Coach: Steve Wiles (first season) // YAIAA Division II // District 3 // Class AAA
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Before mentioning wins, the first number that needs to be improved at Susquehannock in 2015 is 602, which was the number of rushing yards the Warriors had last season.
With first-year coach Steve Wiles bringing his preferred wing-T from Delone Catholic, that number figures to jump -- significantly.
Wiles had 68 victories in nine seasons at Delone and has tasked himself with rebuilding a Susquehannock program that has won six games in the last six years.
"I know they've been good in the past, and I felt it was something that could be turned around," he said. "It's a new challenge, I was looking forward to something new."
Quarterback >> Josh Stoneberg's passing accounted for more than 60 percent of the offensive yardage the Warriors accumulated last season. The senior returns to run the new offense and could benefit from the versatility.
Running backs >> If seniors Myles Moultrie and Dorian Faster are smiling, it's understandable. Those two, and others, will get the football in the coming months.
"Pretty much at any level, you've got to run the football," Wiles said. "First of all, it keeps the ball out of the opposition's hands and takes some pressure off your defense. I think this system does that."
Receivers >> Speedy senior Nick Tannura, who led the team with 36 catches for 454 yards, will likely be a favorite target of Stoneberg again this season. Faster was second with 21 grabs.
Offensive line >> Senior tackles Nick Chamberlain and RJ Myers return, as does junior Alex Wiencek. Wiles said: "This system fits our line very well. We are not huge by today's standards, but the kids we have are very mobile, run well, and have good strength."
Defensive line >> The Warriors gave up 421 points in posting a 1-9 record. There is no questioning Wiles' emphasis on this side of the ball, where he has eight starters returning, including up front where Myers (29 tackles, 2 sacks) and Chamberlain (11) combined to make 40 tackles a season ago.
Linebackers >> Quick to the ball, Wiencek made 55 tackles in 2014, and senior Kevin Clapp added 29 with a forced fumble. They'll be counted on again to help the unit improve.
Secondary >> Tannura and Faster had three interceptions each last season and, along with Moultrie, will be expected to shoulder a heavy load this year, including making reads, and calling signals.
Adam Hedgeland had two field goals, including a 37-yarder, in 2014. Susquehannock is hoping to provide more opportunities for the junior this season, although soccer player Anthony Juarez will compete for the job as well.
Save the date >> The Warriors host Gettysburg in their Division II opener on Oct. 2. A victory here could contribute a great deal to the rebuilding process.
Bottom line >> "Build on little successes. There's always question marks, here we go again, here's another coach, another system. I think if we have some success early, that confidence will build," Wiles said.
If the transition is smooth, perhaps fortunes will turn around for this once-powerful program that won three straight Division titles from 2004-2006.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
L // Northern York // 14-38
W// @ York Catholic // 24-14
L // @ Northeastern // 21-30
L // @ Exeter Township // 0-35
W // Gettysburg // 21-7
L // @ York Suburban // 14-47
W // @ Eastern York // 42-20
*L // West York // 31-34
W // @ Kennard-Dale // 35-17
W // Dover // 44-13
Result // Opponent // Score
L // Northern York // 28-48
L // York Catholic // 0-36
L // Northeastern // 10-31
L // Exeter Township // 0-49
L // Gettysburg // 6-36
L // York Suburban // 7-37
L // Eastern York // 0-48
L // West York // 0-55
W // Kennard-Dale // 10-9
L // Dover // 16-45