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The L-L guys break down the “big boys” in Section One heading into the 2016 football season. Video by John Buffone

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Team: Manheim Township

Classification: 6A

Head Coach: Mark Evans (30-17)

Last year’s fulcrum in a topsy-turvy Section One, the Blue Streaks have shown a knack for balance and big plays in all three phases of the game. One can expect more of the same from this year’s squad, albeit with different pieces in different places.

After the graduation of All-State QB Erik Benjamin, the Streaks lucked out when former Fleetwood standout QB Luke Emge transferred to Township. As a sophomore, Emge passed for 2,032 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015 while adding over 800 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns.

Halfback Matt Van Gordon and wideout Kade Kubicki, each of whom tallied nine touchdowns a year ago will also provide support.

Despite the usual holes to fill on the line and in the defensive backfield, Evans’ trademark emphasis on attitude, toughness and tenacity will likely shift the balance Township’s way once again.

2016 schedule
Sept. 1 —  Manheim Township at Central Dauphin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 —  South Western at Manheim Township, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 —  Manheim Township at Governor Mifflin, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 —  Hempfield at Manheim Township, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 —  Manheim Township at Conestoga Valley, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 —  McCaskey at Manheim Township, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 —  Warwick at Manheim Township, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 —  Manheim Township at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 —  Lebanon at Manheim Township, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 —  Manheim Township at Penn Manor, 7 p.m.

2015 results
L // @ Central Dauphin // 12-35
W // @ Red Lion // 22-15
W // Governor Mifflin // 42-28
W // Conestoga Valley // 62-7
W // @ Warwick // 41-17
W // Cedar Crest // 21-12
W // Penn Manor // 44-0
L // Wilson // 13-48
W // @ J.P. McCaskey // 62-6
W // @ Hempfield // 28-14
District 3 Class AAAA
First Round // W //Governor Mifflin //33-19
Quarterfinals // L // Hempfield // 31-28

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Team previews
L-L Section One: Conestoga Valley | Hempfield | Lebanon | Manheim Township | Penn Manor | McCaskey | Warwick | Wilson

L-L Section Two: Cedar Crest | Cocalico | Elizabethtown | Ephrata | Garden Spot | Lampeter-Strasburg | Manheim Central | Solanco |

L-L Section Three: Annville-Cleona | Columbia | Donegal | ELCO | Lancaster Catholic | Northern Lebanon | Pequea Valley |

Other local previews: Palmyra | Mid Penn preview capsules

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