COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: A preview look at the New Oxford Colonials
- New Oxford went 0-10 overall last season.
- That included an 0-7 mark in York-Adams Division I.
- Greg Bowman is back for his second season as New Oxford's coach.
This is the 16th installment of our daily preview capsules leading up to the start of the York-Adams League high school football season.
Team: New Oxford Colonials.
Coach: Greg Bowman, second season.
2016 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 York-Adams Division I.
Key losses (2016 All-Stars in bold): Evan Guth, offensive/defensive lines; Tanner Miller, quarterback; Damian Rodriguez; Kyle Louisone; Eric Alt.
Key returners (2016 All-Stars in bold): Darrick Rudisill, tight end; Cody Smith, Nick Duncan, Isaac Siegman, Brennan Romanoff, Connor Becker, Brock Crawford, Luke Lardarello
2017 schedule (Division I games in bold): Sept. 1, vs. Bermudian Springs (7 p.m.); Sept. 8, vs. Gettysburg (7 p.m.); Sept. 15, at Delone Catholic (7 p.m.); Sept. 22, vs. South Western (7 p.m.); Sept. 29, at Spring Grove (7 p.m.); Oct. 6, at Central York (7 p.m.); Oct. 13, vs. Red Lion (7 p.m.); Oct. 20, at Dallastown (7 p.m.); Oct. 27, vs. William Penn (7 p.m.); Nov. 3, at Northeastern (7 p.m.)
Outlook: The Colonials are in the midst of a long rebuilding process, one that saw two coaches last only one season each in 2014 and 2015 before Greg Bowman came on board to start the 2016 campaign.
Bowman is the first of the Colonials' past three coaches to get a second season, despite the fact his team was winless a year ago.
The good news is that it will be easy for Bowman’s roster to have short memories in terms of coaching changes. Although 17 starters return, this year’s squad is littered with underclassmen who’ve only known Bowman as the head man.
Darrick Rudisill, one of the few seniors, returns as an all-star tight end. Rudisill will provide a large target for whoever is tasked with replacing Tanner Miller as the starting quarterback.
Brennan Romanoff will help ease the transition of the new signal caller from his running back position. He will also help lead the Colonials' defense from the cornerback spot.
Another wrinkle in the rebuild is that Bowman himself will be shifting duties. Along with being head coach, Bowman will now be calling plays on offense after coordinating the defense a year ago.
So, while this might not be the breakout season that Bowman and company are hoping for to complete the rebuilding process, it could go a long way in making that push in years to come.
Quotable: “We’ve got a lot of guys with experience returning because we were very, very young a year ago. So we’re looking forward to those guys becoming major contributors a year later.” — head coach Greg Bowman.
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