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Intense Playoff Action Underway In Local High School Football

Imhotep coach Albie Crosby and David Williams. (credit: Joseph Santoliquito)

Imhotep coach Albie Crosby and David Williams. (credit: Joseph Santoliquito)

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Top 10
Week of Nov. 16, 2012
1. La Salle (Record: 10-1. Previous Week: 2. Weeks Rated: 11.)
2. St. Joseph’s Prep (Record: 9-1. Previous Week: 1. Weeks Rated: 9.)
3. Archbishop Wood (Record: 9-2. Previous Week: 4. Weeks Rated: 11.)
4. Episcopal Academy (Record: 10-0. Previous Week: 5. Weeks Rated: 7.)
5. Imhotep Charter (Record: 11-0. Previous Week: 5. Weeks Rated: 11.)
6. Ridley (Record: 11-0. Previous Week: 7. Weeks Rated: 6.)
7. Coatesville (Record: 9-2. Previous Week: 8. Weeks Rated: 6.)
8. Pennridge (Record: 10-1. Previous Week: 9. Weeks Rated: 5.)
9. Central Bucks South (Record: 10-1. Previous Week: 10. Weeks Rated: 10.)
10. Wissahickon (Record: 8-3. Previous Week: NR. Weeks Rated: 1.)

By Joseph Santoliquito

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This has been dripping drama for months, high school football’s little side soap opera will come to fruition tonight, when undefeated Imhotep Charter faces West Catholic for the PIAA Class AA Sub-regional championship, or paring it down, the Philadelphia city championship at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Supersite.

The burgeoning underlying side story is first-year Imhotep coach Albie Crosby was a coach at West Catholic for 11 years. He is a close friend of West coach Brian Fluck, and the two played grade school and high school football together at West Catholic.

What stirred tensions between the long-time friends and programs is when West Catholic star running back David Williams transferred out of West to play for Imhotep his senior year. The truth is, Williams wanted to leave West Catholic in fear of the school’s rumored closing. He started his freshman year at North Catholic, and transferred to West Catholic his sophomore year when North Catholic closed.

Crosby was accused of stealing West Catholic players, when actually the only prominent former West Catholic player on his roster is Williams.

“It will be interesting because I wore West Catholic blue and white, and Brian and I played grade school and high school football together at West,” Crosby said. “It was an odd week scouting West Catholic and putting in a game plan against them. The good thing about it is that it’s a state playoff game and you have win to continue. That’s been the message to the players this week.”

Crosby actually stepped into a very good situation at Imhotep. The Panthers have had an historic season, going 11-0, undefeated for the first time, along with winning the school’s first Public League Class AA championship. Crosby already had a good nucleus returning from a team that went 7-4 last year.

Panthers’ running back Eerin Young rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2011 and is on the verge of doing that again, averaging over 10 yards a carry. The Panthers are averaging 45 points a game, and beating opponents by 41 points a game.

The Panthers have had so many blowouts Crosby has pulled Williams by halftime in most of Imhotep’s games.

West is 7-3 and played the tougher schedule. The Burrs are also seven-time Catholic League champs and four-time Philadelphia Class AA city champs.

Crosby knows what his team will be going up against. It will be an emotionally charged night.

“It hasn’t been as easy as it’s probably perceived looking from the outside in,” Crosby said. “These kids have known success for a while. Imhotep has won three of the last four state [Class AA] championships in basketball, and we’d like to create a little success on the football field.”

District 1 Class AAAA Playoff Update: Oh Those Upsets
The PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs took an interesting tumble when No. 16 seed Wissahickon pulled off an amazing 38-35 upset over top-seeded Downingtown East.
That makes No. 2 seed Ridley, a team built on defense, as the new top seed, since No. 4 seed Plymouth-Whitemarsh was knocked out by No. 13 seed Neshaminy, 42-21. Out of the grouping below the team to beat right now appears to be 10-1 Pennridge. The No. 3-seeded Rams have explosive tailback Mike Class, who rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns—all over 40 yards—in Pennridge’s 35-14 first-round victory over Abington.
Here’s what the Class AAAA playoffs look like this weekend:
7. Spring-Ford (10-1) at 2. Ridley (11-0)
6. Pennsbury (9-2) at 3. Pennridge (10-1)
The winners face each other next week in the district semifinals. The high seed hosts.

13. Neshaminy (8-3) at 5. Central Bucks South (10-1)
16. Wissahickon (8-3) at 9. Coatesville (9-2)
The winners face each other next week in the district semifinals. The high seed hosts.

District 1 Class AAA Playoff Update: Revisiting A Great Rivalry
Academy Park coach Jason Vosheski placed long-time Del-Val League champion Interboro as the model to follow. Finally, the Knights toppled Interboro for the first time since 1994, and the Knights won their first league championship outright since 1982.
Vosheski wants to continue making history tonight, when Academy Park hosts Interboro in the District 1 Class AA semifinals. Academy Park tailback Jerry Lanier has rushed for over 1,200 yards this season, as the Knights look to repeat on their 49-26 November 2, regular-season victory over Interboro.
Here’s what the Class AAA playoffs look like this weekend:
4. West Chester Henderson (8-3) at 1. Pottsgrove (11-0)
3. Interboro (9-2) at 2. Academy Park (10-1)
The winners will play for the district championship at a neutral site next weekend.