Over the next couple weeks we will take you inside training camp of your favorite Delco team. For full reports on every team, make sure to check out our annual football preview guide, due out Aug. 30.
1. Ciao Bello
Last year’s season-ending injury to starting quarterback Jalal Timmons in the season opener put a damper on what proved to be the Patriots’ only win. But that silver lining was the seasoning back-up quarterback Sal Bello got a season ago. Miles ahead of where he was when he started, according to head coach Joe Powel, and having filled out a 6-1, 190-pound frame, Bello certainly looks the part of a starting QB.
2. Some things change, some stay the same
Bello has familiarity in terms of the weapons he has back. That includes running back Eric Massenberg, an interesting mix of low-to-the-ground speed who’s also recovering from a knee injury, and wide receiver Danny Bier. But he’s working in a new spread offense with offensive coordinator Mike McKay and wideouts coach Dan Pfeiffer reprising their roles as assistants to Powel dating back to their days at Archbishop Wood. If they get the schemes down, they could put up some points this season.
3. You stay classy
The one area in which Carroll will improve is completely out of their control: They bump down a class to AA. Instead of having to contend with Cardinal O’Hara, Wood and Bonner-Prendergast (though they’ll still book dates with them in the nonconference slate), they’ll get smaller schools like Conwell-Egan, Bishop McDevitt and Neumann-Goretti.