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Football Preview: Preacher, line’s ‘beef’ has Haverford School built tough

HAVERFORD >> As the Haverford School’s nonleague football schedule was being leaked, drip by challenging drip, coach Brian Martin braced for the text messages.

“The alumni,” Martin said, smiling. “They would ask: ‘Are you feeling OK?’”

The concern, premature and likely unnecessary, was that the Fords would be challenged by the classic likes of Downingtown West and La Salle, by the mystery of Executive Education Charter from Allentown, from Lansdale Catholic and, Maryland Landon School. From there would begin the ever-competitive Inter-Ac League schedule.

That would be a challenge to any program. But Martin, the running back on the 1991 St. James High Catholic League finalist, was feeling more than OK about it. That’s because the Fords were built for the task. Emphasis on built.

Through steady weight-room work and a desire to build on the 2-1 mini-season of 2020, the Fords will unload an offensive line with close to college-football dimensions. Anchored by 6-3, 265-pound left tackle Isaiah “Preacher” Boyd, the unit includes left guard Noah Andrewson (6-3, 305), center Matt Pante (6-4, 280), right guard Sean Dugery (6-3, 270) and right tackle Patrick Donaher (6-3, 260), a track and field All-Delco.

“Must be the water around here,” Martin said, laughing. “But the offensive line is our beef. That’s our strength.”

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