PHILADELPHIA, PA -
The Boys Latin Warriors defeated the Overbrook Panthers, 40-26, in the Philadelphia Public League 4A football quarterfinals on Friday afternoon. The Warriors, who are now 10-1, have now won seven games in a row with their only loss coming all the way back on September 8th in an 18-12 overtime defeat to the Olney Trojans.
Warriors star mobile quarterback Malik Johnson carried the ball 20 times, totaled 170 yards and scored three touchdowns. Cory Little, who at 5'4 is in the 'Darren Sproles' role for Boys Latin, had 13 carries for 109 yards, a 57-yard reception on a pass from Johnson and totaled 111 yards in the kick return game. To complete the three-headed monster in the backfield, fullback Damir Smith Lockett had 11 carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 1,002 yards on 128 carries, good for a 7.8 yards-per-carry average. He also has 763 yards passing at a 55% completion rate. Johnson has accounted for 25 of Boys Latin's touchdowns on the year with 14 on the ground and 11 through the air, while only throwing one interception.
Little has accounted for 1,033 offensive yards on the year, with 842 on the ground and 191 through the air, and also has ten total touchdowns on the year.
Smith Lockett has nine touchdowns on the season, mostly on short-yardage goal line situations, and also leads the team in tackles on the defensive side as the middle linebacker with 103.
Combine those three stud players with wide receivers Mohamed Diawara and Nasir Scott, and the Boys Latin Warriors have a dynamic offense that can score on teams in many different ways.
The Warriors will have their toughest test of the season on Friday night when they take on the Imhotep Charter Panthers, the top team in the Public League. Imhotep will certainly be favored to win this game, but at 10-1 and with a dynamic offense, don't count out the Boys Latin Warriors quite yet.
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