Coach: Patrick Weider (1-9 in one season) // YAIAA Division II // District 3 // Class AAA
Ryan Dixon / For GameTimePA.com
After one season at the helm of Kennard-Dale's football program, head coach Patrick Weider knows he made some mistakes.
In Year 2, Weider and the Rams are out to change not only the losses into wins, but the program as a whole.
"There were a lot of mistakes I made as a head coach (last season)," Weider said. "I thought about it in November and December, and I realized we needed to change a lot of things. It's about changing the culture of the football program. I thought we would change it in Year 1, and it wasn't changed. The senior class has completely bought in to what we are trying to say, and that wasn't there last year."
The Rams are trading in their pistol, spread offense, which generated just 97 points last season, for the wing-T.
"Offensively, it should give us an identity of what we want to establish," Weider said of the wing-T.
Defensively, the Rams switched to a 3-3-5 look after running a 4-4 hybrid last year.
"We want to be more aggressive on defense," Weider said.
Quarterback >> Danny Brewer and Dalton Stike will compete under center. Brewer, a senior, had 477 passing yards and four touchdowns last season. Stike, a sophomore, threw for 193 yards and a touchdown last year.
Running backs >> Going to the wing-T would seem to benefit fullback Chase Carlile, who ran for 143 yards last year. As a team, KD only rushed for 739 yards last season.
"It fits our school. It fits a lot of the personnel we have coming back," Weider said. "We will be a lot more successful running the football."
Austin Jenkins, Nick Workinger will play the wing position. Shawn Ellis also will see carries from the backfield.
Receivers >> Last year's leading wideout for the Rams and a coaches' first team all-star, Kyle Wooldridge is back along with Jenkins. Wooldridge caught 24 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
Offensive line >> Luke Gabrielle is back at guard, Tyler Spalt returns to center and Connor Stokes will anchor the line at tight end. Overall, KD returns eight offensive players.
Defensive line >> Quincy Noland will anchor the line. The senior had 22 tackles, with three sacks last season.
Linebackers >> Carlile had the team's second most tackles last season with 58. Stokes recorded 28 tackles last season. "In this defense, I don't get blocked as often," Carlile said.
Secondary >> This should be a strength for the Rams with Jenkins (45 tackles, two interceptions), Workinger (22 tackles) and Cameron Ohler (18 tackles) all back. That secondary is where half of the team's six returning defensive starters reside.
Wooldridge is back at punter and kickoff specialist, and Jenkins will handle extra-point kicks.
Save the date >> Week 7 at Gettysburg. The Rams lost, 85-12, to the Warriors last season and will be out for revenge. "We had them on our homecoming last year, and they embarrassed us," Wooldridge said.
Bottom line >> "We've established a culture of what Kennard-Dale football is in the offseason, and we did that by working hard in the weight room and with our offseason workouts," Weider said. "Our next step is to go on the field and win games. It doesn't matter what you do in January through August if you go 1-9. We need to win as many games as possible."
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
L // @ Waynesboro // 28-60
L// Hanover // 41-14
W // @ York County Tech // 34-20
L // York Suburban // 12-34
+L // @ West York // 19-42
*L // Dover // 20-41
W // @ Gettysburg // 21-14 (OT)
W // Eastern York // 18-14
L // Susquehannock // 17-35
L // @ Millersburg // 6-7
+ game played at York Suburban
Result // Opponent // Score
L // Waynesboro // 7-53
L // Hanover // 7-35
W // York County Tech // 30-12
L // York Suburban // 0-35
L // West York // 0-55
L // Dover // 14-34
L // Gettysburg // 12-85
L // Eastern York // 0-49
L // Susquehannock // 9-10
L // Millersburg // 18-49