SPORTSfever's 2014 FOOTBALL FEVER PREVIEW--Inter-Ac League

Inter-Ac League
2103 Standings
Team League Overall
Haverford School 4-1 6-5
Malvern Prep 4-1 8-2
Episcopal Academy 3-2 8-3
Germantown Academy 2-3 6-4
Penn Charter 1-4 4-6
Springside Chesnut Hill 1-4 5-5

Inter-Ac 11
RB Phil Poquie Haverford
LB/WR Derek Mountain Haverford
LB L. J. Barlow Haverford
QB Ryan Whayland Episcopal Academy
OL/DL John Minicozzi Episcopal Academy
QB Alex Hornibrook Malvern Prep
OL/DL Hayden Mahoney Malvern Prep
OL/DL Jacob Rebisz Malvern Prep
LB/RB Trevor Morris Malvern Prep
QB Paul Dooley SCH Academy
OL/LB Pat McInerney Penn Charter

Scouting Report
Haverford School and Episcopal Academy have made in-roads, but identifying the favorite in the Inter-Ac always begins with Malvern Prep. The four top players for the Friars are major college football recruits, including Pitt-commit Alex Hornibrook at QB. Still it’s hard to pick against Haverford with a large veteran group of returning starters led by playmaker Phil Poquie. The Fords have won or shared the Inter-Ac title three times since 2009. Malvern and Haverford have the same 20-5 league record since 2009. It should be no surprise if Haverford overtakes Malvern. What may shape up as the year of the QB in the Inter-Ac, EA, which won the championship in 2012, is led by QB Ryan Whayland. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is dangerous with returning QB Paul Dooley. QB Michael Hnatkowsky returns for Penn Charter. These four QBs combined for 5,600 passing yards last season.

Around the Inter-Ac
One of the top versatile offensive threats in the Inter-Ac, Poquie (5-9, 185, Sr.) rushed for 825 yards, had 122 yards receiving and scored eight TDs last season for Haverford. The Fords have 15 returning starters—that’s a lot for and not often the case with Inter-Ac teams. OL/DL Chauncey Simmons (6-4, 310, Sr.), LB/OL L. J. Barlow (6-3, 215, Sr.), WR/DB Dox Aitken (6-4, 190, Jr.), LB/MP Niles Easley (6-1, 195, Sr.), and OLB/WR Derek Mountain (6-5, 205, Sr.) return. Kevin Carter (6-0, 185, Jr.) is a first-year starter at QB. Poquie has offers from Holy Cross, Fordham and Richmond but is leaning towards lacrosse in college. He is on the radar of lax recruiters from Virginia and Notre Dame. New Hampshire has offered a scholarship to Mountain. Head coach Mike Murphy expects Easley to emerge as a multi-purpose threat on offense moving between TB and slotback. Barlow is the leader on defense. “This is a senior-dominated and experienced team,” says Murphy. “We will be a balanced team.”

Aaron Brady replaces Kevin Pellegrini as head coach at Malvern Prep and finds a four major college football recruits. Pitt-bound Hornibrook (6-4, 205, Sr.) returns at QB after passing for 1,190 yards last season. Returning OL/DT Hayden Mahoney (6-5, 295, Sr.) has made a commitment to a scholarship offer from University of Miami (Fla.). LB/RB Trevor Morris (6-1, 205, Sr.) has full-rides from Buffalo, James Madison and Ohio to consider. TE/LB Ryan O’Neill (6-3, 230, Sr.) is an Ivy and Patriot league recruit. RB/DB Dymond Wright (5-9, 175, Sr.) and OL/DL Jacob Rebisz (6-2, 250, Sr.), one of the top linemen in the Inter-Ac, also return. The Friars, who have six starters returning on offense and five on defense, are strong on the line of scrimmage and have a steady hand at QB. They need to shore up their linebackers and secondary—especially with the veteran QBs they will face in the Inter-Ac. Brady expects Wright to emerge as playmaker on offense. This season is the first since 1977 that a Pellegrini is not the Malvern head coach. Gamp Pellegrini was head coach from 1978 through 2008 and his son Kevin followed him until stepping down after last season.

Whayland (6-2, 210, Sr.), OL/DL John Minicozzi (5-10, 260, Sr.), LB/TE Jake Martilotti (6-0, 210, Sr.) and RB/LB Dee Barlee (5-8, 190, Jr.) return for Episcopal Academy. The potent passing attack remains intact with Whayland on the trigger after passing for 2,095 yards and 17 TDs last season. Barlee rushed for 679 yards. EA also has a veteran lineup. “We return a good amount of key players in key positions who have experience,” says Churchmen head coach Todd Fairlie. The Churchmen need to develop linemen.

SCH Academy has won just two league games over the past two seasons but one of those was a 24-21 win over Haverford last season. The Blue Devils then lost a 63-50 shoot out to Malvern Prep. So they aren’t far off from climbing back to contender status. There’s seven returning starters on both sides of the ball. Dooley (6-1, 205, Sr.), DB/QB Dylan Parsons (6-1, 180, Sr.), WR/S Sameir Madden (5-11, 185, Sr.), WR/DB Jordan Johnson (5-7, 140, Sr.) and OL/DL Darian Bryant (6-6, 335, Sr.) return. Dooley passed for 1,625 yards and 22 TDs last season. Head coach Rick Knox says there’s a strong, veteran group of playmakers on offense but the Devils need to develop linemen.

Hnatkowsky (6-1, 185, Soph.) returns at QB. Penn Charter head coach Tom Coyle says Pat McCain (6-3, 175), who played WR/DB last season, is also in the mix at QB. The Quakers have 10 returning starters. TE Evan Ferrel (6-4, 210, Jr.), H-back/WR Kenny Bergmann (5-11, 200, Jr.), TE/LB Rob Keehfus (6-0, 195, Sr.), OL/LB Pat McInerney (6-1, 225, Sr.), OL Sean Foley (6-4, 245, Jr.), OG Bill Costello (5-11, 265, Soph.), OL Alex Slook (6-2, 230, Soph.), OL/DL Jelani Buie (6-3, 225, Sr.) and H-back/LB Frank McGlinchey (5-11, 180, Sr.) return. Coyle expects Central Bucks transfer Jeremy Bass (6-2, 225, Soph.) to make an impact and for WR/DB Denari Beard (6-3, 185, Soph.) to emerge as a playmaker. McInerney is a three-year starter who is a Ivy League recruit. Keehfus is headed to Navy to play lacrosse. McGlinchey is the younger brother of former Penn Charter lineman Michael, who is playing at Notre Dame. “We’re better at each position,” says Coyle. “We’re a year older, stronger, wiser. We weren’t good at finishing games last season. We need to improve our depth and get stronger.”

RB/LB Ryan Calhoun (6-1, 210, Sr.), WR/DB Kashta Davis (5-10, 180, Sr.), OL/DL Max Hanamarian (6-0, 250, Sr.) and WR/DE Andrew Simon (6-3, 210, Sr.) return for Germantown Academy. The Patriots have to recover from 15 contributors graduating from the 2013 team. Davis is one of the top defensive backs in the Inter-Ac. Head coach Matt Dence says there’s talent at the skill positions, LB and the secondary but the lineup will include a lot of untested underclassmen. Kyle McCloskey (6-3, 185, Soph.) and Isaiah Jones (6-2, 185, Fr.) are in the mix at QB.

PLEASE NOTE: Sources for statistics are, coaches, Inquirer, Daily News, Daily Local News, Pennsylvania Football News, maxpreps.