Bears wind up preseason;McNamara next;Bear Trax

The Bears’ scrimmages against Walt Whitman, Potomac School and in the 2nd part of a double-header, Episcopal were marked by extraordinary skill play and an
improving line play. Coach Padalino and Head Trainer Matt Virtue devised (presumably based on the principles of Dr. Gerry Gioia, director of Neuropsychology at Children’s
National Medical Center) a preseason workout schedule that minimized the risks of concussions. That approach will assure that the players’ health will be
better during the season and beyond.

That safer strategy did slow down the line play, but as the scrimmage progressed so did the Big Numbers’ timing, aggressiveness and sustained blocking. Whitman, Potomac [yes, they are a MAC team, but they had some studs; their reserves were few] and EHS all had BIG size upfront; so the Bear lines were tested. At the end of the
Panthers’ and Maroon’s play, our lines were asserting themselves. 

Last year Kellen Miller, after a successful football season, decided to go out for the basketball team. As a senior, it was clear that he was not doing this for his future college career, but to support his fellow Bears. This year, Joe Mc Donald, a highly recruited basketball player, came out to play football. These boys are wonderful examples of the Bear spirit— to participate in the games not for self-aggrandizement, but for the competition and the contribution to the team. During the lacrosse season, we honored the spirit of Khari Baten by acknowledging Bears who demonstrated such school spirit. Kellen (in retrospect) and Joe are being awarded Khari’ “That’s a Bear” award for such selfless participation.

 The McNamara Mustangs

Landon will continue its series against this WCAC school in the Patriot Classic at Navy Marine Corps Stadium, Friday September 9 at 5pm. The Mustangs certainly remember losing to the Bears last fall 17-12 (also their basketball team players have bad memories about their hoops loss to Landon). Mc Namara’s has a loaded roster with 4 players with Div I offers, 2 more studs with interests from Div I schools and one other hearing from Div III schools. The Mustangs’ strength is with their skilled players (QB with a Syracuse scholarship letter received, RB with Terp, FSU and UVa scouts, and a WR with interest from UVa). Do not underestimate their lines, which  include 4 next year college players ( 1 Maryland (OL), 2 Syracuse (OL) + (DL), 1 OL to Georgetown). Their game against Coolidge was postponed according to WaPo.


Bears playing College Football


Maybe a record number (14) Bears are continuing their football careers at the Divisions I and III levels. Most notable this weekend is the Bear v. Bear conflict in Durham, NC where Will Snyderwine kicked against the Richmond Spiders, who include in their number, Terrence Fullum, who played for the Spiders in their win.[note: there are dramatic differences in the stats provided by the schools’ websites. IF YOU HAVE BETTER INFO, please send me the stats and/or pictures!!]

John Blizzard 57 LB W+L v. F&M W,27-10
23 RB YALE    
Terrence Fullum 51 DL Richmond @  Duke W, 23-21, played
Antoine Hudson 1 DB Bryant v. Maine L 28-19
Ben Hunt 32 LB Davidson @ Georgetown L 40-16; Ben-2 solo,5 assists, TFL-0.5/2
Jeff Johnson 88 FB Colgate v. Albany W 37-34 in o/t
Marek Laco 15 DB Dickinson v.Hobart L33-9, Marek-3 Solo,4 Assists
Max Lehrman * DE Amherst    
John Lynn *   Maryland v. Miami 9/5 Walk on
Ray Lynn 51 LB Maryland v. Miami 9/5  
Dillon Rupp 29 FB Bucknell   W 27-26
Will Snyderwine 96 K Duke v. Richmond Lou Groza nominee; L 23-21, Will 3PATs, 0/2 FGs, 4 Kick offs, 64.25  ave.
Ben Spiritos * OL Dartmouth    
Jon Umanzor 13 LB Dickinson v. Hobart L 33-9; Jon 1Solo,9 Assists

(courtesy of FaceBook; pictures are


Not 100% sure that the above list captures all the boys who are playing football.


BSN welcomes all input about any and all Bears and would greatly appreciate information about Landon alumni who are playing college soccer, water polo, cross country, fall lacrosse and any other college fall activity of note.



(a) the content is mine, does not reflect the opinion of Landon, Coach Padalino or anyone directly related to Landon, (b) that any errors that may exist are mine, inadvertent and correctable (please let me know and I will make ALL corrections);(c) that the author (me) is a huge disciple of the Landon team concept and that I will do everything that I can do to mention all the players; however, universal coverage is not really possible through this medium. If someone believes that a player or group (O or D line, backs, special teams, etc.) should receive greater attention, I am open to such
suggestions. I will TRY not mention referees at any time and will limit references to the opposition.(d) that BSN is a volunteer publication and that
as the editor, publisher, statistician and writer [me], I am all too fallible and I apologize in advance for any error


Published in: on September 4, 2011 at 8:20 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I belive Jeff Izon will have an impact at Brown this year. He played in the spring game and his stats were posted on the Brown site.

    • Great point, Tim. Much appreciated; anyone else that I have missed? Please let me know.

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