Championships will be on the line in the Catholic League and Public League in different classes. In addition, some teams will be competing in PIAA District 12 playoff action.
Communications Tech (4-5) will travel to Morrisville for a first round sub regional matchup. This will be a night game on Friday. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Diquan Gilbert has been a terrific running back for Communications Tech. Gilbert has 123 rushing attempts for 680 yards.
On Saturday in the Catholic League AAAA Finals, St. Joseph’s Prep (9-0) will face La Salle (9-1) at Plymouth Whitemarsh. The kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Olamide Zaccheaus had eight carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns in St. Joseph’s Prep victory over Archbishop Ryan last week. Zaccheaus has gained 716 yards on 93 carries.
La Salle has a great passing attack with quarterback Chris Kane and wide receiver Sean Coleman. Kane has completed 108-of-179 passes for 1,613 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sean Coleman is the leading receiver for La Salle. Coleman has 42 receptions for 619 yards and six TDs.
Bonner-Prendergast (4-5) will battle Archbishop Wood (8-2) in the league AAA Finals at Plymouth-Whitemarsh. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Michael Ockimey has been a great receiver for Bonner. Ockimey has 16 catches for 335 yards. Collin Di Galbo, Bonner quarterback, has connected on 50-of-114 passes for 1,002 yards and nine TDs.
Archbishop Wood will rely on its leading ground gainer, running back Andre Guckin, to control the football. Guckin has 126 attempts for 1,234 yards.
In the Public League AAA Finals, Bok (8-2) will clash with Simon Gratz (10-0) at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Northeast High’s Charles Martin Stadium, Cottman and Algon avenues.
Bok will keep the ball in the hands of running back Larry Pelzer who had 29 carries for 147 yards in last week’s win over Boys’ Latin. Pelzer has gained 1,365 yards on 213 rushes. Michael Riley is the Wildcats quarterback. Riley has completed 28-of-55 passes for 475 yards and eight touchdowns. Antoine Whitney is his leading receiver. Whitney has 18 receptions for 357 yards. On defense, Vittorio Goggins has been a sensational defensive lineman for Bok with his pass rushing and tackling skills.
Simon Gratz is led by quarterback Davone Cornish who was 4-for-9 for 88 yards including a 40 yard TD pass to wide receiver Nydair Rouse in the win over Mastery North last week. Rouse also returned two interceptions for touchdowns showcasing his skills at defensive back.
In the Public League AAAA Finals, George Washington (8-1) will meet Frankford (7-2) in the second championship tilt at Northeast. The kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Offensively, George Washington’s playmaker is running back Marquis Edwards, who has gained 380 yards on 80 carries. On defense, Justin Moody, Eagles All-American defensive lineman, will be a key player to watch. Moody is a good pass rusher.
Frankford has a great deal of versatility on offense. The Pioneers running back Damion Samuels gives the team a consistent ground attack. Samuels has 123 carries for 612 yards and 11 TDs. The passing game is guided by quarterback Tim DiGiorgio who has completed 65-of-143 passes for 1,073 yards and eight touchdowns. DiGiorgio has two sure-handed receivers in Denzel Turbeville (23 receptions for 441 yards and three TDs) and Wydell Compton (22 catches for 276 yards and four TDs).
In the PIAA District 12 AA sub regional semifinals, West Catholic (6-3) will play Conwell-Egan (5-3) at the South Philadelphia Super Site, 1Oth and Bigler Streets. The kickoff will be at 1 p.m. West Catholic running back Greg White has put together a great season with 167 carries for 1,246 yards. Antwain McCollum, Burrs quarterback, will engineer the passing attack. McCollum has completed 85-of-146 attempts for 1,267 yards and 11 TDs. Ron Womack is West Catholic’s top receiver. Womack has 34 catches for 456 yards and 2 TDs.
Conwell-Egan’s offensive standout is running back Dan McLaughlin who has 64 carries for 440 yards.
In the other sub regional contest, Imhotep Charter (10-0) will play Prep Charter (6-4) at Germantown, 1100 E. Sedgwick St. The kickoff will be at 4 p.m.
Imhotep Charter has a tremendous ground game with running back David Williams (110 carries for 977 yards) and Eerin Young (83 carries for 855 yards). Prep Charter is led by running backs Anthony Wyche (98 rushes for 587 yards) and Asa Manley (92 carries for 511 yards).