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it’s my last high school game so I had to give my heart to it.”

Saydee ended the game with five touch­downs — tak­ing a screen pass 43 yards for six in the sec­ond quar­ter — as Penn Char­ter (8-2, 4-1 league) earned its sec­ond straight win over ri­val GA (6-4, 1-4).

“Ev­ery­thing we did was to try to keep him from do­ing those things and they got us into for­ma­tions and into looks that were just not where we were com­fort­able,” Germantown Academy coach Matt Dence said. “And we missed tack­les and when you miss tack­les against a back like that, you’re in trou­ble

Quar­ter­back Ryan Jones added 95 yards and a touch­down on 14 car­ries as the Quak­ers com­piled 429 rush­ing yards in claim­ing a fourth con­sec­u­tive win. Penn Char­ter led 27-0 be­fore the Pa­tri­ots fi­nally scored at 11:55 in the fourth quar­ter when Matt Brit­ting­ham hit Hans Lil­lis for an eight-yard touch­down on 4th-and-3.

Saydee, how­ever, an­swered with a 61-yard touch­down run 57 sec­onds later then tacked on four­yard TD run with 6:01 left for a 41-7 ad­van­tage.

“He came out, he played hard — he’s a good player,” said GA of­fen­sive/de­fen­sive line­man Eli­jah Wroten of Saydee. “We came out strong at first, I just felt like we didn’t ad­just as well as we should of. We just had to pick it up in the sec­ond half but we didn’t in the long run.”

The Pa­tri­ots added a sec­ond touch­down with 36.3 sec­onds re­main­ing when Brit­ting­ham con­nected with Tayshaun Mack from 28 yards out. The loss was the third in a row for GA, which be­gan the sea­son 5-0 but strug­gling in In­terAc play — its lone win coming against SCH Academy Oct. 20.

“It stinks es­pe­cially when you’re 5-0 and you feel re­ally good about your­self,” Dence said. “And we are a good foot­ball team. But the key to this league is stay­ing healthy, es­pe­cially the Co-Ed schools. We had 52 kids on the ros­ter, which is big for us but 52 guys aren’t ready to play var­sity foot­ball. So you re­ally go 30-ish guys and when you lose five or six guys you’re in it. And for a time we lost some of those guys.

Ju­nior Trae Vance paced the Pa­tri­ots in rush­ing with 123 yards on 19 car­ries. Brit­ting­ham threw for 127 yards and two scores on 10of-24 pass­ing.

“Our kids com­peted but they just beat us in ev­ery as­pect of the game,” Dence said. “They’re a well­coached, talented foot­ball team and we knew we had to play well to beat them and we did not play well and they did the things they needed to do and did them well.”

Penn Char­ter took a 7-0 lead af­ter a GA punt died in the wind and set the Quak­ers up the Pa­tri­ots 33 at 4:38 in the first quar­ter. On 3rd-and-6, Saydee ran for 24 yard down the five and on the next play Jones found the end zone for a five-yard score at 2:44.

On its next pos­ses­sion, Penn Char­ter drove down to the GA 8 but had a 25yard field goal blocked. The Pa­tri­ots pro­ceeded to go three-and-out but Con­all Sweeney’s punt rolled all the way down the Quak­ers four. PC used nine straight runs to get to the GA 43 then on the drive 10th’s play Jones hit Saydee on a screen pass and Saydee took it the rest of the way for a 14-0 lead with 1:13 left in the half.

Saydee made it 21-0 with his 80-yard TD run to start the third with the se­nior ex­tend­ing the PC lead to 27-0 at 9:01 in the quar­ter as he found the end zone on a run from 33 yards out.

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