We are past the halfway point in this year’s City League football season, and for the first time since the league has shrunk to six teams, it can be said that no team is clearly out of the playoff race, at least coming into this weekend. Three teams are in a dogpile for the third and fourth playoff spots and two are tied for the top spot. And even the ‘House aren’t dead in the water quite yet.
Brashear put a serious dent into the hopes of the Perry Commodores playoff chances, by beating the One Stars 28-12 last Thursday. The Bulls were led by RB Ty Powe, who scored on a 2 yard run and ran back an 80 yard kickoff return to the house. Therran Coleman opened the scoring with an 87 yard pick six, and also threw a 9 yard pass to DeVaughn McNary. Perry’s points came in the third quarter from Shawn Rutherford running for a touchdown and throwing a 26 yard pass to Demond Hardy. A win against Westinghouse tomorrow afternoon will all but insure a playoff spot for the Bulls while eliminating the ‘House.
Perry will also have to win out and hope for some help in order to clinch a spot in the playoffs, although the Commodores will have to defeat a red hot Allderdice team that is on a four game winning streak, has given up a stingy league-leading 12.6 points a game, and has mercy ruled its last three opponents. The latest victim of the Dragon onslaught was the Carrick Raiders, who at the beginning of last Friday afternoon’s contest gave the Dragons fits by jumping out to a 7-0 lead off an 1 yard run by QB Ahmari Camp. The Dragons looked at little off to the Advocate, as if they might have taken this Carrick team a little lightly. The Raiders do have some players who can make some noise.
But the Dragons shook off their early malaise and got to work. James Jackson ran for two touchdowns (21,26) and passed for two more (5,18), including one to his twin brother, Tim. Akeem Muhammad ran for two scores(2,30) as well as Jeremiah Hardrick toting the package for a rushing TD (4). The final score was the Dragons 48, Carrick 7.
The Advocate wonders whether the Westinghouse football coach has the number of his counterpart from Saltsburg on speed dial. The Bulldogs are very used to being on the business end of a beatdown these days. They don’t get the opportunity to flip the script very often. Last Friday night, the ‘House got a rare opportunity to play an opponent that was worse than they are in the Saltsburg Trojans, who came into last week’s game 0-4 and at the bottom of their District 6 league. The Bulldogs didn’t disappoint, mauling the Trojans 38-0. The Advocate had to confess that he thought the result was a typo. But as Lily Von Shutupp once said in that classic movie Blazing Saddles : “It’s twoo, it’s twoo!”
Westinghouse scored in all four quarters. Sean Lyons threw for two touchdowns (58,59) to D’Asonte White, while also returning a punt 35 yards for a score. White returned the favor tossing a 58 yarder to Lyons. Kejuan Byrd ran for two touchdowns (23,5)
Thursday October 2
University Prep vs Carrick.
This season the Wildcats, for being a 3-0 team at the top of the City League, their defense is sorely lacking. In their three games thus far, they have given up 80 points. But the Advocate guesses that they are confident enough in their offense, that they don’t mind giving up a bunch of points on defense. U-Prep has the second most potent offense in the City after Allderdice, and they should have no problem hanging a bunch of points on Carrick tonight. With Allderdice waiting in the wings next week to decide the number one seed for the playoffs, this Carrick game could be a potential trap. But Coach Lou Berry won’t let that happen. U-Prep by 20
Friday October 3
Brashear vs Westinghouse.
Both of these teams need to win out to have a chance at a playoff spot. Brashear is in a better position in that they are in less need of help from other teams if they can hold up their end of the deal. Westinghouse needs to win, and have plenty of help. The Bulldogs have to be feeling good after their biggest win in a long time. But The Advocate thinks that their joy will be short lived. Brashear by 10
Friday October 3
Allderdice vs Perry
Allderdice is on a roll. Both sides of the ball are clicking. The only real issue the ‘Dice has this season is on special teams. Specifically kicking. The City League has never been known as a league that does field goals and punts very well. The last game against Perry was decided due to Allderdice converting its extra points and the Commodores missing theirs. The Advocate would think that with Allderdice having a very good soccer program that has plenty of players in its system, the football team couldn’t poach a player or two with a strong enough boot to help with the kicking game, but maybe the soccer coach isn’t budging. Perry has some weapons, they might not be able to put together a strong program this season, but the Advocate doesn’t expect the Commodores to remain an also-ran for very long. But since their last meeting, Allderdice has become the class of the league. As long as they don’t look past Perry to next weeks showdown against U-Prep, the Dragons should be able to take care of business.
Allderdice by 10.