Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 City League Preview Week 3

    The first real week of City League football starts this Thursday night when Allderdice and Westinghouse tangle at the George.  All of the games on the schedule this week count in the standings, no wandering off to out of the way schools in Districts 6, 9,10 or West-By-Gawd-Virginia, no hosting schools from those places, no games between City opponents that are glorified exhibitions.  These games count now.
    Allderdice comes into tonight’s battle with the ‘House with a 1-1 record, having defeated Perry 21-18 last Friday afternoon.  The Commodores opened the scoring with a 59 yard pass from Shawn Rutherford to receiver Amir Newring in the first quarter,  The Dragons responded with the Jackson twins hooking up, Quarterback James tossing a 42 yarder to sibling receiver Timothy.  In the second quarter, Perry took the lead 12-7 off of a 3 yard run by Avonworth transfer Moses Giles.  The Jacksons scored the next 14 points,  James running for an 18 yd score, and connecting with Tim again for a 12 yard pass.  Perry finished the scoring for both teams with an 82 yard kickoff return by Malik James. 
 The difference in this game being that Allderdice converted two of its three extra point attempts, kicking once and scoring a two pointer, while Perry was 0 for 3 in extra point attempts.  James Jackson completed 6 of 13 passes for 125 yards including 2 touchdowns and 0 INT’s, Trevon Wiliams led the Dragons in rushing putting up 84 yards of 11 rushes.  Timothy Jackson led the Dragons in receiving snagging 5 of his brother’s passes for 118 yards.
    Shawn Rutherford paced the Perry offense going 11 of 20 for 168 yards, scoring 1 touchdown and throwing 1 pick.
    Westinghouse played University Prep last week, keeping up with the defending City Champions before bowing 27-20. The ‘House scored off two 80 yard kickoff returns by Sean Lyons, and Lyons also caught a 26 yard pass from Khalil Morris to bring the Bulldogs with 7 in the final quarter.  
    U-Prep scored all its points in the first half, 21 of them in the second quarter.   QB Ron Brown figured in all the Wildcats’ scoring plays, scoring twice off runs of 1 and 2 yards, and connecting on a 23 yard pass to Desean Bonneau, who led all U-Prep receivers with 3 catches for 100 yards.  Darius Shields scored off a 30 yard scamper.   The next game for the Wildcats will be on Friday afternoon against the Brashear Bulls.
    Brashear hosted the Karns City Gremlins out of District 6, last Friday night, and while the Karns City mascot may be an unusual one, let it be known that these Gremlins should not be fed after midnight or dunked in water.  Karns City trounced the Bulls 55-7, scoring 41 points in the first half before the Bulls got on the board with an 18 yard run by Khalil Saunders.  That was all the offense Brashear could muster as Karns City scored 14 more points in the second half off a running clock.  Bulls quarterbacks threw a combined 4 of 19 for 38 yards, Saunders was the leading rusher carrying the ball 10 times for 44 yards.  
    Carrick traveled to Redbank Valley last Friday night and was treated to some Bulldog hospitality in the form of a 35-14 victory in favor of the hometown ‘Dawgs.   The first half of this game was even with Carrick jumping out to a quick lead off a 64 yard pass play.  Redbank Valley tied the game at 7 in the second quarter with a 5 yard run by Chris Mohnay.  In the second half, The Bulldogs outscored the Raiders 28-7 to put the game out of reach.   The Raiders fall to 0-2 and look to get back into the win column against Perry on Friday night.  

Thursday Sept 11 7:00pm
Allderdice (1-1) vs Westinghouse (0-2)

Look for the Dragons to continue to rely on the Jackson twins to provide the bulk of the offense.  There is also the chance that Dejuan Duggar, the backup quarterback and defensive back could be pressed into action on some plays with both Jacksons lined up at wide receiver.  The ‘House was able to make a game of it against U-Prep, but most of their scores came off long kickoff returns.  If the Bulldogs want to have any chance against Allderdice,  Khalil Saunders and Sean Lyons will have to be the main scoring threats.  Allderdice by 10.


Friday Sept 12  3:30pm
University Prep (1-0) vs Brashear (1-1)

Brashear will have their best chance to give U-Prep their first loss of the season.  The Wildcats by still have Ron Brown throwing the ball all over the field, but he is breaking in a new batch of receivers.    Khalil Saunders and Ty Powe will be called on to provide the Brashear offense.  They should provide a little better opposition than the ‘House, but look for U-Prep to prevail in this matchup.     University Prep by 10.


Friday  Sept 12  7:00pm
Perry (0-2) vs Carrick (0-2)

It is rare to see Perry with an 0-2 record, though it is early in the season, and the loss to Allderdice is a non-league one.  The Commodores should be able to break into the win column against the Raiders.   Perry by 14.