Poll: YAIAA football Athlete of the Week | Oct. 26-Nov. 1
Some landmark events took place this past weekend in YAIAA football.
For starters, the Dallastown Wildcats remained undefeated, moving to 9-0 with a 33-14 win over Central York. The victory also guaranteed Dallastown at least a share of the Division I championship. While the Wildcats are 6-0 in divisional play South Western is 5-1 - the Mustangs’ lone loss came to the Wildcats on Oct. 16. Dallastown will have a highly-entertaining game next weekend, when they travel to face chief rival Red Lion. The Lions sit at 6-3 on the year, 4-2 overall and are on a roll after knocking off Spring Grove 28-14 on Friday.
York Suburban High School also made some history this weekend. For starters, the Trojans won their seventh straight game by beating Gettysburg 45-14. The win moved York Suburban to 7-2 on the year and 5-0 in YAIAA Division II play - a game up on West York, a team the Trojans beat 23-22 earlier this season.
But two Trojans athletes also moved to the top of the record books in Friday’s win as well. Thomas Merkle’ 285 yards passing gave him the YAIAA career passing record with over 4,900 career yards. His battery mate, wide receiver Colin Mailman, also recorded six receptions, giving him 102 on the season which topped the Suburban single-season mark - 100, set by Mailman last season.
There were other show stoppers and streak snappers on Friday night around the YAIAA. Biglerville won a huge game for its program, topping Hanover 42-21. Not only did the win end Hanover's undefeated season - the team is now 8-1 on the year - but the Canners, Nighthawks and Bermudian Springs are all tied atop the Division III standings with 5-1 league records. Bermudian continued its hot play of late as well, winning its fifth-straight game by beating Littlestown 35-0.
With that, vote in this week’s Athlete of the Week poll: