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. A bigger, stronger Radnor
The Red Raiders of a season ago didn’t have 0-win talent. What they had, though, was limited depth that comes with being a smaller school that couldn’t tolerate the injuries to skill position players that piled up. This year, though, in addition to a turn-the-page attitude coming down from head coach Tom Ryan, they’ve also upped their offseason strength training under new strength and conditioning coach Luke Peterson that should yield a better push in the trenches from the likes of seniors Mike Staples and John King.
2. A new voice on offense
At his third Central League school in as many years, Paul Graham has control of the offense, bringing a Navy-style attack to the Red Raiders. He and Ryan came together in the offseason after a long history together, and after some casual conversation, Graham decided to leave Garnet Valley, where he admits he was happy handling the defensive line a season ago, to call plays on the Main Line. Expected starting quarterback Ellis Schaefer is new to the system, while John D’Ignazio and Jimmy Blake will be among the ball carriers.
3. Starting fresh
An 0-fer isn’t exactly the textbook way to drum up interest in a program, especially one competing with one of the area’s best lacrosse factories. But Ryan has been thoroughly impressed with his freshman turnout, which included over a dozen during winter workouts alongside a sizeable contingent of upperclassmen. That number is up to around 18 participating in early season workouts parallel to the big boys in pads.