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Celebrating the Oldest Continual High School Rivalry in Football in the United States

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020

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Penn Charter Quakers vs. Germantown Academy Patriots

In 2020, The William Penn Charter School (PC or Penn Charter) and Germantown Academy (GA) celebrated the 134th year of their football teams competing in  the oldest continuing high school rivalry in the United States. 

To mark the occasion for the 2019 Homecoming Game that was played at PC, the Quakers put together an amazing historical retrospective video album of PC's football teams from 1887-2019.  

Penn Charter Football Team, Circa 1887 (Photo Credit: Penn Charter)

PC and GA are both prep schools in the Philadelphia area, and each school is a member of the Inter-Academic Athletic League (InterAc), which was founded in 1887. The first few championship playoffs of the InterAc featured PC and GA, and since that time, the arch rivalry has become legendary. 

PC-GA Day is the Homecoming game for each school, and every year, the venue for the game shifts back and forth between the PC and GA campuses.

Penn Charter - Germantown Academy Football Game, PC-GA Day, November 14, 2020 (Photo Credit: Penn Charter)

2020 Has Become as "Instant Classic"

Accoridng tp Penn Charter's play by play, "Late in the fourth quarter, PC went ahead for the first time, 22-21, on a bomb from quarterback Colin Schumm into the hands of receiver Aaron Maione, who ran it in for the touchdown. Back in possession, GA marched down the field, but stalled. Fourth down and three, the Patriots lined up, with 9.5 seconds on the clock, for what looked like a sure field goal to win. But Maione charged around the GA defenders and blocked the kick. Quakers win!"

134 Years and Counting

The fierce competition has grown over the years. The addition of Boys Soccer and Boys Cross Country matches to the PC-GA Day festivities has raised the stakes and ignited the intensity of this traditional clash. Once known for its athletic contests for boys, PC-GA Day began including games including the Girls Field Hockey, Girls Cross Country, Girls Soccer and Girls Tennis teams in the 1990s. In 2001, Boys Water Polo was added to the lineup of PC-GA competitions, and Girls Water Polo was added in 2008. A special Competition Cup, started in 1996, is awarded to the school which wins the most events on PC-GA Day. In 2020, "PC-GA Day" competitions were spread out over the week of November 10-14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lexi Bari, Class of 2023, Penn Charter Tennis, #1 Singles, PC-GA Day 2020 (Photo Credit: Penn Charter)

Memorable Milestones in PC-GA Day History

  • 1887 - The first "PC-GA" Day, GA won! PC & GA start the oldest consecutive football rivalry in the country
  • 1925 - PC moved from Center City to the East Falls section of Philly, which at the time was just down the street from GA when it was located at School House Lane & Greene Street
  • 1953 - The first Geis Trophy, awarded to the football MVP in honor of fallen alumnus Joseph Geis III '48 is awarded
  • 1965 - GA moved from the East Falls section to its current campus in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 - PC-GA Day celebrated its 100th Anniversary of this storied rivalry with PC winning Boys Football 28-18
  • 1990s - First PC-GA Day with girls' sports
  • 2001 - Boys Water Polo is added to the day's competitions
  • 2002 - PC Football won, 35-21, with Matt Ryan (OPC 2003) as quarterback who went onto play quarterback for Boston College and the Atlanta Falcons
  • 2008 - Girls Water Polo is added to the day's competitions
  • 2012 - PC Football won, 35-7, with Mike McGlinchey (OPC 2013) who went onto play at Notre Dame and the San Francisco 49ers, and Daryl Worley (OPC 2013) who went onto play for West Virginia University and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers (Worley now plays for the Buffalo Bills)

Football Series Lead

PC leads the all-time series in football 86 (wins) - 37 (losses) - 11 (ties), last updated November 14, 2020

The big game finished in a tie in four straight seasons, 1900-1903.

PC-GA Day Football Results

Year Winner Final Geis Trophy (Game MVP)

  • 2020 PC 22-21 Aaron Maione '21 (PC)
  • 2019 GA 38-35 Jerry Griffen-Batchler '21 (GA)
  • 2018 PC 41-14 Edward Saydee
  • 2017 PC 26-17 John Washington
  • 2016 GA 17-14 Kyle McCloskey '17 (GA)
  • 2015 PC 45-17 Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky
  • 2014 GA 40-29 Kyle McCloskey '17 (GA) & Isaiah Jones '18 (GA)
  • 2013 GA 42-35 Hayes Nolte (GA) and James Biggs-Frazier (PC)
  • 2012 PC 35-7 Mike McGlinchy (PC) and Eric Neefe (PC)
  • 2011 PC 54-7 Eric Berger (PC)
  • 2010 PC 16-14 Kolonji Smith (PC)
  • 2009 PC 25-22 Mick Foley (PC)
  • 2008 PC 6-0 Alex Starr (PC)
  • 2007 PC 27-24 Reed Marko (GA) and Ed Bambino (PC)
  • 2006 PC 21-10 Sean McNally (PC)
  • 2005 PC 28-6 Brendan McNally (PC)
  • 2004 PC 14-7 Paul J. Sweeney (PC)
  • 2003 PC 22-16 Zack Zeglinski (PC)
  • 2002 PC 35-21 Tony McDevitt (PC)
  • 2001 PC 35-0 Aaron M. Greenfield (PC)
  • 2000 GA 13-0 Brendan Kelly (GA)
  • 1999 GA 28-14 Jim Slattery (GA)
  • 1998 PC 48-27 James Berry (PC)
  • 1997 GA 16-14 Matthew W. Blewitt (GA)
  • 1996 GA 9-6 Robert Heleniak (GA)
  • 1995 PC 40-13 Larry Storm (PC)
  • 1994 PC 44-0 Steven R. Ley (PC)
  • 1993 PC 34-7 Brandon Shepardson (PC)
  • 1992 PC 28-21 Brandon Shepardson (PC)
  • 1991 PC 28-11 Courtney Batts (PC)
  • 1990 PC 6-0 Michael Turner (GA) and William Gallagher (PC)
  • 1989 PC 7-0 Angelo Vokolos (PC)
  • 1988 PC 10-9 Mike Cooley (PC)
  • 1987 PC 35-6 Mike Cooley (PC)
  • 1986 PC 28-18 Mark Skoczynski (PC) and Matthew J. Basilii (GA)
  • 1985 PC 35-6 Steve Floirendo (PC) and P.J. Maley (PC)
  • 1984 PC 40-17 Patrick Delaney (PC)
  • 1983 PC 20-3 Joseph A. DiGiovanni (PC)
  • 1982 PC 41-0 Edward Malandro (PC)
  • 1981 PC 44-12 Brian McCloskey (PC)
  • 1980 GA 15-6 B. Blair Talmadge (GA) and Gary Hufnagle (GA)
  • 1979 PC 18-6 Glenn W. Tilley (PC) and Robert J. Jackson (PC)
  • 1978 PC 21-0 Terry Dowling (PC)
  • 1977 PC 41-6 Rob Egan (PC) and Frank DeSantis (PC)
  • 1976 PC 7-6 Peter S. Hyndman (GA)
  • 1975 PC 14-6 Robert C. Aitken (PC) and Michael J. Andris (PC)
  • 1974 GA 9-7 Daniel R. Brooks Jr. (GA)
  • 1973 GA 30-6 Andrew Hutter (GA) and Francis J. Cannon (GA)
  • 1972 GA 31-21 James R. Morrison III (GA) and Frank J. Marolla (GA)
  • 1971 PC 14-12 Edward W. Enoch (PC)
  • 1970 PC 32-0 Robert E. Johnston (PC) and W. Henry Resch, Jr. (PC)
  • 1969 PC 18-7 Charles L. Mitchell (PC)
  • 1968 GA 7-6 Robert Fisher (GA)
  • 1967 PC 27-13 Richard Mellor (PC)
  • 1966 GA 14-6 Richard Collier (GA) and Willie Armstrong (GA)
  • 1965 PC 20-0 William H. Scheid, Jr. (PC)
  • 1964 PC 27-12 E. Kenneth Dunn (PC)
  • 1963 PC 33-0 James M. Lampe (PC)
  • 1962 PC 26-7 James M. Lampe (PC) and W. Barry Starke (PC)
  • 1961 PC 32-0 W. Barry Starke (PC)
  • 1960 Tie 6-6 Bernard L. Dallas (GA) and David L. Geyer (PC)
  • 1959 GA 30-0 Bernard L. Dallas (GA)
  • 1958 PC 22-12 James S. Hoover (PC)
  • 1957 PC 34-7 James S. Hoover (PC)
  • 1956 Tie 21-21 Charles Downham III (PC)
  • 1955 Tie 7-7 Fredrick W. Coe (GA)
  • 1954 PC 26-0 Thomas M. Twitmyer (PC)
  • 1953 PC 13-0 Joseph H. Happe, Jr. (PC)
  • 1952 GA 30-0 
  • 1951 GA 45-6 
  • 1950 GA 21-0 
  • 1949 PC 12-7 
  • 1948 PC 6-0 
  • 1947 PC 19-6 
  • 1946 GA 26-13 
  • 1945 PC 39-6 
  • 1944 PC 31-0 
  • 1943 GA 7-0 
  • 1942 PC 20-7 
  • 1941 Tie 6-6 
  • 1940 GA 28-13 
  • 1939 PC 14-0 
  • 1938 GA 6-0 
  • 1937 GA 26-0 
  • 1936 PC 13-0 
  • 1935 PC 6-0 
  • 1934 GA 13-12 
  • 1933 GA 7-6 
  • 1932 PC 12-0 
  • 1931 GA 12-6 
  • 1930 PC 12-0 
  • 1929 GA 13-6 
  • 1928 GA 13-0 
  • 1927 GA 6-0 
  • 1926 GA 15-7 
  • 1925 PC 12-6 
  • 1924 PC 57-0 
  • 1923 PC 43-0 
  • 1922 PC 13-0 
  • 1921 PC 20-0 
  • 1920 PC 32-7 
  • 1919 PC 42-3 
  • 1918 PC 15-7 
  • 1917 PC 52-0 
  • 1916 PC 45-0 
  • 1915 PC 26-7 
  • 1914 PC 41-0 
  • 1913 PC 41-6 
  • 1912 PC 33-7 
  • 1911 Tie 0-0 
  • 1910 PC 9-6 
  • 1909 PC 29-0 
  • 1908 Tie 0-0 
  • 1907 PC 10-0 
  • 1906 PC 40-0 
  • 1905 PC 30-0 
  • 1904 GA 10-6 
  • 1903 GA 33-0 
  • 1902 Tie 0-0 
  • 1901 Tie 6-6 
  • 1900 Tie 11-11 
  • 1899 PC 12-0 
  • 1898 GA 6-5 
  • 1897 Tie 0-0 
  • 1896 PC 6-4 
  • 1895 GA 6-4 
  • 1894 PC 22-0 
  • 1893 GA 16-8 
  • 1892 PC 8-4 
  • 1891 PC 70-0 
  • 1890 PC 46-4 
  • 1889 Tie 4-4 
  • 1888 GA 37-8 
  • 1887 GA 20-6

PC-GA Day Competition Cup Results

During the 25-year history of the PC-GA Day Competition Cup, GA has won it 13 times, Penn Charter 7 times, and the schools have tied five times. Sports included in the PC-GA Day Competition Cup include Boys Football, Girls Field Hockey, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Water Polo, Boys Water Polo, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Girls Tennis, and Coed Golf.

  • 2020 - PC
  • 2019 - GA
  • 2018 - PC
  • 2017 - TIE
  • 2016 - GA
  • 2015 PC
  • 2014 - GA
  • 2013 - TIE
  • 2012 - PC
  • 2011 - GA
  • 2010 - TIE
  • 2009 - GA
  • 2008 - GA
  • 2007 - PC
  • 2006 - TIE
  • 2005 - GA
  • 2004 - GA
  • 2003 - TIE
  • 2002 - GA
  • 2001 - PC
  • 2000 - GA
  • 1999 - GA
  • 1998 - PC
  • 1997 - GA
  • 1996 - GA

Insider Information

One knows about someone's allegiance to PC or GA as to whether they refer to the series as "PC-GA Day" or "GA-PC Day." Those rooting for the PC Quakers refer to it as PC-GA Day, whereas those rooting for the GA Patriots refer to the day as GA-PC Day. You guessed it, the author of this article is an alumnus of Penn Charter, Jon Bari, OPC 1985.

Special thanks to the archives of Penn Charter and Germantown Academy which provided historical context and scores for this article.

 

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