DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — If pyramids weren’t build in a day, neither will the Dover football team, but the Eagles understand that.

Dover was a young group last year, mainly starting sophomores and juniors on their way to a 1-9 finish. Even though it was a tough season, it was a necessary one to gain valuable varsity reps.

“They are just a well-seasoned team because of the experience of playing together,” said Eagles head coach Wayne Snelbaker about his current roster. “Going through the highs and lows. I think they are a better team because of going through what we did.”

Make no mistake, the record can be deceiving. The Eagles had chances in a lot of games last season to come away with wins. Now they focus is shifting. This is no longer a young team that gaining experience, it’s a veteran team ready to compete and you can see that mindset change.

“(We have) the drive. You walk into the weight room, before you’d see maybe a couple of guys. Now there’s still a bit more than you would expect to see,” said Dover senior Josiah Heffelfinger. “Just the drive and the will to be better as a team and as an individual.”

It takes time to build a program back up, these seniors know that, but they also know they are more than capable jumpstarting this team and turning the Eagles into playoff contenders.

Full interviews

Head Coach Wayne Snelbaker

Gavin Mullins – Dover senior running back/safety

Josiah Heffelfinger – Dover senior right guard/nose tackle

Friday Night Football returns for its 26th season on abc27. Started in 1997 by longtime abc27 Sports Director Gregg Mace, FNF was the first of its kind in Central PA.

Back in 2018, the show was expanded to 45 minutes of highlights, analysis and reaction. It remains the longest show in the Midstate highlighting high school football for thirteen weeks of the season.

You can watch abc27 Friday Night Football starting at 11:15 p.m. each Friday night on television, or on the web on our Watch Live page. Allie BerubeNick Petraccione, Jared Phillips and John Repetz break down the best games in the area, bring you closer to the action and give you a comprehensive look at the Mid Penn Conference, Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA each week.