Thursday, November 08, 2007

City League Playoff Preview

The playoffs for the City League start tonight with a long time powerhouse on the outside looking in and a long time outsider strapping on the pads for their first playoff game in over 20 years. The #4 Carrick Raiders haven't seen playoff action since they last won the City Title in 1983.

Last Saturday, they and the Allderdice Dragons played probably one of the more entertaining games in the City League this season. The two teams combined for 75 points and numerous lead changes before Allderdice defender Jay Myers fell on a fumbled Carrick punt snap that rolled into the end zone late in the 4th quarter to seal the win for the Dragons 41-34 and guarantee them third place. Joe Short scored 4 touchdowns and rushed for 203 yds on 31 carries. In the last two games, Short scored 10 touchdowns ( 6 against Westinghouse, 4 against Carrick) and rushed for 366 yds. Carrick twice rallied back from deficits to tie the game at 34 until the fumbled punt did them in.

The win sets up a return engagement with the #2 Schenley Spartans, who by their 20-14 win over Perry sent the One Stars back to the North Side and out of the playoffs for the first time since 1984. Brashear finished the season with a 48-0 win over the winless Langley Mustangs to finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record.

Predictions:

Your City League Advocate went 4-0 last week for a 45-8 record this season.

Thursday November 8th
7:00pm

#2 Schenley vs #3 Allderdice: The last game between these two was played on a hot, muggy afternoon that caused multiple players to suffer heat exhaustion including the defensive lynchpin David Yancy who missed the entire second half, hurting the 'Dice defense. The Green Hats went up 18-6 in the first half and seemed ready to cruise, but Schenley woke up in the second half and scored 14 unanswered points including a touchdown in the last minute of the game to snatch away the win from Allderdice. On paper, Allderdice is favored. They've outscored Schenley 253-170 but Schenley has outdefended the 'Dice 118-138. Both teams can run the ball, but the Advocate still has not heard whether Robere King and Anthony Irvin will be back to share the running duties with Short, if they are back, they'll be a big handful for the Spartans to contain. 6'6" Will Clarke can be a factor at TE if the coaches will throw to him. Schenley has Jeremy Hawkins, who Allderdice was able to stuff, but they also have a better QB in Deandre King and taller receivers. Allderdice's defense will be at full strength and will have to play extra hard to contain the Schenley passing game. Short has been on fire and has run the ball like a madman, and will need to do so tonight. Allderdice can put up the points, they've scored 40 or more points 4 times this season, and they came off an emotional win against Carrick. This will be a character builder for this Dragons team and these seniors want to go out with some respect. If the running game's on and Allderdice can cut the penalties and finish their drives they can win this game and go to the City Championship game for the first time since 2000. Allderdice by 3

#1 Brashear vs. #4 Carrick: The last time these two met, Brashear took the measure of the Carrick Raiders 40-0. The Advocate doesn't think the result of this game will be as bad, but Brashear clearly has the weapons to win. Only two teams have been able to come within three touchdowns of the Bulls this season. They score an average of 34.5 points a game. They give up an average of 6 points a game. But Carrick has some weapons too. They have a very good QB and receivers to match. They have the character to compete, as shown in their two rallies against Allderdice. They'll have a lot of emotion coming into this game. But emotion only goes but so far. As good as it is to see fresh blood in the City League playoffs, Brashear has just too strong for the Raiders. Brashear by 14.

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