In two seasons with Dave Keefer at the helm, the Golden Lions have a combined 6-13 mark. Keefer enters his third season with hopes of getting the Golden Lions back to the WPIAL playoffs after a three-year drought.
The Golden Lions had a 2-6 record in the Greater Allegheny Conference and finished with a 3-6 overall record last season. Improving on that record will be a challenge, as the team was hit hard by graduation losses.
"The Greater Allegheny Conference is as good as you get," Keefer said. "And it's even stronger with Armstrong coming in. Every team has a chance to win games. There are no easy games. If you don't show up ready to play, you're not going to get any slack from your opponent."
A trio of two-way starters head up the Golden Lions' short list of returning starters: Connor Forkey (5-8, 175, Sr., RB-FS), Sean Dean (5-10, 200, Sr., FB-LB) and Derek Berberick (6-0, 255, Sr., C-DL). Forkey rushed for 575 yards on 114 carries last season. Dean rushed for 107 yards on 32 carries.