3 L-L League football facts for Sept. 27 | Football

From the first day of heat acclimatization practice until the last Lancaster-Lebanon League football team is standing later in the fall, we’ll deliver three fun L-L facts on a daily basis to keep you updated about what’s happening around the league

1. Another week, another stiff test for Garden Spot’s defense, which has yet to settle into a groove on that side of the ball just yet. The Spartans are allowing 430 yards a game — last in the L-L — and they’ve yielded a league-high 188 points in their 1-3 start. Spot’s offense has been fantastic — Spartans are cranking out 556 yards a game, tops in the league, and they’re averaging 43 points per game — but they’ve been caught up in way too many shootout games: 34-33 loss vs. Wyomissing; 69-42 loss vs. Warwick; 64-42 loss vs. Solanco. Now the Spartans host undefeated Cedar Crest, which doesn’t have crooked numbers galore necessarily. But the Falcons have balance; they’ve rushed for nearly 900 yards, passed for more than 600 yards and average 373 yards and 39 points a game. QB Logan Horn has been the dual-threat weapon we pegged him to be: 42-of-67 for 616 yards and seven TDs against just one pick, plus a team-best 263 rushing yards and five scores. And backs A.J. Apple (216 yards, 3 TD) and Kendell Shand (137 yards, 4 TD) have been shifty playmakers. Keep an eye on Garden Spot senior safety Connor Finkey in this one. He’s been a terrific ball-hawker with a team-best 34 tackles — including a team-high 23 solo stops — plus three tackles for losses, a pair of sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble, plus he’s blocked a field goal. This would be a great week for Garden Spot’s D to find its groove. FYI: Crest hosts Cocalico next week.

2. Donegal dented the W column for the first time this season last Friday with a much-needed, momentum-boosting 61-8 triumph at Columbia. One of the stars of that show was senior Nick Ketner, who is putting together quite the season from his RB-LB spots for the Indians. Against the Crimson Tide he powered his way to 132 rushing yards and a pair of TD runs, giving him a team-leading 325 yards plus four TD scampers. Ketner has also come up big on D: 23 total tackles, including 14 solo hits, plus three tackles for losses, a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. Despite the 1-3 record, Donegal’s D…

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