COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: A preview look at the 2017 Hanover Nighthawks football team
- Hanover was 5-5 overall a season ago, including a 3-4 mark in York-Adams Division III.
- Quarterback Camden Mumma is expected to lead the Hanover offense.
- Running back Justin Barnes is a returning York-Adams Division III All-Star.
This is the fourth installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season.
Who: Hanover Nighthawks.
2016 record: 5-5 overall, 3-4 York-Adams Division III.
Coach: Bill Reichart, fifth season.
Key returners (Division III All-Stars in bold): Justin Barnes, senior, running back/punter; Dylan Stair, senior, offensive/defensive line; Logan Brown, junior, return specialist; Camden Mumma, senior, quarterback; Bryce Hart, senior, offensive/defensive lineman; Najae Jacobs, senior, offensive/defensive lineman; Everett Kenworthy, senior, kicker.
Notable losses (Division III All-Stars in bold): Resean Williams, senior, wide receiver/defensive back; Hunter Martz, senior, tight end/linebacker.
2017 schedule (Division III games in bold): Sept. 1 at James Buchanan (7 p.m.); Sept. 8 vs. Kennard-Dale (7 p.m.); Sept. 15 at Annville-Cleona (7 p.m.); Sept. 22 at Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.); Sept. 29 vs. York Catholic (7 p.m.); Oct. 6 vs. Fairfield (7 p.m.); Oct. 13 at Littlestown (7 p.m.); Oct. 20 vs. York Tech (7 p.m.); Oct. 27 at Biglerville (7 p.m.); Nov. 3 vs. Delone Catholic (7 p.m.).
Outlook: Hanover got off to a strong start last season by winning its first two games while putting up 51.5 points per game. Quarterback Camden Mumma was a nice surprise in his first year as the starter, smoothly helping the team transition from standout Kyle Krout. However, a Week 3 injury to his collarbone sidelined Mumma for the next five weeks and the team struggled to recover.
Mumma (52 for 86 in 2016 for 899 yards, with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions) is back for his senior season and fully healthy, but he'll go out there without his two favorite targets from 2016, all-stars Resean Williams and Hunter Martz. Senior running back and 2016 all-star Justin Barnes (850 rushing yards in 2016, 5.9 yards per carry) will need to be a workhorse to take some of the pressure off Mumma, but they'll both operate behind an offensive line that brings back three starters from last season, including all-star Dylan Stair.
The defense will need to be greatly improved. The Nighthawks allowed 30 points or more in half of their games last year. If Mumma can play a full season and Barnes maintains his form from last year, Hanover could be a team that finishes above .500 after only graduating four seniors in 2016.
Coach speak: "We felt we were better than 5-5, but there's those who look at us and say, 'When you have four seniors on a team the size of ours, 5-5 you did pretty well.' But, if I was satisfied with that, then I should probably stop coaching." — Bill Reichart.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com