2017 Team Preview – Lower Merion Aces (1)
Head Coach: Bryan Scopelliti
Ernest Pendleton Sr.
Team Name: Lower Merion Aces
2016 Record: 2-9
Key Starters Lost:
Milo Allen OL/DL
Rashon Cooke WR/DB
Daniel Barcliff OL/DL
David Mei LB
Offensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. WR Deion Davis, 6-3, 180 lbs.
Sr. RB Elijah Smith, 6-1, 170 lbs.
Sr. OL Justin Wootton, 5-11, 205 lbs.
St. OL Will Savastani, 6-1, 220 lbs.
Jr. QB Matt O’Connor, 6-0, 175 lbs.
Jr. WR Ian Goodman, 5-8, 150 lbs.
Defensive Starters Returning: (5)
Sr. LB Marek D’Alonzo, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Sr. LB Ben Rubin, 6-2, 185 lbs.
Sr. DL Tahj Wheeler, 6-4, 250 lbs
Jr. DB Jalen Goodman, 5-11, 175 lbs.
Jr. LB Will House, 5-10, 190 lbs.
Special Team Starters Returning: (0)
Key Newcomers: (8)
Jr. WR/DB Marcus Green, 6-0, 170 lbs.
Jr. RB/DB Niko Hahn, 5-8, 160 lbs.
Jr. OL Micah Buckman, 5-11, 200 lbs.
Jr. OL Bram Hollis, 5-9, 190 lbs.
Jr. DL Xavier Stockman, 5-10, 195 lbs.
Jr. WR/LB John Trainor, 5-7, 150 lbs.
So. QB/DB Rodger Roberts, 5-10, 170 lbs.
Fr. RB/LB DShawn Jemison, 5-10, 180 lbs.
Key Stats: Last year, Sophomore Matt O’Connor threw for 1493 yards. This put him on track to set the school career yardage record if he continues steady output for two more years. The team only graduated 1 TD from last year.
2017 Offensive Outlook: The offense has skill players that can compete at a high level. Without much depth, staying healthy and well-conditioned will play a major factor in the offensive success. The offensive line is undersized, but all starters will have some varsity experience under their belt.
2017 Defensive Outlook: The defense will have to rely on speed and relentless pursuit to be successful. The defense allowed far too many big plays last year. Tackling and pursuit are the major focus for the upcoming year.
2017 Special Teams Outlook: A program with smaller numbers usually sees the same 11 guys on the field for offense, defense, and special teams. The team must be well-conditioned so that special teams play remains fast and aggressive.
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