On Saturday afternoon, the Imhotep Institute Charter High School Panthers football team lost the PIAA AA state semifinal game to the Wyomissing Spartans 35-13 inside a packed Benjamin Johnston Memorial Stadium.

With the loss, the Panthers, who won their first playoff game in school history this season, end with a 14-1 record.

The visiting Spartans, who were also undefeated coming into the game, will face Aliquippa for the state championship next weekend.

"It hurts," Imhotep head coach Albie Crosby told his players, some of whom had tears in their eyes, after the game. "I've coached worse games than today. We've played worse games than today. I'm so proud of you all. We've represented our city. We've represented our school.

"They played really well. They just beat us. Sometimes, that's what happens."

NewsWorks will post a full story on the game on Monday.


Photos by Bas Slabbers, Video by Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks