Dover's Jake McLean helped the Eagles thrive in 2013 thanks to their use of multiple backs out of the Wing-T offense. (File --

By Matt Goul

Eric Lam puts Dover’s 2013 YAIAA Division II title and district playoff appearance into perspective.

“I always joke with the guys,” he said. “What you did for your wife or girlfriend last year means nothing.”

This year the Eagles still have plenty of experience to build on from last year’s 9-3 season, dominated by a power running game and defense. Expect more of the same.


Quarterback >> Running back-turned-QB Logan Ambrose has graduated. Gone with him are his rollouts that could turn into first-down runs. However, Ambrose’s style led backup Tyler Blazosky (6-foot-1, 172 pounds) to plenty of repetitions at the position.

“You have to have people ready to go,” Lam said. “We made a concerted effort to get him in the game, but obviously the way Logan played we needed to give him a break. It was advantageous to give him a break.”

Lam said he could see a similar situation play out with Blazosky, now a junior, and senior Kenyon Hoopes (5-9, 150).

Running back >> The three-headed monster is back. Dover rushed for 3,847 yards last fall, paced by fullback Isaiah Green (1,190 yards), Durran Ledbetter (809) and Jake McLean (700). Green (5-11, 200 pounds) and McLean (5-8, 160) are seniors, while Ledbetter (5-8, 165) is a junior. Junior John Sterner (5-7, 150) also should see more time after he stepped in for Ledbetter during last year’s district opener vs. Milton Hershey.

Receivers >> Senior Malik Allen (6-2, 210) caught just five passes as a junior last year, but two went for touchdowns, and he averaged 24 yards per catch. A superb blocker, he is joined by junior Derek Breneman (6-1, 180), who started at receiver and can also play tight end.

Offensive line >> Three starters return to this unit, led by All-YAIAA senior tackle Levi Murphy (6-1, 275). Senior Tyler Jacobson (6-1, 215) and junior Matt Farr (6-2, 220) are also back. Senior Neil Querry (6-0, 220) also split time and should see an increased role.


Defensive line >> The interior lost talent to graduation in Brian Lehman and Trey Flythe. On the edge, senior Shawn Orchard (6-1, 180) returns after earning more time on the field as last year progressed.

“There are some kids who got some time,” Lam said. “It’s just now is their opportunity. We’ll see if they can do it.”

Linebackers >> While Cameron Beckman has graduated, the Eagles possess two forces in Allen on the edge and Green, who led the team in tackles (93), on the inside. Ledbetter and Breneman also could earn considerable roles here.

Regarding Allen, Lam said: “We’ve got to put him in a position to make plays, whether it’s outside linebacker or defensive end.”

Lam added that Green is just as important to the Eagles’ linebacking corps as he is to the running game.

Secondary >> Lam echoed that sentiment regarding McLean’s role in the secondary, where he’s joined by Sterner.

Special teams

The Eagles graduated kicker Brendan Warren but return Jacobson at punter. Junior Josh Bradley, a soccer player, likely will take over for Warren. Potential kick returners could be picked from the offensive backfield.

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Save the date >> Dover officially welcomes Gettysburg to the YAIAA in Week 4 for their Division II opener.

Bottom line >> The Eagles had more rushing touchdowns (44) than completed passes (36) last year. Until teams can stop the run, expect that trend to continue.

Number Name Position Grade
2Dylan BartonRB, CBJr.
3John SternerRB, CB, FSJr.
5Kenyon HoopesQB, OLB, WRSr.
7Durran LedbetterRB, MLBJr.
9Braxton KearseRB, CBFr.
10Kire WatkinsWR, CB, FSJr.
11Jeff KolegrafWR, CBSr.
12Tyler BlazoskyQB, FSJr.
14Tyrel JonesRB, CB, FSSr.
15William ZutellQB, CB, FSFr.
22Caden SnyderWR, CB, FSJr.
23Jake McLeanRB, CBSr.
25William TomesRB, OLBFr.
26Brody DiehlWR, CB, FSSr.
27Jacob HimesRB, OLBFr.
29Dorian MorrisRB, CBFr.
30Treven CruzWR, CBSo.
31Dylan BrayWR, OLBFr.
32Robert MazeKJr.
34Marcus HowellRB, CBFr.
35Isaiah GreenRB, LBSr.
40Shane OrchardWR, OLBSr.
41Joey ZutellRB, OLBJr.
43Austin McMillionOT, DLSo.
44Shawn OrchardDE, WRSr.
45Chase HeathRB, LBFr.
48Caleb YoungTE, DESo.
50Matt FarrOL, DLJr.
51Ben LeibOL, DLSo.
53Austin ShafferOL, DLSr.
55Zack LangOL, DLJr.
56Jayson DardenOL, DLFr.
57Cody WagamanOL, DLFr.
58Austin HuntOL, DLFr.
60Nathan FarrOL, DLFr.
61Nicholas SchulzOL, DLJr.
62Macrae MurrayOL, DLJr.
63Dustin BennettOL, LBFr.
65Lathan BunkerOL, LBSo.
66Tyler JacobsonOL, DLSr.
67Ty DetterOL, DLSr.
68Neil QuerryOL, DLSr.
70Max FetrowOL, DLFr.
71Shad MurphyOL, DLFr.
72Andrew ShafferOL, LBSo.
73Levi MurphyOL, DLSr.
76Zach KreigerOL, DLFr.
78Shane HeiderFr.
80Clay CameronSo.
81Malik AllenOLB, TESr.
82Kyle McCaulskyTE, DLSr.
83Kristian WhetzelTE, LBFr.
84Derek BrenemanTE, LBJr.
85Andrew HoffmanWR, CBFr.
86Tanner OliverQB, DBSo.
89Josh BradleyKJr.
Date Opponent Time
8/29 @ Shippensburg 7 p.m.
9/5 @ Big Spring 7 p.m.
9/12 Red Land 7 p.m.
9/19 Gettysburg 7 p.m.
9/26 @ Eastern York 7 p.m.
10/3 Kennard-Dale 7 p.m.
10/10 @ Reading 7 p.m.
10/17 York Suburban 7 p.m.
10/24 @ West York 7 p.m.
10/31 Susquehannock 7 p.m.

Select any year to see the results

Select any year to see the results.


W/L Team Score
WRed Land23-14
LCentral York 27-41
WWest York 44-13
WNew Oxford45-17
District 3 Class AAA First round
WMilton Hershey34-6
District 3 Class AAA Quarterfinal
LConrad Weiser0-23


W/L Team Score
LRed Land14-34
LCentral York 6-28
LWest York 13-54
LNew Oxford15-22


W/L Team Score
WGarden Spot27-12
WRed Land 26-14
WSpring Grove37-7
WWilliam Penn51-26
WKennard-Dale 41-12
WWest York 30-27
WNew Oxford20-15
District 3 Class AAA first round
LSusquehanna Twp. 40-45


W/L Team Score
WGarden Spot41-17
WRed Land28-0
LSpring Grove14-46
LWilliam Penn42-45
LWest York 7-35
WNew Oxford32-19
District 3 Class AAA first round
LManheim Central14-64 


W/L Team Score
LBermudian Springs27-34
LDelone Catholic 0-40
LSouth Western38-61
LWilliam Penn0-27
LRed Lion13-55
LCentral York 6-49
LNew Oxford7-28
LSpring Grove19-48

2013 Stats


Pts for Pts Against Turnover Ratio
391 178 6


Rush Yards TD
539 3847 44


Completions Attempts Yards TD
36 77 544 6

Class AAA
Eric Lam (9 - 3)

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