Coach: Jason Warner (first season) // YAIAA Division I // District 3 // Class AAA
Zach Miller / GameTimePA.com
The last 12 months haven't been easy for New Oxford, but the Colonials have managed to keep a positive mindset heading into this season.
After going 0-10 last fall, Colonials' coach Jason Thurston abruptly resigned in June. He was replaced a few weeks later by assistant coach Jason Warner, who will coach on an interim basis.
It would be easy for the New Oxford players to hang their heads after the rough year they've been through, but they're doing anything but that.
"You've just got to turn a negative into a positive," senior quarterback Corbin Czap said. "The only thing you can do is use it as motivation, you can't look back and sulk on it because you can't change it."
Czap and senior wide receiver/cornerback Trevon Brown said the team hardly "skipped a beat" when Warner took over during the summer, crediting the assistant coaches with helping to keep things together.
Warner coached many of the current players at the junior varsity level two seasons ago and coached some of the seniors on the varsity team last year, so he tried not to change too much. But he still plans to put his "2015 stamp" on the team.
"From this point forward, it's about Sept. 4," Warner said. "None of those (negative) things at this point in time are things we're going to talk about or focus on. It's almost like an 'it didn't exist' type of attitude. If I had been a head coach during that time, the approach would be different. But I see this as an opportunity to say it's a fresh start."
Quarterback >> Czap took over under center halfway through last season and is the top name on the depth chart heading into this season.
Running backs >> Leading rusher Hunter Ringrose is gone, but Warner feels he has talent to fill that vacancy. It will likely be multiple players sharing time to fill that role.
Receivers >> The Colonials lose Daulton Snyder and Keegan Romanoff, who combined for 1,731 all-purpose yards last year.
Offensive line >> Max Lippy and Jake Rabine are gone from the middle of the line, but Brock Hartman is still around to protect the quarterback from the tackle position.
Defensive line >> Hartman, who will anchor this line, made 40 tackles last year.
Linebackers >> The Colonials lose Ringrose, last year's leading tackler, but third-leading tackler Elijah Myers is back.
Secondary >> New Oxford will miss Snyder, who made 48 tackles and three interceptions, but still have Brown, who made three interceptions of his own.
Brown will likely handle much of the returning load now that Romanoff and Snyder are gone.
Save the date >> New Oxford starts Division I play with a home game against South Western on Sept. 25. The Colonials came up just short in a 34-27 loss last year, their most competitive game of the season.
Bottom line >> Warner comes into a tough situation, but his positive, one-game-at-a-time mentality has already been ingrained in this team. One way to look at it is that things can only get better for the Colonials. That first win, if it comes, will be exciting.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
W // @ Bermudian Springs // 24-21
L// Gettysburg // 14-21
L // Biglerville // 13-27
L // South Western // 6-21
L // @ Spring Grove // 7-37
L // @ Central York // 19-38
*L // Red Lion // 21-61
L // @ Dallastown // 13-43
W // William Penn // 26-14
L // @ Northeastern // 7-45
Result // Opponent // Score
L // Bermudian Springs // 7-34
L // Gettysburg // 6-42
L // Biglerville // 15-21
L // South Western // 27-34
L // Spring Grove // 0-35
L // Central York // 22-41
L // Red Lion // 7-21
L // Dallastown // 7-34
L // William Penn // 7-43
L // Northeastern // 13-28