Dobbins has played some great football this season. The Mustangs (9-2 overall, 5-2 league) are coming off a big 42-12 victory over Boys’ Latin to help them win the Public League Class AAA championship last week.
As a result, Dobbins will face Archbishop Wood (10-1 overall, 3-1 league), the top rated team in the Philadelphia area, for the Class AAA city championship. The game will be played at Northeast High School’s Charles Martin Stadium, Cottman and Algon avenues, at noon.
This will be the first of two city championship games played on Saturday, November 19. In the second game, George Washington will battle La Salle for the Class AAAA championship. The kickoff for this contest will be at 4 p.m.
Archbishop Wood is loaded with talent. The Vikings have two fantastic running backs (cousins) Brandon Peoples (69 carries for 618 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns) and Desmon Peoples (98 carries for 800 yards and 15 rushing TDs). Archbishop Wood has a good quarterback in Joey Monaghan (16 TDs and 1,158 yards). Monaghan also has a brilliant wide receiver in Nate Smith (16 receptions for 438 yards and 5 TDs) and tight end Colin Thompson (12 catches for 198 yards and 2 TDs).
“It’s a big challenge for us,” said John Sullivan, Dobbins head coach. “We try to relate this to life. We face challenges all the time. Archbishop has a great team. They’ve had an outstanding year. This is a big one for us. We’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can. Our kids are excited about playing in this game.”
Dobbins has two very talented running backs in Daquan Brown and Jameel Davis. Brown and Davis had huge games last week in the win over Boys’ Latin. Brown had 15 carries for 110 yards while scoring three touchdowns. Davis had 16 attempts for 200 yards. He also scored two TDs of 40 and 90 yards. Brown has rushed for 1,151 yards on 184 carries and has scored nine touchdowns on the ground. Davis has gained 745 yards on 101 attempts and has tallied 10 TDs.
“Daquan and Jameel played really well against Boys’ Latin,” Sullivan said. “They’re both great running backs. They’ve done a good job all year. Jameel has really stepped up this year. Daquan has made a lot of big plays. A lot of these kids didn’t receive much playing time last year. We had a lot of seniors last year. But these kids have really played well.”