In a week one rematch of last year’s championship, the Perry Commodores avenged that loss in a huge upset of the Brashear Bulls, 7-0, that ended Brashear’s 20-game winning streak in the City League Sept. 4 at Cupples Stadium on the South Side..
“We obviously made some mistakes that we have to address immediately,” said Rick Murphy, Brashear’s head coach. “We had four costly turnovers and our guys understand that it will be hard to win games with those costly errors.”
|Devin Ghafoor of Perry returns an interception from the end zone to clinch the win over Brashear.
The two teams combined on 12 penalties for 75 yards. Both teams had problems executing and it was clear that the two teams had difficulty executing.
The lack of execution on Brashear’s part didn’t backfire until the 9:23 mark in the final quarter when junior running back Richard Lowry put it away with a 27 yard touchdown run capped off with a John Dubensky kick.
“We executed that play perfectly,” said Bill Gallagher, Perry’s head coach. All of the blockers made great blocks and Richard hit the three hole and ran North and South all the way to the end zone. That play was huge.”
Perry has eight returning seniors as well as a few talented juniors (in McGhee and Lowry) and it showed as they were they made a clear impact in this game. At quarterback, McGhee finished with 14 carries for 146 yards.
“I can’t say enough about (McGhee’s) growth. He’s worked hard to improve his skills, ability, and technique. He loves to watch film and is always looking for ways to get better,” Gallagher said.
Schenley 14, Westinghouse 6
This game had a shining star in RB/DB DeAndre Black. He was a force on both sides of the ball as he scored on a seven yard rush up the middle on a direct snap play in the second quarter. He converted on the two-point with the same play. He also snagged two picks on the defensive side of things.
Junior running back Shawn Jones had the first score on a 5 yard run up the gut to cap off a 7 play, 57 yard opening drive for the Spartans. Schenley experienced a scare in the opening of the second quarter whenever first-year starting quarterback Darren Jackson went down with a shoulder injury.
“I looked at it as a good opportunity for our team to overcome adversity so early in the season. We are going to face many good teams this season and we will be able to benefit from this experience,” said Jason Bell, Schenley’s head coach.
Westinghouse scored on an 85 yard return on a fumble recovery by David Pryor. Senior quarterback Darrel Cosby completed 10 of 20 passes for 77 yards and two picks.
“We started slow today on defense and I feel like we picked it up in the second half,” said Westinghouse’s head coach Monte Robinson. “We are a team that is learning how to win and we are confident that we are getting better week by week.”
Oliver 46, Langley 12
Despite a solid passing game displayed by Langley, Oliver proved to be too much for Langley as four different players crossed the end zone for the Bears.
Langley quarterback Shawn Smith hooked up with wide receiver Brian Gray a total of five times for 102 yards. But they couldn’t compensate for the lack of a ground game, only 25 total rushing yards for Langley in this one. Penalties were also a factor as they committed 13 for 85 yards.
On the contrary Oliver did it on all sides of the ball scoring on offense, defense, and special teams. Dante Jeter kicked off the scoring with a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Tyree Mathis was a force on the goal line as he pounded in a score form two yards out. Trevon Kendrick scored on a 14 yard pass from Jeter in the second half and soon after the Bears scored on a two-yard run from David Marshall. Finally, Tyrail Morgan capped off Oliver’s scoring by taking an interception into the end zone, 45 yards later.
Peabody 16, Carrick 14
Despite losing six players to eligibility before the season, Carrick hung in there for a dog fight with Peabody in this one. They are enjoying their senior quarterback Ryan Roeper’s presence as he returns from a season-hindering shoulder injury. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 145 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions.
Sophomore quarterback Dantae Forte, however, came up large for his team in it’s opener with 2 touchdown passes—a 32 yarder to DeVaughn Jemison and a 14 yard hookup to LaMont Blackwell proving to be the difference in this game.
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