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2022 Team Preview: Academy of the New Church Lions

Written by: on Friday, August 5th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Ty Klippenstein

Assistant Coaches:
Randall Mattison
Kevin Junge
Troy Anusky
Walter Long
Ben Barnett
Josh Thomas
Kyle Mattison

Team Name: Academy of the New Church Lions

2021 Record: 6-4

Class: A

League: Independence

Key Starters Lost:
Ryan Givhan
Patrick McCabe
Stephen Steigerwalt

Offensive Starters Returning: (11)
Sr. RB Christion Keel, 5-8, 190
Sr. RB Luke Hyland, 5-10, 155
Sr. OG Yaniel Rodgriguez, 5-11, 220
Jr. QB Conner Aquino, 6-2, 190
Jr. WR Hunter Aquino, 6-5, 180
Jr. WR Carson Bethea, 5-11, 150
Jr. OG Brady Carver, 5-10, 180
Jr. OT Alex Kapustin, 6-2, 235
Jr. C Colin Pallanta, 5-10, 175
Jr. WR Davontay Wynder 6-2, 210
So. OT Coleman Boyesen 6-1, 180

Defensive Starters Returning: (10)
Sr. DT Christion Keel, 5-8, 190
Sr. DB Luke Hyland, 5-10, 155
Sr. DT Yaniel Rodgriguez, 5-11, 220
Jr. DB Conner Aquino, 6-2, 190
Jr. DB Hunter Aquino, 6-5, 180
Jr. DB Carson Bethea, 5-11, 150
Jr. LB Brady Carver, 5-10, 180
Jr. LB Davontay Wynder 6-2, 210
So. DE Coleman Boyesen 6-1, 180
So. LB Aaron Bloshuk, 5-9, 165

Special Team Starters Returning:
N/A

Key Newcomers:
N/A

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Carson Bethea – “Looks to build on his record-breaking Sophomore season at Receiver.”
Offense:
Receiving:
42 receptions
806 yards
7 touchdowns

Hunter Aquino
Offense:
Receiving:
24 receptions
392 yards
3 touchdowns

Davontay Wynder
Offense:
Receiving:
12 receptions
220 yards
3 touchdowns

Aharon Bloshuk
Defense:
49 Tackles
2 TFL
2 FF
2 FR
2 Def TD

Christion Keel
Defense:
46 Tackles
2 sacks
6 TFL
1 INT
2 FF
1 FR

Conner Aquino
Defense:
49 Tackles
3 TFL
1 INT
2 FF
2 FR

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We have quite a deep bench of skilled athletes who are dangerous threats with the ball and a quarterback who has the ability to get it to them. The key will be in making sure we have the protection to support the QB and for the players to have a team-first mentality.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “We have a lot of experience returning and the potential to have a really strong defense. We hope it’s a group that can be aggressive, maintain discipline, and forces turnovers.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We have a mostly blank slate here, so it will be about finding the right players and enough reps to be able to execute.”

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