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.

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

Bermudian Springs' Colton Dull outpaces York Catholic's Hakeem Kinard for a touchdown in the second half of a football game at York Catholic on Friday. Bermudian Springs defeated York Catholic 42-21. (Photo by Chris Dunn - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Bermudian Springs’ Colton Dull outpaces York Catholic’s Hakeem Kinard for a touchdown in the second half of a football game at York Catholic on Friday. Bermudian Springs defeated York Catholic 42-21. (Photo by Chris Dunn – Daily Record/Sunday News)


It was another wild week on the gridiron for high school football.

York Suburban upsetting Dover? Check. Red Lion topping Central York? Sure. Bilgerville beating Littlestown? It fits the bill.

As always, there were impressive individual performances as well, not the least of which was Colton Dull, who continued his rushing assault on opposing defenses once again. Bermudian Springs’ standout running back, who won football Athlete of the Week last week, had another monster effort once again in Week 8, carrying the ball 35 times for 290 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles 42-21 win over York Catholic.

Dull has a chance to win the honor once more, along with our other nominees in this week’s poll.


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

Kennard Dale's Kayla White, right, leads a pack on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. White finished first in 19:25.22. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger - For GameTimePA.com)

Kennard Dale’s Kayla White, right, leads a pack on the course during the YAIAA Cross Country Championship meet at John C. Rudy Park on Tuesday. White finished first in 19:25.22. (Photo by Jeff Lautenberger – For GameTimePA.com)


It’s about the champions, and this week we had plenty in the YAIAA.

Whether it be top-notch performances in soccer or field hockey, volleyball or cross country, there weren’t a shortage of standout showings, both individually and from a team standpoint.

Tell us who you think shined brightest in our Athlete of the Week poll below, where fans can have their voices heard and their votes tallied.

Don’t forget, if you have an Athlete of the Week candidate, let us know on Twitter (@GameTimePA_SC), Facebook (www.Facebook/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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Week 8 YAIAA football power rankings: No. 1 Bermudian Springs set for showdown

Bermudian ball carrier Colton Dull dodges  Delone Catholic defenders on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School.  Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA

Bermudian ball carrier Colton Dull dodges Delone Catholic defenders on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Bermudian Springs High School. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA

This week marks what is perhaps the biggest test for Bermudian Springs and its No. 1-ranked defense in the YAIAA. The Eagles travel to York Catholic and face an Irish team that can pass as well as it can run, led by quarterback Hakeem Kinard.

Will Bermudian Springs remain atop our YAIAA football power rankings? For now, let’s break down where they all stand:

1. Bermudian Springs (7-0, last week: 1) — The Eagles’ latest challenge came against a Delone Catholic team with a proven offense. What did Bermudian do? Just hold the Squires to 65 yards of total offense. The opposition this week, York Catholic (5-2, 4-0 YAIAA Division III) is coming off one of its most offensive prolific games this season. Just like a week ago, York Catholic is ranked No. 1 in the District 3 Class A playoff rankings. Bermudian is second in Class AA, sandwiched between fellow undefeateds Berks Catholic and Wyomissing.
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Poll: YAIAA girls’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 6 to Oct. 11

York Catholic's Sarah Koury reaches low to dig out a return against teammate Catherine Vizzard during the YAIAA class AA girls' tennis championship at South Western High School on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The all-Irish final ensured York Catholic seedings for district play. ( Jeff Lautenberger -- For GameTimePA.com)

York Catholic’s Sarah Koury reaches low to dig out a return against teammate Catherine Vizzard during the YAIAA class AA girls’ tennis championship at South Western High School on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The all-Irish final ensured York Catholic seedings for district play. (Jeff Lautenberger — For GameTimePA.com)


This might be the biggest poll I’ve done. Ever.


Lots going on this past week … tennis titles were won, division titles were claimed, league tournament spots were clinched and lots of games with postseason implications.

A variety of great performances to choose from, and I managed to narrow it down to eight.

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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Poll: YAIAA boys’ Athlete of the Week | Oct. 6 to Oct. 11

Fairfield's Matt Jenkins runs down the ball against Biglerville's Carlos Esquivias on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at Biglerville High School.  (Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA)

Fairfield’s Matt Jenkins runs down the ball against Biglerville’s Carlos Esquivias on Thursday Oct. 9, 2014 at Biglerville High School. (Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA)


Wrapping up another exciting week with some of the best performances from last week.


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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Poll: YAIAA football Athlete of the Week | Week 7

Eastern York football players cheer after singing the alma mater after a football game at Susquehannock on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Eastern York defeated Susquehannock, 48-0. (Chris Dunn -- GameTimePA.com)

Eastern York football players cheer after singing the alma mater after a football game at Susquehannock on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Eastern York defeated Susquehannock, 48-0. (Chris Dunn — GameTimePA.com)


It’s time once again to exercise your right to vote by helping to decide who will be named the YAIAA football Athlete of the Week


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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