COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: York Tech Spartans football preview
Over the next month, leading up to the start of the 2015 high school football season on Friday, Sept. 4, we will run preview capsules on each of the 23 members of the York-Adams League. Our series begins with the York Tech Spartans.
Who: York Tech Spartans.
2014 record: 1-9 overall, 1-6 Division III.
Coach: Brian Hanson, first season.
Key returners: Cedric Baldwin, senior, tackle; Matt Rossi, senior, fullback/linebacker; Jibri Jones, junior, running back; Damarius Wiggins, senior, quarterback; Isaiah Colon, sophomore, defensive end.
Notable losses: Kyle Snyder, linebacker; Nashid Bones, linebacker.
2014 All-Stars: Jibri Bones, kick return specialist; Nashid Bones, linebacker; Isaiah Colon, defensive end.
2015 schedule: Sept. 5, vs. Pequea Valley (1 p.m.); Sept. 11, at Eastern York (7 p.m.); Sept. 19, vs. Kennard-Dale (1 p.m.); Sept. 26, at Littlestown (7 p.m.); Oct. 3, vs. Biglerville, 2 p.m.; Oct. 9, at Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.); Oct. 17, vs. Fairfield (10 a.m.); Oct. 23, at Hanover (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, at Delone Catholic (7 p.m.); Nov. 7, vs. York Catholic (2 p.m.).
Outlook: For a team coming off a 1-9 season, York Tech needed anything and everything to go its way in the offseason in the hopes of making 2015 a better season. Instead, it got the exact opposite.
The 2014 head coach, Matt Glennon, resigned in early July after only two seasons, putting the Spartans in scramble mode just to find a new leader for the upcoming campaign. Fortunately, defensive coordinator Brian Hanson stepped up quickly to fill the void, allowing the program to get back and focus on preparing for the upcoming year.
It's Hanson's first head coaching position, coming two years after he guided the York Tech ninth-grade program to a 6-2 record in 2013.
He plans to keep the triple-option offense in place, which was run last season by both Damarius Wiggins and Kahleik Savery. Wiggins, who will be a senior this season, ran for a team-high 5.0 yards per carry.
Also returning is the team's leading rusher from last year, junior Jibri Bones. He ran for a 520 yards in 2014, earning Y-A Division III first-team recognition from the coaches as a kick return specialist.
The Spartans will play the same schedule as in 2014 and in the same order. The notable game to watch will be on Sept. 26 when they travel to Littlestown, the only team they beat in 2014.
Coach speak: "I've been working with the guys now for, this will be my third year at the school, so we've been hitting it real hard in the offseason and I'm around the guys all the time and it's been a pretty seamless transition." — First-year head coach Brian Hanson on taking over the team in mid-July.