Two weeks into the YAIAA Division III schedule provides another early showdown that could have major implications in the standings come season's end.

The pivotal matchup this week is Delone Catholic (2-0) at Littlestown (2-0).

The Thunderbolts left McSherrystown last year with a 33-14 win, but that was before Delone fullback Matt Giuffreda truly emerged in the Squires offense. Through two games this season, he leads the YAIAA with 422 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

"That's what he's going to do for us week in and week out," Delone coach Steve Wiles said after a 33-12 win last week vs. York County Tech.

Delone’s Matt Guiffreda, shown here carrying the ball in the postseason last year, leads the YAIAA in rushing yards after two games.
Delone's Matt Guiffreda, shown here carrying the ball in the postseason last year, leads the YAIAA in rushing yards after two games. (GAMETIMEPA.COM -- FILE)

The battle up front with Delone's offensive line vs. Littlestown's defense -- one that enjoyed big plays from its secondary last year in this game -- could be the difference.

Friday's games

Bermudian Springs (2-0, 1-0 Div. III) at Eastern York (1-1, 1-0 Div. III)
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: Bermudian 55, Eastern York 7
   The skinny: Both teams enter this game coming off victories behind stellar defensive efforts.
   Eagles must: Keep pounding the ball. As usual, the Eagles ran the ball with authority in a win vs. York Catholic last week. This included 100-yard games by three running backs: Colton Dull, Ryan Markle and Briton Shelton.
   Golden Knights must: Try to slow Bermudian's vaunted running attack. The Knights held Suburban to only 70 yards rushing, and 127 total last week, but this is a stiffer challenge.
  
Hanover (0-2, 0-1 Div. III) at Biglerville (1-1, 0-1 Div. III)
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: Biglerville 48, Hanover 6
   The skinny: Both teams are hoping to regroup after disappointing weeks.

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  •    Nighthawks must: Tighten up the defense. Hanover has allowed 98 points and 902 yards of offense in its first two games of the season. Hard to win like that.
       Canners must: Figure out what went wrong in last week's stunner at Fairfield. Yes, the Green Knights are much better than they've ever been, but the Canners allowed the game's first 47 points.
      
    Hempfield (1-1) at Central York (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Central York 51, Hempfield 14
       The skinny: Last year's thumping of Hempfield might have turned around the Panthers' season.
        Black Knights must: Develop some consistency. Hempfield opened the season with a 40-7 pasting of Lampeter-Strasburg then got shellacked by Manheim Central, 52-19, last week.
       Panthers must: Keep riding Breaun Randle. The senior has rushed for 270 yards this season, including 111 in a close loss at Cumberland Valley. He averages 6.75 yards per carry.
      
    Dallastown (2-0) at Penn Manor (2-0)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Penn Manor 24, Dallastown 7
       The skinny: A pair of unbeatens square off in this cross-river matchup.
       Wildcats must: Keep finding speedy receiver Malik Lewis. Lewis had 153 receiving yards and a score in last week's shutout of West York. Even as a decoy he is dangerous, stretching the field as well as any wideout in the YAIAA.
       Comets must: Maintain possession as much as possible. Penn Manor's size is of concern to Wildcats coach Kevin Myers. If the Comets control the pace, Dallastown's offense could struggle.
      
    Dover (2-0) at Red Land (2-0)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Red Land 34, Dover 14
       The skinny: Border schools line up once again for a non-league contest of undefeated squads.
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       Eagles must: Find some kind of passing game. The 612 rushing yards the Eagles have gained is impressive. But the lack of balance could hurt against bigger schools -- such as Red Land.
       Patriots must: Get off to a better start. The Pats allowed 14 points in the first quarter of both their games this season, and while Red Land came back to win it can put undue pressure on standouts Garrett Scott (QB) and John Ford (RB).
      
    Fairfield (2-0, 1-0 Div. III) at York Catholic (1-1, 0-1 Div. III)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: York Catholic 59, Fairfield 14
       The skinny: Fairfield enters this Division III contest as the YAIAA's highest-scoring team.
       Green Knights must: Stay confident. In the first winning streak (two games) in school history, Fairfield has scored 119 points, with running back Nick Mort accounting for 306 yards and a YAIAA-best eight touchdowns.
       Irish must: Take Fairfield seriously. The Knights' huge 47-28 win over Biglerville was a statement. Still, the Irish have a weapon that Fairfield has yet to see this year in WR Qua'Shawn Grooms.
      
    Gettysburg (0-2) at Chambersburg (2-0)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Chambersburg 62, Gettysburg 0
       The skinny: Both teams will look for improved performances, despite Chambersburg improving to 2-0 last week.
       Warriors must: Get another superb performance from QB Jesse Stouch, who threw for 325 yards in a 56-35 loss at Mechanicsburg.
       Trojans must: Address the holes in their game that allowed Waynesboro to rally with 28 straight points before holding on for a 33-28 win. Chambersburg committed two turnovers, including a fumble that allowed Waynesboro to make it closer.
      
    Kennard-Dale (0-2) at East Pennsboro (2-0)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: East Pennsboro 45, Kennard-Dale 13

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       The skinny: The Rams pick up the pieces after a disastrous second half in their Week 2 home loss to Milton Hershey.
       Rams must: Be a better road team. They have had home games at night and under the sunlight. Both turned into losses at home.
       Panthers must: Keep the offensive momentum going. East Pennsboro has scored at least four touchdowns in both of its games and Garrett Stuter rushed for 204 yards last week at West Perry.
      
    Waynesboro (0-2) at New Oxford (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Waynesboro 9, New Oxford 0
       The skinny: Two improving squads continue their non-league schedule.
       Indians must: Build on the momentum of that big second half at Chambersburg. Their late third-quarter touchdown to start last week's rally was their first TD of the season. They added three more in the fourth quarter.
       Colonials must: Develop more weapons to go with Wesley Beans, who leads New Oxford in rushing (223 yards) and receiving (five catches, 62 yards).
      
    Shippensburg (0-2) at Northeastern (0-2)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Northeastern 32, Shippensburg 27
       The skinny: Despite entering their home opener 0-2, the Bobcats have lost by a combined margin of six points.
       Greyhounds must: Avoid a letdown like they had in the second quarter of last week's loss to Camp Hill. Shippensburg allowed 23 points in the pivotal quarter and -- despite a 20-point second-half comeback -- could not overcome the deficit.
       Bobcats must: Dial "O" for offense. After scoring 20 points in their opener, a five-point loss against York Catholic, they managed just seven against Columbia, and lost by one.
      
    Mechanicsburg (2-0) at Northern York (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Mechanicsburg 33, Northern York 26
       The skinny: A young Northern squad could have its hands full against a high-flying offense.
       Wildcats must: Keep feeding the Brown brothers. Running back Shyheim Brown ran for three touchdowns while receiver Swahneek Brown caught two scoring passes, plus took a kickoff to the house against Gettysburg last week.
       Polar Bears must: Mature quickly. A one-sided 45-0 win against Palmyra on opening night was followed by a tough-to-explain 12-7 loss to Middletown last week.
      
    Lampeter-Strasburg (0-2) at Red Lion (0-2)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Lampeter-Strasburg 21, Red Lion 17
       The skinny: The Lions hope to change their early misfortunes against the Pioneers.
       Pioneers must: Play like they did last week, when they played a tough Penn Manor squad to the very end of a 28-14 loss. Avoid a game like their opener, a 40-7 loss to Hempfield.
       Lions must: Find some balance. Quarterback Blake Cahill has been good this season, but he can't do it all. Eventually the team will have to run the football to win.
      
    South Western (1-1) at Central Dauphin (1-1)
    Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Central Dauphin 63, South Western 7
       The skinny: Central Dauphin will see a much tougher Mustangs team than the one it pasted last season.
       Mustangs must: Keep building. Dillon Thomas, who set the South Western career rushing mark last week, has 317 yards and 3 TDs this season. Yet, the defense might be where the Mustangs improved the most.
       Rams must: Improve the passing game. The Rams have thrown for only 239 yards in two games, and they have thrown one touchdown pass and three interceptions.
      
    West York (0-2) at Spring Grove (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: West York 21, Spring Grove 17
       The skinny: Neighboring rivals will play for the last time in the foreseeable future with realignment affecting their schedules.
       Bulldogs must: Get through this Division I gauntlet, which continues with last year's co-champions. West York cut down on its turnovers last week (just two after seven in Week 1).
       Rockets must: Use their defensive front to generate pressure and force West York back into the mistakes it committed in Week 1. Susquehannock was able to find holes early and scored twice in the first quarter before Spring Grove left with a 51-13 win.
      
    Milton Hershey (1-1) at Susquehannock (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Milton Hershey 41, Susquehannock 10
       The skinny: The Spartans make their second trip to southern York County in six days after leaving Kennard-Dale on Saturday with a resounding win.
       Spartans must: Cut down on penalties (11 last week). QB Shamon Walker shook off his two interceptions last week by throwing for 360 yards and four TDs. Tre Brown (6 catches, 201 yards) and Kevin Wiggins (3-128) were his top targets.
       Warriors must: Be careful not to overexert its two-way starters, such as WR/DB Steven Nalls, who will be part of that secondary charged with chasing Brown and Wiggins.
     
    Harrisburg (0-2) at William Penn (1-1)
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Harrisburg 38, William Penn 14
       The skinny: It's the second straight rival-city opponent for the Bearcats.
        Cougars must: Overcome the bumps from losses to reigning district champions Wilson (AAAA) and Bishop McDevitt (AAA). They also are adjusting to life without Rutgers recruit Robert Martin. The standout running back and linebacker tore his ACL in Week 1 vs. Bishop McDevitt.
       Bearcats must: Play the type of defense they did in last week's win at J.P. McCaskey. The Bearcats allowed only seven points in Week 2.

    Saturday's game

    York Suburban (0-2, 0-1 Div. III) at York County Tech (0-2, 0-1 Div. III)
       Kickoff: 10 a.m.
       Last year: York Suburban 33, York Tech 6
       The skinny: One of these teams, located only a couple of miles from each other, will come away with its first win.
       Trojans must: Move the ball. The Trojans have managed a mere 309 yards of total offense this season. With such struggles, it's no wonder Suburban has scored just 14 points in two games.
       Spartans must: Hope for additional improvement. Although the Spartans surrendered more than 400 yards of offense to Delone Catholic last week, they didn't turn the ball over and managed to stay in the game.