Week 5

Greencastle-Antrim (1-3) at Northern York (2-2)

Friday, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: G-A lost to West Perry, 56-32. Northern York beat Mifflin County, 42-28.

LAST SEASON: Northern defeated G-A 34-21 in Greencastle.

GREENCASTLE: For a young team that is going to have some growing pains, there were plenty of positives for the Blue Devils to take away from last week's Mid-Penn Colonial Division loss to West Perry.

Yes, it was a loss. But, G-A entered the fourth quarter trailing by just three points before the Mustangs — led by stud player Kenyon Johnson — pulled away in the final frame. Johnson accounted for six total touchdowns and is going to be a handful for whoever West Perry's opponent is.

With that said, the Blue Devils showed promise against the now 4-0 Mustangs.

G-A successfully established the run, leaning on David Niebauer while sprinkling in carries to Isaiah Toney-Mayhugh. Niebauer has rushed for 499 yards and seven touchdowns through four weeks, asserting himself as a steady threat for the Blue Devils. Getting Toney-Mayhugh increased touches takes some heat off Niebauer, which should help moving forward.

Adam Root continues his progression as a stout weapon at receiver, totaling 132 yards last week. He added a highlight-reel, run-after-catch, showcasing the determination needed for G-A to possibly take the next step.

Zach Cole's development is also something to watch, as the junior signal caller passed for 180 yards and two scores against West Perry.

Defensively, the Blue Devils will need to find a way to stop another tremendous talent, limiting missed tackles and big plays.

"Our kids have regrouped well and had a really nice week of practice," G-A coach Devin McCauley said. "We need to keep putting our guys in positions to make plays."

NORTHERN: Last week it was Johnson, this week it's Kyle Swartz.

Like West Perry, Northern York also has a star player in Swartz, who became the all-time leading rusher in program history earlier this season.

Swartz missed the first two games with an injury, but has been borderline dominant since his return. In just two weeks, Swartz has rushed for more than 550 yards, eclipsing 275 on the ground against both Mechanicsburg and Mifflin County.

Last season, Swartz ran for 171 yards and scored four touchdowns in the second half to lead Northern to victory over Greencastle.

Needless to say, Swartz is the focal point of the Polar Bears offense.

"Northern is another big test, we will see another premiere running back in Swartz," McCauley said. "They are a very physical team that runs the ball well and their quarterback (Jordan Heisey) is a really nice complement. We need to be sound on defense, play our responsibilities and tackle well as a team."

GAMETIME FORECAST: Mostly sunny, low 70s

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NEXT WEEK: G-A hosts Shippensburg in a Colonial Division game at Kaley Field.

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