Saturday was a big day for football, which defeated Blair Academy 45-21 as senior Eddie Saydee ran his way into the PC record books, distinguishing himself as the Quakers’ all-time leading rusher.
Saydee surpassed Eric Neefe OPC '13 (2,830 yards) on a 55-yard TD run that increased the Quakers lead to 38-21. His total for the day included three touchdowns for the Quakers and enough yardage to surpass the 3000-yard mark for his four-year high school career, which included Prep Charter; his new Penn Charter rushing total, after just three years at PC, is now 2,836. The yardage Saydee gains on kickoff and punt returns does not even count in his rushing yardage, and on Saturday his exceptional performance included a 96-yard kickoff return at the opening of the second half.
After closing the first half up 21-14, the boys gradually widened their lead with contributions from junior Ryan Bradby, sophomore Dean Bergmann and sophomore Aaron Maione. The Quakers are 4-1 this season. They host Malvern in their first Inter-Ac match-up on Oct. 12.
Girls cross country placed 11th of 39 teams at the Paul Short Run on Saturday. Sophomore powerhouse Emma Zwall led the Quaker pack, taking third overall. And three freshman—Julia Dolce, Lane Murray and Olivia Montini—placed in the low 100s among a field of 330 runners, suggesting the PC girls’ squad will be a force to reckon with for years to come.
Meanwhile, boys cross country placed 16th of 41 teams, with sophomore Finn Glew coming in at number 9 for the day and freshman Oliver Leedale-Brown coming in at number 24. PC’s next finisher was sophomore Drew Gillespie, at 107. Junior Zion Weeks shaved a full three minutes off his 5K time from two weeks ago to take number 130.
Girls water polo finished 2-2 at this weekend’s two-day Beast of the East tournament. On Friday they fell to former state champs Wilson High but defeated Upper Perkiomen. In an 11-5 win over Fairview on Sunday, junior Hayley Hunt led the goal-scoring effort with seven, while senior Stella Singer and junior Sally Foley together picked up eight steals. The girls’ first Inter-Ac match, against Episcopal, is scheduled for Oct. 9 in the Graham Athletic Center.
Boys soccer battled Catholic League leader Roman Catholic to a scoreless tie, Kyle Earley earned the shutout in the net for Charter.