Rick's Picks: Expect Prep rout

St. Joseph's Prep's (18) Jawan McAllister hauls in this pass and will score despite the defensive efforts of La Salle's (8) Mike Koller. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)
St. Joseph's Prep's (18) Jawan McAllister hauls in this pass and will score despite the defensive efforts of La Salle's (8) Mike Koller. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 16, 2013

It was five years ago that George Washington managed to "shock the world," as players put it, by upending La Salle in the District 12 Class AAAA championship game.

"It's about time the Public League changed the tide," said Frankford coach Will Doggett, whose Pioneers will play Catholic League titlist St. Joseph's Prep for top district honors at 4 p.m. Saturday at Northeast.

La Salle has won the last four district titles by a combined score of 144-47, including last year's 37-20 triumph over Frankford.

"It'll be a challenge, but we're looking forward to it," Doggett said of facing the Prep, which claimed its first Catholic League crown since 2005 with a 30-20 win over La Salle.

Frankford, which repeated as Public champ with a 30-3 romp over Washington, is sparked on offense by quarterback Marquise Poston and speedy halfbacks Damion "Jawzy" Samuels and Quinton Ellis.

In watching the Pioneers defense on tape, Hawks coach Gabe Infante said he was "impressed by No. 7" - 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior end Shareef Miller - "and No. 78," 6-2, 300-pound senior tackle Kadar Jones.

The Prep's breakthrough win over La Salle came at a cost. The Hawks lost savvy quarterback Chris Martin to a left-knee injury early in the fourth quarter. The captain's return to action this season is uncertain.

Jack Clements, a 6-4, 200-pound junior, is Martin's replacement.

"He has a strong arm, runs real well," Infante said. "We're fortunate to have a kid like that waiting his turn."

Even without Martin, the Hawks have more than enough firepower to handle Doggett's upset-minded bunch.

Pick: Prep, 41-12.

Last week: 7-0.

Overall: 83-26 (.761).


District 1 Class AAAA Quarterfinals

No. 12 seed Spring-Ford (9-2) at No. 4 Neshaminy (10-1), 7. The rushing talents of the Rams' Jarred Jones (1,572 yards, 25 TDs) and Neshaminy's D'Andre Pollard (2,171, 28) are showcased. Pick: Neshaminy, 34-20.

No. 15 Perkiomen Valley (9-2) at No. 7 Central Bucks West (9-2), 7. Key for the host Bucks is slowing dual-threat QB Rasaan Stewart (1,666 yards passing, 930 rushing). Pick: Perkiomen Valley, 30-21.

No. 8 Abington (9-2) at No. 1 Garnet Valley (11-0), 7. Craig Reynolds (1,613 yards rushing, 24 TDs) and the visiting Ghosts try for the upset at Moe DeFrank Stadium. Pick: Garnet Valley, 31-14.

District 1 Class AAA Semifinals

No. 4 Academy Park (8-2) at No. 1 Pottsgrove (11-0), 7. Marquis Barefield and Sene Polamalu form a terrific one-two rushing punch for the host Falcons. Pick: Pottsgrove, 35-13.

No. 3 West Chester Henderson (7-4) at No. 2 Glen Mills (8-3), 7. Spurred by Garrett Girafalco, a 1,300-yard rusher, the Warriors fight past the Battlin' Bulls. Pick: Henderson, 23-21.

District 1-12 Class AA Subregional Final

No. 2 West Catholic (9-2) at No. 1 Imhotep Charter (9-1), 6:30. West is using last year's 40-8 drubbing at the hands of the Panthers as motivation. Pick: Imhotep, 49-20.


District 1-12 Class A Subregional Final

No. 2 Delco Christian (8-2) vs. No. 1 Bristol (8-1), at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 1. The host Warriors cruised, 40-24, in the first meeting between the Bicentennial League rivals. Pick: Bristol, 38-12.

District 12 Class AAA Final

Martin Luther King (9-2) vs. Archbishop Wood (9-2), at Northeast, 1. QB Joseph Walker and the Cougars seek to end Wood's five-year hold on the title. Pick: Wood, 35-6.



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