Countdown to kickoff
This is the sixth 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 Delone Catholic Squires.
Who: Delone Catholic Squires.
2014 record: 6-5 overall, 5-2 Division III.
Coach: Corey Zortman, first season.
Key returners: Chase Kint, senior, guard/defensive end; Tavian Dorsey, senior, running back/cornerback; Brian Shermeyer, junior, quarterback.
Notable losses: Jake Kadis, running back; Justin Gobrecht, tight end; Alex Little, fullback; Tyler Loucks, safety; Jimmy O'Boyle, center.
2014 All-Stars: Jake Kadis, running back; Justin Gobrecht, tight end; Alex Little, fullback; Tyler Loucks, safety; Brian Shermeyer, quarterback; Jimmy O'Boyle, center; Chase Kint, inside linebacker.
2015 schedule: Sept. 4, vs. Trinity (7 p.m.); Sept. 11, at Columbia (7 p.m.); Sept. 18, vs. Union City, Tennessee (7 p.m.); Sept. 25, at York Catholic (7 p.m.); Oct. 2, vs. Littlestown (7 p.m.); Oct. 9, at Biglerville (7 p.m.); Oct. 16, vs. Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.); Oct. 23, at Fairfield (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, vs. York Tech (7 p.m.); Nov. 6, at Hanover (7 p.m.)
Outlook: Two decades after graduating from Delone Catholic, Corey Zortman will have the chance to guide his alma mater in 2015. Entering his first season at the helm, he'll take over a Squires program that made the playoffs last season and will return a number of key parts to the offense.
Despite losing more than 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground between Alex Little and Jake Kadis from 2014, Tavian Dorsey will return, fresh off a big junior season. While splitting time last year, Dorsey still managed to rush for 571 yards and seven touchdowns. Now, this year, he'll carry the bulk of the load, while also running behind an experienced offensive line that's returning Chase Kint, Bryce Perkins and Spencer Trump from last season. Quarterback Brian Shermeyer also is back after throwing for nearly 800 yards a year ago as a sophomore.
One game to watch for Delone this year comes in Week 3, when Tennessee powerhouse Union City makes the trip north to McSherrystown. Union City most recently won the Tennessee Class-A state title back in 2013, so it'll provide a stiff test early in the season for the Squires to gauge where they're at as they prepare for league play.
Coach speak: "We're going to run the Wing-T, but we're going to have our own twist to it. I figured it was an advantage to keep some continuity with the offense. I played and coached in two different systems, so I feel like you can take the best out of both." — Delone Catholic coach Corey Zortman on his offensive plans for the upcoming season.