Oliver (3-1) came into the game against Schenley (3-1) as the only undefeated team left in the league. But Spartan senior running back Jerome Mathews was determined to make certain that would not be the case as his team got past the Bears, 6-0, at Cupples Stadium Sept. 26. The Schenley win creates a four-way tie at the top of the standings in the City League. Perry and Brashear join the two with identical marks of 3-1.
|KEY INTERCEPTION —Deandre Black of Schenley intercepts a pass in front of Tyrail Morgan in the Oliver end zone after the Bears had gotten down to the Schenley three-yard line.
Look for someone to drop their second contest of the year whenever Perry and Oliver face off in this year’s football version of the “Battle of the North Side.” This game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday at Cupples.
After a quiet first half, neither team committed a turnover until the 10-minute mark in the third quarter. In fact, there were five committed in an approximate six- minute span. The last was an interception by Schenley’s DeAndre Black in the Oliver end zone after the Bears had gotten down to the Schenley three-yard line. This helped set up a drive in which Mathews led Schenley on an 11- play, 80-yard drive that he capped off with a seven-yard score with close to 11 minutes left to go in the game. In that drive, he carried the ball eight times for 40 yards and was on the receiving end of a 27-yard reception that put the Spartans in Oliver territory.
|LEADING THE SPARTANS— Running back Jerome Mathews sprints upfield on the wet turf at Cupples Stadium.
“I just followed my O-line and they got it going for me,” said Mathews. “They did their jobs and I took advantage of those opportunities.”
Schenley’s defense held Oliver’s Dante Jeter to only 4/13 for 69 yards and two interceptions. They also held him to 12 carries for minus 30 yards. As a team, they rushed for 28 total yards. David Marshall led the Bears with two carries for 40 yards.
“I can’t stress more of how much I commend these guys on how mature they play,” said Jason Bell, Schenley’s head coach. “They came out and played with intensity and passion. With this effort, they deserved to win.”
Perry 13, Peabody 0
Once again, Perry was able to rely on their star running back, Richard Lowry, and their defense to lead them past Peabody. Lowry scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter to give his team a 6-0 lead. However, it wasn’t until 7:13 remaining that he would put the Highlanders away for good with a 25-yard touchdown catch from his quarterback Greg McGhee. Lowry carried the ball 24 times for 84 yards in the game.
Peabody’s DeVaughn Jemison was held to 2 of 7 for 9 yards and two interceptions. They committed 13 penalties for 65 yards. Most surprisingly—Highlanders’ running back Jaylen Coleman was held to only 35 yards on nine attempts, just one week after his near 200-yard performance against Langley.
Brashear 42, Allderdice 18
Brashear’s Bruce Patterson continues to crumble each defense he faces. He led all rushers with 146 yards on 15 carries. Also lighting it up on offense for the Bulls was quarterback Henri Chatman. He threw for three touchdowns to Manasseh Garner (9 yards) and Eric Lynch (43 and 24 yards). He finished with 7 of 13 passes for 147 yards. Manny Reed had a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving him three (kick or punt) in as many games.
Allderdice’s Mike Pfleger completed 4 of 11 passes for 48 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His touchdowns were of 7 and 20 yards to Jared Davis and Jay Barlow, respectively. ’Dice’s running back Patrick Ferguson carried the ball 24 times for 102 yards.
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