It should be another great matchup. It certainly was two years ago when they played each other for the city championship and this looks like another good one. George Washington will battle La Salle on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Northeast High School’s Charles Martin Stadium, Cottman and Algon avenues, for the Class AAAA city title.
George Washington won the Public League championship defeating Frankford, 20-13, to earn a trip to the city championship tilt. La Salle captured the Catholic League championship with a 16-6 victory over Roman Catholic. La Salle is the defending city champion in the Class AAAA division. They beat Northeast High a year ago to grab the city crown.
“It should be a good one,” said Drew Gordon, La Salle head coach. “George Washington has produced some great teams over the years. They have some good players. Our kids Sean Coleman, Tim Wade and Matt Magarity have worked extremely hard this year. We had a tough game with Roman. The players are excited about playing this game.”
Coleman had an impressive game against Roman Catholic, catching two passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns. He’s one of the best receivers in the Catholic League. La Salle has a well-balanced offense with Magarity at quarterback and Wade as the team’s leading rusher.
Hakeem Sillman put together another sensational effort in the league championship game. Sillman had 24 carries for 141 yards and two TDs in the win over Frankford. Ron Cohen, George Washington head coach, has one of the best running backs in the city.
“Hakeem has done a great job for us,” Cohen said. “He’s a special player. He scored a big touchdown for us against Frankford. Now, we have to play La Salle for the city championship. They always have good teams.”
In other action, Dobbins defeated Boys’ Latin, 42-12, to win the Public League Class AAA championship. Running backs Daquan Brown and Jameel Davis came up with huge games. Brown had 15 carries for 110 yards while scoring three TDs with one of 87 yards. Davis had 16 attempts for 200 yards. He also scored two TDs of 40 and 90 yards.
Dobbins will face Archbishop Wood for the city championship on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Northeast High School. The kickoff will be at noon. Wood has been a major powerhouse all season long. They’re led by (cousins) running backs Desmon Peoples and Brandon Peoples. Archbishop Wood won the Catholic League championship, crushing Monsignor Bonner, 42-14. Desmon Peoples rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries and scored two TDs. Brandon Peoples had 10 carries for 134 yards and one TD run.
West Catholic won the city championship in the Class AA division edging Bok, 30-23.