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You are a first-year head coach with two thousand-yard rushers in the backfield, both of whom scored double-digit touchdowns as juniors last year.

That's the problem facing Imhotep Charter coach Albie Crosby, who steps into his first head coaching position after being a longtime assistant at West Catholic. And the situation at running back is a pretty great problem, if you ask him.

David Williams will be playing for his third school in four years at Imhotep, where he followed Crosby from West Catholic. Williams rushed 301 times for 1,936 yards last season, scoring 18 touchdowns.

A highly sought-after recruit, he is considering Tennessee, South Carolina, and Nebraska, among others.

The other Panthers running back is Eerin Young (1,059 yards, 12 TDs in 2011). He and Williams will take handoffs from quarterback Andre Dreuitt-Parks, who Crosby said shows remarkable maturity for a high school sophomore.

On defense, look for Brandon Chatmon, a standout who transferred from Cardinal O'Hara, to make a big impact for the Panthers. The senior linebacker (6-foot, 220 pounds) has schools such as Pittsburgh, Miami, and Rutgers interested in him.

The defending Public League champion, George Washington, returns many starters from its 8-4 team of last year, including offensive lineman/defensive tackle Justin Moody. The 6-3, 280-pound Moody has been fielding offers from Division I programs, including Purdue, Temple, and Pitt.

Other players to watch on coach Ron Cohen's squad are senior quarterback David Gavrilov; junior wide receiver Rasheed Black, who also will spend time as a defensive back and possibly a defensive end; and junior defensive tackle Zahir Hollerway.

The running-back tandem of junior Ken Everage and senior Donald Smith could prove critical if the Eagles want back-to-back league titles.

Hoping to dethrone George Washington is Frankford, which returns Tim DiGiorgio at quarterback.

In his second season as Pioneers coach, Will Doggett will rely on DiGiorgio (6-3, 175), who threw for more than 2,300 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior. Senior wide receiver Renz Compton is a returning starter who also will play at strong safety.

The Pioneers likely will benefit from strong play on both the offensive and defensive lines, with senior Devon Moore, junior Kadar Jones, junior Javez Baker-Hall, and junior Unique Davis.

Northeast is hoping its new coach, Jim Adams, can make a splash and help the team return to its 2010 Class AAAA-championship caliber, and Bok will play in Class AAA this season, up from AA. The move excites coach Frank Natale.

While the Wildcats might have lost their offensive core of Marquise Brown and Shaquil Sammons to graduation, Natale said he hopes a "good nucleus" of players will help his team remain highly competitive.

The Wildcats are especially looking forward to their game against West Philadelphia on Sept. 13, as a lot of Bok's players live in that area. As for Natale, he always enjoys facing his former team, Bartram, which will host the Wildcats on Oct. 26.