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Great Valley Patriots earn a win against the William Tennent Panthers 29-7 in first game of the season. @GreatValleyFB @WTCoaches

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| August 28, 2021


Coming into the week, both teams didn’t expect to play each other Week 1.  Great Valley was expected to play Phoenixville High School before COVID-19 protocols canceled that game.

Great Valley ended up winning against William Tennent 29-7 and on such short notice, the Patriots and Panthers had to improvise and stay the course.

“We have got to take the precautions in order to be able to stay on the field and if we take those precautions, there is a better chance of us having a successful season moving forward,” said Great Valley head coach Jeff Martin.

“The first game of the season is the most important one  and we almost didn’t play but we were lucky enough to scramble and play William Tennent and they pulled it together in a short period of time as well as the administrations from both sides,” said Martin.

The game had a slow to start to the beginning and then momentum quickly shifted as Great Valley recovered a muffed punt by The Panthers return man.

Shortly after this, the Patriots scored on a 10-yard run by #5 Jake Snyder.  They would then go on to get their extra point blocked by Tennent.

It wasn’t until the 2nd quarter where the Panthers put points on the board after receiving momentum from an interception by #2 Fernando Delgado.  Tennent marched down the field on a 60-yard drive capped off with a 12-yard rushing TD by #20 Brendan Stier.

Tennent had some juice left and looked to get on the board, but an interception by #7 Cullen McDaniel essentially sealed the deal.

This left a sour taste in The Patriots mouth as the defense didn’t allow The Panthers to score another point for the rest of the night.

Patriots QB #12 Andy Talone had himself a night albeit the interception in the first half.  He rushed for a five yard TD and threw a 55-yard dime to Dylan Cave for a touchdown tat would put them up 24-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  Seth Turner also hit 42-yard field goal the next series.


The Panther’s couldn’t get the win Friday night and head coach Rich Clemens spoke on how he felt about his teams performance.

“Underwhelming, they beat us with blocking and tackling and that’s what it comes down too, they did all of that better than us” said Clemens.

“All the credit goes to Great Valley, I feel like they played a great solid game and we didn’t even play close to the potential that’s in this team.  We are young, but that’s not excuse.  We have to better, I have to be a better coach, the coaches have to be better coaches and the players have to eliminate some of those mistakes,” said Clemens.

The Great Valley Patriots advance to 1-0 and will face West Chester East next Friday with home field advantage again at 7 P.M.  William Tennent falls to 0-1 and will look to improve their record on the road against Academy Park at 7 P.M. as well.

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