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For Football, Second Half Makes the Difference

William Penn Charter School Quaker private school Philadelphia Inter-Ac football

Though Penn Charter is off to a 3-0 football start, don't assume win No. 3 was secured in easy fashion.

After cruising past Lansdale Catholic and Interboro, the visiting Quakers were tested Saturday in what became a 49-21 triumph over Lawrenceville School (NJ).

Not in outrageous fashion, mind you, but enough to matter.

The Quakers entered the locker room with a 21-14 deficit and the stretch run of the first half had not gone well. But over the final 24 minutes, there was complete domination.

In all, senior Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky passed 10-for-21 for 140 yards and one score apiece to four guys -- soph Edward Saydee, seniors Chris Tucker and Denarii Beard, and soph Nick DiCicco. Saydee and senior Brendan Pell contributed rushing TDs, junior John Washington added a score on a 35-yard interception return and senior Adam Kuper went 7-for-7 on PAT.

Senior John Grace and soph Hayden Knighton were dominant along the defensive line.

With just over two minutes left, soph Ronnie Ross blocked a punt and the ball wound up seven inches from the goal line. PC coach Tommy Coyle elected not to run up the score, ordering backup QB Will Samuel, a junior, to perform kneel-downs on four consecutive plays.

Above, Denarii Beard uses his wrists to make a 14-yard TD catch.. More photos.

Posted by S. Sexton in silary, fall sports on Sunday October, 2, 2016 at 09:40AM
Tags:  football, silary

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Penn Charter has provided student athletes with resources to match their talents. On 44 acres, Penn Charter offers its players and fans:

  • five grass playing fields, two synthetic turf fields, one all-weather, eight-lane track, seven tennis courts, 10 squash courts, four basketball courts, and one swimming pool.
  • PC has four buildings designated for athletics: Graham Athletics Center — with the new Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance  Kline & Specter Squash Center, Ray Dooney Field House, and the Old Gym.

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The spirit of Penn Charter athletics is built on a storied tradition of excellence and the belief that the interplay of academics, arts and athletics leads to strong, creative, resilient and flexible people.

Skilled teachers and coaches help our students understand – whether on the playing field or in the classroom – how to collaborate and compete, how to win with grace, and how to handle challenges and setbacks.

Our school cheer is: Go Charter!

We appreciate the student athletes who are now powering PC to great feats, and look forward to welcoming those who will do so in the future. Also, of course, we eternally appreciate the efforts of all OPCs!

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A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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