Cheltenham football defeats Wissahickon, clinches District 1 playoff berth

The Cheltenham High School football team defeated Wissahickon High School 39-12 Friday night, earning a berth in the upcoming District 1 6A Tournament’s first round next weekend.

Quarterback Jonathan Ingram and University of North Carolina at Charlotte-commit running back Tre McLeod paced the offense with two touchdowns apiece, while Sharlandiin Strange and Mekel Smallwood led the Panther defense.

According to, McLeod totaled 130 rushing yards on six rushes in the first half before an injury sidelined him. Pharoah Brooks’ fifteen carries for fifty-six yards contributed to a combined 242 rushing yards between McLeod, Brooks, and Ingram.

Coming into the game, both Wissahickon and Cheltenham had to win to likely secure their chances in the playoffs. 

“We came in, definitely had to win. We didn’t want to put too much pressure on us, so we just took it play by play and we saw it getting out of hand so we knew we was doing good,” Ingram said, according to

“Feel great, we ain’t give up on each other, so that’s all,” Tre McLeod said, according to “We gone stick to what we doing, what we been doing, play as a team.”

According to local historian Chuck Langerman, the win marks the program’s ninth consecutive victory over the Wissahickon Trojans since 2014. Cheltenham leads the all-time football series with Wissahickon 29-14. The rivalry dates back to 1912 when Wissahickon was known as Ambler High.

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