In a rematch of last year's championship game, Bok reasserted its Public League dominance and defended its Public League Class AA championship crown in defeating Imhotep Charter, 41-0, Saturday at Simon Gratz.
Bok running back Shaquil Sammons was the difference in the game, rushing for four touchdowns along with 154 yards on 16 carries.
He also intercepted a pass in the third quarter.
"Sometimes its your turn, and I think today was his turn," Bok coach Tom DeFelice said of his running back. "Shaq is a strong runner. It's no secret, he's going to carry the football."
With the win, Bok (6-2 overall, 4-2 Public League) avenged its 28-6 loss to Imhotep (8-2, 4-1) in September, which snapped the Wildcats' 45-game winning streak in the Public League.
Prior to Saturday's game, DeFelice said turnovers would be the deciding factor and he was right.
Imhotep attempted an onside kick to start the game. Imhotep's Legend Whitfield had an uncontested opportunity to recover the ball but was unable to track it down before it went out of bounds, allowing Bok to start the game at midfield.
"I had a feeling they were going to do that," DeFelice said. "We were prepared for that and thank God the ball went out of bounds."
On the ensuing Bok drive, after two long rushes by Sammons, quarterback Marquise Brown rushed 1 yard to put Bok ahead, 7-0.
With just under three minutes left in the first quarter, Bok planned on punting the ball from its 43-yard line on fourth and 6. But after an offside call on Imhotep created a fourth-and-1 opportunity, DeFelice decided to go for the first down and Khalil Neal converted with a 2-yard run.
"When you're coaching, sometimes you have to get that feel," DeFelice said of his fourth-down decision. "As a coach, I made a decision and it worked out."
Later in the drive, Sammons rushed 28 yards for his first score of the day, putting Bok on top, 13-0.
"We had a ton of mistakes, so it was tough," Imhotep coach Marc Wilson said.
Defensively, Bok shut down Imhotep's aerial attack with four interceptions, one of which was returned by Robert Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown.
Imhotep's running game was hampered early when running back Maurice Palmer, who scored four touchdowns against Bok in September, suffered a leg injury on his first rush of the day. Palmer returned in the second quarter but saw limited action and limped on and off the field.
Despite the early-season loss, Bok's resounding win showed that the Public League champs are ready for more.
"That day when Imhotep beat us, we just regrouped and we made adjustments," DeFelice said. "You could see the results from today."
Imhotep 0 0 0 0 - 0
Bok 13 15 13 0 - 41
Bok: Brown 1 run (Daniel kick)
Bok: Sammons 28 run (kick failed)
Bok: Sammons 21 run (Sammons run)
Bok: Sammons 16 run (Daniel kick)
Bok: Thomas INT with 11 run (Daniel kick)