In the final part of our three-day series, we'll look at Division I in the YAIAA. It's a new look for the mostly-Class AAAA division, which expands from six to eight schools. That means the days of a five-game schedule, which takes up only half the season, is over.
In anticipation of the new Division I, which welcomes New Oxford and Northeastern from D-II, here's a look at two players to watch from each team:
CENTRAL YORKJunior linebacker/running back Elzir Stroman: One of the biggest plays last season was Stroman's punt block against Dallastown, a game that ultimately decided the YAIAA Division I title. Here it is, if you haven't seen it.
Junior quarterback Nik Strine: At times last season, Strine spelled starter Dylan Hose.
DALLASTOWNSenior tackle/defensive tackle Justin Tindull: The left tackle is one of many returning starters along the Wildcats' front line.
Senior safety/receiver Addison Quinones: An all-league defender, Quinones also pulled in key catches last season.
RED LIONSenior defensive lineman/guard Sam Lowe: The Lions' leader in sacks and tackles returns after an all-league junior season.
Senior running back/defensive tackle Kenny Holloway: A bull of a running back, Holloway enters his third year as a Red Lion starter. He earned all-league second-team honors as a defensive lineman.
SPRING GROVEJunior kicker Andrew Luckenbaugh: Already a two-time all-league kicker, here's some examples of that big boot.
Senior linebacker Zack Stauffer: The Rockets' middle linebacker is a returning all-league first-team selection.
WILLIAM PENNSenior quarterback/safety James Way: Along with York Catholic's Hakeem Kinard, Way passed and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each statistical category. He is the returning YAIAA Player of the Year in Division I.
Senior linebacker Lasmir Mitchell: The heart of William Penn's defense returns.
SOUTH WESTERNJunior quarterback/safety/kicker/punter Brock Geiman: With big-play ability on both sides of the ball, Geiman also excels in the kicking game.
Junior receiver/safety Noah Staub: After emerging as a sophomore, he could be the Mustangs' top target in 2014.
NEW OXFORDJunior tackle Brock Hartman: After a superb sophomore season, Hartman and the line could be New Oxford's No. 1 strength as it moves to Division I.
Senior fullback/linebacker Hunter Ringrose: The Colonials lost versatile leader Wesley Beans to graduation. Ringrose now is their most experienced ballcarrier.
NORTHEASTERNJunior quarterback/safety Marcus Josey: A dual threat QB, Josey and the Bobcats have nowhere to go but up after building with a young team.
Senior defensive end/center Peyton Wolgamuth: One of Northeastern's most experienced linemen, Wolgamuth should prove vital in the Bobcats' promotion to Division I.