Columbia at Delone Catholic
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.
PLAYOFF PATH: First game for both teams.
RECORDS: Columbia, 4-6; Delone Catholic, 7-3.
OUTLOOK: Both teams have had two weeks to prepare for Friday night's District 3 Class A semifinal matchup.
The visiting Crimson Tide battled their way into the playoffs by earning the fourth and final seed.
They are a deep team that has seen 11 players get carries. Running back Andrew Combs leads the way with 925 yards and nine touchdowns. Their wide receiving corps goes seven deep and is led by Nick Nobile (38 catches for 323 yards, one touchdown).
Delone earned the top spot in the Class A rankings. The Squires enter the contest having won six of the last seven, including four straight. Senior quarterback Brett Smith has passed for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns. Running back Matt Giuffreda has rushed for a team-high 592 yards and leads a ground attack that averages 251.4 yards on the ground.
COACH SPEAK: "They are a very tough and physical team. The biggest thing will be trying to match up to how physical they are. We had a bye week, which I am not a fan of, and I just hope that our guys come out and play the way we had been to finish up the regular season." -- Delone Catholic head coach Steve Wiles.
Spring Grove at West York
PLAYOFF PATH: Spring Grove defeated Shippensburg, 24-0; West York def. Northeastern ,49-20.
RECORDS: Spring Grove, 8-3; West York, 11-0.
OUTLOOK: These two teams squared off against each other in a nailbiter in Week 3. The Bulldogs came away with a 21-17 win, but were outgained by Spring Grove, 274-189, in total offense. It was the beginning of an impressive run in which the Rockets showed they have arrived.
Nine weeks later, both teams are coming off big playoff wins.
The Rockets have an array of talented players on the offensive side of the ball in running back Jeff Delaughter (1,496 yards and 14 touchdowns), quarterback Matt Runge (1,309 yards passing, 14 touchdowns, 745 yards rushing and seven touchdowns), and wide receivers Austin Nee (479 yards, one touchdown) and Logan Hagerman (619 yards, eight touchdowns).
As impressive as their offense has been, their defense is second in the Hanover area, allowing only 19.7 points per game.
West York is also a team that prefers to get it done on the ground, but has the potetntial to hurt teams through the air if a defense falls asleep on it.
In its first-round playoff win, West York picked up 116 yards on the ground by James Johnson and 240 yards through the air by quarterback Brandon Kinneman.