Coach: Bill Reichart (2-8 in one season) // YAIAA Division III // District 3 // Class AA
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Other than a rare five-win season in 2010, it has been a rough five-year stretch for the Nighthawks, who have won a combined four games in the last four years.
Second-year head coach Bill Reichart has talked about a new era in Hanover football history, but the coaching staff will face another hurdle in their rebuilding project this season when they are forced to replace one of the best Nighthawks in recent memory.
Dylan Krieger, a 6-foot-7 receiver, was the go-to guy for Hanover, accounting for 78 catches, 1,279 yards and seven touchdowns. With Krieger in the lineup, Hanover still managed just two wins. So, who steps up this season?
"I don't think it's going to be just one person," Hanover quarterback Kyle Krout said. "There's no one who can do what Dylan did. When you thought of Hanover football, you thought of Dylan. There will be more bits and pieces this year."
Quarterback >> Krout, the league's leader in passing yards (1,886), returns under center. Krout led the league's top passing attack last year but will have to build chemistry with a new top receiver.
Running backs >> Jordan Laughman will return as a starter after having his 2014 campaign cut short because of an injury.
The senior was explosive when healthy, rushing for 247 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games.
Reichart said he and the coaching staff would love to get back to a run-first mentality.
Receivers >> No more Krieger, but Hanover gets its second, third and fourth-leading receivers back this season, including Colten Ehrhart, who returns from an arm injury. Keep an eye on ReSean Williams to fill the other outside spot and Nick Seymour to fill the slot.
"We have a good corp of receivers," Krout said. "There won't be anyone with 1,800 yards like Krieger, but we'll have some kids step up.
Offensive line >> Bailey Kenworthy and Tavin Zinn return as starters. The line could be run-blocking more often this year with the team looking to run the ball more often, according to assistant head coach Zac Carrick.
Defensive line >> Under a new defensive coordinator, seniors Nate Klunk and Aaron Bowman will supply leadership in the trenches.
Linebackers >> Coaches are high on sophomore Justin Barnes after a standout season at the junior varsity level.
Secondary >> This unit will be Hanover's biggest shakeup. Seymour is the only returning starter, but coaches are hoping to plug in Williams, Laughman and Austin Snider, who transferred from South Western.
Sophomore Everett Kenworthy will come over from the soccer team to handle kicking duties. Seymour and Williams will handle kick return duties.
Save the date >> Oct. 2 vs. York Catholic. Last season, the Nighthawks put up a good fight against the Irish, who went on to be a District 3 runner-up, as Laughman ran for 157 yards and a touchdown.
Bottom line >> With Laughman and Ehrhart returning from injury, the Nighthawks have a chance to recover from the loss of Krieger, and improve on their two wins, but the defense will have to be much better.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
W // @ James Buchanan // 33-0
W // @ Kennard-Dale // 41-14
W // Eastern York // 13-6
W // @ Bermudian Springs // 22-14
W // York Catholic // 20-13
W // Fairfield // 53-14
W // @ Littlestown // 36-14
*W // York County Tech // 53-16
L // @ Biglerville // 21-42
W // Delone Catholic // 45-20
District 3 Class AA
- First Round// L // Biglerville //7-30
Result // Opponent // Score
L // James Buchanan // 19-33
W // Kennard-Dale // 35-7
L // Eastern York // 0-58
L // Bermudian Springs // 14-50
L // York Catholic // 19-35
L // Fairfield // 14-18
L // Littlestown // 20-49
W // York County Tech // 22-14
L // Biglerville // 6-28
L // Delone Catholic // 18-42