Frankford received a lot of contributions from several players in its 30-16 win over George Washington to capture the Public League Class AAAA championship. Quinton Ellis, Pioneers running back, really grinded out the yardage on the ground for Frankford.
Ellis, a 5-foot-9, 158-pound junior, had 20 carries for 51 yards. The numbers weren’t huge, but the effort was impressive. He pounded the ball around the ends and in between the tackles. Ellis didn’t get tired and was happy to be a part of a championship team.
“We worked hard all season, ever since August,” said Ellis, who scored on a two-point conversion. “We’ve been doing this all season. We work hard in practice and it pays off in the game. I’m just happy for my team.”
Ellis is just one of Frankford’s playmakers. The Pioneers have a well-balanced team with running back Damion Samuels who had an explosive 64-yard touchdown run. Marquise Poston, Pioneers outside linebacker, scored a touchdown on a 12-yard fumble return. Poston also had an interception.
Tim DiGiorgio, Frankford quarterback, connected on 6-of-14 passes for 114 yards and one TD pass. DiGiorgio hit wide receiver Brandon Jack with a 32-yard scoring strike.
The Pioneers scored a number of different ways, but they were able to control the game on the ground. Ellis had most of the carries.
“We can always count on Quinton to make plays,” DiGiorgio said. “He never gets tired. That’s from all the conditioning the coaches have given us. He’ll give four quarters all game long. He gives you 100 percent. I feel great about going to the championship game. This is my senior year. We won. I’m really excited. I can’t wait for the next game.”
Frankford (8-2) will face La Salle (10-1) on Saturday, Nov. 17 for the Class AAAA Finals for the city title at Northeast High School’s Charlie Martin Stadium, Cottman and Algon avenues. The kickoff will be at 4 p.m. La Salle advanced to the championship by defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 28-27.