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A Longstanding Rivalry is Celebrated as Penn Charter and Germantown Academy Take to the Fields For A Day Filled with Spirited Competition

By Photos/Videos by Zamani Feelings , 11/16/17, 10:30AM EST



PHILADELPHIA--This year marked the 131st football game played between Germantown Academy and William Penn Charter, making it the oldest consecutively played prep school rivalry in the country. To put this day into perspective, the very first GA/PC day happened in 1887, as an Inter-Ac League football championship playoff game between the two schools.  

Fast forward to 2017, this tradition has morphed into an event all its own. Golf, tennis, cross-country, soccer, water polo and field hockey were added to the mix some 26 plus-years ago. The two schools compete for the rights of the “Competition Cup,” which is awarded to the school who wins the most events throughout the day.

This year, the Patriots were awarded the “Competition Cup” by finishing in a 5-5 tie with Penn Charter. In the case of a tie, the school that one the Cup the previous year retains it.

 "The GA-PC is a spirited rivalry is like no other," said Germantown Academy's Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. "I’d like to thank the Penn Charter community for their hospitality on Saturday. The enthusiasm and sportsmanship of our community was unmatched. Holding on to the Competition Cup is a testament to the commitment, hard work, and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches. Ultimately, what carries the day is the tremendous support from our alumni, students, parents and faculty."

PC-GA Day Highlight Video: Girls' Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls' & Boys' Water Polo: By Zamani Feelings

PC-GA Day Highlight Video: Boys' Soccer and Girls' & Boys' Cross Country: By Zamani Feelings

PC-GA Day Highlight Video: Football & Post Game Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks by Penn Charter Head of School Dr. Darryl Ford: (By Zamani Feelings for Philly Sports Digest)

The competition began on October 31, with the annual golf tournament between the two foes. The Quakers won 7.5 to 0.5 in a head to head match.

Girls Tennis:

GA Opened up the day with a 5-2 win over PC. GA sophomore and third singles player Tiffany Zhong was game MVP.

Field Hockey:

Germantown Academy led a dominant victory over PC with a 8-0 win.

GA junior Sammy Popper was named game MVP.

Girls Water polo:

The Quakers ended the game with an exciting victory.  PC scored 3 goals in the last 3 minutes to seal the 9-6 win.

PC sophomore and game MVP Hayley Hunt scored 8 goals.

Boys Water polo:

Germantown Academy defeated the Quakers 19-3.

GA captain and game MVP senor Finn Ellis set a GA-PC Day record.

Lillis came into the game with 291 career goals,. Lillis scored his 10th goal to set the new record with under a minute left in the fourth quarter.

Fellow senior captain Henry Grady finished with a career 49.5 save percentage GA’s best all time. Grady's 4 saves sent his career total to 365, ranking him second-all time in GA history.

Boys Cross Country:

In a very close competition, PC won by a score of 27-28.

GA sophomore Matt Sandifer took first place and race MVP.

Girls Cross Country:

The Patriots defeated Penn Charter 27-30.

PC Freshman Emma Zwall took first place and race MVP.

Boys Soccer:

The Patriots defeated PC 3-2.

GA senior Michael Roman was named game MVP.

PC senior Connor Sullivan received the Rumpp Award.

Girls Soccer:

The Quakers of Penn Charter defeated Germantown Academy, 4-0, in a physical match.

PC senior captain and game MVP Gi DeMarco scored 3 goals.


The most anticipated event of the day!

Penn Charter won 26-17, clinching its first nine-win season in 112 years!

PC senior quarterback Will Samuel completed 17 for 31 passes and three touchdowns to John Washington, Brendan Thomas, and Edward Saydee.

PC senior wide receiver and cornerback John Washington was awarded the Geis Trophy and game MVP.


2017 PC-GA Day 110 Photos (Cross Country, Field Hockey, Boys & Girls Soccer, Water Polo & Football) - PSD Photos Taken By Zamani Feelings