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Days like this past Friday are the reason people love high school football.
You just never know what to expect.
A team that nobody expects to win can come back from a 20-point halftime deficit to do it. A team can snap a 14-year losing streak against a division foe. A team with no history of success can do something it's never done before.
All three of those things happened Friday, and those fan bases have every reason to feel jubilant this weekend.
Central York is the team that came back from a 20-point deficit to win, shocking a Northeastern crowd that had probably already started thinking about next week's game at Red Lion by halftime. The Bobcats entered the season considered by most — including yours truly — to be the favorite in YAIAA Division I, but the Panthers scored with four minutes left in the game to take a 28-27 lead, then forced a fumble to make that score stand as the final.
The Panthers are now 3-1 with gut-wrenching wins in back-to-back weeks to put the Josh Oswalt era off to a heck of a start.
Eastern York is the team that snapped a 14-year losing streak to an opponent, scoring three touchdowns in the last four minutes of the first half to beat West York, 27-10. The Bulldogs have been the class of YAIAA Division II for much of the last decade, but are now off to an 0-4 start. The Golden Knights started the season 0-3, but Jeff Mesich's first win as coach will be one Eastern York fans should remember.
Just like that, it's time to think of Eastern York as a Division II title contender. No team in the league has more than two wins on the season, and the Golden Knights are right alongside Gettysburg and York Suburban as the three teams with a 1-0 record in division play right now.
Fairfield is the team that did something its never done before. Fairfield founded a football program 12 years ago, with its success limited to a couple 5-5 seasons. But the Green Knights beat Biglerville, 29-14, on Friday night to start a season 4-0 for the first time ever, and they've done it by outscoring their opponents by 117 points.
As the league's only Class A team, the Green Knights are on the brink of a major accomplishment. The top two Class A teams — out of just four — in District 3 go straight to the district championship game. Based on how the other Class A teams have started, Fairfield probably only needs one more win to lock up a spot in their first district championship game.
What a week.
I can't wait to see what next week will bring.
Eastern York football earned its first win of the season, defeating West York, 27-10, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Zion DeVance and Rodney Scott had big games on the ground against Spring Grove. The two talk about their performances. Christian Arnold
The Barons put on an offensive show through the air and on the ground to defeat Lampeter-Strasburg, 69-14 on Friday, September 23, 2016. Video by John Buffone
In the final 4:18 of the first half vs Lampeter-Strasburg, Manheim Central’s Jake Novak caught three touchdowns passes from Kody Kegarise and also intercepted a pass on defense on September 23. Video by John Buffone
Shippensburg's Adam Houser had full control of the GameTimePA.com Snapchat account on Friday, and he showed us how the Greyhounds get ready for the Friday night lights. Video by Lizi Arbogast
In their homecoming game, York Suburban defeated Kennard-Dale 42-6 in YAIAA Division II football action Friday. Varsha Kalakuntla for GameTimePA.com
The Panthers rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit to win 28-27. Zach Miller - GameTimePA.com
Fairfield more than doubled up Biglerville in its 29-12 win on Friday night. Video by Tom Sixeas
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The GameTimePA crew breaks down Week 4 matchups in the Lancaster, Hanover, Franklin-Fulton, York and Lebanon regions. Video by John Buffone
Lizi Arbogast and Lindsey Smith break down intriguing F-F matchups, including a few area schools in the hunt for division titles. Video by Lizi Arbogast
John Buffone, Pat Huggins and new co-host Matt Catrillo break down three intriguing Week 4 matchups in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. Video by John Buffone
Hanover's Justin Barnes and Resean Williams discuss the team's offensive success this season. Matt Allibone
Sports reporters Lizi Arbogast and Lindsey Smith break down the Franklin Co. Game of the Week for Week 4, Waynesboro at Shippensburg. Video by Lindsey Smith
This week, we're handing over our Snapchat account to Shippensburg sophomore Adam Houser. See how he and the Greyhounds prepare for the Franklin-Fulton Game of the Week against the Waynesboro Indians. Video by Lizi Arbogast
The Irish had little trouble with the Squires Friday night, rolling to a 42-7 road win to open division play. Matt Allibone
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- Watch: Dallastown running backs have big night
- POSTGAME REACTION: Manheim Central rolls L-S, 69-14
- Jake Novak tallies three TDs and an INT in final four minutes of half
- Watch: Snippets from Adam Houser's Snapchat Takover
- Watch: York Suburban routs Kennard-Dale 42-6
- Watch: Central York stuns Northeastern
- Watch: Fairfield tops Biglerville
- Watch: Top Week 3 performers in the YAIAA
- GameTimePA-TV: Week 4
- Watch: P.O. Sports Talk, Week 4
- L-L Football Preview Show: Week 4
- Watch: Hanover developing new offensive threats
- Franklin Co. Two-Minute Drill, Week 4
- Snapchat Takeover: Adam Houser
- Watch: York Catholic blows by Delone