Wednesday, September 24, 2008

2008 City League Preview Week 5

After four weeks in, the City League is starting to take shape. The contenders are starting to separate themselves out from the pretenders, and the playoff scenarios are becoming more and more interesting as the season goes on. No weird and crazy monologues from the Advocate this week. Let's get straight to the football.

The Standings.

1. Brashear 4-0
2. Carrick 3-1
2. Perry 3-1
4. Oliver 2-2
4. Schenley 2-2
6. Westinghouse 1-2
6. Langley 1-2
8. Peabody 0-3
8. Allderdice 0-3

The Brashear Bulls overcame a slow first quarter to steamroll The Advocate's Dragons 41-6. Both teams handled the football like they didn't want it, The 'Dice gave the football away four times, Brashear coughed it up twice, but QB Henri Chapman ran for two TD's and passed for two more to lead the scoring.

The next game for DaBulls is Thursday Night against Westinghouse, who got shut out by the Carrick Raiders 20-0 as the Tribe's defense held the Big Bad Bulldogs to -26 total yards on offense. (8 yds passing, -34 yds rushing) Sam Banks and Cedric Pace lead the Raiders with 3 yd TD runs and Bruce Thornton caught a 26 yd TD pass from Morgan Lewis.

Carrick goes to 3-1 and a second place tie with Perry after losing to the Commodores last week. Speaking of the One Stars, Greg McGhee threw for 101 yds and 2 TDs ran over Peabody 35-6. Peabody drops into the City League dungeon with fellow inmate Allderdice, and those two will square off on Friday afternoon in a jailyard brawl.

Schenleystein and Oliver are tied for the last playoff spot at 2-2 after the Spartans edged Da Bears 22-20. The Greeks pulled out the win on a 4 yd TD run and conversion by Bill Graham with 2:37 left in the game. Finally, the Langley Mustangs acquitted themselves well on their road trip to Phillip Barbour High School in West Virginia only losing to the host Colts 29-26.

As badly as the pick 'em field wet the bed last week, they redeemed themselves this week. Everyone except for coach99 went 5-0 this week, coach figuring that Schenley was going to take Oliver.

After week 4.
CLA 5-0 20pts
Falcons_01 5-0 20pts
THSFan 5-0 20pts
mal_8ball 5-0 10pts*
coach99 4-1 16pts

Rochester beat W. Beaver 41-7 so the Advocate wins the tiebreaker with 45pts.

CLA 13-5 52pts
Falcons_01 13-5 52pts
Coach99 12-6 48pts
THSFan 12-6 48pts
mal_8ball 12-6 28pts*

Thursday, Sept 25
3:30pm Westinghouse vs Brashear. Brashear by 30

Friday Sept 26
3:30pm Peabody vs Allderdice Two 0-3 teams gut it out. In some cases, games between winless teams are the best ones, because neither one wants to lose to a team as bad as they are. The difference between Peabody and Allderdice is the Highlanders can score points and the Dragons can't. The Kilties scored over 30 points in two of their first three games, Allderdice hasn't scored more than 12 points in a game all season and have scored only 12 points in league play thus far. What kills the Highlanders is they can't play defense. They've given up 30, 34, and 35 points respectively in their three losses. The 'Dice may be able to break out of their scoring slump against Peabody, but expect the Kilts to put up a few points themselves. The Advocate goes with Peabody. Highlanders by 7

7:30pm Perry vs. Oliver The traditional Battle of the North Side kicks off tonight. Perry is back in a familiar playoff contention with a three game winning streak. DaBears are a game behind and can move into a tie w/the One Stars and the all important head-to head advantage with a win. Perry has a pretty easy schedule coming up and can get a nice head of steam going into their playoff run. The Advocate will take Perry in a wild affair, with lots of yellow on the carpet. Commodores by 14

7:00pm Carrick at Sharon. The Raiders take a break from City League action and travel 76 miles up the Turnpike to Sharon, PA to battle the Sharon High Tigers. The Tigers are 4-0 in their conference in D10, and have given up only 23 points all season. The City League has played Sharon on multiple occasions and hasn't beaten them yet. As Cinderella as the Carrick Raiders are this season, The Advocate doesn't see them taking out the Tigers on their home field. Sharon by 14

Saturday Sept 27
12:00pm Schenley at Langley. The Ponies have played well the last couple weeks winning against Peabody, and losing gamely against Barbour W.Va. Schenley is in the throes of a playoff chase and need a win to eastablish momentum. The Advocate thinks they can get that win, but this Langley squad has had a taste of confidence and may find out they like it. Schenley by 7.

Tiebreaker Central Catholic at Woodland Hills 32pts.

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