La Salle defeats George Washington, 31-20

Connor Hoffman of La Salle runs the ball towards Simba Sellers of George Washington. (Bob Williams /For The Inquirer)

By Rick O'Brien

With Jamal Abdur-Rahman contributing in just about every way possible, La Salle turned the tables on George Washington and claimed the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA championship with a 31-20 victory today at Northeast High's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.

Abdur-Rahman, a junior, intercepted two passes at cornerback and returned a second-quarter fumble 36 yards for a touchdowwn. On offense, the tailback caught a 44-yard TD pass from Drew Loughery on the final play of the third quarter to increase La Salle's lead to 31-20. He carried 15 times for 42 yards.

Next for the Explorers is a state quarterfinal playoff versus the winner of tonight's game between District 11 rivals Easton (11-1) and Parkland (10-2). That contest will be played on Friday at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

For Washington, which finished with an 8-3 record, quarterback Aaron Wilmer ran 17 times for 141 yards and threw a pair of TD passes. He passed 16-for-28 for 166 yards.

George Washington 0 7 0 13-20

La Salle 7 10 14 0-31

LS: Feleccia 10 pass from Loughery (Bennett kick)

GW: Peay 2 run (Wright kick)

LS: FG Bennett 37LS: Abdur-Rahman 36 fumble recovery (Bennett kick)

LS: Hoffman 4 pass from Loughery (Bennett kick)

LS: Abdur-Rahman 44 pass from Loughery (Bennett kick)

GW: Peay 34 pass from Wilmer (Wright kick)

GW: Cooper 8 pass from Wilmer (Wright kick)

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