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Imhotep dominates Cathedral Prep to advance to PIAA 5A Semifinal @TepFootball @KeonWylie @PrepRamblers @kelldavis12

Written by: on Sunday, November 28th, 2021

 

Tre McLeod led the way with nearly 300 yards and 3 tds on the ground

It’s an old adage: “Defense wins championships.” Today at Alumni Field in Wingate the Imhotep defense effectively shut down the Rambler offense with Keon Wylie leading the way, constantly harrassing the Prep qb to the tune of 4 sacks. It also doesn’t hurt when your running back, Tre McLeod, has a break out game rushing for 293 yards and scored three times to lead the Panthers to a 42-7 win.  Imhotep will face Strath Haven next Friday at a site to be determined for the right to play for the 5A title in Hershey.

“We aint done yet, we still got two more games” said a humble McLeod of his performance.  “He had a 100 yards against Frankford a couple weeks ago, but we knew he was due” said Panther head coach Devon Smith.

It took a while for the scoring to begin as these two heavy weights began to feel each other out, but once the points started rolling in they seemed to just keep piling up for Imhotep. With a few minutes left in the first quarter, the Panthers went on a 58 yard drive capped by a 31 yard td pass from Mikal Davis to Terrance Adams. The two pointer failed keeping it a 6-0 game with 1:00 left in the first quarter.

 

After exchanging punts, McLeod began to separate himself from the crowd. Lining up at their own 20, the sophomore took off down the sidelines for a one-play, 80 yard td.  A celebration penalty during the run made for a long 2 point attempt that failed but the Panthers were on their way to the win already, leading 12-0 with 6:46 left in the first half.

 

Following an interception by Rashann wright, the Panthers drove 47 yards capped by a 1 yard run from Rahmir Stewart to put Tep up 18-0 at the break. “Our defense, that’s something that we respect from him. He faced a lot of double teams all year, he had a great week of practice and I’m proud of his effort” said Smith of Wylies defensive performance.

Carter Barnes put Prep on the board with a one yard run in the opening drive of the second half, but it took, once again, one play from McLeod, for Imhotep to continue to pull away. The speedy back went straight up the middle for a 64 yard td. This time they got the two pointer for the 26-7 lead with 7:40 remaining in the third. Makai Davis scored from the 1 and McLeod closed out his scoring with a 49 yard td run.

“They just had too many athletes” said Prep head coach Mike Mischler. “They weren’t the same team that played against Judge last week. They just had too many guys that were able to shut down our offense. Hat’s off to them.” Cathedral Prep’s year ends with an 11-2 record.

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