The Schuylkill Valley and Reading High football teams may be in different leagues within Berks County, but they share a common approach as the 2014 season draws near.
The Panthers (3-3, 7-4 in 2013) lose some serious offensive weapons in Nick Scheidt, Tanner White and Tanner Mish. But with Ed Shuttleworth back, and a big line to run behind, head coach Jeff Chillot is confident in his team's ability to run the ball.
And running the ball is what this team's identity is.
Chillot wants his guys to impose their will. That will be especially important later in the season when the Panthers face some of the other heavyweights in Berks II.
Reading (2-5, 3-7 in 2013) is entering its fourth year under the leadership of Rob Flowers.
While the results may not be there yet, the team has been consistently hungry and motivated over the last two preseasons.
Flowers is hoping the attitude, edge and what he calls, "anger," while translate into wins this season.
The Red Knights have had some talented players over the past few years, but turnovers and stretches of sloppy play have done them in.
If Reading can cut those mistakes out of their system, they could be a bigger force in Berks I.