Penn Charter rallies to beat GA
Patriots can’t hold onto 14-0 lead
EAST FALLS » All Matt Dence could do was look off into space and think about what might have been.
Sure, Dence’s Germantown Academy football team lost the 131st renewal of the Penn Charter-GA football game, 26-17, at Penn Charter Saturday, but all Dence could do was remember what could have been the game’s turning point, a flag for too many men on the field that could have turned an early 14-0 GA lead into a 21-0 bulge.
Instead, the Quakers scored late in the second quarter to halve the Patriots lead, then pulled away in the second half behind the play of quarterback Will Samuel, who tossed three touchdown passes and led the comeback effort.
“That’s a tough call,” Dence said. “We go up 21-0 there, and it’s a different game. “But what can you do?” But before the Quakers’ comeback, the Patriots looked very much like the better team throughout the first half.
It began with the visitors taking the opening kickoff and rolling down the field behind a 43yard pass play from quarterback Lacey Snowden to Mike Reilly.
Unfortunately, Reilly fumbled the ball away and the home team covered the ball at its own 13-yard line.
But the Patriots were far from done.
On their next series, Patriots wideout Timmy Ruth snared a 25-yard touchdown pass from Snowden and found the end zone.
And one series later, Tanner Long found the end zone from the 3-yard line to double the Patriots lead.
But on GA’s next series the flags flew, and the visitors were whistled for too many men.
“It’s a tough call,” Dence said. “I’ll have to watch the film, but I don’t think the call was right. And if we go up, 21- 0, there, I think we win the game.”
Instead, the Quakers survived, got the touchdown late in the half fromreceiver JohnWashington, who latched onto a Samuel
pass with 12 seconds left, and the comeback had officially begun.
The home team got within a point of a tie midway through the third quarterwhen Samuel found Brendan Thomas for a 4-yard score with 5:23 left in the third quarter, and the home team took its first lead when Ryan Bradby chipped home a 19-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.
After an exchange of possession, PC went ahead to stay when Samuel found Edward Saydee behind the defense for a 47-yard score.
The Patriots got within a score whenMike Capone nailed a 25-yard field goal with 4:20 to play.
But a late field goal by Bradby locked up the result.
“It was a good season,” said GA linebacker Tanner Long, a Penn recruit. “I’ll never forget how we battled through the season and stayed brothers.”
Penn Charter’s John Washington hauls in a 12-yard touchdown pass on GA’s Timmy Ruth.
GA’s Timmy Ruth makes a leaping grab between Penn Charter’s Matt Marshall (30) and Aaron Maione.
Penn Charter’s Matt Marshall tries to run down GA’s Joe Cawley as he rambles up field following an onside kickoff.
GA’s Avery Samuels takes advantage of the size differential with Penn Charter’s Wayne Derkotch.
GA’s Mike Reilly fields a punt.
GA’s Lacey Snowden tries to maneuver around Trey Womack.
Penn Charter’s Edward Saydee looks for running room in the teeth of the GA defense.
Will Samuel gets off a pass with GA’s Joe Cawley bearing down on him.
GA’s Donovan Ganges breaks free in the PC secondary.
Penn Charter’s Terence Thompson gets off a booming punt.