This is the first installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season.
Team: Biglerville Canners.
Coach: Alex Ramos, eighth season.
2016 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 York-Adams League Division III.
Key losses (2016 all-stars in bold): Reggie Adams, running back and defensive back; Dalton Cox offensive line, defensive line, linebacker.
Key returners (2016 all-stars in bold): Paul Asper, senior, offensive and defensive line; Brent Hayles, senior, offensive and defensive line; Josh Southerly, senior, offensive and defensive line; Chris Weaver, senior, running back and linebacker; Miles Hughes, senior, running back and defensive back; Russ Zullick, junior, receiver and defensive back; Nevada Day, senior, tight end and linebacker; Caleb Randoll, junior, quarterback and receiver; Hunter Getz, senior, running back and defensive back; Kyle Group, sophomore, running back and linebacker; Cage Althoff, sophomore, quarterback; Fidel Hernandez, senior, offensive and defensive line; Derek Tosten, junior, quarterback; Colin Burke, sophomore, receiver and defensive back.
2017 schedule (Division III games in bold): Sept. 1, vs. Annville-Cleona (7 p.m.); Sept. 8, at Big Spring (7 p.m.); Sept. 15, at Susquehannock (7 p.m.); Sept. 22, vs. Fairfield (7 p.m.); Sept. 30, at York Tech (1 p.m.); Oct. 6, vs. Delone Catholic; Oct. 13, at York Catholic (7 p.m.); Oct. 20, vs. Littlestown (7 p.m.); Oct. 27, vs. Hanover (7 p.m.); Nov. 3, at Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.).
Outlook: The Canners were 0-10 in 2016 after earning a share of the York-Adams Division III title in 2015. Coach Alex Ramos and the Canners hope a sense of continuity can help turn things around.
Ramos says his 2016 Canners were a young, inexperienced bunch, and that often times it manifested itself with confusion.
“We’re going to play together a lot more (this season),” Ramos said. “A lot of the time last year, we were kind of left out on an island and guys tended to do their own things. A lot of that has to do with inexperience. And when you get inexperienced guys, they get put in positions they’re not used to.”
Helping the turnaround is the fact that Ramos returns three senior starters up front with the returns of all-star lineman Brent Hayles, as well as Paul Asper and Josh Southerly.
The Canners do lose all-star running back Reggie Adams to graduation, but return a number of capable backs, including seniors Chris Weaver, Miles Hughes and Hunter Getz, as well as sophomore Kyle Group.
Quotable: “We want to see growth. We want to see that we’re working together, that we’re paying attention to the details and the little things. If we do that, success will follow.” — Ramos