Football

Varsity

Overview

Blair Academy has been competing in football since 1884, and the team continues to build upon our tradition of success. The program has a history of tough, hard-nosed teams that have competed at the highest level, and today's teams are no exception.

Our football program is built around two mottos: “Commitment to Excellence” and “Never Be Satisfied.” The teams develop by mastering the fundamentals of the game and by paying attention to the smallest details. Taking pride in a physical style of play on both offense and defense has been a key to success. Every player learns to play on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams, and they must be prepared to play an entire game with little rest.

Blair competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), which includes Lawrenceville, Hill, Peddie, Mercersburg and Hun, and also plays an outstanding group of non-conference schools, such as Kiski School, Phillips Exeter, Wyoming Seminary, Western Reserve, Worchester Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, Woodberry Forest and St. Albans. The varsity team completes a two-scrimmage, eight-game weekend schedule, while the JV team plays seven games on Monday afternoons.

Blair’s fall athletic season culminates on Peddie Day, when each of its fall teams take on arch-rival Peddie School and compete for the prized Kelley-Potter Cup. The Blair-Peddie gridiron rivalry is New Jersey’s longest-standing prep school football contest, having taken place since 1903, and the game is a perennial Peddie Day highlight. Blair also competes with Lawrenceville and Peddie for the annual Big Three Trophy.

Many Bucs have continued to play football at the collegiate level at schools including: University of Pittsburgh, University of Maine, Villanova University, Bryant University, Harvard University, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Florida State University, Rutgers University, Colgate University, Bucknell University, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, Williams College, Trinity College, Middlebury College, Bates College, Colby College, Kenyon College, University of Colorado, University of Arizona, University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Hofstra University, University of Connecticut, Towson University, Stonehill College and Union College.

Meet the Coaches

About Coach Saylor

Jim SaylorHead coach Jim Saylor took the helm of Blair’s football program in 2016, after nearly a decade as the team’s offensive and defensive line coach. Coach Saylor has worked with middle- and high-school athletes on football fields across the United States for more than 25 years, including at Fullerton High School in California, at Pleasant Valley High School and Middle School in Pennsylvania, and at Blair, where he has also coached track and field since 2008.

His coaching philosophy centers on relationship building and care for individual players, aligning with Blair’s overarching mission: to provide students with exceptional learning opportunities made more meaningful by close relationships with faculty members and classmates. Character development, safety, personal growth, friendship and opportunities for the future are each important building blocks of Blair’s football program under Coach Saylor’s leadership, and he believes deeply in helping players grow academically and athletically, and in helping each team member become his best self on and off the football field.

Coach Saylor traces his Blair roots to the 1940s when his grandfather, Howard '42, and grand-uncle, Horace ’41, attended the School. His children, Tyler '14 and Devyn '16, have continued that tradition, something of which he is very proud.

About Coach Jenkins

Assistant coach Jay Jenkins joined the Blair faculty in 2013. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated from The Lovett School. Jay earned a BA from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia; an MA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia; and an M.Phil from Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He taught history and coached football and wrestling at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, for 11 years before moving to New England where he taught history and coached football at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, and coached wrestling at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, for three years. At Blair, Jay teaches Advanced Placement comparative government and politics, Advanced Placement art history and western civilization, coaches football and wrestling, and serves as the housemaster of Mason Hall. He lives in Mason with his two sons, Thomas ‘18 and Andrew ‘21, and dog Mac.

About Coach Wilson

Former science department chair Roy Wilson joined Blair's faculty in 2009 as a physics teacher. He completed his undergraduate work at Colby College in 2007, and then spent two years teaching math and coaching girls' cross country at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He lives in Gateway House near the School's entrance and serves as the head coach of boys’ and girls track and field.

About Coach Haase

A 1999 graduate of Rutgers University, assistant coach Gary Haase has worked as a senior probation officer for the state of New Jersey for the past 17 years. He is also co-owner of the Sussex Stags, a semi-pro football team based in Newton, New Jersey, that he has coached for a number of seasons since 2010. Prior to coaching at Blair, Coach Haase served as offensive coordinator at North Warren Regional High School (2003-2008), offensive coordinator of the northeast Pennsylvania Miners (2009) and defensive coordinator at High Point High School (2011-2012). Coach Haase resides in Blairstown with his wife, Kerry, and three children, Zach, Luke and Bryn.

About Coach Bowman

Blair’s assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator Greg Bowman is assistant athletic director and a health/physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. Having completed his undergraduate (1995) and graduate work (2005) in physical education at East Stroudsburg University, Coach Bowman has worked for many years as a coach at the high school and collegiate levels. A former college athlete who lettered for four years as a member of the ESU football team, Coach Bowman resides in Effort, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Carson and Kason.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
Perkiomen, Hill (Scrimmage)
Away
Albany Academy (Scrimmage)
Home
vs.
Haverford
Home
vs.
Wyoming Seminary
Away
vs.
Episcopal Academy
Away
vs.
Hun
Home
vs.
Mercersburg
Away
vs.
Hill School
Away
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home
vs.
Peddie
Away

Roster

No players were found for this team

Team News

Photos

View more photos from the 2017-2018 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Fall 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
8/27 Belvidere and Kittatinny Scrimmage Home 10:00 am
9/3 St. Mary's Scrimmage Home 11:00 am
9/10 Pope John Away 3:00 pm 7-39 L
9/24 Wyoming Seminary Home 7:00 pm 18-6 W
10/1 Episcopal Academy Home 6:00 pm 7-14 L
10/8 Hun Away 3:30 pm 0-35 L
10/15 Mercersburg Home 2:00 pm 31-7 W
10/22 Hill Home 3:30 pm 28-14 W
10/29 Lawrenceville Away 2:30 pm 41-27 W
11/5 Peddie Home 2:00 pm 17-19 L

Fall 2015

DateOpponentLocationTimeResults
8/29Newark Collegiate ScrimmageHome10:00 am
9/5St. Mary's ScrimmageHome10:30 am
9/12Wyoming SeminaryAway7:00 pm35-7 W
9/19KiskiAway1:00 pm49-7 W
9/25Trinity PawlingHome5:00 pm41-19 W
10/10HunHome7:00 pm12-28 L
10/17MercersburgAway2:00 pm42-0 W
10/24HillAway3:30 pm58-27 W
10/31LawrencevilleHome2:30 pm58-34 W
11/7PeddieAway2:00 pm28-13 W

Fall 2014

DateOpponentLocationTimeResults
8/30Mercersburg @ Hill ScrimmageAway1:30 pm
9/6St. Mary's ScrimmageHome1:00 pm
9/13Wyoming SeminaryHome7:00 pm35-21 W
9/20Suffield AcademyHome3:30 pm0-41 L
9/27GermantownAway2:00 pm13-27 L
10/11HunAway3:30 pm16-46 L
10/18MercersburgHome2:00 pm38-7 W
10/25HillHome3:30 pm35-13 W
11/1LawrencevilleAway2:30 pm34-38 L
11/8PeddieHome2:00 pm20-7 W

Fall 2013

DateOpponentLocation TimeResults
8/31Dwight Morrow High School (Scrimmage)Away11:00 am
9/6St. Mary's (Scrimmage)Home10:00 am
9/14Newark CollegiateHome2:00 pm37-18 W
9/21The Haverford SchoolAway2:00 pm12-13 L
9/28GermantownHome2:00 pm0-31 L
10/12HunHome7:00 pm23-8 W
10/19MercersburgAway2:00 pm31-14 W
10/26HillAway3:00 pm47-26 W
11/2LawrencevilleHome4:00 pm24-14 W
11/9PeddieAway2:00 pm13-6 W

JV

Overview

Blair Academy’s storied football program has a long history of tough, hard-nosed teams that have competed at the highest level, and today’s teams are no exception.

Our football program is built around two mottos: “Commitment to Excellence” and “Never Be Satisfied.” The teams develop by mastering the fundamentals of the game and by paying attention to the smallest details. Taking pride in a physical style of play on both offense and defense has been a key to success. Every player learns to play on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams, and they must be prepared to play an entire game with little rest.

Blair competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), which includes Lawrenceville, Hill, Peddie, Mercersburg and Hun, and also plays an outstanding group of non-conference schools, such as Kiski School, Phillips Exeter, Wyoming Seminary, Western Reserve, Worchester Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, Woodberry Forest and St. Albans. The varsity team completes a two-scrimmage, eight-game weekend schedule, while the JV team plays seven games on Monday afternoons.

Blair’s fall athletic season culminates on Peddie Day, when each of its fall teams take on arch-rival Peddie School and compete for the prized Kelley-Potter Cup. The Blair-Peddie gridiron rivalry is New Jersey’s longest-standing prep school football contest, having taken place since 1903, and the game is a perennial Peddie Day highlight. Blair also competes with Lawrenceville and Peddie for the annual Big Three Trophy.

Many Bucs have continued to play football at the collegiate level at schools including: University of Pittsburgh, University of Maine, Villanova University, Bryant University, Harvard University, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Florida State University, Rutgers University, Colgate University, Bucknell University, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, Williams College, Trinity College, Middlebury College, Bates College, Colby College, Kenyon College, University of Colorado, University of Arizona, University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Hofstra University, University of Connecticut, Towson University, Stonehill College and Union College.

Meet the Coaches

About Coach Saylor

Head varsity football coach Jim Saylor assists with the JV program, having taken the helm of Blair’s football program in 2016 after nearly a decade as the team’s offensive and defensive line coach. Coach Saylor has worked with middle- and high-school athletes on football fields across the United States for more than 25 years, including at Fullerton High School in California, at Pleasant Valley High School and Middle School in Pennsylvania, and at Blair, where he has also coached track and field since 2008.

His coaching philosophy centers on relationship building and care for individual players, aligning with Blair’s overarching mission: to provide students with exceptional learning opportunities made more meaningful by close relationships with faculty members and classmates. Character development, safety, personal growth, friendship and opportunities for the future are each important building blocks of Blair’s football program under Coach Saylor’s leadership, and he believes deeply in helping players grow academically and athletically, and in helping each team member become his best self on and off the football field.

Coach Saylor traces his Blair roots to the 1940s when his grandfather, Howard '42, and grand-uncle, Horace ’41, attended the School. His children, Tyler '14 and Devyn '16, have continued that tradition, something of which he is very proud.


About Coach Jenkins

Assistant coach Jay Jenkins joined the Blair faculty in 2013. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated from The Lovett School. Jay earned a BA from Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia; an MA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia; and an M.Phil from Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He taught history and coached football and wrestling at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, for 11 years before moving to New England where he taught history and coached football at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, and coached wrestling at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, for three years. At Blair, Jay teaches Advanced Placement comparative government and politics, Advanced Placement art history and western civilization, coaches football and wrestling, and serves as the housemaster of Mason Hall. He lives in Mason with his two sons, Thomas ‘18 and Andrew, and dog Mac.

About Coach Wilson

Former science department chair Roy Wilson joined Blair's faculty in 2009 as a physics teacher. He completed his undergraduate work at Colby College in 2007, and then spent two years teaching math and coaching girls' cross country at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He lives in Gateway House near the School's entrance and serves as the head coach of boys’ and girls track and field.

About Coach Haas

A 1999 graduate of Rutgers University, assistant coach Gary Haase has worked as a senior probation officer for the state of New Jersey for the past 17 years. He is also co-owner of the Sussex Stags, a semi-pro football team based in Newton, New Jersey, that he has coached for a number of seasons since 2010. Prior to coaching at Blair, Coach Haase served as offensive coordinator at North Warren Regional High School (2003-2008), offensive coordinator of the northeast Pennsylvania Miners (2009) and defensive coordinator at High Point High School (2011-2012). Coach Haase resides in Blairstown with his wife, Kerry, and three children, Zach, Luke and Bryn.

About Coach Bowman

Blair’s assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator Greg Bowman is assistant athletic director and a health/physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. Having completed his undergraduate (1995) and graduate work (2005) in physical education at East Stroudsburg University, Coach Bowman has worked for many years as a coach at the high school and collegiate levels. A former college athlete who lettered for four years as a member of the ESU football team, Coach Bowman resides in Effort, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jenny, and sons, Carson and Kason.

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Hill School
Home
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home
vs.
Hun
Away
vs.
Peddie
Away

Roster

There is no information for this team.

Photos

View more photos from the 2017-2018 season or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Fall 2016

Date Opponent Location Time Results
9/27 Pennington Away 4:00 pm 6-12 L
10/3 Lawrenceville Away 4:15 pm 6-24 L
10/10 Hun Home 4:15 pm 0-18 L
10/24 Hill Away 4:30 pm 7-14 L
10/31 Peddie Home 4:15 pm 19-0 W

Fall 2015

DateOpponentLocationTimeResults
9/21HunHome4:15 pm7-22 L
10/5LawrencevilleHome4:15 pm21-34 L
10/12HunAway4:00 pmCanceled
10/19PenningtonAway4:00 pmCanceled
10/26HillHome4:15 pm6-22 L
11/6PeddieAway3:15 pm12-20 L

Fall 2014

DateOpponentLocationTimeResults
9/22HunAway4:00 pm12-36 L
9/29PenningtonHome4:15 pm14-6 W
10/6LawrencevilleHome4:30 pm15-30 L
10/13HunHome4:15 pm6-26 L
10/27HillAway4:30 pm20-28 L
11/3PeddieHome4:15 pm34-8 W

Fall 2013

DateOpponentLocationTimeResults
9/16LawrencevilleHome4:00 pmCanceled
9/23HunHome4:15 pm0-14 L
9/30Wyoming SeminaryHome4:15 pmCanceled
10/7PenningtonAway4:15 pm21-14 W
10/14HunAway4:15 pm0-18 L
10/21LawrencevilleHome5:00 pm6-24 L
10/28PeddieHome5:15 pm41-8 W
11/4PeddieAway3:30 pm32-0 W
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