Coach: Matt Heiser (17-15 in three seasons) // YAIAA Division II // District 3 // Class AAA
Ryan Dixon / For GameTimePA.com
After an eight-win season and an appearance in the District 3 tournament, Gettysburg has taken to an old saying as they prepare for the 2015 season.
"Tradition doesn't graduate," Warriors head coach Matt Heiser said. "We are trying to build that tradition."
Gettysburg anticipates having 60-65 players on the roster, an improvement of about 10 players from the past few seasons.
"I attribute that to Coach Heiser," Elijah Jackson said. "He makes you want to play for him. He's a motivator."
Even though the Warriors graduated some of their most prolific playmakers from last season, the goals in Gettysburg haven't changed.
"Winning division titles are always exciting, but getting into postseason play and getting that extra game on the season means a lot," Heiser said.
Quarterback >> Senior Tyler Wilt, senior Chase Deckert and junior Josh Clapsaddle will compete to take control of the Warriors offense from Jake Myers. Gettysburg scored 437 points last season. "Even though we lost a lot of people from last season, we have a lot of speed and versatility coming back," Wilt said.
Running backs >> Seniors Elijah Jackson, Marquise Camel, juniors Oakley Marsh, Wesley Gayles, David Johnson and sophomores Bryce Newman, Brady Fouchie will all spearhead the Warriors rushing attack. Last season, Gettysburg ran for 2,316 yards and was led by Lane Sherman's 715 yards.
Receivers >> Seniors Devin Ringler, Zane Coldsmith, Tyler Kiser and junior Ravaughn Dillard will be looked at to create plays on the perimeter. Gettysburg has to replace the production of Kobe Wansel, who led the Warriors the past two season in catches and yards.
Offensive line >> Senior leaders Tyler Caskey and John McKenna will anchor the line. Gettysburg returns five starters on offense.
Defensive line >> This unit will be senior laden with Dalton O'Shea, Chet Brockett, Nick Meighan, Caskey and McKenna all back.
Linebackers >> Johnson, Khalil Hill, McKenzie Beecher-McClary, Corbin Garcia will led the attack here. The defense allowed just 211 points last season. "The kids played with a lot of heart," Heiser said of last year's unit.
Secondary >> "We're moving some people, so it will be a situation where we are concentrating on getting better," Heiser said. The unit has to replace Sherman and Tyler Lampe's production from a year ago.
The team will have to replace Michael Heeschen, the team's kicker from last season and Sherman, who was the team's returner.
Save the date >> Week 8 vs. Conrad Weiser. Last year, the Warriors beat the Scouts, 24-21, on a 20-yard field goal by Heeschen with 13 seconds to play. The date with the Scouts also will offer the Warriors some momentum to finish out the regular season with games against divisional foes York Suburban and West York.
Bottom line >> The Warriors put up a ton of points last season, scoring in the 40s three times, the 50s, 60s and even the 80s one time each. They also had a great defensive showing. Replicating those fantastic numbers will test the Warriors' depth after the graduation of a talented senior class.
Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score
L // South Western // 13-38
W// @ New Oxford //21-14
L // Waynesboro // 0-33
L // Dover // 14-25
L // @ Susquehannock // 7-21
L // @ Eastern York // 3-33
*L // Kennard-Dale // 14-21 (OT)
L // @ Conrad Weiser // 0-47
L // York Suburban // 14-45
L // @ West York // 14-52
Result // Opponent // Score
W // South Western // 44-41
W // New Oxford // 42-6
W // Waynesboro // 48-6
L // Dover // 16-22
W // Susquehannock // 63-6
W // Eastern York // 24-7
W // Kennard-Dale // 85-12
W // Conrad Weiser // 24-21
W // York Suburban // 51-14
L // West York // 26-49
District 3 Class AAA
- First round // L // Milton Hershey // 14-27