Countdown to kickoff
This is the ninth installment of our daily, preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4. Today, we're spotlighting the Kennard-Dale Rams.
Who: Kennard-Dale Rams.
2014 record: 1-9 overall, 0-6 Division II.
Coach: Patrick Weider, second season.
Key returners: Kyle Wooldridge, senior, wide receiver, punter; Chase Carlile, senior, linebacker; Daniel Brewer, senior, quarterback; Quincy Noland, senior, tackle; Austin Jenkins, senior, defensive back; Nick Workinger, senior, defensive back.
2014 All-Stars: Kyle Wooldridge, wide receiver, punter; Quincy Noland, tackle; Austin Jenkins, defensive back; Nick Workinger, defensive back; Chase Carlile, linebacker.
2015 schedule: Sept. 4, at Waynesboro (7 p.m.); Sept. 11, vs. Hanover (7 p.m.); Sept. 19, at York Tech (1 p.m.); Sept. 25, vs. York Suburban (7 p.m.); Oct. 2, at West York (7 p.m.); Oct. 9, Homecoming vs. Dover (7 p.m.); Oct. 16, at Gettysburg (7 p.m.); Oct. 23, vs. Eastern York (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, vs. Susquehannock (7 p.m.); Nov. 6, at Millersburg (7 p.m.).
Outlook: It's been a rough time of late for the Rams, who have won a combined two regular-season games in the past three seasons.
But with little lost in terms of graduated talent, K-D has a chance to build on the experiences of a season ago.
"We feel a lot better about where we are as a football program," Weider said at York-Adams Media Day. "I feel good about where we are, I think we are moving forward."
Luckily for the Rams, all of their all-star talent from a season ago returns to help get things on the right track. Overall, K-D returns eight starters on offense and six on defense.
Among the returning standouts is wide receiver Kyle Wooldridge. He'll be looked upon as a top target for quarterback Daniel Brewer in the Rams' new Wing-T offense.
Quincy Noland returns at offensive tackle to lead the line for K-D.
Defensively, the Rams will be led by returning all-star defensive backs Austin Jenkins and Nick Workinger. They will be joined by a fellow all-star in linebacker Chase Carlile.
Wooldridge was also a first-team defensive all-star in 2014 as a punter.
Coach speak: "I think we'll be able to run the ball and that's where you'll see the biggest improvement," Weider said. "We changed the system, we went to a Wing-T and it's really been giving us an identity on offense. We've had success with it at team camp and it's been a good transition."
— Reach Elijah Armold at email@example.com.