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This is the 16th 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 New Oxford Colonials.
Who: New Oxford Colonials.
2014 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 Division I.
Coach: Jason Warner, first season.
Key returners: Corban Czap, quarterback.
Notable losses: Keegan Romanoff, running back, defensive specialist; Daulton Snyder, wide receiver, defensive back; Max Lippy, offensive line.
2014 All-Stars: Romanoff, defensive specialist; Snyder, defensive back; Lippy, offensive line.
2015 schedule: Sept. 4, at Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.); Sept. 11, vs. Gettysburg (7 p.m.); Sept. 18, vs. Biglerville (7 p.m.); Sept. 25, vs. South Western (7 p.m.); Oct. 2, at Spring Grove (7 p.m.); Oct. 9, at Central York (7 p.m.); Oct. 16, Homecoming vs. Red Lion (7 p.m.); Oct. 23, at Dallastown (7 p.m.); Oct. 30, vs. William Penn (7 p.m.); Nov. 6, at Northeastern (7 p.m.).
Outlook: The good news for New Oxford? Things can only go upward.
Coming off an 0-10 campaign last year in their first season in York-Adams Division I, the Colonials will start fresh at the top.
Jason Warner takes over as head coach, replacing Jason Thurston, who resigned the position in June.
New Oxford will also have to replace a number of top offensive performers in running backs Hunter Ringrose and Romanoff, as well as wide receiver Snyder. The trio combined for 1,029 yards rushing and 258 yards receiving. Put those numbers together and that's 75 percent of the 1,693 total yards gained last season lost to graduation.
Czap returns to provide experience at quarterback. Last season Czap was 38-of-92 for 395 yards and five touchdowns against eight interceptions.
The schedule is the same for the Colonials. The tightest contest New Oxford was involved in a season ago was a 21-15 loss to Biglerville. The Colonials will have a chance to turn the tables when they host the Canners in Week 3.
Coach speak: "We have some experienced players in enough positions that we can make the transition as smooth as possible," Warner said. "Corban's leadership is a big piece of it. You want somebody out there that everyone is going to follow without question."
— Reach Elijah Armold at email@example.com.