Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of team previews for the 2019 York-Adams League football season:
Last year, the York Suburban football team didn’t live up to the high expectations that fifth-year head coach Andy Loucks has for the program.
Loucks, however, feels confident that this season his talented and experienced Trojans squad will give Gettysburg a run for its money in York-Adams League Division II.
Part of that optimism has to do with seven returning all-stars from last year’s 4-6 squad. That list includes a trio of receivers in Donald Dent, David Moye and Marcos Valdes, a trio of lineman in Garth Barclay, Devante Embrey-Banks and Nasier Spellman, as well as standout running back Savion Harrison. The 6-foot, 7-inch, 250-pound Barclay has already given a verbal commitment to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with Syracuse University.
In addition, starting quarterback Max Reinecker returns, giving the offense the type of continuity that should foster the success that Loucks is looking for from his squad.
Harrison, who finished fifth in the Y-A League in rushing with 1.231 yards as a junior, sounded confident in both his personal and his team's expected success this season.
“I really expect big things,” said Harrison, who is one of 20 returning starters. “We’ve seen almost everything before through the years. As a freshman, we (won the D-II title) and I want to experience that again.”
Much like a season ago, the road won’t be easy for the Trojans. Back-to-back games to begin the season against the two teams that played for the District 3 Class 2-A title — York Catholic and Delone Catholic — highlight a challenging nonleague schedule for the Trojans, that also includes East Pennsboro and Muhlenberg.
“York Catholic and Delone … not exactly easy starters,” Loucks said with a bit of a laugh. “Those are probably two of the most successful teams in the district in their respective classifications.”
That said, Loucks feels his players can handle everything thrown at them.
“There is no reason that this team shouldn’t have the ability to compete and succeed in all 10 of the games that we play this year,” Loucks said.
Following is a capsule preview of the 2019 York Suburban season.
►Team: York Suburban Trojans.
►Coach: Andy Loucks, fifth season.
►2018 record: 4-6 overall, 2-4 York-Adams Division II.
►Key losses (Division II All-Stars in bold): Andrew Frey, offensive/defensive lineman; Rahad Khan, offensive lineman/linebacker; Aliq Johnson, running back/defensive lineman; Justin Griffith, wide receiver/linebacker.
►Key returners (Division II All-Stars in bold):Garth Barclay, senior, offensive/defensive lineman; Savion Harrison, senior, running back/defensive back; Devante Embrey-Banks, senior, offensive/defensive lineman; Max Reinecker, senior, quarterback/defensive back; Nasier Spellman, senior, offensive/defensive lineman, Donald Dent, senior, wide receiver/defensive back; Marcos Valdes, senior, tight end/linebacker; David Moye, senior, wide receiver/defensive back.
►2019 schedule (Division II games in bold): Aug. 23 at York Catholic; Aug. 30 vs. Delone Catholic; Sept. 6 vs. East Pennsboro; Sept. 13 at Eastern York; Sept. 20 vs. Kennard-Dale; Sept. 27 at Muhlenberg; Oct. 4 at Dover; Oct. 11 vs. Gettysburg; Oct. 18 at West York; Oct. 25 vs. Susquehannock.
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