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Two division rivals separated by just five miles square off Friday night when Central York (1-2) hosts Northeastern (3-0).

For the second-straight season, the Bobcats enter Week 4 with a 3-0 record. Last season, the Panthers, who were 0-3 at the time, easily ended Northeastern's winning streak, 44-17. This time around, Central comes in with a 1-2 record, having beaten West York before falling to perennial AAAA powerhouses Cumberland Valley and Hempfield. On the other side of the Codorus Creek, the Bobcats boast a defense and offense both ranked among the league's top five in total yards. The key matchup could be Central's run defense, which ranks near the bottom of the league, against Northeastern's tailback tandem — Anu Johnson and Chris Whack. The Panthers defense will have to be much better than it has been in the first three weeks if it hopes to slow down Northeastern.

An added storyline this season is somewhat of a rarity at the high school level: Former Central quarterback Shannon Valenti, who scored a third quarter touchdown against the Bobcats last season, has switched sides and now leads the Northeastern offense. The junior has added versatility to head coach Jon Scepanski's offense, rushing for 144 yards and throwing for 369 yards in three games.

With the bordering schools now in the same football division and with some familiar faces on opposite sidelines, expect a rowdy atmosphere Friday night at Central.

South Western (2-1) at New Oxford (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: South Western, 34-27

The skinny: The Mustangs, a Division I favorite, get their first shot at a division opponent.

Mustangs must: Limit mistakes. The Mustangs struggled with turnovers in their only loss of the season, but edged Carlisle last week when they didn't turn the ball over.

Colonials must: Create turnovers. The Colonials haven't been able to get a takeaway and start in improved field position in either of their back-to-back losses.

Hanover (3-0) at Bermudian Springs (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Bermudian Springs, 50-14

The skinny: Hanover looks to prove its a contender in Division III when it faces the defending division champion.

Nighthawks must: Stay the course. The Nighthawks lead the YAIAA in both total offense and total defense after the first three weeks of the season.

Eagles must: Complete passes. The Eagles, who completed just one pass in the first two weeks of the season, were more competitive last week in a game in which they completed four passes.

Friday's games

Fairfield (1-2) at Biglerville (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Fairfield, 20-19

The skinny: The Canners are looking for revenge after a one-point loss last season.

Knights must: Start fast. Biglerville is 0-2 so far when it trails at halftime, so the Knights need to take advantage of a slow start if one happens.

Canners must: Maintain a balanced offense. The Canners broke through and picked up their first win of the season last week by rushing for 180 yards and passing for 170.

Dover (1-2) at Gettysburg (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Dover, 22-16

The skinny: Both teams are looking to bounce back after blowout losses last week.

Eagles must: Avoid giving up the big play. The Eagles have given up six scoring plays of 16 or more yards in back-to-back losses, including three of at least 30 yards.

Warriors must: Move the chains. The Warriors picked up just three first downs in a shutout loss last week.

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York County Tech (1-2) at Littlestown (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: York Tech, 24-12

The skinny: The Thunderbolts are still looking for their first win of the season.

Spartans must: Start fast. The Spartans have started each of their two losses this season by giving up the first two touchdowns of the game.

Thunderbolts must: Capitalize on opportunities. The Thunderbolts have struggled to score points in the first three games, and missed two opportunities to extend a first half lead in last week's loss to Lancaster Catholic.

Delone Catholic (1-2) at York Catholic (0-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: York Catholic, 29-27

The skinny: Squires look for revenge against their division rivals, while the Irish try to snap a three-game skid.

Squires must: Get the ball in Tavian Dorsey's hands. The senior is averaging 7.3 yards per carry but only has 31 carries in three games.

Irish must: Clean the slate. The non-league schedule didn't go as well as they had hoped. But the start of division play offers a chance for a fresh start.

Hershey (1-2) at Red Land (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Red Land, 41-9

The skinny: Hershey comes to West Shore Stadium as the Patriots look to stay undefeated at home.

Trojans must: Stop the run. Hershey gave up 353 rushing yards in a 26-21 loss to Milton Hershey last week and they face the tall task of slowing down Justin Johnson this week.

Patriots must: Keep feeding Justin Johnson. In three games, Johnson has already racked up 673 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 91 carries.

James Buchanan (0-3) at Northern York (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Northern York, 21-7

The skinny: James Buchanan goes on the road, looking for its first win of the 2015 campaign.

Rockets must: Score. Six combined points in three games simply won't do the job. The Rockets' offense has to improve.

Polar Bears must: Maintain home field advantage. Northern brought out an impressive student section and boisterous crowd in its home opener last week. It had a positive effect, as the Polar Bears won big, 42-13.

Susquehannock (1-2) at Exeter Township (3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Exeter Township, 49-0

The skinny: The high-scoring Eagles go for win No. 4 against Steve Wiles and the Warriors.

Warriors must: Find positives. After beating York Catholic and hanging with undefeated Northeastern until late in the fourth quarter, Wiles emphasized his team finding bright spots in those performances.

Eagles must: Hold onto the ball. The Eagles won big, 52-26, over Garden Spot last week but fumbled the ball five times, losing three.

Spring Grove (1-2) at Dallastown (3-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Dallastown, 20-3

The skinny: The Wildcats look to stay undefeated as they host Spring Grove and the league's leading rusher, Nick Erickson.

Rockets must: Find balance. Erickson leads the league in rushing (52 carries, 311 yards), but there have been too few bright spots elsewhere in the offense.

Wildcats must: Keep up the pressure. Dallastown's defense hasn't given up a point since the closing minutes of its Week 1 win over Lancaster Catholic. Having the league's third-best run defense helps.

West York (0-3) at Eastern York (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: West York, 49-21

The skinny: Both teams are looking to bounce back after disappointing Week 3 losses.

Bulldogs must: Force turnovers. One of the reasons the Bulldogs are off to an 0-3 start is the fact they've forced just one turnover all season, which ranks last in the league.

Golden Knights must: Find their offense. While Eastern's defense is among the best in the York-Adams, the offense has been among the worst, highlighted by last week's six-point, 127-yard performance against Hanover.

William Penn (0-3) at Red Lion (2-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: Red Lion, 13-12

The skinny: The Lions have won four of the last five games against William Penn, including a 13-12 victory last season.

Bearcats must: Fix a lot of things. William Penn's woes came to a head last week when they totaled negative yardage against Harrisburg. The Bearcats are dead-last in the league in offense, point differential and turnover ratio.

Lions must: Ride the Keough-Gurreri duo. Rarely does a team have such a dangerous duo as the Lions. Alex Keough (303 yards, three touchdowns) and Dylan Gurreri (266 yards, one touchdown) are second and third in the YAIAA in rushing yards.

York Suburban (1-2) at Kennard-Dale (1-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last year: York Suburban, 35-0

The skinny: Both squads enter division play coming off their first wins of the season.

Trojans must: Air it out. York Suburban has a knack for throwing the ball and Kennard-Dale has the league's worst pass defense.

Rams must: Play with pride. Following Kennard-Dale's first win in 10 games, head coach Patrick Weider encouraged his team to go to school with their heads held high and be proud of the Rams' football program.

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