For Reading, this game could not come any sooner. The Red Knights desperately need to get back in the win column, having dropped three in a row. Reading now stands at (0-1, 1-3) following a disappointing loss to Pottsville. Meanwhile, Twin Valley fell to (0-1, 0-4) with their loss to a very good Muhlenberg team.
Questions linger for Reading about whether it will be Sterling Young-Trapp or Micah Paschall under center. For the past 3 weeks, Paschall has come in to relieve Young-Trapp at the quarterback position. Paschall has completed 11 of his 20 pass attempts for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Young-Trapp has completed 32 of his 72 attempts for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns, while throwing 6 interceptions.
The Red Knights do however have a bright spot offensively with junior wide receiver Dontae Owens. Owens has caught 14 passes for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns through 4 games. The Red Knights seem to have a balance in their passing game, with 11 different receivers catching a pass this season.
Defensively, the Red Knights will need to see strong contributions from Matt Sensenig and Kermit Rivera if they hope to get back into the win column. They have allowed nearly 300 yards per game, while surrendering an average of 165 yards per game on the ground.
For the visiting Raiders, they have a lot they need to clean up. However, following a game which saw them surrender a season low 27 points to a very good Muhls team, perhaps there is something to build upon.
The offense has struggled mightily for Twin Valley, posting just 15 points through 4 games, but if there ever were a time to breakout, this might be it.
Sophomore QB Alec Ranck continues to run the Raiders offense. He is complemented by fellow sophomore Dan Ziegler at running back. Ziegler has a team best 200 all-purpose yards.
The Raiders have been led defensively by senior James Allen and junior Dave Abbudusky, who have combined for 9 tackles for loss.
Prediction: Reading 26, Twin Valley 13