Malvern Prep romps past GA

Posted: October 21, 2013

The opening kickoff of the second half clanked off the fingers of Matt Brown. It took a fat hop off the Carey Stadium turf and bounced back into his arms.

Seventy-five yards later, untouched, he raced into the end zone.

Even when things went wrong for Malvern Prep on Saturday afternoon, they ended up turning out just fine in a 46-21 rout of host Germantown Academy.

The pattern began earlier in the week, when Friars running back Troy Gallen, a Delaware recruit averaging more than 100 yards per game, was ruled out with a shoulder injury. That meant an expanded role for Brown out of the backfield and returning kicks.

"I did feel a lot of pressure today, but that's part of the game," Brown said. "I feel like I perform better under pressure."

He wasn't kidding. The senior rushed for two touchdowns on just seven carries, and a punt return for another score was called back because of a penalty.

Brown would have had more carries, but the Friars never needed to go far. They began their first five possessions - all touchdowns - in or near Germantown Academy territory, and led by 40-7 at halftime. They punted just once in the first three quarters.

"There was no doubt that Matt was pretty electric out there today," coach Kevin Pellegrini said. "When you've got a Troy Gallen, you can be overshadowed at times. But Matt did just a fantastic job."

Both teams entered the season with Inter-Ac League championship aspirations. Those hopes took a blow when both lost their league openers last week.

That made this, quite possibly, an early-season championship eliminator.

"Now every week's a championship game," Pellegrini said. "You can't lose two."

Most of the Friars' skill players got involved early. Andy Pancoast caught a 26-yard jump ball in the end zone from Alex Hornibrook, who also sneaked for a touchdown himself. Hunter Paulus ran for two scores.

The Friars (4-2 overall, 1-1 Inter-Ac), ranked 20th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, picked off GA's Hayes Nolte three times. They also tackled the punter to set up a touchdown.

Nolte hung with it to throw three touchdowns. He was 18 for 33 for 236 yards for the Patriots (4-3, 0-2).

"We were ready for anything GA was going to throw at us," Brown said. "We just wanted to get pumped up and take it to them right away."

Brown did that from his first touch of the game, weaving his way 49 yards into the end zone on a punt return. A flag took those points off the board, but the reprieve was short-lived.

Three plays later, the Friars scored.

Malvern Prep 27 13 6 0 - 46

Germantown Academy 0 7 7 7 - 21

MP: Hunter Paulus 1 run (Jonathan Dollfus kick)

MP: Andy Pancoast 26 pass from Alex Hornibrook (run failed)

MP: Matt Brown 36 run (Dollfus kick)

MP: Hornibrook 1 run (Dollfus kick)

MP: Brown 13 run (kick failed)

GA: Myles Anthony 14 pass from Hayes Nolte (Dan Altman kick)

MP: Paulus 1 run (Dollfus kick)

MP: Brown 75 kickoff return (kick blocked)

GA: Kyle Donahue 4 pass from Nolte (Altman kick)

GA: Kashta Davis 4 pass from Nolte (Altman kick)

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