Head to head: Reading 23, McCaskey 20
All Time: McCaskey Leads 34-29-2
The Red Knights will open their season at home Friday against JP McCaskey at Albright’s Shirk Stadium. It will be the 66th edition of this football rivalry. Last season Reading defeated McCaskey on their home turf 23-20 in the season opener. Expect that to be lingering on the mind of the Red Tornado upperclassmen.
Coach Rob Flowers has a more experienced and possibly even more talented Red Knights team this season than any other in his short tenure.
One thing is certain; the Red Knights offense will be potent. Led by junior QB Sterling Young-Trapp, Reading will see several returning impact players including the likes of RB/WR Julius Young-Trapp, RB Jai Whitlock, WR Dontae Owens, WR Jaie Johnson, and TE Elijah Giddens. All of the listed players saw plenty of action a year ago. Up front the Red Knights will be anchored by Kermit Rivera.
The real question mark going into the season is the Reading defense. So far in the preseason, they have looked more than adequate. With Matt Sensenig returning as a standout LB and Elijah Giddens at DE, the Red Knights should have a solid front seven.
While JP McCaskey is one of the bigger schools in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, they have struggled mightily since losing in the district playoffs in 2010. The Red Tornado has combined for just 7 wins over the past 2 seasons.
The Red Tornado will be looking to replace their main weapon in Diante Cherry, who seemingly led the team in every offensive category. Cherry, will be playing at University of Delaware this fall. Finding his replacement will not be an easy task for Head Coach Rob Monzon.
Prediction: Reading 27, McCaskey 20