Countdown to kickoff
This is the 14th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Sept. 4.
Who: Gettysburg Warriors.
2014 record: 8-3 overall, 4-2 Division II.
Coach: Matt Heiser, third year.
Key returners: Tyler Wilt, senior, quarterback/linebacker; Elijah Johnson, senior, running back/defensive back; Jonathan McKenna, senior, offensive guard/defensive tackle; Chet Brockett, senior, defensive end.
Notable losses: Jake Myers, quarterback; Wade Laudeman, running back; Lane Sherman, running back/defensive back; Kobe Wansel, wide receiver; Giovanni Almanza-Alvarado, offensive/defensive tackle.
2014 All-Stars: Sherman, running back/defensive back; Tyler Lampe, wide receiver; Almanza-Alvarado, offensive/defensive tackle; Michael Heeschen, kicker/punter; Wansel, wide receiver; Jordan Turner, tight end; Micah Sunholm, offensive guard/defensive tackle; Sam Fetter, center/inside linebacker; Myers, quarterback; Laudeman, running back/ouside linebacker; Mitchell Hoffman, running back/defensive tackle; Michael Ingalsbe, wide receiver; McKenna, offensive guard/defensive tackle; Dalton Lyons, defensive back; Nathan Sharrah, outside linebacker; Brockett, defensive end; Wilt, inside linebacker; Jake Sharrah, inside linebacker.
2015 schedule: Sept. 4, vs. South Western (7 p.m.); Sept. 11, at New Oxford (7 p.m.); Sept. 18, vs. Waynesboro (7 p.m.); Sept. 25, vs. Dover (7 p.m.); Oct. 2, at Susquehannock (7 p.m.); Oct. 9, at Eastern York (7 p.m.); Oct. 16, vs. Kennard-Dale (7 p.m.); Oct. 23, at Conrad Weiser (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, vs. York Suburban (7 p.m.); Nov. 6, at West York (7 p.m.).
Outlook: Gettysburg had 18 all-stars in 2014, a major reason why the team went 8-3 and finished second in Division II in its first year in the York-Adams League.
It'll also be a major reason why 2015 could be a down year for the Warriors. Very few of those all-stars are returning this year, meaning that Heiser could have his first year of regression in three seasons at Gettysburg.
The Warriors' leading passer (Myers), leading rushers (Laudeman and Sherman), leading receiver (Wansel) and leading defensive lineman (Almanza-Alvarado) all graduated. Now, it'll be up to new quarterback Wilt, running back Johnson and defensive end Brockett to fill those gaps.
Right out of the gates, Gettysburg will get a test, when South Western pays it a visit in a rematch of last year's 44-41 thriller that the Warriors won. But, aside from the Mustangs looking to avenge last year's home defeat, they'll also be coming in as the favorite to win Division I, and surely a great test for new-look Gettysburg.
Coach speak: "Each year is a different chapter, but we did have a lot of seniors that left last year that helped these guys along the way. So, when it goes through the whole scheme of things, we did lose a lot of guys in some spots where there's gonna be new guys stepping up to the plate. But, the guys that are stepping to the plate got reps last year on Friday nights and at the same time did very well in the JV games on Mondays. Confidence is very high and we'll be ready to go." — Heiser.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com.