Explorers Top Washington

Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 29, 2009

In a game that most people thought would thrust George Washington further into the PIAA playoffs, the La Salle Explorers and junior running back/defensive back Jamal Abdur-Rahman had a different idea, beating Washington 31-20.

The true Philadelphia City Championship took place on Saturday afternoon at Northeast High School as Public League Champions Washington High School took on Catholic League Champions La Salle College High School in a showdown that would send the winner further into the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.

Plenty of talented players were in this game, including five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd who had seven tackles in the game, quarterback Aaron Wilmer who had over 300 yards in the contest, Brandon Chudnoff who had a sack in the game and junior sensation Jamal Abdur-Rahman who had 15 carries for 40 yards, five catches for 82 yards including a 44-yard touchdown reception, two interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown.

La Salle started out with the ball, however they went three and out to start the game and when Washington took over quarterback Aaron Wilmer became a one-man offense, churning down the field for big gains over and over again. Wilmer then took a read-option 48 yards off left tackle for a touchdown, however it was called back due to a holding penalty, keeping the game scoreless.

When La Salle got the ball back at their own 20 yard line the Explorers started marching downfield behind senior quarterback Drew Loughery to was able to hook up with wide receiver Ryan Otis for a pass of 28 yards. Washington hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers all game and on a fourth down defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd jumped offsides on a hard count, giving the Explorers a first down. Floyd did this numerous times in the game. Sam Feleccia, an underrated wide receiver from La Salle that will be playing in college at some level caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Loughery and the score was 7-0.

Washington came out guns blazing yet again on their second drive and Aaron Wilmer was Tebow-esque on the drive, putting up two 17-yard carries and a 21-yarder that eventually set up an 18-yard touchdown by running back English Peay.

At that point the game started to go downhill for Washington. La Salle got three more points on the board with a field goal and then on the following drive Wilmer threw an ill-advised pass into coverage where Jamal Abdur-Rahman picked him off. Washington got the ball back, handed off to running back English Peay and either a bad exchange and/or loose grip (couldn’t tell) ended up on the carpet, in Abdur-Rahman’s hands and into the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown on the fumble recovery.

The Explorers came out gunning in the third quarter and Drew Loughery hit Connor Hoffman (my personal favorite WR) for a 40-yard touchdown and then hit Abdur-Rahman for a 44-yard touchdown pass. At this point the game was at 31-7 and while most teams would quit, Washington fought until the end and put 13 more points on the board to make it a 31-20 final.

The most impressive thing about the win for La Salle is that Washington held Northeast High School to two net yards in their last game. You read that right, Northeast got two yards in the entire game.

Drew Loughery is a great high school quarterback and I’m sure he’ll end up playing in college as well, but La Salle is going to go as far as Abdur-Rahman takes them in the playoffs. His defense has been even bigger than his offense in the playoffs and his versatility as a receiver has come up big as well.

Word coming out of Philadelphia is that Floyd will be committing to Ohio State.

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