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Mercersburg Academy football

School founder Dr. William Mann Irvine anchored the start of Mercersburg’s athletic program with the sport that was his passion—football—in 1894. That first contest, an 18-0 victory over Chambersburg Academy, set a precedent that eventually spawned a program that at one point played more collegiate freshman and JV teams than high school teams. Contemporary times have brought team success as well, including three conference titles in Mercersburg's first league (the Mid-Atlantic Conference, or MAC), the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship, and the 2021 Keystone State 8-Player Football League crown.

Recent graduates have gone on to compete at all three NCAA collegiate levels, with three reaching the National Football League. Alumni have earned roster spots and playing time at schools ranging from the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, and Patriot League to the NESCAC and Centennial Conferences. Vincent Rey ’06, who starred at Duke, played nine years for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. 

In 2019, Mercersburg joined a growing number of preparatory and public schools across the country in a move to eight-player football, which is a more wide-open version of the sport played with eight players per side. (More than 1,100 teams nationwide play eight-player football.) The KSFL, which includes Mercersburg and six other schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., includes a regular season and a season-ending playoff tournament. Mercersburg has appeared in the league championship game both times it has been held.

The team’s game field and bleachers/press box are located inside the Curran Track in the center of campus. A separate practice field is used for daily sessions during the week.

Two Mercersburg football players celebrating.

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Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
Del Co Jamboree, Delaware County Christian School
Delaware County Christian School Away Details
Perkiomen School
Perkiomen School Away Details Loss 16-34
Valley Forge Military Academy
Valley Forge Military Academy Away Details CANCELLED
Randolph-Macon Academy
Football Field Home Details
Coventry Christian School
Coventry Christian School Away Details
Delaware County Christian School
Football Field Away Details
Maryland School for the Deaf
Football Field Home Details
Model School for the Deaf
Football Field Home Details
KSFL Semi-Final
All Day
Keystone State Football League Championship
All Day


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# Name Class
Orhan Abalioglu 2024
Thanasi Akaras 2027
Kenneth Austin 2027
Frank Bonsal 2025
Tyson Brown 2026
Reid Davis 2027
Lucas Duarte 2026
Ryan Ellis-Simpson 2027
Maxwell Friedman 2025
Luke Hendricks 2024
William Hollis 2024
Jiayi Hu 2025
Germany Johnson 2025
Ian Kim 2027
Ian Kopp 2026
Hiu Ho Kwok 2027
William Lee 2025
Andrew Leibowitz 2024
Thomas McNeil 2025
Thach Anh Nguyen 2024
Jonathan Nussdorfer 2026
Jiho Park 2027
Sehwan Park 2025
August Parks 2027
Wyatt Parks 2025
Brayden Pearson 2027
Theo Wu Shuang Quibel 2024
William Quick 2025
Dylan Ridgway 2026
Adrian Rios 2025
Deran Shippy 2025
Reed Warner 2025
Ke-Yu Wei 2025
Charlie Xu 2026
Haris Yahaya 2024
Qinghan Yuan 2024
Imangali Zhakan 2026
Ruohan Zhao 2024