Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2008 City League Preview Week 3

It was a slightly upside down slate of games this past weekend in the City League. A team that was expected to lose got a convincing upset, while the game that the Advocate picked as his game of the week turned out to be anything but. And as usual, Brashear rolled on.

The Standings.

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

The Perry Commodores used three touchdowns and a 138 yd rushing performance by QB Greg McGhee to put themselves level in the League with a 30-16 dismantling of the Schenleystein Spartans. The game was tied at hafltime 16-16 when McGhee broke the game open with two scores to put the game away. The One Stars will next be playing on the Advocate's Birthday September 13th at noon against the undefeated Carrick Raiders...yes, that sounds strange to the Advocate's ears also. But from what the Advocate saw last night on the turf at the George when the Raiders took apart his Dragons, this Tribe squad is a dangerous team indeed.

The Dragons showed how young and inexperienced they were this season by coughing up the ball six times, four by interception, two by fumble. The Raider defense limited the 'Dice to 6 points scored on an Evan Merida run from 13 yds out. That was all the Green Hats could put together for offense as Carrick outgained Allderdice 241-157, held a 12-4 advantage in first downs and Ryan Roeper connected with Bruce Thornton on a 53 yd pass. Roeper went 6 for 21 for 107 yds in passing. Sam Banks scored two rushing TDs for the Raiders and he Bruce Thornton administered the coup de grace with a 58 yd interception return to slay the Dragons 28-6. Personally, the Dragons really did look raw, They have a QB that has a nice arm, but he's still a sophomore and not quite in touch with his receivers yet. The coaches did use 6-6 tight end Will Clarke on a sporadic basis as a pass catcher, but he didn't figure significantly in the overall Allderdice offensive scheme. 'Dice's defense was largely able to stuff the Carrick run as evidenced that most of Carrick's scoring came from turnovers and big pass and run plays. The Dragons have a bit of a running game, but beyond the one TD, did not factor much in the outcome. The Dragons will next face the Oliver Bears on Friday the 12th at 3:30pm.

DaBears were part of the lone upset in City League action this past weekend falling to the Westinghouse Bulldogs 24-6. The Big Bads climbed out of the City doghouse on the performance of quarterback Darrell Cosby who threw for 117yds and two TD's and also ran for one score to seal the win. The next action for the Bulldogs is on September 20th when they face Carrick.

The top ranked and undefeated Brashear Bulls broke open a scoreless game in the second quarter with a 42 point explosion in both the second and third quarters to put the Langley Mustangs away 48-14. Junior RB Bruce Patterson provided the brunt of DaBulls offense rushing for 120 yds on 16 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns all within the 15 yard line. Quarterback Henri Chapman completed 9 of 14 passes for 154 yds and passed for two touchdowns to Manasseh Garner of 28 and 13 yds respectively. Next up for the Herd is a 7:30 Friday night main stage game against Schenleystein while the Langley Mustangs prepare to face Peabody this Thursday night.

The weekend's results threw the pick 'em into a tizzy with the entire field being sacked by the Oliver loss to the 'House. Only one of the 5 competitors got the Schenley game right. 2 of 5 picked the 'Dice and got stomped and all five correctly picked Brashear.

Week 2 Results

CLA 2-2 8pts
Coach99 2-2 8pts
Falcons_01 2-2 8pts
mal_ 8ball 2-2 4pts*
THSfan 1-3 4pts
THSfan wins the tiebreaker with 27pts

* picks not submitted, so proxy picks were made on the basis of rhe consensus and correct picks worth 4pts instead of 2.

Overall Standings

CLA 6-3 24 pts
Coach99 6-3 24pts
Falcons_01 5-4 20 pts
THSFan 5-4 20pts
mal_8ball 5-4 16pts.

Thrusday September 11
6:00pm Peabody at Langley, The Highlanders will be a little rusty because of their layoff, but what better way to shake off the rust than by facing a team that has scored 16 points in two games. The Advocate figures this one should be mildly watchable for a quarter, but Peabody will prevail. Highlanders by 15

Friday September 12
3:30pm Oliver at Allderdice. The Dragons open the 'home' portion of their schedule against the Bears. Both teams reeling against beatable opponents although Carrick by the Advocate's estimation is an early contender for the playoffs, and who knows where the 'House will end up. Oliver has the advantage with the quarterback and is a little older than the Dragons. The 'Dice has had a tougher opening schedule. The Advocate predicts that this game will be close, but he feels that the Bears have just enough to squeak by. Bears by 3.

7:30pm Schenleystein at Brashear. The Spartans could make this game interesting in the early going. Even Langley was able to hold DaBulls off the board for a quarter, but Brashear has the best o-line in the City and could even make life difficult for a mid-pack WPIAL AA or AAA team. Bulls by 14

Saturday September 13
12:00pm Perry at Carrick. It would figure that the Advocate's Game of the Week would fall on his birthday, but the Advocate will not be available to witness the game as he has his own festivities to preside over. Both teams can put up points. Both teams can run the ball. The Raider's Ray Seskey is the real deal. The Advocate will go out on a limb and predict that Carrick will pull out the win. Raiders by 10

Week 3 tiebreaker: Aliquippa vs Beaver Falls The Advocate picks 30pts

Next week, Your City League Advocate will provide extensive coverage of his annual Birthday Bacchanal and Clam Bake to be held on the 13th of September in an undisclosed location.