York Suburban returns key junior playmaker in attempt to regain Division II football title

ROB ROSE
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  • York Suburban is coming off a 4-2 season in 2020.
  • The Trojans return a key junior playmaker in 2021: Mike Bentivegna.
  • The Trojans must replace all-star QB Camden Brewer and all-star wideout Kenny Johnson.

Editor's note: This is one in a series of previews for York-Adams League football teams.

One year removed from the program’s first undefeated regular season in decades in 2019, York Suburban has expectations of competing for another York-Adams Division II title in 2021. 

The Trojans believe they have the talent to do just that.

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Head coach Josh Fry takes over after Andy Loucks stepped down to spend more time with his family. He inherits a team with a junior playmaker.

Running back/linebacker Mike Bentivegna was a York-Adams League Division II all-star on both sides of the ball last season and is a potential D-III Player of the Year candidate.

York Suburban's Kenny Johnson scored nine touchdowns last season.

The Trojans did suffer a big loss recently when all-star wideout Kenny Johnson transferred to Dallastown because of a change in residency. Johson had 638 receiving yards and nine touchdowns for a 4-2 Suburban team in 2020. Bentivegna recorded 852 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns.

A big question on offense, however, is who will block for Bentivegna, and maybe more importantly, who will get the ball to him? 

All-star quarterback Camden Brewer transferred to a prep school and the Trojans have yet to select a new signal caller. Senior Gavin Smith transferred from Spring Grove and will have a chance to earn that spot and lead a talented team looking to win another division title.

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Josh Fry

“We have a lot of young kids with a lot of experience already, a lot of in-game experience, especially on the line,” Fry said. “We're gonna have some new faces come in, though, that with our skill group and on the line as well, that (they) will have to bring along here, but I think they're ready to go.”

Here is a capsule look at the Trojans:

►Team: York Suburban Trojans.

►Coach: Josh Fry, first season.

►2020 record: 4-2 in York-Adams League Division II.

►Key losses (Division III All-Stars in bold): QB Camden Brewer; WR/DB David Moye; OL/DL Mike Jury; TE/DE Isaiah Pineda; WR/DB Kenny Johnson.

►Key returners (Division III All-Stars in bold): RB/LB Mike Bentivegna; OL/DL Logan Wright; OL/DL Albert Zapata.

►2021 schedule (Division III games in bold): Aug. 27 vs. East Pennsboro; Sept. 3 at South Western; Sept. 10 at York Catholic; Sept. 17 at Eastern York; Sept. 24 vs. Kennard-Dale; Oct. 1 vs. Boys Latin; Oct. 8 at New Oxford; Oct. 15 vs. Gettysburg; Oct. 22 at West York; Oct. 29 at Susquehannock.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.