For the Reading Red Knights, speed kills.
The Red Knights have plenty of fast football players on offense. The Young-Trapp brothers, Sterling (junior quarterback) and Julius (senior running back/receiver), are among the fastest players in Berks County.
Last fall, dual threat quarterback Sterling Young-Trapp passed for a team-high 649 yards and five touchdowns. Sterling also ran for 548 yards, which was second on the team. Julius accounted for 255 rushing yards and a team-high 198 receiving yards.
The Young-Trapp brothers have other offensive playmakers back for 2013. Dontae Owens led the team with 15 receptions, a number which he will hope to improve even more as a junior this coming season.
Last season, freshman Jai Whitlock had a few carries for the Red Knights. Expect him to get more touches this year.
Kermit Rivera, an All-Berks selection at guard, will need to be the anchor on the offensive line in his junior season.
Plenty of questions plaque the Red Knights defense, which allowed over 26 points per game in 2012. The team also lost Jalen Branford to graduation along with a fair amount of defensive contributors.
If the Red Knights want to improve upon their 4-6 mark from last season, they will need players like Whitlock, Elijah Giddens, R.J. Hardy, Jyair Means, London Whitfield and Dayshawn Willis to step up on defense.
There is no doubt that Reading has the speed and talent at the offensive skill positions to compete with anyone in Section 1. If they can win the blocking battles in the trenches and get a handle on the question marks on defense, the Red Knights could very well surprise the Berks Football League.
Reading will open its season against J.P. McCaskey on August 30th at Shirk Stadium.