After winning just three football games over the past three seasons, Archbishop Ryan dominated Public League champs George Washington on Thanksgiving Day.
“It’s always an exciting opportunity for us to play a great opponent like La Salle, and there’s no shame in losing to such a quality team. That said, it is hard for us to stack up against them.” — Washington coach Ron Cohen
For years, Archbishop Ryan’s football team has been near the bottom of the Catholic League standings. The Raiders haven’t finished with a winning record since 1998.
The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters and Father Judge Crusaders both had quick postseason exits and are looking for a bit of redemption on Thanksgiving.
It’s been marinating for the past 115 years.
In Ron Cohen’s previous 26 seasons as head football coach at George Washington High School, he probably could count on one hand how many times the Eagles had gone into a big Public League showdown as the underdog.
When North Catholic shut its doors for good last year, it meant the end of one of the oldest traditions in the city. The annual Thanksgiving Day game with Frankford — like all else associated with the school — was reduced to a memory in the minds of the players, coaches and alumni.
For 24 minutes on Saturday night at Northeast High School, all seemed to be lost for the George Washington football team.
Frankford, 37; Central, 12: Frankford High School downed Central in the Public League semifinals on Saturday afternoon, earning a place in the coveted championship game.