No. 20 Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) held the lead twice but Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia) kept battling back and pulled off the 20-14 upset Saturday in the District 12 Class AAA championship.
Both teams entered the game at 11-0, with Wood having won its eighth consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League title and Imhotep having won its first consecutive Philadelphia Public League crown. The victory gives Imhotep the city title to go along with its Public League title.
The game was a rematch of last year’s AAA title game, won by Wood 42-34. Wood would go on to win its third state crown in four years.
Saturday, Imhotep took the lead for good when Mike Waters scored from three yards out with 10:01 left in the game. Waters has had a marvelous season, setting single-season Public League records for total touchdowns and rushing yardage.
He also made a key defensive play with 6:08 remaining with an interception that stopped Wood after the Vikings had gotten into the red zone.
With 2:40 left in the third, Imhotep had tied the game when Mike Crawford forced a fumble, scooped up the ball and wet 64 yards for a score.
Wood’s Shawn Thompson had give his team a 14-8 lead on a 2-yard run with 7:49 left in the third quarter.
Wood had earlier taken a 7-0 lead on a 32-yard TD pass from Anthony Russo to Mark Webb with 8:54 left in the first quarter, but Imhotep answered when Nasir Boykin hit Aamir Brown for a 22-yard score. Waters scored the two-point conversion and Imhotep was ahead 8-7.
Imhotep advances to face Academy Park (13-0), the District 1 champions from Sharon Hill, Pa.