PHILADELPHIA, PA – Looking for a little revenge for last year’s loss, the Non-Public team scored 19 unanswered points in the 2nd half to defeat the Public League team, 33-12, in the 2017 Philadelphia City All-Star Football game on Saturday May 20th at Northeast High School.
The Public League got off to a good start, scoring the only points of the 1st quarter on a 4-yard run by Qashah Carter of Simon Gratz High School. The Non-Public team, consisting of players from the Philadelphia Catholic League and Inter-Ac League, answered back early in the 2nd quarter with a beautiful 33-yard touchdown pass from Roman Catholic quarterback Anthony Butler to Archbishop Wood wide receiver, and Georgia commit, Mark Webb.
The two squads traded rushing touchdowns before the end of the half with a 2-yard run by Ben Franklin’s Devin Darden for the Pub and a 1-yard run by Butler for the Non-Pub. The Non-Public team took a 14-12 lead into the locker room due to two made extra points by Archbishop Wood’s Shawn Thompson and two missed two-point conversions by the Public League.
The 2nd half completely belonged to the Non-Public. The offense was extremely efficient with Butler and Penn Charter’s Mike Hnatkowsky throwing the ball, and Wood’s Raheem “Speedy” Blackshear and La Salle’s Sy Madden carrying the ball on the ground. And even though Imhotep quarterback Nasir Boykin was 11-27 for 238 yards in the air for the Pub, he was under pressure all night from the defensive front line of the Non-Pub, which included Wood’s Anthony Diodato, Father Judge Crusader Dom Carey and Conwell-Egan’s Keanan Baines.
The Non-Public had a trio of 34-yard touchdown plays in the 2nd half – a run by Blackshear, a screen pass and run by Thompson from Hnatkowsky, and a deep pass from Butler to West Catholic wide receiver Ahmad Kent.
Meanwhile, the Public League’s offense committed two big turnovers in the 2nd half – a fumble on a bad snap and an interception throw by Boykin into the arms of St. Joseph’s Prep cornerback Terrance Greene.
The Non-Public played solid in the final two-and-a-half quarters in all facets of the game, and that’s what ultimately led to the dominating win. Non-Public now leads the all-time series in this game, 23-19-1, over the Public League, in a series that has been played every year since 1975.
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(Photo Credit: Amanda Dedieu)