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Germantown Academy got off to hot start as they traveled to meet a tough Prep Charter team Saturday afternoon.
After leading 28-6 in the second half the Patriots had to hold on for dear life to get out of dodge with a 28-20 win.
“It was 21-6 at half and then [we] came out the first drive in the third quarter and scored again,” GA coach Matt Dense said. “It was a really good start; we just didn’t do a good job of finishing off.”
In his first two years as head coach Dense had Hayes Nolte at the helm leading the offense. Backing up Nolte was current starter Greg McCloskey. With Dense in his fourth year running his program and McCloskey now in his third year in the program, second year as the team’s varsity starting quarterback, Dense says his playbook is now more open than ever.
“[This was his] best performance so far as our quarterback,” Dense said. “He gutted out some great wins last year against Episcopal and Penn Charter in league play but I think over all from a stats stand point it was his best throwing day.”
“Hayes’ first year in the offense was my first year and we had basically 1/5 of what we have in now then. Second year, Hayes is a senior, Kyle is a freshman. Hayes really had good command of it but even in that second year we probably maybe 75 percent of what we have in now.”
McCloskey was precise and efficient Saturday afternoon as he finished the game 17-for-29 for 245 yards and four touchdowns. While McCloskey did a good job spreading the ball around the main beneficiary of McCloskey’s big day was wide receiver Jimmy McAfee as McCloskey and McAfee hooked up seven times for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
“Spread offense is take what the defense gives you,” Dense said. “We have five skill guys we can throw the ball to at any time and that’s what we preach to them.”
Defensively Kwasi Ampomah was causing havoc in the Prep Charter back field all day as he finished with three sacks for his efforts but the three sacks aren’t even truly telling how disruptive he was especially because he was match up against Karamo Dioubate, Prep Charters’s huge 6-foot-4, 278 pound tackle.
“Kwasi was in their back field all day,” Dense said. “He’ll be his toughest critic and tell you he probably should have had six or seven sacks. He had three sacks but I would say he had six or seven hurries.”
GA is now 2-0 on the young season and Dense like where his team is at as long as they continue to get better every week and as he put it “win every day.”