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Cupboard won’t be bare in 2020 for BG

12/03/19 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski / Bishop Guilfoyle's JT Johnston wraps up Farrell's Brice Butler on the opening kickoff return.

HERSHEY — Thursday’s overtime loss to Farrell in the PIAA Class 1A state championship game was painful for all of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders football players and coaches, and devastating for some.

But the silver lining for the Marauders is that they are a junior-dominated team that will return the vast majority of its players next fall.

“We have eight starters back on both sides of the ball,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said. “I hope that once the holidays are over and we start our winter workouts, the guys will refocus and get set on a mission to get back here.”

Two of the offensive stalwarts on this year’s team, junior running back Keegan Myrick and junior quarterback Konner Kiesewetter, will be among those players returning from this year’s District 6 championship game that finished with a 12-3 record.

Myrick is a difference-making rushing talent who will only get better after rushing for nearly 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns this year.

Also returning in the offensive backfield next year are junior fullback Zach McCloskey and freshman running back Cooper Rother, both of whom were heavy contributors this year.

“Things just didn’t go our way today, but we fought as hard as we could, and we left it all on the field,” Kiesewetter said. “I think this game will really help us prepare in the offseason. We will work harder in the offseason, and the experience we have coming back is really going to help us.”

Myrick will be a big part of that picture.

“We’re going to build on this,” Myrick said. “(Making the state title game this year) gives us something to look forward to (next year).”

Two-way junior starting lineman Cameron Maloney agreed.

“It gives us a lot of motivation,” Maloney said. “We’ll work 10 times harder this offseason, and try to come back to Hershey next year and win it all.”

Graduating senior standout Jack Donoughe has no doubt that the Marauders can do that.

“Absolutely,” Donoughe said. “Next year’s team is going to be just as good as this one. I have very high expectations for them.”

Resilience was a big factor in the success of this year’s team, and could be a big factor for next year’s squad as well.

“This gives us a lot of confidence, and gives us something to look forward to,” junior defensive tackle Adrian Johnson said. “The key for us next year will be to fight back and come back even stronger.”

The Marauders will certainly put in the necessary work.

“Everybody in this locker room feels a lot of pain right now,” Myrick said. “But we’re going to work so hard this offseason and get back here, I promise you.”

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