Team: Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets.
What’s new: Most of the starters who throw, catch and carry the ball in Rush-Henrietta’s offense. Zach Bucci, 5 feet-10 inches and 182 pounds, and Kailee White, 6-1, 160, are in competition for the starting quarterback position. Both players are juniors and could be under center at times anyway. … Running back Dion Reed, senior, 5-9, 187, did see game action as a reserve. … The coach is also new, sort of. Jason Collins was an assistant on the staff led by Joe Montesano for seven seasons. “The coaching staff really hasn’t changed much,” R-H senior lineman and linebacker Chris Reed said. “Coach Collins has been with us for a really long time and everything is basically run the same. We have a lot of seniors to help him out, too.”
Back again: The largely anonymous blockers and tacklers near the line of scrimmage. In that area, the Royal Comets should at least hold their own, even against other powerful Monroe County league teams. Daryl Chatman, senior, 6-5, 245, defensive end and left tackle, is a fourth-year starter; Eric Black, senior, 6-4, 215, tight end/defensive end; Chris Reed, senior, 6-2, 224; and Antonio Hanna, senior, 6-4, 275, defensive tackle and offensive line also have been around. … While Steven Clark may not be the most intimidating Royal Comet, the 5-10, 168-pound senior linebacker/receiver is counted among the toughest. This also is his fourth varsity season as a starter. “People think we’re not going to have a good team this year because we lost (All-Greater Rochester quarterback) Jared (Gerbino), plus the loss of our wide receivers and Reggie Robinson, but I feel like we’re going to be a contender this year, that we’re going to do big things,” Chatman said.
Overheard at camp: “We’ve been to the finals twice and the semifinals (during my time). This is my last year, I really want to bring this team to the end. I know we have the talent this year, we have some great guys. There are great teams out there, but we can contend with them this year. We have got a lot of seniors this year. For me, there is a sense of urgency because I really want numbers on the (team’s champion) banner, I want to leave a legacy. I just want to win something this year.” — Clark.
Twists: The first three games are away from Rush-Henrietta: at McQuaid, at Penfield and at Webster Schroeder. If you base it on performance in recent seasons, the meat of R-H’s schedule is next, home games against Fairport and Victor, then at Hilton.