The Imhotep Institute Charter High Panthers football team won its third consecutive Public League championship with Saturday afternoon’s 62-0 dismantling of the West Philadelphia High Speedboys.
The Panthers, who moved up from class AA to AAA this season, will face Archbishop Wood for the city championship next weekend.
The East Germantown school led 30-0 at the end of the first quarter and 54-0 at halftime. At West Philly’s request, the third and fourth quarters five minutes were shaved off each the third and fourth quarters, and the mercy-rule running-clock rule was in effect.
Scoring touchdowns for the Panthers were Mike Waters (2), Tyliek Raynor, Naseir Upshur, Shaquille Jones, Khalif Clemons, Andre Dreuitt-Parks and Naiheem Santos.
Despite the beyond-convincing performance, the Panthers — perhaps inspired by a 41-0 loss in last year’s state-championship game — played hard until the final whistle and chanted “still not done” as they left the field at Northeast High.
“Don’t take it personal, but I’m going be extremely anal from here on out. To me right now, the small things are huge things,” Head Coach Albie Crosby told his team after the game. “I don’t know how records are set, but I think that might be the most lopsided Public League championship in history.”