Coach: Corey Zortman (first season) // YAIAA Division III // District 3 // Class A
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Fresh off a district playoff appearance, the Squires enter the 2015 campaign with a new head coach and a team that might take a few weeks for fans to get used to. The wing-T system and classic gold helmets will remain the same under first-year head coach and Delone alum Corey Zortman, but gone are starters Jake Wiles, Justin Gobrecht, Jake Kadis, Michael Rider, Tyler Loucks and Alex Little, among others. Replacing so many starters from a team that finished fourth in the league in total offense and seventh in defense will be a tall task for Zortman and his six seniors.
But there's a sense of optimism surrounding Zortman and his Squires. The rookie head coach takes over a program already loaded with talent.
"The advantage for me is that a lot of new coaches have to come in and build from scratch," he said. "But we can hit the ground running."
While Zortman won't abandon the traditional wing-T system, he'll give his quarterback more of an opportunity to air it out.
"We're going to do whatever it takes to win," Zortman said. "If that's throwing the ball 25 times, then that's what we're going to do. We're going to take chances."
Quarterback >> Junior standout Brian Shermeyer will take full control of the offense after splitting time last season with Wiles, who was battling an ACL injury. In limited time, Shermeyer still threw for 810 yards and seven touchdowns.
Running backs >> The Squires were the fifth-best running team last season but lose Little and Kadis, who were both among the league's top 10 tailbacks. Tavian Dorsey and Sean Sneeringer will take over. The speedy Dorsey averaged 7.4 yards per carry in 2014.
Receivers >> Brandon Zumbrum and Larry Lefler return after combining for 24 catches, 333 yards and two touchdowns. Zumbrum led the team in catches (16) last year as a sophomore.
Offensive line >> Zortman said he likes his young group in the trenches. Dorsey and Sneeringer should have room to run behind returning starters Chase Kint and Bryce Perkins.
Danny Coleman, Wade Neiderer and Damian Rodriguez should round out the line.
Defensive line >> Zortman's biggest challenge could come on the defensive line where the Squires lost Gobrecht and Rider, who combined for 12 sacks.
Linebackers >> This is another unit that will see some change. Kint moves from inside linebacker to defensive end.
Secondary >> Lefler, Shermeyer, Dorsey and Zumbrum return as the core of the secondary. Zortman expects this unit to be a strength on the defensive side.
Dorsey will handle return duties, and a few soccer players will vie for the kicker position formerly held by Jay Strickland.
Save the date >> Sept. 18 vs. Union City (Tenn.) It's not often that an Adams County team gets to face a two-time Tennessee state champ, but that opportunity presents itself in Week 3.
Kint and Dorsey both pointed at this matchup as the one most anticipated by the Squires.
Bottom Line >> This is a young, exciting team to watch. Look out for the Squires to turn some heads in 2015.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
L // Trinity // 28-42
W // @ Columbia // 39-16
L // Union City (TN) // 0-56
L // @ York Catholic // 24-29
W // Littlestown // 26-7
L // @ Biglerville // 6-21
*L// Bermudian Springs // 17-20
W // @ Fairfield // 51-28
W // York County Tech // 49-28
L // @ Hanover // 20-45
Result // Opponent // Score
L // Trinity // 30-37
W // Columbia // 48-7
L // St. Paul's // 18-41
L // York Catholic // 27-29
W // Littlestown // 30-19
W // Biglerville // 18-6
L // Bermudian Springs // 0-38
W // Fairfield // 17-14
W // York County Tech // 36-8
W // Hanover // 42-18
District 3 Class A
- Semifinals // L // Camp Hill // 0-17