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2022 Team Preview: Lower Merion Bulldogs (1)

Written by: on Saturday, August 13th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Joe Augustine

Assistant Coaches:
Kahlil Smith
Kevin Herod
Kervin Michaud
Colin Quinn
Mario Datillo
John Vetter

Team Name: Lower Merion Bulldogs

2021 Record: 3-8

Stadium: Arnold Field

District: District 1

Class: AAAAAA

League: Central League

Key Starters Lost:
Jack Lledo
Jay Zheng
Andre Gilmore
Lance Kim
Hubert Phan
Paul Liang
Luke Hendrickson

Offensive Starters Returning: (5)
Xavier Archawski OT 6’6 285lbs
Mekhia Smith QB 6’0 190lbs
Ben Booker RB 5’10 205lbs
Sam Zheng Wr 5’10 185lbs
Aiden Fliszar TE 6’1 185lbs

Defensive Starters Returning: (9)
Xavier Archawski DT 6’6 285lbs
Charlie Coyle LB 6’2 210lbs
Andrew Cook 5’11 235lbs
Mekhia Smith SS 6’0 190lbs
Ben Booker LB 5’10 205lbs
Sam Zheng CB 5’10 185lbs
Aiden Fliszar LB 6’1 185lbs
Zion Gray CB 5’10 175lbs
Brennen Else FS 6’2 175lbs

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
Matt Curry LS 5’10 200lbs

Key Newcomers:
Soph Josh Barrow Adams 5’11 170lbs
Soph Toby Myers 6’2 245lbs
Fr Jackson Booker 5’9 170lbs
Fr Owen Stein 5’8 170lbs
Fr Nick DeLuca 5’6 150lbs

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Mekhia Smith
Offense:
Passing:
38 of 74 passes
493 yards
2 TD’s

Ben Booker
Offense:
Rushing:
55 carries
300 yards
2 Td’s

Sam Zheng
Offense:
Rushing:
10 carries
49 yards
Receiving:
24 Catches
450 yards

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We are looking to continue our improvement from last year. Our passing game has come a long way and using all the skills and talents that our players have will keep us growing in the right direction.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “It’s simple we need to play fast and play physical. Our defense was a real strength for us last year and we look for it to lead us again.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We need to be a lot more disciplined in special teams. This is an area where we have worked a lot on in the off-season because it really was an area that we needed to improve upon.”

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