By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter was among those attending a pep rally today at St. Joe’s Prep as the school’s football team moves on to the state playoffs.

On Saturday, St. Joe’s Prep Hawks won their first city football championship since 1977 (see game story).

“We will be in the quarterfinals against the winner of Parkland (vs.) Easton, Pennsylvania,” says Coach Gabriel Infante, “and then, from there on, hopefully, getting a chance to advance beyond that.  But, you know, one game at a time.  And this is the farthest the school has ever gone since joining the PIAA, so we are excited about ‘undiscovered territory’ here.”

Thomas Johnson, a junior (far left in photo), is captain of the team.

“It’s really good to know that all your work is coming out to mean something in the end,” he said today.

Mayor Nutter is a 1975 grad of St. Joe’s Prep.

“The ties and relationships are still very, very strong,” the mayor said today.  “I check the box scores every week to see how they are doing.  I don’t get out to as many games as I would like, but maybe through the playoffs I’ll get a chance to see them.”

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