Imhotep defeats Northeast Under the Friday Night Lights
PHILADELPHIA, PA -
The Imhotep Panthers continued their dominance over Philadelphia Public League opponents as they defeated the Northeast Vikings, 27-6, on Friday afternoon. After Imhotep shut down Northeast's offense on the first possession, Imhotep's high-powered offense took the field. On their first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jalen Sutton-Christian launched a deep pass down the field and connected with wide receiver Yusef Terry for a 55-yard touchdown.
There would be no more scoring until the 3:56 mark in the second quarter on a 17-yard touchdown run by Imhotep's star running back/defensive back, and Penn State commit, Isheem Young. Young's run made the score 12-0 and that would be the same tally heading into halftime.
The defensive battle continued until Northeast got on the board with 1:38 left in the third quarter on a 3-yard run from Vikings running back Marlon White, making it 12-6.
The Panthers responded immediately on another connection between Sutton-Christian and Terry. This time, the quarterback threw the ball horizontally on a wide receiver bubble screen, and Terry broke a couple Vikings tackle attempts and took it the distance for a 58-yard score. A 2-point conversion made the score 20-6 after three quarters of play and a fourth quarter rushing touchdown by Imhotep's Carl Jones capped off the 27-6 win.
Despite losing this game, Northeast played Imhotep tough and probably gave the Panthers their toughest Public League game in a few years. The Vikings, who are in PIAA Class 6A, are likely the favorite to win the Pub in their classification since Imhotep is a 4A school.
Ironically, both teams’ next games are against Central High School, with Imhotep taking on the Lancers next Friday, while Northeast is off next week and will take on Central on Friday September 22nd.
Photo Credit: Jack Kapp