LL Football Media Day

Manheim Central Barons from left, Garret Fittery, Sr., IL/TE, Jake Novak, Sr., WR/CB, Dalton Gainer, Sr., OT/DT.

From the first day of heat acclimatization practice until the last Lancaster-Lebanon League football team is standing later in the fall, we’ll deliver three fun L-L facts on a daily basis to keep you updated about what’s happening around the leagueMonday is the first day of fall practice across the board, including football — which got a head-start with last week's heat acclimatization sessions. Here are three notables heading into the first official day of camp ...

1. Iggy Reynoso had a whopper junior season last fall for Wilson, galloping for 1,662 yards and 24 TD’s for the Bulldogs, who went 12-2, won their ninth L-L Section One title in a row and the District Three Class 6A championship. He was a workhorse for Wilson, with 219 carries for 7.6 yards per pop. Reynoso also caught 13 passes — two for scores — out of the backfield. He’s a major weapon, and will be a marked man by opposing defenses in the coming months. “I can’t imagine teams won’t pack the box against us,” Wilson coach Doug Dahms said. “If they do, we’ll have to take advantage of it.” Coming off such an impact season, and with a chiseled 5-11, 212-pound frame, Reynoso is drawing college interest. He’ll head into camp on Monday with scholarship offers from Albany, Bryant, Bucknell and Cornell in his back pocket. Expect that list to grow this fall — especially if Reynoso continues doing damage for the Bulldogs. “We’re all about improving and executing,” Reynoso said. “Our coaches do a great job preparing us, and everyone in the program believes in what we’re doing.”

2. Looking for a wildcard in the Section One race? Don’t sleep on McCaskey. It’s been a few years since the Red Tornado tasted a postseason trip, but with 80-plus kids ready for camp, second-year coach Eric Spencer likes his troops. A lot. Last fall, in his first go-round at McCaskey, Spencer had three goals: Stay eligible. Win the penalty battle. Win the turnover battle. He said from Day One that he wasn’t going to judge his squad on wins and losses. Spencer was proud to report that none of his players missed any time because of ineligibility. And that McCaskey improved in the penalty phase. The Tornado was also a plus-4 in turnover margin, and anything on the plus-side is a good thing. Those goals will stick, Spencer said. And now that he’s got a year under his belt in the program, competing for the Section One tile and making the playoffs have been added to the goal list. “We have something to prove,” Tornado senior WR/DB Anthony DeLeon said. “Our senior class has always talked about taking McCaskey back to the top. We’re motivated. We’re hungry. We’re ready.”

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3. Garret Fittery has been a trench stalwart the last couple of seasons, helping anchor Manheim Central’s offensive and defensive lines. And if you know how the Barons operate, it all starts there. But Fittery — the latest in a long line of Fitterys who have played in the program, and there is another one in the pipeline — is making a pair of position changes this season. Now a trimmer, leaner 6-foot, 200 pounds, he is switching to tight end on offense, and to inside linebacker on defense for Manheim Central, which shared the Section Two crown with Cocalico last year. “The transition,” Barons’ coach Dave Hahn said, “has gone extremely well.” Fittery said the coaching staff approached him with the position change ideas heading into the summer, and that he was definitely up for the challenge. He’ll be flanked at the other inside ‘backer spot by senior Tyler Simon, who will also be making a position switch; He roamed free safety for the Barons last fall, but will now lineup opposite Fittery in the middle of the Barons’ D. Fittery will also be a big target for soph QB Evan Simon, Tyler’s brother. Speaking of brothers … there are five sets of brothers — including a pair of twins — on Manheim Central’s roster.

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