Imhotep Charter's Aamir Brown, proudly wearing a pair of BYU football gloves, made a spectacular, leaping touchdown catch in the second quarter against Malvern Prep.
"Yeah, I was wearing the BYU gloves because they recently offered me a scholarship," the senior wideout said. "It was real exciting for that to happen."
Brown, a speedy and dynamic playmaker, produced three touchdowns as the visiting Panthers surprisingly clobbered Malvern Prep, 48-7, in a nonleague contest Friday night at the Pellegrini Athletic Complex.
"It feels real good to beat a quality team like that," Brown said. "They had been on a roll, so we knew they were dangerous. It's a nice accomplishment, but we still have a lot of work to do."
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior's 4-yard burst around left end - and Nasir Boykin's conversion pass to Justin Harris - gave Imhotep a 24-7 advantage at intermission. Brown set up his score on the previous play with a 44-yard reception between a pair of defenders.
"He's a good, dominant receiver," Boykin said. "There's always a chance there can be a big play when you get him the ball."
Brown, who fills in at safety on defense, said he also has scholarship offers from Central Connecticut, Rhode Island, St. Francis (Pa.), and Wagner. He plans to major in sports medicine in college.
Late in the third quarter, Brown's 15-yard TD grab, his third of the season, upped Imhotep's advantage to 36-7.
"You have to give them a lot of credit," Malvern coach Aaron Brady said. "They made all the big plays. I was impressed with how well they're coached and their discipline. We didn't match their intensity."
The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer, improved to 5-0. The defending PIAA Class 3A state champions have outscored foes by a whopping margin of 260-13.
Imhotep racked up 331 yards on the ground against the No. 4 Friars (3-2). The surge up front was led by center Brashon McCrae, guards Arick Lochetto, and Zahir Schenk, tackles Justin Johnson and Quadir Ahmed, and tight end Khayr Ransom.
Malvern quarterback Kevin Doyle, a 6-4, 200-pound junior and Division I-A prospect, connected on only 8 of 22 passes for 53 yards. The hosts lost their leading rusher, halfback O'Shaan Allison, to an injury late in the second quarter.
The Panthers' defense was led by nose guard Jalen Denby, linebackers Amin Black and Naiheem Santos, and backs Isheem Young and Mike Crawford.
Imhotep 8 16 12 12 - 48
Malvern Prep 0 7 0 0 - 7
C: Chris Wells 1 run (Wells run)
IC: Aamir Brown 5 pass from Nasir Boykin (Isheem Young run)
MP: Zac Fernandez 45 run (Brandon Chiazza run)
IC: Brown 3 run (Justin Harris pass from Boykin)
IC: Kristian Marche 70 run (run failed)
IC: Brown 15 pass from Boykin (run failed)
IC: Qaadir Monroe 22 run (run failed)
IC: Antwon Keys 5 run (run failed)