1. Which team emerges from Division III?
This division is as muddled as we've ever seen it. The Hanover area's three recent powers -- Bermudian Springs, Delone Catholic and Littlestown -- all figure to be in the mix. But Biglerville returns the bulk of last season's team. York Suburban's offense should be electric. And York Catholic should improve in the second year of Eric Depew's tenure, led by the senior tandem of quarterback James Dougherty and running back Matt Lehr.
Oh, and don't forget Eastern York and running back Alex Cooley, who's chasing the league rushing record.
2. Does Delone Catholic's move down a classification make it the favorite for a District 3 Class A title?
The Squires have consistently been in the mix in the District 3 Class AA picture. They took home a district title in 2007 and fell to Lancaster Catholic in the 2009 championship game. But Delone has lost in the first round of district play each of the last two seasons to Wyomissing and Trinity, respectively.
Those teams won't be in the Squires' way this time. And while Delone graduated a solid group of seniors last year, it still returns one of the area's top quarterbacks in senior Brett Smith.
3. Can West York get back to Hershey?
The Bulldogs have twice gotten agonizingly close to a return trip to Hersheypark Stadium -- site of their 2008 District 3 Class AAA title victory against Manheim Central. First, West York dropped a crushing 10-7 decision at Susquehanna Township in the 2009 semifinal. Then, last November, the Bulldogs came up short during a 24-13 semifinal loss at Lampeter-Strasburg.
The good news: West York brings back 24 seniors this season, many of whom earned big-time minutes during last postseason.
4. Will Northeastern repeat last year's program-best campaign?
The Bobcats produced one of the better stories of last season, when they churned to the first winning record in program history, won a share of the YAIAA Division II title and qualified for the District 3 Class AAA playoffs. Improving on that 6-5 record won't be easy after the graduation of a senior class that served as the driving force behind the program's growth.
Still, Northeastern returns some key pieces (including receiver Zach Moyer) and some size along the line. And with the exception of West York, the rest of Division II's teams enter the season with big question marks.
5. Can another Class AAAA team from the area make a district playoff run?
Two years ago, Red Lion made a surprising run to the District 3 championship game. Last year, Central York nearly knocked off eventual state champion Central Dauphin in the district semifinals. The YAIAA's big schools might not have caught up to their more-established Mid-Penn and Lancaster-Lebanon League neighbors yet, but the gap is closing.
It's hard to say which team could make a splash this year. The division presents no clear-cut favorite, with three or four teams all harboring legitimate title hopes.
John Clayton is a prep sports reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Reach him at 771-2045 or email@example.com.