There are a number of big games in the Public and Catholic Leagues this weekend. These high school teams have some of the best players in the city. Moreover, the level of play continues to rise each week.
In the Public League on Friday, Oct. 5, George Washington (4-0) will visit Frankford (3-1) in what should be an interesting matchup. The kickoff is at 3 p.m. GW is aiming for its fifth consecutive win. Running back Marquis Edwards is the Eagles leading rusher. Edwards has 191 yards on 38 carries. He’s one of George Washington’s best offensive players. Defensive end Justin Moody has done a nice job of playing against the run and rushing the passer.
Tim DiGiorgio, Frankford High’s senior quarterback, has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in his career. DiGiorgio has completed 43-of-93 passes for 760 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. His key receivers are Denzel Turbeville (18 receptions for 370 yards and 2 TDs) and Wydell Compton (15 catches for 166 yards and 4 TDs).
Simon Gratz (5-0) will go on the road to battle rival Dobbins (2-3) at 3 p.m. Gratz has been playing some great football. Davone Cornish, Bulldogs quarterback, has thrown 10 TD passes. Running back Daqwan Freeman has scooted for 359 yards on 66 attempts while scoring 2 TDs.
Dobbins is coming off two consecutive wins over Martin Luther King and Ben Franklin, respectively. Running back Mike Jones is one of the Mustangs best offensive players. Jones has gained 386 yards on 70 carries. He has scored 5 TDs too.
Central (3-1) will host rival Northeast (3-2) at 3 p.m. The Lancers are capable of moving the football. Quarterback Jonathan Henderson has displayed a solid passing attack. Henderson has thrown for 233 yards and 4 TDs. Walter Pegues, Central’s wide receiver, has four receptions for 62 yards. The running game features Jesse Gillis (44 rushes for 240 yards) and Hakeem Ellis (25 carries for 164 yards).
Boys’ Latin (4-1) will play Overbrook (3-2) under the lights at Marcus Foster Stadium, Germantown and Hunting Park. The kickoff is at 6 p.m. Ben Coulibaly, Boys’ Latin’s leading rusher, has 77 carries for 482 yards. The team’s quarterback is Eric Lark who has completed 49-of-106 passes for 542 yards and 4 TDs. Tahir Perlotte has been a big part of the passing game. Perlotte is the team’s leading receiver with 20 receptions for 306 yards and 3 TDs. Overbrook High’s key player is running back Marice Tillman (67 carries for 356 yards and 4 TDs).
Delaware Valley (3-2) will take on Imhotep Charter (5-0) at 1100 Sedgwick Street, on Saturday night, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. David Williams, Imhotep Charter’s explosive running back, has rushed for over 3,000 career yards. Williams has picked up 353 yards on the ground to go with 5 TDs this season.
In the Catholic League, La Salle (5-0) will face Father Judge (2-2) at Lincoln High School on Saturday. The kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. La Salle has a great passing combination with quarterback Chris Kane (67-of-103 passes for 1,103 yards and 12 TDs) and wide receiver Sean Coleman (23 catches for 436 yards and 4 TD receptions).
Archbishop Wood (4-1) will travel to St. Joseph’s Prep (4-0) for a night game. The kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Quarterback Tom Garlick has thrown the ball well for Wood. Garlick has completed 24-of-41 passes for 360 yards and 4 TDs. Jawan McAllister, St. Joseph’s Prep wide receiver, is capable of stretching the field. McAllister has 16 receptions for 142 yards.