Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of team previews for the 2019 York-Adams League football season:
As his second season begins, Eastern York coach Josh Campbell just wants his team to get better every day.
Despite the eye-popping numbers the Golden Knights’ offense put up in 2018, Campbell hasn’t raised his expectations for the young team.
“All we’re trying to do is improve each day,” Campbell said. “Each day we make a little bit of improvement, add that together and eventually it will turn into big success.”
Heading into the season, Eastern York is missing a pair of talented receivers who earned NCAA Division I scholarships. Demonte Martin and Dylan Zurin were named York-Adams Division II All-Stars and finished the season at No. 1 and No. 5 in league receiving yards, respectively.
Despite the loss of the talented duo, the Golden Knights return the league leader in passing touchdowns and the pass receiver with the ninth-most league receiving yards. Rising senior quarterback Trevor Seitz enters his second season running the offense after throwing for 2,800 yards and 38 touchdowns, while rising senior running back/wide receiver Kaleb Corwell becomes Seitz’s top target.
Seitz said the adjustment to a new receiving core wasn’t easy at first, but that spending extra time with players after practice helped speed up the process of acclimating to his new targets.
“It takes time, you can’t just go in and think it’s going to be perfect right away,” Seitz said. “You got to work at it.”
Although he enjoyed having Martin, Zurin and the other seniors that graduated, Campbell said he was excited to see who will emerge this season and how this team will create its own identity.
“I look forward to seeing who is going to take that next step and step up,” Campbell said. “Obviously you lose seniors and you lose playmakers from last year. No one is going to be the exact same as who you lost.”
As the Golden Knights prepare to build off a statistically strong season that ended with a losing record, Corwell’s mentality for the upcoming season is based on believing he and his teammates can improve if they have the right mindset when they step on the field.
“High school football is mostly about, if you think you can do it, you’ve already won half the battle,” Corwell said. “It’s more about what’s in your head than what you put on the field. So, if you think you can do it, you’re already winning.”
Following is a capsule preview of the 2019 Eastern York season.
►Team: Eastern York Golden Knights.
►Coach: Josh Campbell, second season.
►2018 record: 3-7 overall, 1-5 York-Adams Division II.
►Key losses (Division II All-Stars in bold):Demonte Martin, wide receiver/defensive back; Dylan Zurin, wide receiver/defensive back; Jared Elamri, lineman; Brady Bixler, kicker; Bryce Henise, safety.
►Key returners (Division II All-Stars in bold): Trevor Seitz, senior, quarterback; Austin Baker, junior, lineman; Kaleb Corwell, senior, running back/wide receiver; Neijon Gonzalez, junior, lineman; Eliot Whiteside, senior, linebacker/wide receiver.
►2019 schedule: Aug. 23 vs. Columbia (7 p.m.); Aug. 30 at Hanover (7 p.m.); Sept. 6 at Littlestown (7 p.m.); Sept. 13 vs. York Suburban (7 p.m.); Sept. 20 at Dover (7 p.m.); Sept. 27 vs. Gettysburg (7 p.m.); Oct. 4 at West York (7 p.m.); Oct. 11 vs. Susquehannock (7 p.m.); Oct. 18 at Wissahickon (7 p.m.); Oct. 25 at Kennard-Dale (7 p.m.)
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