Allen helps run Germantown Academy after Olney Charter – PA Prep Live
FORT WASHINGTON >> The climb to 3-0 had some sledding difficulties and a few missed steps, but Germantown Academy did.
“The three wins weren’t among the scores we were looking for, but we’ll take the ‘and oh’ any day of the week,” said Brian Allen with a smile after Saturday’s game.
Allen ran 129 yards on 22 persistent carries, helping the Patriots to a 23-12 victory over Olney Charter.
GA took a 3-0 halftime lead, but the Patriots put some things in place after the break and walked away to another non-league victory.
“We’re not happy with (the overall performance), but we got the win,” Allen said. “We were without one of our star players (wide receiver / defensive back Jake Hsu), and this was our first week fighting this war without him, and not having him hurt us, but it’s the next man. And that’s the mindset we need to have.
“We came out flat, but in the second half we increased and started to play our type of football.”
GA hosts Rock Creek Christian Academy on Saturday at 1 p.m., then West Philadelphia the following Saturday at 1 p.m.
After Jared Smith put up a 28-yard field goal for the first half alone, GA hit quickly in the third quarter.
In the first play of the scrum, quarterback Tristian Machado hit Evan Spivey in stride down the straight sideline for 48 yards and a 10-0 lead.
But Olney (1-3) came back straight away, while Jabari Morgan returned the following kick-off 70 yards for a touchdown that reduced the margin to 10-6.
A busy third trimester was just beginning.
Morgan scored on a 17-yard reception from Jaheim Miller to give the Trojans their only lead of the game, 12-10. The Trojans bet two again and were stopped again in a pass attempt.
GA continued in earnest when Machado gave Aidan Donahue a nice throw in the back corner of the end zone, and Donahue grabbed an 8-yard score and a 16-12 lead over Patriot. GA did not convert on the two-point pass attempt.
The Patriots closed the third quarter with another touchdown, this one a 16-yard run through the stomach by Allen that extended the lead to 23-12 and provided the final margin.
“I’m just thinking about our energy (changed in the second half). In the first half, our energy was not there on the sidelines or on the pitch. We walked into this locker room at the break and something clicked. We started playing hard again.
The Patriots defense made a big save in their own 10 with about four minutes left, forcing a turnaround on the downs.
GA was then able to miss most of the remaining time, thanks in part to a 22-yard rush from Allen.
“I couldn’t believe how flat we came out in our first home game in front of the fans in two years. I was really disappointed with that. But our top executives basically said we needed to fix it, and good for them, they did it, ”said coach Matt Dence. “Brian and Taj (Dyches) both managed the ball pretty well. If we eliminate the turnovers, we’ll be fine.
After giving up that lone score in the third quarter, the Patriots defense forced two punts and a turnaround on the downs.
“The defense has been doing a good job all year round,” Dence said. “We are going to play more multiple offenses to come and we will have to find a way to line up. We can play better than today. Part of it is (Olney) forced us to make mistakes. If we had scored 40 I would probably jump a bit more. But give Olney credit. Their physical game will prepare us for Inter-AC.
Germantown Academy 23,
Olney Charter 12
Olney 0 0 12 0 – 12
GA 0 3 20 0 – 23
GA-Jared Smith 28 field goal, 9:32.
GA-Evan Spivey 48 assist from Tristian Machado (Smith kick), 1:42.
O-Jabari Morgan 70 kick-off return (missed pass), 8:29 a.m.
O-Morgan 17 assist from Jaheim Miller (missed pass), 8:29.
GA-Aidan Donahue 8 pass from Machado (missed pass), 5:01.
GA-Brian Allen 16 run (Smith kick), 1:12.
First stockings 12 14
Rush-yards 40-120 30-160
Pass (cai) 8-17-1 11-16-2
Passing yards 99 128
Total yards 219,288
Pole hits 4 2
Penalties-yards 9-90 4-40
Fumbles lost 0-0 1-1
Turnover 1 3
O: Khalif Barrett 24-72; Shyheed Taylor 2-14; Tymir Cane 1-0; Jaheim Miller 5 – (- 1); Jabari Morgan 4 – (- 1); Dylan Heath 4-36.
GA: Brian Allen 22-129, TD; Taj Dyches 4-25; Mike McGhee 2-0; Tristian Machado 2-6.
O: Miller 8-17-99-1-1.
GA: Machado 11-16-128-2-2.
O: Morgan 4-58, TD; Zahfir McCullough 1-16; Robert Smith 2-26; Dylan Heath 1 – (- 1).
GA: Evan Spivey 5-77, TD; Aidan Donahue 4-38, TD; AJ Towson 2-13.
O: Taylor, Heath.