Football
Football
Football
Football
Football

Football

Varsity

STATE PREP A CHAMPIONS
2014 2011 2009

— MAPL CHAMPS —
2000, 2003, 2008, 2013

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 Bowman

Varsity football head coach, Greg Bowman

Greg Bowman became Blair Academy’s head varsity football coach in 2019, following three seasons as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. During his time at Blair, Coach Bowman helped guide one of the premier defensive units in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL). Several Buccaneer defenders were named all-conference and all-state under Coach Bowman’s guidance, including Under Armour All-American Jayson Oweh ’18.

Prior to coming to Blair, Coach Bowman was the defensive back coach for three seasons at Misericordia University, where he was also involved in all aspects of special teams. In addition, he coached for 12 years at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, 11 of which he spent as the program’s defensive coordinator. His attacking style of defense helped Pleasant Valley win its only three conference football titles in school history. Coach Bowman has coached numerous positions throughout his coaching career including safeties, cornerbacks, inside linebackers, outside linebackers, offensive line and running backs.  

A native of Athens, Pennsylvania, Coach Bowman was a multisport high-school athlete for the Athens Area Wildcats. A varsity letter-winner in wrestling (four years), football (three years), baseball (two years) and track and field (two years), he was a member of six consecutive league-championship teams as a junior and senior, and he earned numerous accolades at the conference and district levels.

Coach Bowman continued his education and athletic career at East Stroudsburg University. Recruited for track and field, he joined the football team and became a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Warriors at outside linebacker. He also made starts at cornerback and free safety for the Warriors’ defense. Coach Bowman was a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete and a member of the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 2000 and a Master of Education in physical education/sport management in 2005 from East Stroudsburg University.

Coach Bowman teaches health and physical education at Pleasant Valley High School, where he also serves as the school district’s assistant athletic director. He resides in Effort, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons, Carson and Kason.

Contact Coach Bowman at bowmag@blair.edu for any questions.

About Coach Saylor

Assistant 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 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 Termidor

Schnayder Termidor joined Blair’s faculty in 2019 as a physics teacher and football and thirds’ basketball coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ithaca College (2016), where he played varsity football for the Bombers for three years. Schnayder furthered his football career by participating in the New York Giants’ 2016 rookie camp and playing and coaching professional football in France. 

About Coach Campbell

Zackary Campbell joined Blair’s faculty in 2019, following his graduation from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. During his years at Bates, he captained the track team and  served as a residence coordinator team leader, a teaching assistant in the Bates College Math and Statistics Workshop and a senior fellow in the admission office. An alumnus of The Lawrenceville School, Zackary teaches algebra 2 and pre-calculus and coaches track and football at Blair. 

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
vs.
Albany Academy
Away
Gilman School (MD)
Away Win 29-12
vs.
Wyoming Seminary
Away Win 33-27
vs.
William Penn Charter School
Home Loss 14-34
vs.
Hun
Home Loss 12-50
vs.
Capital Prep Harbor School
Home Win 39-8
vs.
Hill School
Away Win 21-13
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home Win 47-17
vs.
Peddie
Away Loss 7-41

Roster

# Name Position Height Class Hometown
2 Sanoussi Kane (captain) DB/RB 6'0 2020 New York, NY
3 Hunter Sloan DB/QB 6'2" 2021 Newton, NJ
4 James Hinsperger (captain) LB/RB 6'3" 2020 Waterloo, Ontario
5 NiKobe Myers DB/WR 6'2" 2020 Ortonville, MI
6 Bryce Kopcak DB/WR 5'10" 2020 New York, NY
7 Jude Buchanan LB/RB 6'2" 2022 Vancouver
9 Damon Washington DB/RB 6'2" 2020 East Brunswick, NJ
10 Pierce Kopcak LB/QB 5'8" 2023 New York, NY
11 Gabriel Kendja DL/WR 6'4" 2020 New York, NY
12 William Lerouge LB/RB 5'10" 2020 Birmingham, West Midlands
14 Sami Souayah DB/WR 5'11" 2022 Westfield, NJ
15 Noah Pettigrew LB/RB 5'11" 2022 Hahira, GA
20 Keith Delaney DB/WR 6'2" 2022 Long Valley, NJ
21 Thomas O'Neill DB/RB 5'10" 2022 Washington, NJ
22 Roman Martinez LB/RB 5'10" 2023 Princeton Junction, NJ
25 John Hadden DB/QB 5'11" 2021 Hardwick, NJ
28 Aaron Armitage DL/OL 6'5" 2021 Ajax
30 William Thomas LB/RB 6'0" 2022 Bedminster, NJ
32 Corey Downey LB/RB 6'0" 2020 Somerville, NJ
34 Tyler Stewart DB/RB 5'4" 2023 Haymarket, VA
42 Joshua Anthony LB/RB 5'9" 2023 Blairstown, NJ
44 Paul Kazilionis LB/TE 6'4" 2022 Boston, MA
51 Jai Bakshi LB/OL 6'0" 2020 Holmdel, NJ
53 Archer Benedict LB/RB 6'0" 2022 Long Branch, NJ
54 Samuel Bond DL/OL 6'4" 2020 Newton, NJ
55 Elijah Anthony LB/OL 6'1" 2020 Blairstown, NJ
56 Sean Horner DL/OL 5'11" 2021 Mullica Hill, NJ
61 Martin Holton DL/OL 6'0" 2020 Winston-Salem, NC
64 Andrew Bogdan DL/OL 6'3" 2021 Blairstown, NJ
65 Brad Allen LB/OL 5'8" 2022 Columbia, NJ
71 Nathaniel Zawoiski DL/OL 6'3" 2023 New York, NY
75 Preston Krivulka (captain) LB/OL 5'10 2020 Bloomsbury, NJ
76 Michael Mangino DL/OL 5'9" 2023 Fredon, NJ
77 Dylan Benson DL/OL 6'0" 2020 Blairstown, NJ
88 Victor Konopka DL/TE 6'7" 2020 Kinnelon, NJ

Team News

News & Recaps

Photos

View more photos from the 2019-2020 season on Blair's Photoshelter or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Fall 2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Capital Prep Harbor School
Win 44-8
vs.
Wyoming Seminary
Win 30-15
vs.
William Penn Charter School
Loss 21-45
vs.
Hun
Loss 6-26
vs.
Mercersburg
Win Win by Forfeit
vs.
Hill School
Win 26-6
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 33-12
vs.
Peddie
Loss 14-21

Fall 2017

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Haverford
Win 44-21
vs.
Wyoming Seminary
Win 27-7
vs.
Episcopal Academy
Win 13-10
vs.
Hun
Loss 26-33
vs.
Mercersburg
Win 41-0
vs.
Hill School
Win 40-20
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 17-13
vs.
Peddie
Loss 17-19

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

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 Bowman

Varsity football head coach, Greg Bowman

Greg Bowman became Blair Academy’s head varsity football coach in 2019, following three seasons as the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. During his time at Blair, Coach Bowman helped guide one of the premier defensive units in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL). Several Buccaneer defenders were named all-conference and all-state under Coach Bowman’s guidance, including Under Armour All-American Jayson Oweh ’18.

Prior to coming to Blair, Coach Bowman was the defensive back coach for three seasons at Misericordia University, where he was also involved in all aspects of special teams. In addition, he coached for 12 years at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, 11 of which he spent as the program’s defensive coordinator. His attacking style of defense helped Pleasant Valley win its only three conference football titles in school history. Coach Bowman has coached numerous positions throughout his coaching career including safeties, cornerbacks, inside linebackers, outside linebackers, offensive line and running backs.  

A native of Athens, Pennsylvania, Coach Bowman was a multisport high-school athlete for the Athens Area Wildcats. A varsity letter-winner in wrestling (four years), football (three years), baseball (two years) and track and field (two years), he was a member of six consecutive league-championship teams as a junior and senior, and he earned numerous accolades at the conference and district levels.

Coach Bowman continued his education and athletic career at East Stroudsburg University. Recruited for track and field, he joined the football team and became a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the Warriors at outside linebacker. He also made starts at cornerback and free safety for the Warriors’ defense. Coach Bowman was a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete and a member of the Athletic Directors Honor Roll. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education in 2000 and a Master of Education in physical education/sport management in 2005 from East Stroudsburg University.

Coach Bowman teaches health and physical education at Pleasant Valley High School, where he also serves as the school district’s assistant athletic director. He resides in Effort, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons, Carson and Kason.

Contact Coach Bowman at bowmag@blair.edu for any questions.

About Coach Saylor

Assistant 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 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 Termidor

Schnayder Termidor joined Blair’s faculty in 2019 as a physics teacher and football and thirds’ basketball coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ithaca College (2016), where he played varsity football for the Bombers for three years. Schnayder furthered his football career by participating in the New York Giants’ 2016 rookie camp and playing and coaching professional football in France. 

About Coach Campbell

Zackary Campbell joined Blair’s faculty in 2019, following his graduation from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. During his years at Bates, he captained the track team and  served as a residence coordinator team leader, a teaching assistant in the Bates College Math and Statistics Workshop and a senior fellow in the admission office. An alumnus of The Lawrenceville School, Zackary teaches algebra 2 and pre-calculus and coaches track and football at Blair. 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Hun
Away Loss 0-16
vs.
Lawrenceville
Away Tie 14-14
vs.
Pingry
Away Win 20-0
vs.
Peddie
Away Loss 13-14

Roster

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Photos

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View more photos from the 2019-2020 season on Blair's Photoshelter or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Fall 2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Hun
Loss 0-12
vs.
Peddie
Win 20-18

Fall 2017

Opponent Date Result Score
Vernon
Tie 0-0
vs.
North Warren
Tie 0-0
vs.
Pennington
Tie 0-0
vs.
Hun
Loss 0-1
vs.
Stuart Country Day
Win 1-0
vs.
Delaware Valley
Loss 0-1
vs.
Hill School
Win 3-1
vs.
Wallkill Valley
Loss 0-2
vs.
Lawrenceville
Loss 0-2

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