Thursday, September 04, 2014

2014 City League Preview Week 2

Week 1 is in the books, and as usual in these non-league tilts, not much was learned from them.  In many ways, these games are nothing more than a third week of scrimmages, albeit played under game rules and at game speed.  They give players their first chance to hit someone in a different colored jersey in a real game. In the case of City League players, a chance to play on real grass for a change, in front of a hostile crowd.  For the coaches, it gives them an extra week to tweak and tune their strategies and lineups.  For sure, they play to win, they want to represent the City League in the best possible light, after all.  
    The games don’t count for playoff seedings, not even in the league’s tiebreaker rules.  They’re just a chance to get away from the George, and to see some unfamiliar opponents, and hopefully come away with a win, and not get any critical players hurt.
    A little errata and housekeeping.  Mike White from the Post-Gazette posted a correction to what the Advocate originally wrote in last weeks Preview.  The Advocate posted that the first Carrick-Brashear game was a non-league game.  Mr. White confirmed that the SECOND game between these two teams will be non-league.   
    The Advocate also posts a correction, The U-Prep quarterback’s name is Ron Brown instead of Kevin Brown.  
    Speaking of U-Prep, the Wildcats will get their season underway tonight (Thursday) at 7pm with the Westinghouse Bulldogs as their lid-lifting opponent.   The Bulldogs are coming off a 28-14 loss to Blairsville last Friday night,  The ‘House scoring their points in the second half after Blairsville built up a 21-0 lead.
    The early Friday game features the first of two meetings between Allderdice and Perry.  Both teams are coming off lopsided losses to Wheeling Park (30-13)  and Slippery Rock (40-18), respectively. This game won’t count in the league standings.  The Advocate doesn’t look for either team to reveal a lot in this game, not with another game on October 3rd that will have playoff implications on the line.  But this game should still be the best of this weekend’s City League matchups, which are still mostly games against opponents from other districts.  

    Brashear was the only City League team to notch a win last week, beating Carrick 26-7.  Ty Powe rushed for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns, while teammate Khalil Saunders ran 15 times for 139 yards and 1 score.  Hakeim McKenzie scored on a 1yd plunge for the Raiders.   Brashear will take the field Friday night at 7:00pm for a non-league home game against the Karns City Gremlins out of District 6.   Carrick will drive up Route 28 to play Redbank Valley.
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