There weren’t too many things Antoine Whitney didn’t do in helping Bok defeat Simon Gratz, 28-22, to win the Public League Class AAA championship. Whitney had a terrific game for Bok.
The Wildcats’ running back had 29 carries for 132 yards. He had a two-yard touchdown run and caught a 41-yard TD strike from quarterback Michael Riley. He also had an interception. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound senior, had quite a day.
“I tried to do my best,” Whitney said. “I played my heart out. Hard work pays off. I had a lot of help from Michael Riley. He’s our No. 1 quarterback. I look at him for everything. He’s a big part of our team. Vito (Vittorio Goggins) helped us out too.”
Goggins, like Whitney, plays on both sides of the ball. He is a fullback and defensive end. He had eight carries for 111 yards. Frank Natale, Wildcats’ head coach, was very impressed with the team’s performance. Simon Gratz was undefeated and had beaten Bok during the regular season.
“We don’t have that much talent, but we got a ton of heart,” Natale said. “I have guys going in and out and up and down. These guys give it to me every moment of every day. I love these guys. They never stop playing. They constantly work. I just love them.”
Bok will play Archbishop Wood for the Class AAA city title on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Northeast High School’s Charlie Martin Stadium, Cottman and Algon avenues.
Archbishop Wood advanced to the city championship game by beating Bonner-Prendergast, 38-16 last week. Bok will be tested in this contest. Archbishop Wood has a sensational running back in Andrew Guckin, who had 24 carries for 281 yards while scoring four touchdowns against Bonner-Prendergast.