COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Susquehannock Warriors
- Susquehannock went 5-5 overall in Steve Wiles' first year as head coach.
- Those five wins matched the Warriors' win total from the four previous years combined.
- Returning all-star fullback Jack Allred figures to be the feature piece of the team's offense.
This is the 13th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season on Friday, Sept. 2.
Team: Susquehannock Warriors.
Coach: Steve Wiles, second season.
2015 record: 5-5 overall, 4-2 York-Adams Division II.
Key losses (2015 All-Stars in bold): Josh Stoneberg, quarterback and linebacker; Dorian Faster, running back and defensive back; Nick Tannura, wide receiver and defensive back; Myles Moultrie, running back; Nick Chamberlain, offensive and defensive tackle; RJ Myers, offensive and defensive tackle; Kevin Clapp, running back and linebacker.
Key returners (2015 All-Stars in bold): Jack Allred, senior, fullback and defensive end; Alex Weincek, senior, guard and tackle; Chase Summers, senior, quarterback and defensive back; Andrew Senft, senior, offensive and defensive tackle; Caleb Oestrike, senior, guard and linebacker; Kyle Orndorff, junior, running back and linebacker; Ethan Schammel, junior, tight end and linebacker; Chris Norris, junior, wide receiver and defensive back; Wyatt Hogan, junior, offensive and defensive tackle.
2016 schedule (Division II games in bold) : Sept. 2, at Northern York (7 p.m.); Sept. 9, vs. York Catholic (7 p.m.); Sept. 16, at Biglerville (7 p.m.); Sept. 23, vs. Twin Valley (7 p.m.); Sept. 30, at Gettysburg (7 p.m.); Oct. 7, vs. York Suburban (7 p.m.); Oct. 14, vs. Eastern York (7 p.m.); Oct. 21, at West York (7 p.m.); Oct. 28, vs. Kennard-Dale (7 p.m.); Nov. 4, at Dover (7 p.m.).
Outlook: If there’s a good year to have lost multiple starters to graduation, this might be it for the teams of York-Adams Division II. Without a clear-cut favorite, many coaches believe the division is up for grabs.
Include Steve Wiles in that group.
In order to contend, though, the Warriors will first need to restock some key positions.
One of the more notable losses for Susquehannock is the departure of all-star quarterback Josh Stoneberg, who ranked sixth in league passing last year with 1,363 yards.
Chase Summers returns for his senior year and will look to fill that void.
The Warriors also lose all-star receiver Nick Tannura and starting running backs Dorian Faster and all-star Myles Moultrie.
One player Wiles will look to this season is returning all-star fullback Jack Allred. Allred will likely be the feature piece of the Warriors Wing-T offense.
In the team’s favor is the fact that it returns a number of experienced upperclassmen, but only four starters on each side of the ball.
Susquehannock will look to build off a stretch that saw it end the 2015 season by winning three of its last four games.
Last year's five victories matched the program's win total from the previous four seasons combined.
Quotable: "The whole attitude will be different coming into camp. We really liked the way we ended last season. We were really playing some good football down the stretch. It was a brand new staff coming into last year, but now they know my style and my expectations. I think it’s a wide-open division, and that’s exciting. Why not us?” — Wiles.
Reach Elijah Armold at firstname.lastname@example.org.