The L-L guys are back to break down the interesting landscape in Section Three as the 2016 high school football season approaches. Video by John Buffone


Team: Lancaster Catholic

Classification: 3A

Head Coach: Bruce Harbach (127-47)


It is the phrase that has been reiterated about Lancaster Catholic’ program the past two years, and the concept that has kept them from making the postseason in the same time frame

Last season, hopes for high for the Crusaders, as they had a nucleus intact to make a playoff run after a 4-6 season in 2014.

However, Lancaster Catholic began the year with a two-game losing streak and never quite got on track. The Crusaders did manage some impressive victories, but they ended the season with a three-game losing streak for an overall 3-7 mark.

This fall, the Crusaders once again will look for a consistent path and senior quarterback Bryan Downey will need to build on his impressive junior years. Downey threw for over 1,200 yards and broke the 1,000-yard barrier on the ground, while running for 10 touchdowns and throwing for six.

This year has also bumped the Crusaders to Section Three, providing them with a new landscape of opponents.

Junior Quincy Clark also is back after rushing for more than 300 yards and catching 14 passes. Seniors Jordan Scott (team-high 20 receptions) and Ron Poillon (18 receptions) also will be integral in the Crusaders’ quest to gain consistency and respectability.

2016 schedule
Sept. 2 —  Camp Hill at Lancaster Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 —  Waynesboro at Lancaster Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 —  Trinity at Lancaster Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 —  Lancaster Catholic at Berks Catholic, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 —  Lancaster Catholic at Annville-Cleona, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 —  ELCO at Lancaster Catholic, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 —  Pequea Valley at Lancaster Catholic, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 —  Lancaster Catholic at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 —  Lancaster Catholic at Donegal, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 —  Lancaster Catholic at Northern Lebanon, 7 p.m.

2015 results
L // Dallastown // 14-26
L // Governor Mifflin // 12-35
W // @ Littlestown // 28-13
W // @ Garden Spot // 25-13
L // @ Solanco // 6-48
L // Manheim Central // 13-20
W // Lebanon // 41-27
L // @ Lampeter-Strasburg // 14-34
L // @ Elizabethtown // 10-16
L // Cocalico // 7-35

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Printable football schedules

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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