Coach: Jeremy Jones (first season) // YAIAA Division II // District 3 // Class AAA
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Jeremy Jones' return to West York as its head coach comes with a considerable task. Gone is a quarterback who passed for 1,681 yards and rushed for another 1,474.
Good thing Jones' specialty is offense.
The former Bulldogs coordinator, back after two years leading York Suburban, will lean on a strong line and tested backfield. Defensively, the defending YAIAA Division II champs lost most of their starters from a 10-2 team.
Of course, Jones takes over for Ron Miller, who resigned in November after nine seasons, an 86-25 record and a district title.
"When Ron stepped down, I got a lot of phone calls saying, 'You are the guy,'" Jones said in February after his hire. "What he is, his persona, I can't be that guy. I am going to be myself. I am going to work hard, try to help the kids as much as possible. Very few people, could do what he did. His personality is bigger than a lot of people."
Quarterback >> Ross Campbell's backup ultimately became Tyler Folk after Cash Gladfelter moved to a receiver role. The move should help Folk, who enters as the starter and a senior.
Running backs >> Junior Cadence Thomas rushed for 750 yards, a 7.3 average per carry, and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in the leading tailback spot. Senior Ryan Narber also should see carries. He averaged 8.6 yards on 17 attempts last season.
Receivers >> Diego Torres was Campbell's favorite target (40 catches, 831 yards, eight TDs), but Folk has a talented senior in 6-foot-2 Terry Cains (14 catches, 252 yards, one TD). Jones expects 6-2 freshman Andrew Lamanna to receive an early opportunity.
Offensive line >> A definite strength, the Bulldogs have size to plow open paths. Tackles Logan Loucks (6-0, 275, sr.), Austin Spangler (5-10, 260, jr.), Alex Ramos (6-1, 210, sr.) and guards Noah Sowers (6-1, 235, sr.) and Walton Shull (6-2, 260, sr.) are in the mix.
Defensive line >> Loucks and Mason Bercik are likely to command duties on the interior. They lose sack leader Nick Kniery, who had seven last year as a senior.
Linebackers >> Narber (5-9, 165, sr.) finished second on the team with 67 tackles. Folk will get some reps despite his promotion at quarterback, Jones said. Sophomores Anthony Kahle and Nick Spadafora should see increased roles.
Secondary >> A few players will see time at safety and linebacker areas, including Cains at West York's "whip" spot and junior Mike Messersmith. Free safety could be freshman Justin Wetzel (5-9, 158), while the corner spots are up for grabs.
Junior Evan Keim and senior Darian McCauley are back for kicking duties. The return game should see Cains and sophomore speedster Jamal Anderson.
Save the date >> Sept. 25 at Eastern York opens the league schedule for West York after three straight games against bigger Class AAAA opponents Central York, Dallastown and Red Lion.
Bottom line >> The heavy start to the season does the Bulldogs no favors but also can provide a telling glimpse into what can be in store for the rest of the season. Offensively, West York should be able to control games with its running game.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
L // Central York // 28-31
L// @ Dallastown // 0-10
L // Red Lion // 14-35
W // @ Eastern York // 42-21
W // Kennard-Dale // 42-19
L // @ Delaware Valley Charter // 29-37
*L // York Suburban // 22-23
W // @ Susquehannock // 34-31
W // @ Dover // 39-14
W // Gettysburg // 52-14
+ game played at York Suburban
Result // Opponent // Score
W // Central York // 41-20
L // Dallastown // 20-21
W // Red Lion // 44-27
W // Eastern York // 49-21
W // Kennard-Dale // 55-0
W // Pius-X // 42-18
W // York Suburban // 58-7
W // Susquehannock // 55-0
W // Dover // 51-0
W // Gettysburg // 49-26
District 3 Class AAA
- First round // W // Donegal // 35-14
- Quarterfinals // L // Cocalico // 18-28