Prep rolls to second straight state title
HERSHEY – Back-to-back.
The Cathedral Prep Ramblers knocked off Imhotep Charter 38-28 for their second consecutive state title and fourth in program history on Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium.
This was the rubber match between the two programs, with Imhotep winning over Prep in 2015 and Prep returning the favor last season.
Billy Lucas has been huge for the Ramblers through their playoff run, so it was only fitting that he was again against Imhotep, scoring on touchdown runs of 2, 14 and 5 yards.
He got the scoring going with a 2-yard score with 4:27 left in the first quarter that was set up by a screen pass from Joe Mischler to Terry Roberts that Roberts was able to break
Imhotep tied the game at 7-all on a Tykee Smith 2-yard run early in the second quarter and the Panthers recovered the ensuing kickoff. Carl Jones capitalized on a 4-yard TD run to make it 13-7, but that was the last time Imhotep would have nay kind of momentum in the game.
Mischler connected with the Iowa commit Roberts on a 17-yard touchdown, capping a perfectly executed two-minute drive with just under a minute left in the first half.
Imhotep fumbled on the ensuing possession, allowing the Ramblers’ Anthony Lupo to kick a 37-yard field goal at the horn to give Prep a 17-13 halftime lead.
The Ramblers gave the Panthers a taste of their own medicine to start the second half, as they recovered an onside kick in Imhotep territory.
Lucas capitalized, scoring from 14 yards out to make it 24-13.
Imhotep got the ball back and immediately put together a drive that had them inside the Prep 10-yard line. But rather than getting back in the game with a score, they fumbled, with Prep’s Kareem Carson recovering.
The Ramblers proceeded to drive 98 yards, as a 73-yard pass from Mischler to Tyler Oedekoven resulted in Mischler calling his own number from four yards out and a 31-13 lead late in the third quarter.
Yusuf Terry scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard reception from Jalen Sutton-Christian and a 50-yard run, but that was sandwiched in between Lucas’ final touchdown of the night.
Notre Dame commit Matt Bauer and Penn State pledge Fred Scruggs had strong games on the defensive side of the ball for the Ramblers.
District 10 hopes to make it two state titles today when Wilmington plays Southern Columbia at 1 p.m.