By Phil Anastasia
Training camp confidential: West Deptford
Coach: Clyde Folsom
Last year: 9-1, won Colonial Liberty title, lost to Haddonfield in first round of SJ 2 tournament
Schedule: at Sterling, Audubon, Overbrook, at Haddonfield, at Haddon Twp., at Woodbury, at Haddon Hts., Collingswood, bye, Paulsboro (Thanksgiving)
Player to watch: Senior lineman Jake Kull (pictured). The 6-1, 270-pound Kull is one of the strongest players in West Deptford football history and a three-year starter. He set a program record with a three-lift total of 1,605 pounds. He can bench press 375 pounds. "I expect him to be a dominant lineman in our conference," Folsom said of Kull. Strong line play will be the key for the Eagles, who appear to lack the explosive, experienced running backs that have been one of the hallmarks of the program in the past. "We're going to be methodical," Kull said. "Instead of having guys going 60, 80 yards a pop, we're looking at four yards, five yards, eight yards, just moving it down the field,"
Outlook: West Deptford is rebuiling a bit although the Eagles have size and experience along the front lines. Kull and senior tackle Tyler Garrison (6-2, 270) are three-year starters and junior guard Bobby Brewer (6-1, 230) is a returning starter. Junior center Vito Nucci (5-9, 220) is another top lineman. Other line players to watch include seniors Brian Filippone (6-2, 190), Ryan Falls (5-11, 210) and Jake Clayton (6-2 210) and emerging junior Nick Diaco (6-3, 230). Senior Isaiah Easterling (5-9, 180) projects as the starting quarterback. He's a threat in the run game who needs to develop some consistency as a passer. The Eagles lack a proven break-away runner but have some hard-running backs such as seniors Kevin DeCaesar (6-0, 205), who doubles as a top linebacker who made 82 tackles last season (20 for losses), Cameron Wadding (5-10, 195) and Luke Cornelius (5-10, 210).
Early challenge: West Deptford plays its two biggest challengers for the Colonial Liberty title in the first four weeks, opening with Sterling and facing Haddonfield in Week 4.
Fast fact: Last season, the Eagles averaged 50.3 points in their nine victories, with the 31 points in a 31-14 win over Haddonfield the lowest total in those games
Quote: "A lot of people are sleeping on us and I understand that. We lost a lot of good players from last year. But wr're going to surprise some people," Kull said.
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