Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 City League Preview Week 4

     The first week of league play in the City League is in the books and Your City League Advocate is 3-0. He correctly predicted all three of last weeks games, and has stumped all the so-called pundits in the fishwrap media who thought that Allderdice would best Perry in last weeks feature matchup.

The Standings
U-Prep, Perry, and Brashear are 1-0, Allderdice, Carrick, and Westinghouse are 0-1 in league play.

     In that game, The Dragons and the Commodores spent most of the first half shooting themselves in the foot and not doing a very good job of that. Both teams accounted for six lost fumbles, and entered each others red zone multiple times only to come away with nothing due to turnovers, penalties or neither team being able to get out from under its own shadow. The first half ended in a scoreless tie. Allderdice had the ball for five possessions in the first half, lost three fumbles, had a kick blocked and lost 9 yds on a bad snap on a punt. That, boys and girls, is not good, definitely not the kind of play that is indicative of a team that was touted to win their first City title since 1967.
     With ten minutes left in the third quarter, Perry broke the ice with a DaRon Clark pass into traffic that bounced off two Allderdice defenders before landing into the arms of Juyuan Byrd. Clark was substituting for starter Ahmad Turner who left the game with an unnamed injury. The game remained 6-0 until Clark scored on a 4 yd run with 4:58 remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Commodores. Star running back Patrick Ferguson was removed from the game with a hip injury. As he is responsible for most of the 'Dice's offense, the Advocate hopes that the injury is a minor one and that he'll be back in action this week.
     Although, with the schedule that awaits the Green Hats the next two weeks, it may be wise to sit the young man out. Allderdice plays winless Westinghouse on Friday afternoon, and heads back down to West By-Gawd Virginia to play their final non-league game of the season against Wheeling Central Catholic on the 29th.
     Brashear defeated Westinghouse last Thursday night 30-7. DaShaun Roberts caught a 17yd pass for a touchdown and recovered a fumble and ran 11 yds for another to pace DaBulls. But what really caused the Advocates head to explode was that The Bulls Aaron Lagnese converted three extra points and made field goals 30, 35, and 37 yds. Now, can anyone who has followed the City League for any length of time, tell the Advocate what is so significant about this feat? He's waiting...Give up?
     Simple, boys and girls. The average City League kicker can barely make one field goal much less three. And they definitely won't even try a field goal of longer than 30 yds. And most City League teams don't even bother kicking for the extra point, they'd rather go for two. And have you ever seen City League teams perform or cover a kickoff? Let's just say it's not the highest priority on the coach's practice schedule. The average City kickoff goes 50 feet in the air and 20 yards forward, or skitters along the ground like a scalded rabbit.
     AAAnyway, with that win, Brashear notches one in the win column. The next opponent for the Bulls are the University Prep Panthers who destroyed the Carrick Raiders 56-0. Seven different players scored for U-Prep in their victory. 21 points scored off fumble recoveries alone. Akil Young threw for three touchdowns. And will someone please tell Mike White and his minions down at the PG to update their standings and schedule page? They have yet to acknowledge that U-Prep did actually play a game back in Week 2. If you remember, guys, U-Prep went up to Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY and lost 49-20 two weeks ago. It's a sad state of affairs when a hack like Your City League Advocate manages to get the story more accurately than the 'pros' of the PG.

Thursday September 20 7:00pm
Perry vs Carrick.
Really? Perry.

Friday September 21 3:30pm
Allderdice vs Westinghouse
The Advocate doesn't know the status of Patrick Ferguson for this game. There was no indication of the seriousness of the hip injury he suffered against Perry. The Dragons should be able to muster enough offense to defeat the Bulldogs. While a loss here definitely does not hurt the 'Dice's shot at a playoff spot, they need to right the ship now. After their game at Wheeling, they resume their City Schedule with games against U-Prep, Carrick and Brashear in that order. Going 0-2 in City play against that lineup is not a good thing. Allderdice

Brashear vs University Prep
This is the Advocate's Game of the Week. The Advocate believes that U-Prep, while it has lost some key contributors from last season's incredible championship team, still has enough to beat a Brashear Bulls squad that is also very young. Both teams opened against weak opponents. This will be their first big test of the City League season. U-Prep