but he gets the job done. Knows how to play the position.

Your least favorite practice drill: Probably conditioning, when coach has us do “Seven Gates of Hell.” It’s pretty tough.

The best nickname on the team: Probably Hakeem (Kinard). “Keem Baby.”

Your worst sport: Probably soccer. I remember trying to kick a goal and I passed it to someone instead.

Go-to move on the field: My favorite is the stiff arm. It pretty much works all the time.

Favorite YAIAA stadium, other than your own: I like to play at Northeastern’s field. It’s nice turf and feels good. First game, so that’s the game you’re most excited for.

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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 13-18

Igor Gomes, left, scored the lone goal of the game, as the Panthers topped Dallastown 1-0 on Thursday night. (Photo by Kate Penn  - GameTimePA.com)

Igor Gomes, left, scored the lone goal of the game, as the Panthers topped Dallastown 1-0 on Thursday night. (Photo by Kate Penn – GameTimePA.com)


Clutch performances were abound.

Whether it was rising above the competition to capture a cross country title that was so close in recent years, or key goals and narrow wins in soccer victories – and in some cases championships.

It’s the time of year for such showings, and in the case of last week, they were in abundance, and have since made an appearance in our Athlete of the Week poll.

Don’t forget, if you have an Athlete of the Week candidate, let us know on Twitter (@GameTimePA_SC), Facebook (www.facebook.com/gametimepa) or email tfeinberg@ydr.com. The poll is open until 5 p.m Monday, and the winners will be announced on the @GameTimePA_SC Twitter feed.


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