Trent Hilkert ran for 1,300 yards a year ago on a team that went (7-4). The youth movement switched to experience as a core of players gained more time together. A solid line is emerging and Coach Keiser is excited about his defense.
"We bring back almost all of our starters on defense. They we're a really good aggressive group last year. They got bigger and they got stronger and they got more familiar with our defense and they should be the strength of our team," said Jim.
"First I am excited for my senior season and we just want to keep Danville on that winning track and keep the program going," said Trent.
Since 2009 Coach Keiser has led the Ironmen to a 12 win, 11 win and 10 win season. Two years ago he started a lot of freshman and went (1-9), last year they matured and earned a mark of (7-4). This year he is expecting big things from his junior and senior classes.
"We would do anything for him. All of us we are family. How good can this team be this year? I think that we can make it to states. I think that we can win a state title if we keep working," said Ken Cooper.
"We'll I think that they can go a long way. We started 7 freshman from 2014 we started 7 freshman and now they are juniors and leaders on this team and last year we started four or five freshman and they have really come along, and we are really happy with where we are at. The junior group they have 22 starts under their belts most of them and a lot of these freshman have 11 starts under their belts so they are veterans but they are young,"added Jim.
The schedule stacks up nicely for the Ironmen at Bloomsburg and South Williamsport in the first two weeks, then Brycen Mussina and Montoursville at home in week 3. Super 16 team # 5 the Danville Ironmen. Steve Lloyd Newswatch 16 sports Montour County.