For Football, Second Half Makes the Difference
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.
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