With four games in the books for the 2017 LM football season, the Aces check in at one win and three losses. Although their record may not be the greatest, they have played four hard-fought games and have shown an immense improvement from an injury-ridden 2016 campaign.
There has been a lot of change this season. The team, with help from the coaching staff, has inserted new offensive and defensive schemes as well as new leader at the helm from a season ago. Senior Marek D’Alonzo has been stellar in his play as quarterback with junior Matt O’Connor out due to an injury. D’Alonzo has thrown seven touchdowns and only three interceptions on the season. However, D’Alonzo is not doing so alone. He is surrounded by senior running back Elijah Smith, wide receivers Deion Davis ’18, Jalen Goodman ’19 and Jaden Helton ’19. D’Alonzo says that he has “the best receiving core in the Central League.” Specifically, Davis has been exceptional in his three games of play. Davis, a Division I recruit who has shown major growth from last season, is “unguardable,” according to D’Alonzo, and is the first target on almost every passing play.
As far as the defense is concerned, they have also showed improvement. The defense is led by seniors Ben Rubin, Tahj Wheeler, and Davis, with Davis being one of many players who plays both sides of the field. Unfortunately, Rubin, who is the anchor of the defense as middle linebacker, is missing time due to a nagging knee injury. He is hoping to return in time for big league games against rivals Harriton and Radnor. Rubin, a four year varsity player, believes that experience is a major factor in the lack of success this season. “I think experience is a huge factor in competitive sports,” says Rubin, “and we are working to gain experience playing alongside each other at the varsity level.”
The main goal for this season is to make a run at the District 1 playoffs. They will need between two and three additional wins in order to have a chance at that goal which would be a first under Head Coach Brian Scopelliti. With six games remaining, the Bulldogs look forward to key matchups against teams in the Central League including the aformentioned Harriton and Radnor.