The turn of the decade has marked the turnaround for Exeter football.
Since the 2009 season, in which the Eagles finished 1-9, Exeter has compiled an 18-14 record with back-to-back District 3-AAAA playoff appearances.
The Eagles have lost 20 seniors to graduation, including QB Kyle Yocum, a Delaware recruit. Exeter also lost 1,000-yard rusher Matt Connelly and its leading receiver from 2012, Alex Dundore.
As Exeter looks for its third consecutive winning season in 2013, the team’s strength will be between the trenches.
Michal Menet will anchor the Eagles offensive line. The sophomore is projected to be one of the top linemen in the Berks Football League. Menet has received offers from Temple and Rutgers in the offseason.
Ryan Vogel is expected to assist Menet on the line. He started at tackle as a junior last season.
Dyllon Scott and Robbie Devich are returning starters on the Exeter defense, which gave up 268.2 yards a game last season (eighth in Berks).
The Eagles’ success will depend on which signal caller will line up under center at the conclusion of training camp.
Ethan Lutz and Chase Yocum are expected to compete for the starting job. Lutz saw limited action at the position in 2012 while Yocum rushed for 40 yards on seven carries last season. He also had six catches for 67 yards lined up at the receiver position.
With 22 seniors projected to return from the 2012 roster, Exeter has the talent to compete for another winning campaign in Section I.