Ga Is Taken To School By Penn Charter

Posted: November 13, 1995

PHILADELPHIA — The Germantown Academy football team learned a harsh, cruel lesson about adversity Saturday from its longtime Inter-Academic League archrival.

With a crushing, season-ending 40-13 defeat to host Penn Charter, the Patriots will not soon forget the punishment they absorbed from a team that outperformed them in every phase of the game.

Just two weeks after putting together their finest effort of the season in a 16-9 setback to Hun School (N.J.), the Patriots (3-6-1 overall, 0-3-1 league) were seemingly overwhelmed from the game's opening series, enabling Penn Charter (6-3, 3-1) to increase its commanding advantage in the nation's longest continuous scholastic rivalry to 69-29-11.

"We didn't play well, and I don't know why we didn't play well," said coach Bill Caum, who found it extremely difficult to come away with any type of positive spin.

Indeed, even the final score was not indicative of the contest's lopsided nature.

The game began about 10 minutes early, due to a threat of rain, and was over soon after that as Penn Charter scored three touchdowns within a seven- minute span of the second quarter to take a 33-0 halftime lead. The Quakers expanded the advantage to 40-0 on quarterback Larry Storm's 19-yard touchdown gallop and Mike Soens' extra point late in the third quarter.

They finished with 399 total yards - a figure that would have been higher if not for 120 yards in penalties - and accumulated seven sacks.

To make matters worse, co-captain Stephen Reed and Nathan Wachtner went out with injuries, leaving the Patriots' offensive backfield severely depleted.

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