by Malik Vincent
Schenley took the field last Thursday night for the first time after learning of the death of their former defensive back/running back, Jeron Grayson.
He was shot and killed in an apartment on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, during homecoming weekend, in the early morning of Oct. 17.
Grayson was visiting home from Hampton University, where he was a freshman, to attend the festivities.
Just hours before the game, he was laid to rest at Wesley Center AMEZ Church, where his father, Rev. Glenn Grayson, is the pastor. Despite the heavy circumstances, Schenley defeated Westinghouse, 22-6.
“It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” Schenley coach Jason Bell said. “We won the city championship last year. But I told my players, afterward, that I was more proud of them for that game.”
Grayson helped lead the 2009 Spartans to their first City League title in 50 seasons by scoring a 29-yard touchdown, when star running back Jerome Matthews had to exit the game due to an injury.
That courageous effort earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player honor.
“All of the players from last year’s team and this year’s were in attendance, both at the game and at the funeral,” Bell added.
In the game, the Spartans’ Jasean Murphy put Schenley on the board first with a 52-yard interception return.
Then, in the second quarter, Myles Catlin added a 7-yard touchdown run.
Finally, Malik St. Victor provided the insurance with a 32-yard pass from Calvin Beck in the third that put Schenley up, 22-0.
Jevahn Patterson would eventually put Westinghouse on the board with a 37-yard pass from Troy Smith in the final quarter that gave the game its final margin.
“I explained to them that the mark of a man is measured by how he deals with adversity,” Bell said. “They dealt with it very well.”
Schenley will enjoy a bye week to prepare for first place Perry, who they’ll play Nov. 6 at noon.
Perry 34, Brashear 13
Greg McGhee and Perry wouldn’t be denied their 10th straight regular season conference win by rolling past Brashear, 34-13, last Friday.
McGhee connected with Eric Frye on touchdown passes of 56 and 52 yards and ran in scores of 2 and 3 yards, respectively.
Leighton Hawkins added a 10-yard interception return for Perry in the final quarter.
“It’s always a good win,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “We were able to overcome some mental mistakes tonight. We came out flat in the first half, but we were able to make some adjustments at halftime.”
Tre Gaines scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter for Brashear. Dom Patterson caught a 4-yard pass touchdown pass from Adam Lynch in the third quarter, as well.
Peabody 28, Carrick 0
Peabody played their final homecoming of its history because the school will close after this school year.
“It’s an extremely sad situation to have to play our last homecoming game for a school that has over 100 years of history,” Carter said. “The kids know that, and I’m proud of their efforts, despite the bad news.”
Josh Butler began the scoring with a 13-yard pass from Donte Forte with :48 left in the first quarter.
Then, Forte and Airon Walker connected on touchdown passes of 23 and 31 yards.
Tavon Taylor also scored on a 5-yard run.
Allderdice dropped a 49-13 blowout to the Linsy School of West Virginia that they hosted at Cupples on Saturday and Oliver upset Langley, 12-8, Friday afternoon.
(Malik Vincent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)