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2020 Team Previews: Academy of the New Church Lions

Written by: on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


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Head Coach: Ty Klippenstein

Assistant Coaches: Kevin Junge, Randall Mattison, Troy Anusky, Walter Long, Mark Brenfleck

Team Name: Academy of the New Church

2019 Record: 8-2

Key Starters Lost: Glenn Sabb II, Devin Bryant, Jeb Brenfleck, Sean McCurdy, Kai Allen, Jared Banks, Greg Clark, Jordan Wilson, Mike Trost

Offensive Starters Returning: (1)
Sr. OG Amal Lewis, 5’7”, 240

Defensive Starters Returning: (5)
Sr. DE Zack Brenfleck, 6′ 185
Sr. DE Sean Thornton, 6’3 195
Sr. LB Jake Peppelman, 6’0 215
Sr. DT Jimmy Melvin, 5’9 255
Sr. DB Pat McManus, 5’10 180

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
Sr. K Jimmy Melvin, 5’9 255

Key Newcomers:
Jr. QB Pat McCabe, 5’9 150
Jr. LB Ryan Givhan 5’11 185
So. RB Chris Keel, 5’8 185
So. QB Jarell Keel, 6’0′ 170
So. LB Nate Bradley, 5’7′ 165
So. LB Yaniel Rodriguez, 5’9 205
So. WR Adam Holt, 6′ 155
Fr. QB Carson Bethea, 5’9 145

2020 Offensive Outlook: Coming off two successful years, a very talented 2020 senior class departs, and with it, almost our entire starting offense. A strong collection of rising seniors look to take over, but they have big shoes to fill. And it all starts with who will win the QB competition going into the year. The keys to success will be to have a QB who can take the reigns of the offense and get the ball to a new set of skill players who will need to learn quickly.

2020 Defensive Outlook: The defense returns some starters from last year, and they provide the cornerstone to building another talented defensive unit. There will be competition in most of the Linebacker and defensive back spots, but we’re excited about the potential that we have, and in some places, depth.

2020 Special Teams Outlook: We return our starting kicker from the last 2 years, who has been an essential weapon in our arsenal. But everywhere else, new faces will have to step in.


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