Hempfield senior QB Jackson Landis

Hempfield made history last year.  The (9-3, 6-0) Black Knights captured their first Section 1 championship in the Lancaster-Lebanon League since 2005.  It was their first outright title in 28 years.  The question now is can they run it back?  "It's gonna be a tough road, but we're looking to repeat as section champs. Everyone is gonna be coming for us, but we're ready," said quarterback Jackson Landis.  The 6'1, 185-pound senior threw for 1,767 yards and 13 touchdowns a season ago.  He completed 60% of his passes and ran for 13 more scores.  Landis, who carries a 3.8 GPA, was named the second team QB in Section 1 of the L-L League.  He'll once again be looking for Micah Gates.  The 6'1, 170-pound receiver reeled in a team-high 40 catches for 546 yards and 4 TD last year.  Hempfield must replace nine starters on the defensive side of the ball.  USC commit Deyvid Palepale returns.  The 6'3, 315-pound senior made 39 tackles and three sacks while also playing left tackle.  "It's great, [he's] protecting my blind side. It's one thing I don't have to worry about. If I'm running behind him, it's awesome," Landis told SV Sports' Paul Roberts.  Keep an eye out for Palepale's younger brother, Dehvyn Lauano, at running back.  He's a 190-pound freshman.  Senior Eli Walls will take over for Grant Hoover as Hempfield's primary ball carrier.  Palepale will be joined in the trenches by Mike Shaffer (6'2, 310).  The Black Knights host Manheim Township on September 22nd.  Wilson travels to Landisville on October 6th.  Landis is well aware that life isn't easy in Section 1.  "You can't take anyone lightly. Every week it's gonna be a battle. You gotta be prepared and you can't take anyone for granted," he stressed.



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