Penn Charter/Germantown Academy Day – 2017
The nation’s oldest continuous high school rivalry resumed this weekend as Penn Charter squared off against Germantown Academy in the 131st PC/GA Day.
Possession of the Competition Cup was on the line as Penn Charter’s Quakers and Germantown’s Patriots faced off in every fall sport except golf, which the Quakers had already been victorious in on October 31, giving them an early lead in points coming into Saturday.
Penn Charter’s historic campus in East Falls played host to the annual fall contest between the two Inter-Ac rivals. Food trucks from Chickie’s & Pete’s, Nina’s Ice Cream, and more lined the baseball field while alumni from both schools migrated from one game to another.
“It’s a wonderful tradition,” said Penn Charter Head of School Darryl J. Ford. “We’re happy to have Germantown academy here.”
Ford emphasized what the event means, not just for their schools, but how it represents the Inter-Ac as a whole. “Before each competition we have students from both schools reading a pledge about sportsmanship and we’re thrilled about that. We want our kids to really be great athletes and great students, and hence a student athlete in the Inter-Academic League. It’s about sportsmanship, but it’s also about academics in this league.”
A year ago, Germantown won the event on their home campus. Now it was Penn Charter’s turn and they hoped to win their third cup in four years.
The girls’ tennis teams started things off Saturday morning, followed by the cross-country and soccer teams.
The Patriots claimed the first victory of the day as they recorded a 5-2 win in tennis. The teams then split victories in cross-country, with Germantown winning girls XC 27-30 and Penn Charter winning the boys 27-28.
The Quakers and Patriots also split victories in soccer. Germantown’s boys’ team won 3-2, while a hat trick from senior midfield Gi Demarco powered Penn Charter to a 4-0 victory.
Likewise, the two rivals earned equal points from water polo where the Penn Charter girls were victorious 9-6 and Germantown’s boys’ team put together a dominant 18-3 win.
Additionally, Germantown’s field hockey team had a decidedly one-sided victory as they put together an 8-0 shutout.
With the points all tied up and only one game left to go, the nation’s oldest high school football rivalry would decide who would hoist the Competition Cup.
Germantown struck first when freshman quarterback Lacey Snowden found junior wide receiver Tim Ruth for a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Patriots a 7-0 late in the first quarter.
Germantown then surprised Penn Charter with an onsides kick. The Patriots recovered at midfield and drove down to increase their lead. A direct snap to senior tight end Tanner Long resulted in a 1-yard rushing touchdown, giving Germantown a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Penn Charter’s offense struggled throughout most of the first half but was finally able to chip away at their rivals’ lead just before halftime.
With just seven seconds remaining in the second quarter, senior quarterback Will Samuel connected with senior wide receiver John Washington for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 just before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Quakers would further close the gap when Samuel rolled out and hit junior wide receiver Brendan Thomas for a 4-yard touchdown. After a missed extra point, the score was 14-13 Germantown with just over five minutes to play in the third.
Penn Charter would later take the lead on a kick when a field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter gave them a 16-14 lead.
On the Quakers’ next possession, they extended that lead when Samuel dumped it off to junior running back Edward Saydee on a screen pass. With blockers in front, Saydee was able to take it to the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown. With just over eight minutes to play, Penn Charter took a 23-14 lead.
The Penn Charter defense controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the second half and only allowed a field goal for the rest of the afternoon. The offense made it a two-score game by adding a field goal of their own with only nine seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
After defending one last incomplete pass, the Penn Charter players and coaches could celebrate their 26-17 victory.
The student section stormed the field as the Quakers had defeated GA on the gridiron. However, do to a 5-5 tie on the day, the Competition Cup goes to last years victor and Germantown Academy reclaim the cup for another year.
Photo Credit: Germantown Academy