ABOUT The Lower Merion Football
ABOUT The Lower Merion Football
A MAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A TEAM CAN MAKE A MIRACLE
LM Football Team
We, the Lower Merion Football Bulldogs, strive to match the quality of people who came before us. We hope to emulate some of the great Lower Merion teams of the past.
It will not be easy but together we can!
The Aces Way!
The aces way is a culture. it is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes the Lower Merion Football program. This culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on an afterthought on our way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world"
George Washington Carver
LM Football Program
Develop champions for life and field a team that our school district will be proud of.
- Wining program
- Academic achievement
- Career opportunity
- Each practice serves a purpose: Practices must be short and efficient to keep the game fun
- Our simple approach to football: execution of our assignments
- Practice to win; NOT practice to play
- Be a physical football team and understand the importance of the FANATICAL effort.
- Execute the fundamental of the game better than our opponents.
- No phase of our program is more important than the other
- Offense, defense, and special team are equal and will be treated accordingly.
Two ideals will drive us in education, athletics and as citizens:
- Have a 1-0 Mentality:
- Attacking the obstacles immediately in from of your fanatically,
- By taking challenges one at a time, we will find success.
- Maximize Your Potential:
- "Good Enough" is not good enough
- Utilizing every last drop of potential in all aspects of our lives
- Focusing on the process, and the journey will ensure success.
- Continuous improvement
The Lower Merion Football Program has a strong tradition that dates back to the 1800s.
THE PERFECT DEFENSE OF 1923
Dating from the 19th century, Lower Merion football has a long and rich tradition. Over the years, the suburban Philadelphia school has fielded many fine teams. Perhaps the greatest of all was the perfect record squad of 1923. This maroon team from Ardmore scored 349 points in ten games while allowing the best opposition the suburbs and city had to offer nothing – Lower Merion was unbeaten, untied and unscored upon. In fact, after a 7-7 tie with Berwyn (now Conestoga) at the start of the 1922 season, Lower Merion won 29 straight games. Coach Frank Forstburg was a football star at Franklin & Marshall College. He later became Athletic Director and coach at Chester High School, then moved to Lower Merion in 1922. Success was immediate. After the 1924-25 school year, he went on to the University of Delaware as football and basketball coach.
COACH JOHN 'FRITZ' BRENNAN
Under the legendary tutelage of Fritz Brennan, Lower Merion enjoyed another “golden age” of football as the now Aces stormed through an unbeaten string of 33 games from 1953 through 1957. Fritz Brennan is one of the most influential figures in the history of Lower Merion High School. When one of his former players was asked about Coach Brennan, he responded with "Bow your head when you speak about that man." Guard Bob McNeil was named to the All-State first team in 1956. Other outstanding players from this era included back Dave Bishop and end Bill McMillan.
BARNEY FISCHER AND THE SILVER HORSESHOE
Barney Fischer was a Lower Merion community member who embodied the spirit of a true football fan. Fischer attended every game against our biggest rival from 1897 until the late 1970s. Every year he performed a ritual in which he rubbed a silver horseshoe on the shoulders of players and coaches to bring them luck. Will the silver horseshoe make a comeback?
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