Friday, August 12, 2011

Media Day Kicks Off Football Frenzy

The L-L holds Media Day as teams prepare for the preseason.

From Section one to three, all the L-L League was fully represented for Media Day in Manheim. Coaches and players answered questions about the upcoming season, giving many a chance to get a inside the lines peek at what the 2011 season will bring.

Below you will find a breakdown of each team with the respective coach's interview attached.

Cocalico (4-3 Section 2, 8-6 Overall)

-The Eagles sneaked into the playoffs last year, but had a great showing. Cocalico headed all the way to the district championship game. In the end though the Eagles lost to Bishop McDevitt 29-14.
-Key Returners: Spencer Moser, Brock Gosling, Kyle Felpel, Andrew Landis, Tyler Buckwalter.
-Key Losses: Austin Hartman*, Jordan Martin, Roman High, Kevin Antol, Ben Brugger.

*Broke three Cocalico records, and rushed for 1,947 yards last year despite not playing for two and a half games.

Ephrata (0-7 Section 1, 2-8 Overall)

-The Mounts struggled in their first season in Section One, dropping their last seven games.
-Ephrata posted back-to-back wins against rivals Cocalico (21-20) and Conestoga Valley (7-3).
-Key Returners: Jeremy Franck, Tucker Keefer, Tim Murray, Derek Burkholder, Alex Pstrak, Danny Matos, Derek Horst.
-Key Losses: Zach Sandoe, Gavin Hession, Stephen Hendrickson, Derrike Kulp.

Manheim Central (5-2 Section 2, 7-3 Overall)

-The Barons are still coping with the loss of four of their own after a tragic car accident in January.
-Lost to L-S in the district quarterfinals, ending their playoff campaign in a 25-20 defeat.
-Key Returners: Caleb Walton, Josh Good, Andrew Kauffman.
-Key Losses: Chase Moyer, Derek Hart, Brandon Artman, Michael Smith, Blake Kreider, Rob LaPorte, Peter Ireland, Tyler Griffith.

Warwick (4-3 Section 1, 6-4 Overall)

-The Warriors qualified for the Class AAAA playoffs, falling short against Central Dauphin in the first round 42-7.
-Key Returners: Tyler Farnan, Zach Hurst, Tom Devenney.
-Key Losses: Deron Thompson*, Bryan McCall, Matt Rissinger, DJ Johnson, Kurtis Zimmerman, John Devenney, Tony Venti.

*Rushed for 2,135 yards.

Conestoga Valley (5-2 Section 2, 5-6 Overall)

-The Buckskins lost in the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs in the first round 28-14 to Dallastown.
-Key Returners: Anthony Brown, Travis Good, Tyler Petri.
-Key Losses: Alex Dienner, Travis Switzer, Cole Dillman, Derek Burkholder, Diarie Brison.

Garden Spot (3-4 Section 2, 4-6 Overall)

-The Spartans were in contention for a playoff spot until back-to-back losses to end the season.
-Key Returners: John Armburst, Dakota Leid, Connor Schlegel, Vinny Borja, Ben Swarr.
-Key Losses: Anthony Huber, Vincent Heffner.

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