Fri­ars fall hard at home to pow­er­house Imhotep Char­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @MLine­S­ports on Twit­ter

MALVERN >> Imhotep Char­ter showed the fans at Quigley Field Fri­day evening why it is one of the best high school football teams in Penn­syl­va­nia, de­feat­ing host Malvern Prep, 48-7, in a non­league matchup.

“You can’t take a wrong step against them, or you’ll pay for it,” said Malvern Prep head coach Aaron Brady. “They’re fast, and they have a lot of speed ev­ery­where — par­tic­u­larly their quar­ter­back [se­nior Nasir Boykin]. Give Imhotep credit — they made all the plays.”

Imhotep Char­ter (5-0) has outscored its op­po­nents 260-13 this sea­son. Malvern’s record dropped to 3-2.

Imhotep scored on its first two pos­ses­sions. The first was a sev­en­play, 63-yard touch­down drive high­lighted by two long runs by Boykin to­talling 46 yards. The sec­ond touch­down drive was an eight-play, 69-yard march high­lighted by a 44-yard run by se­nior run­ning back Amir Lewis.

Trail­ing, 16-0, Malvern Prep briefly made it in­ter­est­ing mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when se­nior run­ning back Zac Fer­nan­dez broke free for a 45-yard touch­down run, break­ing sev­eral tack­les along the way. The Friar touch­down drive be­gan when se­nior cor­ner­back Dan Sullivan in­ter­cepted a Boykin pass at the Malvern 20 yard line.

“We had some [pos­i­tives] tonight,” said Brady. “Zac’s run did us some good, Dan Sullivan had a solid game and I thought line­backer Cole McCabe played well.”

Right af­ter Malvern cut the visi­tors’ lead to 16-7, Imhotep came back for a six­play, 78-yard touch­down drive that con­sisted es­sen­tially of two big plays — a 42yard run by ju­nior run­ning back Kris­tian Marche, and a 44-yard pass from Boykin to se­nior back Aamir Brown.

Imhotep went into half­time with a 24-7 lead, then with 4:26 left in the third quar­ter, Marche broke loose for a 70-yard touch­down run to make it 30-7.

“We were ex­cited com­ing into this game,” said Imhotep head coach Mark Sch­midt. “Our de­fense played re­ally well to­day, and our of­fen­sive line took a step up tonight.”

Boykin said, “We had a tough week of prac­tice be­fore this game, with the of­fen­sive line­men work­ing hard on their block­ing schemes.”

Both head coaches praised the work of Imhotep se­nior nose guard Jalen Denby, a 345-pounder.

“We had four plays where, if [Denby] had not made the tackle, we would have been out of the gate,” Brady said. “He had a great game.”

In the wan­ing sec­onds of the third quar­ter, Brown gathered in a 15-yard touch­down pass from Boykin to make it 36-7.

Boykin started that touch­down drive with a 30yard run. It was one of sev­eral long runs the Imhotep quar­ter­back made through the Malvern de­fense Fri­day night, when he wasn’t de­liv­er­ing the ball to one of his game-break­ing team­mates.

Early in the fourth quar­ter, Imhotep’s CJ Wal­ton III in­ter­cepted a Malvern pass at the Fri­ars’ 40 yard line. Eight plays later, ju­nior Myles Ni­chol­son ran for a 22-yard touch­down to make it 42-7.

With less than 30 sec­onds left in the game, Imhotep had a first-and-goal on the Malvern 5 yard line and gave the ball to ju­nior run­ning back Ant­won Keys, who ran it in for a touch­down to make it 48-7 with 5.1 sec­onds to play.

“I told the play­ers af­ter the game that our first sea­son, the non-league part, is over, and now we start the In­ter-Ac sea­son,” Brady said. “We played two of the top teams in the Mid-At­lantic re­gion, and we’re 3-2. We have a bye week, and we’ll watch film, and we’ll see where we need to im­prove.”


Malvern Prep’s Keith Maguire (4) and Rich Heany (6) chase Imhotep quater­back Nasir Boykin in the third quar­ter Fri­day at Quigley Field.


Malvern Prep’s Quincy Wat­son (9) tries to make the cor­ner against Imhotep in the third quar­ter Fri­day night.


Malvern Prep’s Keith Maguire (4) can’t stop Imhotep’s Aamir Brown (5) from scor­ing in the third quar­ter Fri­day at Quigley Field.


Malvern Prep’s Mike Fay hauls in a pass against Imhotep in the third quar­ter at Quigley Field Fri­day.

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