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This is the eighth 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 Bermudian Springs Eagles.
Who: Bermudian Springs Eagles.
2014 record: 11-1 overall, 7-0 Division III.
Coach: Jon DeFoe, 17th season.
Key returners: Colton King, senior, running back; Logan Luckenbaugh, senior, linebacker.
Notable losses: Ryan Markle, quarterback, safety; Briton Shelton, running back; Colton Dull, fullback; Noah Hakes, tackle; Sam McCollum, guard; Silas Hall, center; Michael Ogle, linebacker; Brennan Waltermyer, linebacker.
2014 All-Stars: Wyatt Gearhart, wide receiver, cornerback; Dustyn Lauver, tackle; Connor Zahm, kicker, punter; Cody Rowland, defensive end; Michael Ogle, linebacker; Brennan Waltermyer, linebacker; Logan Luckenbaugh, linebacker; Ryan Markle, quarterback, safety; Briton Shelton, running back; Colton Dull, fullback; Noah Hakes, offensive/defensive line; Sam McCollum, offensive/defensive line; Silas Hall, center.
2015 schedule: Sept. 4, vs. New Oxford (7 p.m.); Sept. 11, at Boiling Springs (7 p.m.); Sept. 18, at Shippensburg (7 p.m.); Sept. 25, vs. Hanover (7 p.m.); Oct. 2, at Fairfield (7 p.m.); Oct. 9, vs. York Tech (7 p.m.); Oct. 16, at Delone Catholic (7 p.m.); Oct. 23, Homecoming vs. York Catholic (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, at Littlestown (7 p.m.); Nov. 6, vs. Biglerville (7 p.m.).
Outlook: DeFoe earned York-Adams Division III Coach of the Year honors for his work with the Eagles last season.
However, with the way graduation hit his Eagles squad, if he can replicate that success in 2015, he might be in line for a repeat.
Nine all-stars on offense and seven on defense depart from a senior-laden roster that helped the Eagles perform at or near the top statistically on both offense and defense.
Gone from the league's second-ranked offense in terms of yardage (4,071) are a pair of the 1,000-yard rushers in Colton Dull (156 carries, 1,264 yards, 21 touchdowns) and Briton Shelton (148, 1,048, 11).
The defense wasn't spared from loss either.
A unit that posted the stingiest total yards allowed mark in the York-Adams League at 1,528 and also held its opposition scoreless six times loses the likes of all-state safety Ryan Markle and all-star linebackers Michael Ogle and Brennan Waltermyer.
The lone all-star to return to the Eagles is senior linebacker Logan Luckenbaugh.
The offensive side of the ball might the hardest for the Eagles to rebound from. Bermudian's roster is without a player to record a reception or pass attempt in 2014.