So what did last week's games tell us about the 2007 City League? Not a damn thing. All we know is that the City still has miles to go before it can compete with the the rest of the state, and Your City League Advocate called his predictions perfectly, down to the Brashear Bulls preserving the honor of the League by being the only team to win, beating Keystone Oaks 20-14. Some teams seemed to regress compared to last years results. Allderdice lost to West Mifflin 40-14 last year, this year they could only muster a measly six points in a 35-6 loss. Oliver edged Springdale last year, this year, the Bear's showed how much they lost by being destroyed 35-6. Perry got shutout by 33 last year to ECP, this year the Ramblers hung 42 big ones on the One Stars. Some teams showed improvement. Langley actually scored points against Leechburg this year, only losing 20-12. Last year they were shut out 27-0. The House scored 20 points against Rochester, mostly in garbage time, but the Advocate takes what he can get.
Last week served as a tuneup and as a treat (as it were) for the City schools so they could play a different caliber of teams than they are used to and also to hit someone in a different colored jersey, and also to see what it is like to play in front of a full stadium of hostile fans instead of the usual mixed crowds seen at the George. This week is the real opening of high school football in the City of Pittsburgh. Eight of the nine schools open league play, Westinghouse being the one team who will play two non conference games in a row, hosting Sharon.
As usual, the rules are simple, I'll post my weekly analysis until the midway point of the season when the race starts to tighten and then I'll just concentrate on the playoff contenders.
Here is the slate of this weeks games.
Thursday Sept 6 at 7pm
Carrick at Perry
Perry got humiliated on their home turf by Erie Cathedral Prep. They got a taste of what its like to be on the losing end of a beatdown, and the Advocate can guarantee that flavor was not one of milk and honey. The One Stars are used to giving blowouts, not receiving them. How fortunate that the Commodores will have a chance to wash that nasty taste of utter smackage out of their mouths with hapless Carrick on the schedule for today. This one will be over by the end of the first quarter. Perry by 30
Friday Sept 7 at 3:30pm
Allderdice at Oliver
If the Dragons want to show how sincere they are in making the playoffs, they can start by beating the defending City Champs. Oliver is decimated this season. The Green Hats have a bunch of seniors eager to redeem themselves. Even though this is only the second week of the season, the 'Dice has to win this game to get the season off to a good start. The Advocate thinks that the Dragons can win this game, but it will be close, because the 'Dice are just not the kind of team that will score lots of points. They tend to grind out a lot of their wins by 14-7, 14-10, 10-7. Allderdice by 6
Friday Sept 7 at 7:30pm
Brashear at Schenley
DaBulls were the only City team to win last week, and they are looking to give City fans another look at Air Brashear as they take on the Schenley Spartans. The Greeks are looking to get themselves undiscombobulated after their loss at Fairview. It won't happen, look for Brashear to put the ball in the air early and often. Brashear by 21
Saturday Sept 8 at 12pm
Langley at Peabody
The Highlanders open their season against the Langley Mustangs, and due to their cancelled game against the late and lamented Duquesne Dukes, were spared a possible humiliating defeat unlike their other City League brethren. The Ponies are a good starting opponent for the Kilties who are looking to get back into the playoffs in a big way. Peabody by 14
Saturday Sept 8 at 3:30pm
Sharon at Westinghouse
The Sharon Tigers make their way into the George to take on the Westinghouse Bulldogs. The Advocate is encouraged that the 'House was able to put up 20 points against WPIAL class A power Rochester. No doubt it wasn't against their first team, but Bulldog fans can take some encouragement from the effort. They kept ffrom being mercy ruled and scored the most points in a losing effort of all the City teams last week. Sharon should provide a good challenge for the young Bulldogs and their new coach. The Advocate does not see the 'House winning this game, but the 'Dawgs are learning to take baby steps towards their return to respectability Sharon by 14