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Haynes helps Suburban offense renew the run

If you ask York Suburban football coach Andy Loucks to describe his offense in one word, there’s a good chance you’ll hear "consistency" — especially if Jadon Haynes is mentioned.

Throughout the Trojans’ 2016 campaign, Haynes has been an integral part of the team’s success. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Haynes might not be the biggest player on the field, but he's very elusive, brings a tough mentality and never shies away from contact. And that's helped the Trojans start the season 4-2, 2-0 in YAIAA Division II.

“Jadon gives everything he has in every run,” Suburban offensive coordinator Brian Marshall said.

Suburban lost several key playmakers from last year’s squad, including quarterback Thomas Merkle, who set the York County passing record. This year's Trojan offense has relied more on the rushing attack, though Loucks said he still wants to keep defenses honest.

“When it comes down to it, we want to be able to mix our run and pass plays,” Loucks said. “We’ll win football games if we control the clock and stay away from turnovers.”

And whatever the game plan on offense, Haynes has fit the bill.

Just Friday night, the senior running back broke a 59-yard touchdown run. And on the final possession of the game, he picked up six yards despite facing a stacked defensive box to clinch a 28-24 victory against Susquehannock.

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“We kept just kept pounding the ball,” Haynes said. “I got a lot of support from my blockers. They really stepped up. (Credit) goes to them.”

Haynes did not play in the Trojans' loss to Northeastern, but he has scored a rushing touchdown in every other game. He is averaging 7.4 yards per carry and has combined for 346 yards the past three Friday nights.

That’s not all though.

Strides have been made in the passing game, as well. To no surprise, Haynes is a big target for fellow senior Ben Igo. Haynes has amassed 208 yards on 10 receptions.

“Our success gives us the (upper hand) because teams are now in a bind trying to figure out what we will be doing on offense,” Marshall said.