"City Showdown" on 6abc! - HS Football

PHILADELPHIA - November 20, 2008 Shakedown 1979.

The Smashing Pumpkins' song "1979" begins that way.

On that fateful year, the City Championship ended that way - in a shakedown.

Cardinal O'Hara walked out the winner in a 28 to 7 victory against Lincoln.

Then...just like that...41 years of city champions...ended.

That is - until NOW!

This Saturday at Noon LIVE on 6abc and 6abc.com, the City Championship returns with a fury in the form of the PIAA District 12 "AAAA" Championship!

The Public League Champion George Washington Eagles go toe to toe (or beak to beak) with the Catholic League Champion La Salle Explorers to determine the first City Champion in 29 years.

The Eagles fly into the game with 9-1 record and a 7 game winning streak.

In this memorable season, George Washington not only garnered 298 points, but were able to shut out their opponents two weeks in a row, before defeating Northeast 41-34 to make it to the championship.

The Explorers journey into the game with a 9-2 record and a 5 game winning streak.

La Salle has created historic moments already this season, including earning 362 points for the year and ending St. Joe's Prep Catholic League regular season 55 game winning streak on September 20.

There's talent on both sides that make each squad confident in their ability to win.

Washington has the gridiron greatness of Omar Hunter, James Fowler, and Will McFillin.

La Salle has the pigskin prowess of Drew Loughery, Kevin Farrington, and Sam Feleccia.

It is anyone's game and it's for a prize that has been unattainable for almost 30 years.

As for The Smashing Pumpkins' song, it also includes these lyrics:

Faster than the speed of sound
Faster than we thought we'd go, beneath the sound of hope

Hope is the force pushing these young men to succeed.

Hope is what is driving these students to learn the lesson that hard work and determination pays off.

Hope is what this game, this championship, is all about.

There are two teams, but there is only one champion.

For the first time since 1979, there will be one champion.

So what is it all really about?

It is about time.

6abc's Keith Russell and former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale will call the game from the booth, with reports from 6abc's Walter Perez from the sidelines.

Because of our broadcast of this exciting game, the Michigan vs. Ohio State game originally scheduled for that time can be seen instead on ESPN.

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