By Zach Miller and Brandon Stoneburg
With 10 weeks left to the start of the high school football season, The Evening Sun’s Countdown to Kickoff continues with a look at the Littlestown Thunderbolts. Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller will highlight one team from the Hanover-Adams area every Friday leading up to the start of the season.
Last year: 3-7, sixth in Division III
Coach: Mike Lippy (13th season)
Key players lost: RB/LB Lucas Reynolds (637 rush yards, 461 receiving yards, 7 total TDs, 65 tackles), QB/DB Jarrett Brittain (291 pass yards, 103 rush yards, 2 TDs), RB/LB Zach Brown (667 rush yards, 7 TDs), WR/DB Dalton Brittain (291 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs), OL/LB Dustin Duvall (100 tackles, one sack), OL/DL Zach MacLeod (76 tackles).
Key players returning: QB/DB Cody Boyd (39-80, 588 passing yards, 5 TDs/9 INTs), RB/LB Wes Storey (450 all-purpose yards, 47.8-yard kickoff return average, 2 kickoff return TDs, 40 tackles), OL/DL Ryan Dickensheets.
Key stretch: Oct. 23-Nov. 6 (at Biglerville, vs. Bermudian Springs, at Fairfield)
The real challenge in Littlestown’s schedule doesn’t come until the final three weeks when they take on the top two teams in Division III back-to-back, followed by a road test against those feisty Fairfield Green Knights.
The Bolts lost to the Canners (who will only be better this season) and the Eagles by a combined score of 70-14 last season, then pulled off a close 25-20 win over Fairfield.
We might not know how good the Bolts are until this stretch. They could go 4-3 or 5-2 in the first seven weeks and there still wouldn’t be a signature win on that schedule.