Coach: Kevin Myers (59-52 in 10 seasons) // YAIAA Division I // District 3 // Class AAAA
Steve Navaroli / GameTimePA.com
It's something the coaching staff at Dallastown has seen a few times in recent history: A lot of key kids graduate, leaving the potential for a drop off.
However, don't expect anyone to feel bad for Wildcats coach Kevin Myers. Dallastown typically has the largest roster in the YAIAA. Once he got the program re-established, the cupboard has never been bare.
"We've got a few kids to replace, but I really like where we are at right now," Myers said. "I like the leadership on this team and like what the seniors are doing. Our expectations are pretty high this year. We've got to do it on Friday nights."
Quarterback >> Senior Cade Gold completed nearly 48 percent of his passes last season, with nine touchdowns in 185 passing attempts. A natural leader, Gold led the Wildcats to the 2014 Division I title after throwing only one pass the year before.
"The game experience is the biggest thing. Make reads and not let the game get too fast in my head," Gold said. "It's more manageable."
Running backs >> Gone is Addison Quinones, who totaled 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jack Marks, who got a few carries last season, is back, and there is likely an underclassmen or two that will help fill the void.
Receivers >> Jake Jansen, Gold's favorite target last season (32 receptions, five touchdowns), returns. Similar to last season, there will be several others catching passes in 2015.
Offensive line >> Myers said the line won't be as big as in the past with 6-foot-5, 355-pound Zaire Willis now at Indiana University (Pa.). Still, the coach likes the quickness he has back.
"We will not have the 280-300 pound guys up front," Myers said. "We are going to be a little lighter, but they do things really well and are fundamentally sound."
Defensive line >> Again, not as big, but returning starter Jordan Burns is ready. Last season, Myers rotated players in and out on both lines, and that experience could pay off in 2015.
"Though we graduated a lot, we had a lot of kids play last year, so they shouldn't have what I call that 'Holy Cow' syndrome," the coach said.
Linebackers >> William Reilly will move from the outside to the inside linebacker. The ball-hawker was second on the team with 93 tackles and will be counted on even more this season. Jake Garrity, who isn't one to shy away from contact, is also back.
Secondary >> This is likely where the team will miss Quinones the most. A fierce hitter with a nose for the ball, he led the way with 96 tackles in 2014. Jansen, Kiwane Tarbet and Juwaun McMillan provide solid options here.
A new kicker will be called upon as Mac Curran, who handled those duties the previous two seasons, has taken his strong foot to the soccer fields at Penn State. Garrity will likely handle the punting duties.
Save the date >> Can the Wildcats get revenge at Penn Manor on Sept. 18? The Comets were the only team they lost to during last year's regular season.
Bottom Line >> Football has become a tradition at Dallastown, as the Wildcats, who have won 57 games in the last eight seasons under Myers, are typically a team that reloads as opposed to rebuilds. Does that trend continue in 2015?
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
W // @ Lancaster Catholic // 26-14
W // West York // 10-0
W // @ Penn Manor // 35-0
W // Spring Grove // 20-10
W // @ William Penn // 50-14
*W // Northeastern // 15-12
W // @ South Western // 29-21
W // New Oxford // 43-13
W // @ Central York // 33-14
L // Red Lion // 0-26
District 3 Class AAAA
- First round // L //Central Dauphin East // 21-42
Result // Opponent // Score
W // Lancaster Catholic // 35-14
W // West York // 21-20
L // Penn Manor // 3-35
W // Spring Grove // 20-3
W // William Penn // 28-7
W // Northeastern // 35-0
W // South Western // 28-27
W // New Oxford // 34-7
W // Central York // 47-21
W // Red Lion // 20-15
District 3 Class AAAA
- First Round // L // Hempfield // 21-36