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Football rewind: Friday night's best high school games

For the second week in a row, an incident marred a high school football game involving a YAIAA team.


Friday night it was York Suburban’s turn.

One week after a shooting in the stadium parking lot ended William Penn’s game against J.P. McCaskey with 8 minutes remaining, York Suburban’s game at Columbia was postponed before it started. Columbia school officials received what they believed to be a credible threat and postponed the game until 2 p.m. Saturday at York Suburban.

Within an hour of the scheduled start of the game, Columbia police had a student in custody.

There were plenty of high school games played Friday night, the first night that felt like football weather. Here is a look back at the top games involving YAIAA teams:

Northern York 28, Mechanicsburg 21: Curtis Robison put the Polar Bears over the top on a 5-yard touchdown score with 56 seconds remaining. He also had an 11-yard score in the first half as Northern built a 20-6 lead. Mechanicsburg fought back with passing scores of 52 and 71 yards in the third quarter.

Central York 48, Hempfield 42: The Panthers took a two-touchdown lead at the half and held on, literally, with seconds remaining. A Central defender picked off Hempfield QB David Robinson and the celebration began. Carter Luckenbaugh kicked a pair of field goals and Noreaga Goff and Tim Sturgis each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Panthers.

Watch: Central York holds off Hempfield
Hempfield rallied from a big deficit to close within two points of Central York before the Panthers regrouped for a 48-42 win Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
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Annville-Cleona 35, Hanover 26: The Little Dutchmen built a 28-12 lead at the half and then held on as the Nighthawks scored on a pair of long drives in the second half. Cameron Hoch sealed the deal with a 7-yard run with 3:57 remaining, for his third TD of the game. He finished with 114 yards on 17 carries. Justin Barnes did even better, going 180 yards on 23 carries to lead Hanover. He finished with two TDs.


Littlestown 18, Eastern York 14: Senior Andrew Matthews ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give the Thunderbolts the lead for the first time. Corbin Brown led Littlestown with 98 yards, including a 22-yard TD run in the third quarter, just ahead of Matthews’ 87 yards. Jimmy Kurnik hauled in a 31-yard TD pass from Seth Bernstein en route to 91 receiving yards to lead Eastern. The win puts Littlestown at 3-0.

Shippensburg 28, Bermudian Springs 24: The Greyhounds led 14-7 at the half, and needed a lengthy touchdown pass at the end of the game to pull out the win. Cody Gustafson finished a 70-yard catch-and-run play from Carter Van Scyoc in the end zone to put Shippensburg on top for good with 4 minutes remaining. That wasn’t even Van Scyoc’s longest TD pass of the game. Adam Houser hauled in a 78-yard gem for the first score of the game. Van Scyoc finished with 302 yards passing.