MALVERN- Saturday afternoon at the Pellegrini Sports Complex the Malvern Prep football team took another big step in securing a coveted Inter-Academic league title by dominating Germantown Academy 31-7, in Inter-Ac League action.
Malvern Prep (3-0, Inter-Ac, 6-2 overall) got a big boost to start the game when D’Angelo Stocker got things going by taking the opening kickoff 95 yards to give the friars an early 7-0 lead. Stocker took the ball near the right sideline and burst through hole in the Patriots (1-2, 4-3) coverage and then outran everyone for the touchdown.
“I saw a hole and I went through it as fast as I could to get things started for us.” Stocker said
Germantown Academy then went on a long, 10 play, 90 yard touchdown drive, fueled by the tough running of Brain Allen. Allen had two big runs on the drive and finished it off with a three yard touchdown run to tie things up at 7-7 after six minutes of play. Allen ended the day with 123 yards rushing on 19 carries but was held in check after the opening drive by a fired up Friars defense.
Malvern Prep also saw starters Colton Deery and Isaiah Wright go down to injuries in the Patriots opening drive. Deery returned to be a big part of the Friars defense but Wright was sidelined from that point.
“We had some adversity losing Isaiah,” Malvern prep head coach Dave Gueriera said. “D’Angelo got us going with the return and then to lose Wright was a big blow. He cleans up a lot of things from his safety spot but other guys, like Ryan Davis and Dale Law really stepped up for us. After the first drive I think we screwed down on them pretty well.”
Malvern Prep took advantage of a 12 yard Patriots punt to get the ball on the Patriots 35 yard line midway through the second period. Five plays later quarterback Jack Capaldi went in from two yards out and the Friars had a 21-7 lead. After a Patriots three and out and another poor punt, Jake Reid drilled a 33 yard field goal and the Friars had a 24-7 halftime lead.
Running backs Yaahdir Nash and Jaylyn Evans field in for the injured Wright in the Friars backfield and both ran hard and kept the chains moving for Malvern Prep, who had 15 first downs for the game.
The Malvern Prep defense limited the patriots to just 32 passing yards on the day and after the first Germantown Academy scoring drive, shutout the Patriots for the rest of the game. Linebacker Ryan Davis had eight tackles and Davis, along with Law and Derry took control of the game.
“We had some calls that went wrong on the first drive and messed up our defensive line,” Davis said. “After that we cleaned things up and shut them down. This defense plays with an edge and since the Inter-Ac games started we have turned things up a notch. We really want to win the inter-Ac and bring it back to Malvern.’
The second half was a defensive battle between the two teams with the only scoring coming late in the third period when Evans capped a long Malvern Prep drive with a one yard scoring plunge and the Friars walked away with a commanding 31-7 win.
“We played through some adversity today,” Gueriera said. “Now we have to get ready for a tough game next Friday agains Episcopal Academy. We will need a very good week of practice.”
Malvern Prep 31, Germantown Academy 7.
Germantown Academy 7 0 0 0-7
Malvern Prep 14 10 7 0-31
M-Stocker 95 kickoff return (Reid kick)
GA- Allen 3 run (Smith kick)
M-Nash 3 run (Reid kick)
M-Capaldi 2 run (Reid kick)
M-Reid 33 FG
M-Evans 1 run (Reid kick)
First downs 12 15
Yards rushing 177 184
Yards passing 32 55
Total yards 209 239
Passing 6-14-1 6-12-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Punts-avg 5-20.5 2-55.0
Penalties-yds 3-35 2-10
Rushing: GA: Allen 19-123, TD; Machado 2 (-16); Spivey 6-45; Lara 1-4; Dyches 6-21. MP: Pippin 3-8; Nash 10-3, TD;7-20, TD; Czarzasty 9-70. Evans 11-50, TD; Capaldi 7-20, TD; Czarzasty 9-70.
Passing: GA: Machado 6-14-32. MP: Capaldi 6-11-55. Pippin 0-1-0.
Receiving: GA: McGhee 1-1; Knox 1-1; Donahue 3-22; Allen 1-8. MP: Falkenstein 3-32; Brecker 1-4’ Connolly 1-3; Stocker 1-16.
Sacks: GA: Woodward. MP: McHugh, Deery.
Interceptions: GA: None. MP: Stocker.