RADNOR — There’s a two-word phrase that Radnor’s offensive line lives by. It’s short on verbiage and strong in meaning.
“One O-line,” said Anthony Laudicina, the Raiders’ senior left tackle and a University of Buffalo commit.
It’s unity. No one player is better than the other. There are no egos. There’s just one goal: do your job, do it well and do it together.
“It’s really a team thing,” senior center Henry Collins said. “(Offensive line) coach Dave (Bowen) has done an amazing job, with his strategies and teachings. We’re just learning from him every day. You can’t ask for more from a coach.”
Bowen was an All-Delco football player at Radnor and standout for Boston College. After graduation in 2016, he returned to his alma mater to join former coach Tom Ryan’s staff.
The “One O-Line” mantra comes from former Radnor line coach Mick Bonner, who coached Bowen at Radnor.
“Dave has taken a lot of stuff from Coach Bonner but I’ve noticed he’s brought a lot of stuff from Boston College,” Ryan said. “Dave and my offensive coordinator Larry DiSipio really game plan together offensively. I don’t really even get involved in the offense; I don’t need to. I have two great, young guys who care about this program who both played here, who were both captains here. I know the offense is left in good hands.”
The current starting lineup consists of seniors Laudicina, Collins, Nick Scheri, Archer Darrah. Lincoln Twedt is the lone junior. He is filling in for injured senior Ryan Bernicker.
“I’ve been lucky the last couple of years to have a group of guys who just come every day to work,” Bowen said of his linemen. “They’re not flashy guys, they just work.
“I mean, Lincoln plays more Dungeons & Dragons than he watches film …”
That last comment elicited laughter from everyone. Lincoln simply smirked and nodded.
“I’ve got a group of guys that want to get better and they enjoy playing together,” Bowen added. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Radnor’s offensive linemen are often left out of the spotlight, taking care of business for senior quarterback Sean Mullarkey and skill players such as running back Matt Cohen and wide receiver Jahmair Rider. They don’t mind getting overlooked.
“Matt’s never the kid who likes to brag,” Scheri said. “He’s always very humble and appreciative. That’s just makes you want to go out there and block for him even more.”
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