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High School Top 10: Rivals Meet In AAA Championship

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Top 10

Week of Nov. 22, 2013

1. Imhotep Charter (Record: 11-1. Weeks Rated: 13.)

2. St. Joseph’s Prep (Record: 9-2. Weeks Rated: 13.)

3. Archbishop Wood (Record: 9-2. Weeks Rated: 13.)

4. North Penn (Record: 9-3. Weeks Rated: 2.)

5. Neshaminy (Record: 11-1. Weeks Rated: 13.)

6. Abington (Record: 10-2. Weeks Rated: 2.)

7. Perkiomen Valley (Record: 10-2. Weeks Rated: 1.)

8. Academy Park (Record: 9-2. Weeks Rated: 1.)

9. Glen Mills (Record: 9-3. Weeks Rated: 1.)

10. La Salle (Record: 8-3. Season over.)

By Joseph Santoliquito

Philadelphia, PA (CBS)—They’re rivals in the same league, but will be playing for something far more important tonight when Glen Mills and Academy Park clash for the District 1 Class AAA championship at 7 p.m. at Ridley High School.

Glen Mills and Academy Park will also be fighting for more than just the district AAA crown and kings of Delaware County, both teams will be playing for a slice of history. Neither Glen Mills nor Academy Park, Del Val League rivals, have ever won a district championship.

District 1 Class AAA is slowly being dominated by Del Val League, it seems. Interboro pulled off an upset last year by beating No. 1 seed Pottsgrove last year.

This year, it was Academy Park (9-2), led by quarterback Brian Ingram and tailback Jerry Lanier, who has rushed for over 2,000 yards this season after ripping through Pottsgrove for 157 yards on 33 carries. Ingram added 129 yards in the victory.

They’ll need to be as efficient against No. 2 seed Glen Mills, which beat Academy Park during the regular season, 20-13, and carries a 9-3 record into the title game.

The Bulls have won seven-straight games after beginning the season 2-3. It was a great learning process for a defense that has produced 14 turnovers during the district playoffs.

District 1 Semifinals Poses Another Intriguing Match

No. 11 seed North Penn was the most dangerous team entering the District 1 Class AAAA playoffs. After starting the season 0-3, the Knights are riding a 9-game winning streak and are a far different team than they were in September.

The Knights will host possibly the most exciting team, No. 15 seed Perkiomen Valley, in the district semifinals tonight at North Penn’s Crawford Stadium at 7 p.m. Perkiomen Valley has scored 86 points in its two district playoff victories, including a 60-20 victory over Central Bucks West in the district quarterfinals.

Perkiomen Valley is led by senior quarterback Rasaan Stewart, who’s rushed for over 1,000 yards and has passed for 1,938 yards and 26 TDs.

District 1 Playoff Matchups

Class AAAA

8. Abington (10-2) at 4. Neshaminy (11-1)

15. Perkiomen Valley (10-2) at 11. North Penn (9-3)

Class AAA Championship

2. Glen Mills (9-3) vs. 4. Academy Park (9-2)