Public League Football
Playoff Recaps, 2014

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AAAA DIVISION
QUARTERFINALS
At NW Super Site
 
King 28, Frankford 20: Paul Sanchez, who entered the game with 383 yards for the season, rushed 23 times for 202 yards and two TDs as the Cougars became the first team to sweep Frankford, Northeast and Washington since 1994 (Mastbaum). Nasir Boykin hit Mark McCray for one score and ran three yards for another with 4:36 left, providing a 28-20 lead. Ed Marshall preserved it with an end-zone pick at 26.9. For Frankford, Naim Franklin passed 10-for-20 for 190 yards and three TDs, with two going to Devontae Lee (5-93, also an interception).
At SP Super Site
 
Washington 21, Bartram 8: A pair of botched-punt situations doomed the Braves, who surrendered 14 quick points in the third quarter after claiming an 8-7 lead. Quadir Cobbs led Washington with 135 yards and one TD on 21 carries. Damir Mitchell's lone completion (in two attempts) produced an 8-yard TD to Jeff Davis. Bruce Smalley picked off a pass. For Washington, Makai Sheed (19-95) led in rushing and Ernest Mulbah (6-for-17, 105) tossed a 7-yard score to Gary Grisson-Johnson (3-59).
At Gratz
  Gratz 24, Northeast 8: After Rushawn Grange ran four yards to draw Northeast within a touchdown 8:58 from game's end, Luke White took a pitchout on a reverse from close-to-being-tackled Ahmir Lewis and scampered 47 yards for the clincher at 2:48. Shawn Williams burrowed for a pair of 1-yard TDs. Laquan Solomon set up the first, tallied 31.3 prior to halftime, by blocking a punt. For Northeast, Asa Manley posted 188 yards of rushing/passing and Travon Williams added an interception to four snags for 87 yards.
At Gratz
 
Franklin 63, Fels 6: Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez (receiving), Edward Dennis and Jymere Toney (rushing) tallied two TDs apiece as the Electrons tied the city record for playoff points (63 by Frankford in a '97 semifinal). Kevin Caldwell passed 5-for-11 for 213 yards and three scores while Ismaila Saka thumped seven PAT. Fels' Wesley White battled for 81 yards and one TD on 11 carries.
SEMIFINALS
Consecutive Nights At Gratz
  Gratz 22, King 14: Shawn Williams accounted for all of the Bulldogs' points by rushing for 150 yards and three TDs on 13 carries, and by adding two conversion runs. Shawn "Woozy" Jenkins notched one sack among 13 tackles and Javon Whitfield picked off a pass. King's Jayni Harris turned his pilfer into a 62-yard TD while Nasir Boykin passed 6-for-19 for 102 yards (2,002 for season) and a score to Dominque McNeil (5-87). King's late hopes to tie died just inside the 30; turnover on downs.
  Franklin 36, Washington 19: Kevin Caldwell claimed the Pub record for TD passes in one season (32) by going 16-for-22 for 293 yards and four; Frankford's Tim DiGiorgio had thrown for 30 in 2011. Caldwell's primary targets, for two scores apiece, were Javier Buffalo (6-104) and Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez (4-107). The latter also ran 55 yards for a TD. These performances left Caldwell and Rodriguez one short of the city records in the respective categories. For Washington, Quadir Cobbs rushed 21 times for 196 yards and two TDs.
FINAL
At Northeast
 
Franklin 36, Gratz 24: The Electrons (nee Poor Richards), champs for the first time since 1966, rolled to a 20-8 lead but found themselves hanging on after a safety (tackle by Shawn "Woozy" Jenkins) brought Gratz within 29-24 with 3:05 remaining. Franklin played solid D and then, on third-and-14, clinched the win with a 75-yard TD pass from Kevin Caldwell to Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez. That feat gave Rodriguez (5-134) the city record for TD catches in a season (17). In the second quarter, the first of Rodriguez' two TD snags, an 18-yarder, had enabled Caldwell (15-for-25, 295, three) to notch his 34th TD pass of the season; also a city record. He finished the game with 35. In three playoffs, Caldwell passed 36-for-58 (62 percent) for 801 yards and 10 TDs. For Gratz, just as he had in the semis, Luke White lost a fumble on his first carry. He also rebounded strongly this time, bagging 175 yards and a TD on 26 rushes. He added two catches for 40 yards.

AAA DIVISION
SEMIFINALS

At West Phila.
  West Phila. 21, Mastery North 14: Lavelle Harper ran for one score and passed for two more (to Devante Larsen, Isaiah Maples) as the Speedboys, thrilling a capacity crowd, triumphed in their first-ever home night playoff. The grass in the north and south end zones boasted SPEEDBOYS and WEST PHILLY, respectively, in gigantic letters. There was also an even larger W at midfield. Harper passed 4-for-6 for 85 yards. Justin Hamilton (18-75) and Tarell McLeod (17-70) were productive rushers. Taqee Ross notched MN's TDs on a kickoff return and an end-zone recovery of an offensive fumble. Isaiah Tann carried 15 times for 79 yards.
At Northwest Super Site
  Imhotep 52, Overbrook 6: The Panthers packed all 52 of their points into the first half. Denniston "DJ" Moore (4-105) racked up two TD receptions and the second enabled him to claim the Pub career record, with 29. He also tallied on a punt return. Mike Waters carried six times for 47 yards and two TDs and complemented his performance with four conversion runs. Tyliek Raynor notched 170 yards and one TD on just eight carries. For 'Brook, Clifford Brinkley caught a TD pass from Niykolis Rodriguez.
FINAL
At Northeast
  Imhotep 62, West Phila. 0: After the Panthers stormed to 54 points in the first half, the coaches agreed to limit the third and fourth quarters to 14 total minutes. Andre Dreuitt-Parks passed 4-for-6 for 95 yards and two TDs while also firing for five two-pointers. In all, 'Tep went 7-for-8 on two-point conversions and their 62 points came within one of tying the city postseason record of 63 (Frankford in a '97 Pub semi). West's Tarell McLeod toughed out 44 yards on 15 rushes.

AA DIVISION
SEMIFINALS

At SP Super Site
  Prep Charter 62, Palumbo 0: Quadir Strothers (8-140, two TDs) and Tarr Monway (5-126, ditto) fueled the frolic with big rushing outings while Vian Dolo added two shorter ground scores of his own and a TD toss to Davante' Coney. The defense scored first, however, as Anthony Thomas returned a fumble 31 yards. This was the biggest blowout in Pub playoff history.
At NW Super Site
 
Del-Val 52, Strawberry Mansion 0: The mercy-rule clock began running in the first quarter, once the scored reached 38-0, and the final three quarters, in a move supported by both coaches, lasted only seven minutes apiece. Nasir Bonner ran just six times for 156 yards and three TDs. Mansion's offense netted minus-33 yards.
FINAL
At SP Super Site
  Prep Charter 14, Del-Val 12: Vian Dolo accounted for 142 yards of rushing/passing and his 79-yard connection with John Davis got things started. Quadir Strothers then ran 10 yards for a score and Andres Ospina added his second PAT. D-V scored twice in the fourth quarter, but a pair of conversion passes fell incomplete. The second was thrown from the 18 following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Shayne Smith passed for 148 yards and Nasir Bonner rushed/caught for 120.

CITY TITLES
AAAA DIVISION
At Northeast
  SJ Prep 47, Franklin 22: Soph D'Andre Swift made the most of four carries -- 89 yards and three TDs -- as the Hawks seized a second consecutive CT for the first time since 1938-39; those two contests began the series. James Bell (15-113) and Olamide Zaccheaus (8-81, TD) also ran well while John Reid scored once apiece on a catch/interception before suffering a knee injury shortly before halftime. For Franklin, Kevin Caldwell raised his 2014 passing yardage total to 2,893 -- best in city history -- by going 22-for-45 for 359 and three TDs. Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez turned five snags into 141 yards and two scores. Javier Buffalo (9-151, one) also had great moments. As the teams passed through the postgame handshake line, Franklin assistant Anthony Moorehead yelled to the Prep's contingent, "Bring that trophy back to Philly, baby!"
AAA DIVISION
At Northeast
  Wood 42, Imhotep 34: While winning their seventh consecutive AAA City Title, the Vikings finally experienced a challenge. A 20-0 lead notwithstanding, victory wasn't assured until the waning moments when Alex Arcangeli (20-105, TD) gained two yards on fourth-and-1. Jarrett McClenton ran 25 times for 157 yards and four TDs; his 80-yarder capped a back-and-forth, three-TD explosion in the final 34.7 seconds of the third quarter. For Imhotep, Andre Dreuit-Parks passed 16-for-26 for 299 yards and four TDs, thanks mostly to an electric performance by Denniston "DJ" Moore (7-200, TDs of 88 and 71 yards in the fourth quarter). The Panthers were without their main rusher, Tyliek Raynor (knee injury).
AA DIVISION
At SP Super Site
 
Neumann-Goretti 12, Prep Charter 6: This one featured South Philly schools with practice fields three blocks apart along 25th Street. Khalil Roane rushed 31 times for 171 yards and two TDs as the Saints, then known as the Southeast Catholic Pirates, claimed a City Title for the first time since 1954. Jack Taylor preserved the win with a late interception. For PC, Quadir Strothers ran 18 times for 113 yards, Vian Dolo posted a TD and 105 yards of rushing/passing and Ronald Stokes contributed two of four interceptions.
A DIVISION
At Gratz
  KIPP DuBois 16, McDevitt 14: After heavy rain made Washington's field unplayable in late morning, the game was switched to Gratz and moved back from 1 to 2 o'clock. The most impressive TD was Domair Harris' 52-yard connection with Kyree Ruffin. Brian Jones ran for one score and the conversion that wound up making the difference. For McDevitt, Max Bryson passed for one TD and ran for another while generating 116 total yards. A pound ball game was held before this one and the possessions of some McDevitt players were stolen out of the locker room.