Perry (3-2) was a part of the four-way tie of first place in the City League that also included its opponent on Friday, Oliver (4-1). They did not prevail as the Bears had one of their best defensive showings of the season, winning a 12-6 thriller at Cupples Stadium.
“I had to answer a question to myself in the fourth quarter,” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said. “Do I want to be aggressive playing defense, or do I want to play it safe? We decided to be aggressive.”
|DOUBLE DUTY—Manasseh Garner of Brashear finds a hole in the Westinghouse defense. Garner scored two touchdowns for the Bulls and was also called on to play quarterback after starter Henri Chatman injured his ankle in the first quarter.
Their aggression was on display whenever Perry had a final drive in which they had advanced to the Oliver 25-yard line in an attempt to win in the last minutes of the game. Perry’s quarterback Greg McGhee was sacked twice in six plays and hurried once. This led to a final heave to the end zone with 27 seconds remaining that was incomplete and sealed the victory for Oliver.
“The next step is getting our kids to do their parts in the classroom,” said Keefer. “We want to keep our kids striving so that they can (stay out here on the field).”
The winning points for Oliver were scored in the third quarter whenever quarterback Dante Jeter flipped the ball to Martise Smith who then fired it to David Marshall for the 10-yard score. They also scored on a 60- yard fumble recovery by Ed Mathis late in the second quarter.
Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Richard Lowry scored on a 10- yard run. He finished with 27 carries for 117 yards. The Perry offense had 181 yards total offense—123 more than Oliver.
Brashear 17, Westinghouse 0
Brashear (4-1) kept Westinghouse winless as they stayed in a first place tie with Schenley. Manasseh Garner scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added on another 5-yarder in the third quarter.
Brashear’s kicker Cody Magliocca hit a rare (for the City League) 19-yard field goal, also in the third quarter, which helped his team get past the Bulldogs.
Peabody 16, Allderdice 0
This game was scoreless into the final quarter until Peabody scored on an 81-yard pass from Ronell Moses to Shannon Binion on a fake punt. They added an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Burrell with the game winding down.
Allderdice’s losing streak extends to 20 games (0-5 on the season). They were held to only 30 yards total offense in the game.
This Saturday, Peabody (3-2) will take on Schenley (4-1) in its Homecoming game at 12 p.m. at Cupples Stadium as the Highlanders continue to take part in the post-season.