Cocalico

Cocalico quarterback Dante Haines (10) is back from an ACL injury and hoping to improve on a 2014 season that saw the Eagles make a District 3 Class AAA title game appearance. (Justin Bandy — For GameTimePA.com)

Eagles

Coach: Dave Gingrich (84-43) // L-L League Section Two // District 3 // Class AAA

Summary

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No one gave the Eagles much of a chance at the beginning of the 2014 season and those who did wrote them off after they were obliterated 42-0 by Lampeter-Strasburg in Week 5.

How did Cocalico respond?

The Eagles won four of their last five regular-season games and won three playoff games to reach the District 3 Class AAA Championship Game.

"I think we have great assistant coaches that the kids believe in. They believe in our systems offensively, defensively and special teams and they play with a chip on their shoulders," Gingrich said. "They know they aren't the biggest and they aren't the strongest but they know that when they play hard, good things happens."

In 2015, Cocalico likely won't have to play the underdog role with a number of playmakers returning.

The Eagles' veer offense rushed for more than 3,800 yards last year, with 1,973 of them returning in backs DJ Fabiani (805 yards) and Hunter High (721 yards) and quarterback Dante Haines (447 yards). The Cocalico quarterback went down in Week 8 last year with a torn ACL but is primed to make a comeback in his senior year. In Haines' absence, incoming junior Brady Sawyer filled in admirably, helping Cocalico make their big playoff run.

"I learned a lot in the eight games that I started but I also learned a lot just watching things I wouldn't see if I was playing. I was able to see both views and I think that helped a lot too,” Haines said. “I feel confident in what I have to do to help the team get better."

In a loaded Section Two, Cocalico should be expected to finish near the top again.

"We don't overload our kids schematically. We don't have a lot of plays but what we have, we try to execute to perfection," Gingrich said. "It's not always perfect and doesn't look perfect but we strive to coach it that way. We'll keep going at it over and over again until we get it right."

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Schedule/Results

2015 schedule

Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score

L // @ Daniel Boone // 0-7

W // Ephrata // 56-6

L // Cedar Cliff // 32-45

W // @ Lebanon // 50-6

L // @ Lampeter-Strasburg // 14-21

W // Garden Spot // 28-21

W // @ Elizabethtown // 49-7

L // Manheim Central // 15-21

L // Solanco // 14-35

W // @ Lancaster Catholic // 35-7

2014 results

Result // Opponent // Score

W // Daniel Boone // 32-14

W // Ephrata // 65-0

L // Cedar Cliff // 27-28

W // Lebanon // 63-13

L // Lampeter-Strasburg // 0-42

W // Garden Spot // 45-13

W // Elizabethtown // 63-14

W // Manheim Central // 26-24

L // Solanco // 7-14

W // Lancaster Catholic // 28-26

District 3 Class AAA

  • First Round // W // East Pennsboro // 35-0
  • Quarterfinals // W // West York // 28-18
  • Semifinals // W // Daniel Boone // 24-6
  • Championship // L // Bishop McDevitt // 41-0
Map

Roster
Jersey # Name Grade Position
5 Dominic Fabiani 12 RB/DB
50 Jake Fester 12 OL/DL
8 Trevor Fichthorn 12 WR/DB
69 William Habecker 12 OL/DL
10 Dante Haines 12 QB/DB
35 Hunter High 12 RB/ILB
77 Caleb Hooper 12 OL/DL
1 Mathew McKinney 12 K/K
N/A Alex Reiff 12 WR/ILB
68 Abdul Saad 12 OL/DL
7 Austin Sweigart 12 WR/OLB
4 Moses Ulysse 12 WR/DB
48 Brett Whiley 12 TE/DL
11 Mitchell Caffrey 11 WR/DB
  Jonathan Granados 11 OL/DL
  Kolby Hunt 11 WR/ILB
26 Branden Kerns 11 WR/DB
51 Brady Maxwell 11 OL/DL
33 Daniel Miklas 11 TE/OLB
89 Benjamin Puodziunas 11 K/K
16 Brady Sawyer 11 QB/OLB
  Osaze Smith 11 WR/DB
61 Mason Strunk 11 OL/DL
  Joseph Bearinger 10 TE/DL
  Adam Bouhou 10 TE/ILB
25 Brandon Brubaker 10 RB/ILB
  Matthew DeBock 10 OL/DL
  Devon Fichthorn 10 WR/DB
  Adin Frey 10 WR/DB
62 Benjamin Fromm 10 OL/DL
  Bradley Heck 10 QB/DB
  Caleb Horning 10 WR/DB
  Sean Kelly 10 OL/DL
  Conlan Kerschner 10 WR/DB
  B. Owen Lippold 10 RB/ILB
  Josh McGee 10 WR/DB
  Nathan Musser 10 RB/ILB
  Leo Ryan 10 OL/DL
  David Salcedo 10 OL/DL
  Derek Sauder 10 OL/DL
  Ian Schlotterer 10 OL/DL
  Devin Sensenig 10 OL/DL
  Austin Shaver 10 OL/DL
  Ethan Steffy 10 RB/OLB
  Owen Zimmerman 10 RB/OLB
  Daniel Engle 9 K/K
  Josh Hoover 9 OL/DL