POTTSTOWN >> Hill School had a tough job in their first game of the football season on Saturday afternoon at Dell Field when they hosted Germantown Academy, a veteran attacking team that racked up 48 points in their first win last week.
The Hill held the Patriots with just two field goals and a touchdown, but couldn’t make his offense play out consistently in a 12-0 non-league loss. Brian Allen rushed for 148 yards for GA and Tristian Machado passed for 89 yards and a TD pass to Jake Hsu. The Patriots intercepted three passes allowing only one pass.
Quarterback Hayden Fruhling ran for 60 yards, Anthony Wise for 48 yards and Kayden White for 33 for the Rams.
“I think we’ll be fine,” said Hill freshman coach Orlando Patterson. “We have to be able to play 48 minutes of football. We must execute our offense. We must direct our attack.
Wise ran for 12 yards on the second play of the scrum, but the Rams were forced to punt and GA had a 46-yard 14-play drive that ended in a 32-yard field goal by Jared Smith.
Then the Patriots scored their only touchdown after the Rams attempted a first down on a 4th and 2nd play and lost three yards on their own 25-yard line. Machado’s 18-yard throw to Hsu made it 9-0 with 8:53 left in the first half.
After that, the visitors controlled the ball as Allen rushed 27 times in the day and Machado connected on 11 of 19 attempted passes. A 37-yard field goal by Smith completed the scoring four minutes into the second half.
“We think we can run the ball,” GA coach Matt Dence said. “We have five senior linemen. We think we can run the ball with senior running back Brian Allen. “
“I couldn’t feel any better. We’re 2-0, ”said Allen, who ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-18 win over Simon Gratz last week. “I played with these JV guys in college. We have been working for five years. We’re just freezing at the right time. They made blocks for me. I just followed.
After the Patriot’s touchdown, The Hill went from its own 24 to GA 25, with much of the footage ahead on a 26-yard pass from Fruhling to Luke Pickard. But the hosts missed the ball in the next game and Hsu’s interceptions, Aidan Zakarewicz and Evan Spivey ended the next three possessions for the Rams.
“We couldn’t throw the ball today,” Patterson said. “We had to make decisions on attack.
The total distance for the two teams wasn’t that one-sided, with the Patriots having a 284-181 advantage, but the Rams started their first six possessions averaging their own 16-yard line.
“We controlled the position on the pitch better,” said Allen. “I think that was the game for us. We have kept their players on their heels.
“We have to be tougher,” Patterson said. “We have to be stronger mentally. We need to be stronger physically. Having a post-graduation quarterback is tough. We have to be ready to play anyone. We are a good football team, not to take anything away from the GA. They are an incredible team.
“Our kids played really well,” said Dence. “Theirs too. Orlando does a great job. He got them going in just a few weeks.
Germantown Acad. 12
School hill 0
Germantown Acad. 3 6 3 0 – 12
Hill School 0 0 0 0 – 0
GA Smith 32 FG
GA-Hsu 18 pass from Machado (missed kick)
GA-Smith 37 FG
First stockings 17 10
Ground sites 195 155
Passing yards 89 26
Total yards 284,181
Pass CAI 11-19-0 1-4-3
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 10-90 7-50
Punts-average 2-26.5 1-23
Germantown Academy: Allen 27-148; Dyches 6-43; Spivey 1-6; McGee 1-3; Machado 2 – (- 5), Totals 37-195.
Hill School: Fruhling 15-60; Sage 3-48; White 7-33; Winter 5-8; McKeon 2-5; McMullan 2-4; Vennera 1 – (- 1); Craig 1 – (- 2); Totals 36-155.
Germantown Academy: Machado 19-11-89.1 TD.
Hill School: Fruhling 1-4-26, 3 INT.
Germantown Academy: Donahue 4-27; Hsu 3-23, 1 DT; Spivey 2-38; Allen 2-1; Totals 11-89, 1 DT.
Hill School: Pickard 1-26.
Interceptions: Germantown Academy-Hsu, Zakarewicz, Spivey.