The Royals begin full membership in the WPIAL this season as members of the Big Seven Conference. They spent their first two years as an Independent, playing a Tri-County South schedule. Coach Tim Storino welcomed all 11 starters back on defense along with an experienced offensive line.
The Royals will feature a pro-set offense with three-year starter Michael Tappe (5-7, 139, Sr.) at quarterback. The Royals' top runners are Anthony Della Valle (5-9, 180, Jr.) and Micahel Falgione (5-9, 215, Sr.). Three wide receivers — Mitchell Athey (5-9, 160, Sr.), David Fleming (6-1, 170, Soph.) and Jake Thomas (6-0, 170, Sr.) — will be Tappe's main targets.
Athey caught nine touchdown passes a year ago, and Thomas placed sixth in the 400-meter dash last spring at the WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championships.