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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: A preview look at the 2017 West York Bulldogs football team

DICK VanO'LINDA
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  • West York finished 2-8 overall last season and 2-4 in York-Adams Division II.
  • Corey Wise returns at quarterback after throwing for 756 yards as a freshman.
  • West York's non-league schedule includes Central York, Dallastown, Gov. Mifflin and Manheim Central.

This is the 10th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season.

Team: West York Bulldogs.

Coach: Jeremy Jones (third season).

2016 record: 2-8 overall, 2-4 in York-Adams Division II.

Key losses (Division II All-Stars in bold): Joey King, wide receiver; Cadence Thomas, running back, wide receiver; Austin Spangler, center; Anthony Torres, defensive tackle; Evan Keim, kicker.

Key returners (Division II All-Stars in bold): Ay'Juan Marshall, Justin Wetzel, Nick Spadafora, Corey Wise, Jamal Anderson, Shane Kauffman, Drew Robinson, Noah Sjoberg, Pat Lichty, Andrew LaManna.

2017 schedule (Division II games in bold): Aug. 25, at Governor Mifflin (7 p.m.); Sept. 1. vs. Central York (7 p.m.); Sept. 8, at Dallastown (7 p.m.); Sept. 15, vs. Manheim Central (7 p.m.); Sept. 22, at Eastern York (7 p.m.); Sept. 29, vs. Kennard-Dale (7 p.m.); Oct. 13, vs. York Suburban (7 p.m.); Oct. 20, at Susquehannock (7 p.m.); Oct. 27, at Dover (7 p.m.); Nov. 3, vs. Gettysburg (7 p.m.).

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Outlook: West York returns seven starters on offense and eight on defense as it seeks to bounce back from a down year.

Among the returning starters are Corey Wise, who passed for 756 yards as a freshman, and Andrew LaManna, who caught 20 passes in 2016.

West York head coach Jeremy Jones said the players are excited for the season.

"They don't want to go 2-8 again," Jones said.

The Bulldogs' head coach thinks there are two keys to a successful season for his team.

West York head football coach Jeremy Jones.

"Maintaining our health is huge because we don't have a lot of depth, plus making sure our kids keep getting better."

West York faces a highly demanding schedule. Along with their York-Adams Division II opponents, the Bulldogs take on two Class 5-A powers, Manheim Central and Governor Mifflin, and two Division I teams from their own league, Central York and Dallastown.

Quotable: "Playing good teams helps make your team better." — senior Nick Spadafora.

Reach Dick VanO'Linda at sports@yorkdispatch.com.