Defense Holds Strong Despite Loss to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

PHILADELPHIA — All the scoring was over after the first half, but that did not stop the football teams from Germantown Academy and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy from competing. Saturday’s Inter-Ac League clash at Maguire Stadium was within one score for its entirety, but when the clock ran out it was SCHA that came away with a 10-3 win.

“Our team competed really hard, but we didn’t execute and it’s an execution business,” head coach Matt Dence said. “If you don’t execute, you’re not going to score a lot of points. I don’t think we won one phase today. That’s why we lost the game.”

The loss against SCHA is the third of the year for the Patriots, who were coming off of a 28-14 win over The Haverford School. In that game, the offense, led by senior quarterback Colton Niedzielski ’18, was rolling. Against SCHA the story was different. Niedzielski was kept in check in the air and on the ground, amassing only 79 total yards.

“I think we need to settle on what we really are,” Dence said. “I think our offensive line is what we’re trying to hang our hat on and I don’t know if they’ve played great yet. We need them to start playing great because they’re all really good football players.”

Defensively, the Patriots were solid, holding their opponent to 14 points or less for the fifth time this year. They also registered two sacks and blocked a field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter.

The GA offense made things interesting late when they drove into SCHA territory, but were ultimately turned away on a fourth-and-four on the 34 yard line.

The loss drops Germantown Academy to 4-3 on the year (1-1 in Inter-Ac play). They host Episcopal Academy on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Dence was confident that his team would be able to rebound for the matchup.

“We’re going to work our tails off,” Dence said. “I have a coaching staff that works their tails off. They absolutely do. They don’t ever give up, they don’t ever get out worked. The team has to shake this one off. We played a good team and they got us today. We’ll either learn from it and get better from it or we’ll go backwards. In the six years I’ve been here, we’ve never been that team. I don’t think we’ll start now.”

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 14, Germantown Academy 3







  Germantown Academy






  Springside Chestnut Hill Academy






Scoring Summary

Springside-Chestnut Hill — Jack Myers 21 field goal.
Germantown Academy — Nicholas Niemynski 27 field goal.
Springside-Chestnut Hill — Brian Richardson 12 pass from Aaron Angelos (Jack Myers kick).

Team stats

First downs 9 13
Total yards 173 297
Rushing yards 103 108
Completed 13 9
Attempted 25 16
Intercepted 0 0
Pass yards 70 189
Punts 6 0
Punting average 44.5 0
Lost fumbles 0 0
Penalties 8 8
Penalty yards 70 53

Germantown Academy


Player C A Yds TD Int
Colton Niedzielski 13 25 70 0 0


Player Car Yds TD
Lacey Snowden 12 65 0
Trae Vance 4 23 0
Colton Niedzielski 4 9 0
Michael Reilly 1 6 0


Player Rec Yds TD
Michael Reilly 4 40 0
Lacey Snowden 4 8 0
Timothy Ruth 3 15 0
Shane Harkins 1 -2 0
Tayshaun Mack 1 9 0

Springside-Chestnut Hill


Player C A Yds TD Int
Aaron Angelos 9 16 189 1 0


Player Car Yds TD
Andrew Gwynn 15 93 0
Aaron Angelos 7 15 0


Player Rec Yds TD
Pat Elliott 4 76 0
Myles Hugee 4 89 0
Brian Richardson 1 12 1
Jack Elliott 1 12 0



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