Coach: Rich Gentile (21st season)
2014 Record: 6-6 (4-5 Central League)
2014 In Two Sentences: The Royals endured a lot of growing pains last fall, so it’s a testament to the coaching staff that the team was able to post a .500 record despite working in several newcomers to varsity. When it was going well, the Royals were one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the county (they played Springfield to a 34-33 loss), but lacked consistency on the defensive side of the ball.
Key Departures: Kevin White (DB), Madhat Fares (OL), Scott Rucci (OL), Vince Coll (WR).
Looking Ahead: The Royals will continue to run a fast-pace spread offense and should once again be one of Delco’s most feared offensive teams. They have averaged better than 30 points per game in each of the last two seasons. It’s no coincidence the Royals have been a high-octane offensive team since implementing the spread attack prior to the 2013 campaign.
The key will be whether the Royals can prevent points. There is an emphasis on defensive fundamentals and creating turnovers in camp while maintaining an uptempo style.
The Royals will be a senior-laden team with 10 starters returning from last year.
Players to Watch: Senior Christoff Minott is a dual threat at quarterback. He flourished in his rookie season under center, accounting for over 1,200 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and a 152.11 passer rating. Minott did all of that damage in just nine games as injuries stunted his season.
Senior Isaiah Bruce is a powerful running back with speed. He returns off a season in which he rushed for nearly 900 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Shawn Page (Sr. OL-DL) is the Royals top two-way lineman. He brings athleticism and power to his positions and is garnering interest from FCS schools
Calvin Fielding (Sr. WR-SS) is a smart two-way player and captain of the defense.
Season Opener: Home vs. Bonner-Prendergast, Friday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m.