High school football championship matchups set

Senior quarterback Joseph Walker hopes to lead Martin Luther King past Archbishop Wood in Saturday’s city championship game at Northeast High School. — TRIBUNE PHOTO BY RONALD GRAY

The Public and Catholic League football teams will battle for bragging rights in the city this weekend. Imhotep Charter (10-1) will face West Catholic (9-2) on Friday at the Northwest Super Site, 1100 E. Sedgwick St. The kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. These two teams will play for the Class AA championship.

Imhotep Charter has been a major football power all season. The Panthers defeated Springfield Montco, 53-7 last week. Running backs Nasir Bonner (21 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns) and Mike Waters (10 attempts for 128 yards and three TDs) were very impressive for Imhotep Charter. Andre Dreuitt, Panthers quarterback, threw for 95 yards and one touchdown pass.

West Catholic is coming off a 27-6 victory over New Hope Solebury. The Burrs leading rusher Greg White had 159 yards on the ground. White also scored two touchdowns. West Catholic signal caller Antoine McCollum threw for 106 passing yards to help keep the chains moving. Ahkil Crumpton, Burrs wide receiver, had three receptions for 85 yards.

There will be a city championship doubleheader at Northeast High School, Cottman and Algon avenues, on Saturday. Martin Luther King (9-2) will play Archbishop Wood (9-2) at 1 p.m. This title game is for the Class AAA city crown. Martin Luther King defeated Mastery North, 32-7 to win the Public League championship last week. Joseph Walker, MLK’s senior quarterback, threw one TD pass and rushed for two touchdowns in the win. Walker hooked up with wide receiver Delane Hart for a 50-yard touchdown reception. Hart had three catches for 106 yards. Walker had a great day overall with 109 yards rushing. Ishmael Dargan picked up some good yardage for MLK on the ground. Dargan rushed for 77 yards.

Archbishop Wood crushed Bonner-Prendergast, 42-6 to capture the Catholic League championship. Jarrett McClenton led the ground attack for Archbishop Wood. McClenton scored three touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards. Archbishop Wood can run as well as pass the ball. The team has a good passing combination with quarterback Tom Garlick and wide receiver Kendall Singleton.

Frankford (7-3) will play St. Joseph’s Prep (8-2) for the Class AAAA city title. The contest will begin at 4 p.m. Frankford spanked George Washington, 30-3 to win the Public League title. Damion Samuels, Pioneers running back, had a game-high 111 yards. Samuels also rushed for two touchdowns. Marquise Poston, Frankford High quarterback, has provided the team with some great passing and leadership.

St. Joseph’s Prep defeated La Salle for the Catholic League championship. Olamide Zaccheaus had 109 yards rushing while scoring one touchdown for St. Joseph’s Prep. Chris Martin, St. Joseph’s Prep field general, threw for 172 yards. Martin also had three TD passes.


Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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