Bellefonte is also making a switch on the offensive side of the ball.
Red Raiders head coach Shanon Manning said the program has phased out the wing-T offense in favor of a more pro-style, spread system.
The change comes with the addition of new offensive coordinator Barry Jones, coupled with the loss of several key seniors. Bellefonte lost running backs Austin Jackson (1,027 rushing yards), Dillon Kephart (411 yards) and Nick Jabco (211 yards) to graduation.
“As that group of seniors went through, we stuck with the wing-T for their duration,” Manning said. “It was a natural break. It was a natural progression. If we were going to make a change, this would be the time to make a change.”
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Manning also believes the pro-style system will simplify things for the Red Raiders — less movement and more straight-forward.
“It seems to be easy,” the coach said. “They’re more familiar with the terminology, there’s less moving parts, so we’re able to rep our offense with a little more frequency.”