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2022 Team Preview: Germantown Academy Patriots (Inter-AC)

Written by: on Saturday, August 6th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Matt Dence 11th Year

Assistant Coaches:
Kyle Donahue OC/QB
Rob Campbell DC/OLB
Marty Dean OL
Steve Moll DL
Joe Taylor WR
Brian Hensel LB
Matt Gorman DB
Al Picariello – RB

Team Name: Germantown Academy Patriots

2021 Record: 6-4

Class: AA

League: Inter-Academic League

Key Starters Lost:
Brian Allen RB
Sean Spinosa OL/DL
Don Lattanze OL/DL
Brendan Donnelly OL
Coulten Grasela DL
Jack Brookman OL
Jake Hsu WR/DB

Offensive Starters Returning: (4)
SR QB Tristan Machado 6’1 190
SR WR Evan Spivey 6’1 195
SR WR Aiden Donahue 6’1 175
JR OL CJ Mersky 5’10 235

Defensive Starters Returning: (5)
SR DB Aiden Zakarewicz 6’0 175
JR LB Seamus Knox 6’1 215
JR DB Anthony Lara 5’10 175
JR DB Tripp Capers 6’1 190
SO DL Zach Kniese 6’2 290

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
JR K Jared Smith 5’10 175

Key Newcomers:
FR OL/DL Greg Thomas 6’3 275

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Tristan Machado
1,475 yards

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We have key veterans returning in many of the skilled position spots. Tristan Machado returning as an All-Inter-Ac quarterback is a big advantage for us. Evan Spivey is one of the best playmakers in the area on both sides of the ball. Aidan Donahue makes big plays all over the field as a receiver. We will be very talented up front on the offensive line but we will be fairly young and inexperienced. How quickly those guys come together will be the key to our office of success this year. And we are very well-coached on that side of the ball, Kyle Donahue is now in his third year as our O coordinator. We are more advanced at this point in the summer than at any point during my career. Really excited about that.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “We are very excited about our defensive prospects for this coming season. I think we all thought that we under-performed as a unit on that side of the ball last year. I know we can do better. We have brought in key new staff members on that side of the ball and have made serious upgrades and put in a lot of hard work to upgrade our defense. I believe we have a lot of talent on that side of the ball. Again, Evan Spivey is one of the best defensive backs in the area. He makes plays all over the field. We have a lot of really young talent that can run, physically, and fly to the football. Being on the same page and running to the football has been the focus of our off-season workouts. Really excited to see what we can become this season.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We always pride ourselves on being a quality special-teams unit. It all starts with the operation. Kickers, putters, holders, and snappers are essential. We feel we have developed good skills in all those areas. I believe Jared Smith is one of the top kickers in the area. We plan to be aggressive in all phases of special teams. We love to go after kicks, and we love to be bold and look for advantages in the kicking game and take high percentage risks. Our kids buy into that philosophy and go all out. I think that the special teams can be a huge plus for us this year.”

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