Penn Char­ter ral­lies to beat GA

Pa­tri­ots can’t hold onto 14-0 lead

The Review - - Front Page - By Den­nis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

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.”

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Penn Char­ter’s John Washington hauls in a 12-yard touch­down pass on GA’s Timmy Ruth.

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GA’s Timmy Ruth makes a leap­ing grab be­tween Penn Char­ter’s Matt Mar­shall (30) and Aaron Maione.

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Penn Char­ter’s Matt Mar­shall tries to run down GA’s Joe Caw­ley as he ram­bles up field fol­low­ing an on­side kick­off.

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GA’s Avery Sa­muels takes ad­van­tage of the size dif­fer­en­tial with Penn Char­ter’s Wayne Derkotch.

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GA’s Mike Reilly fields a punt.

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GA’s Lacey Snow­den tries to ma­neu­ver around Trey Wo­mack.

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Penn Char­ter’s Ed­ward Saydee looks for run­ning room in the teeth of the GA de­fense.

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Will Sa­muel gets off a pass with GA’s Joe Caw­ley bear­ing down on him.

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GA’s Dono­van Ganges breaks free in the PC sec­ondary.

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Penn Char­ter’s Ter­ence Thomp­son gets off a boom­ing punt.

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