Perry beats Schenley in overtime thriller 30-28, playoffs set

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The playoff picture is set in the City League and the semifinals will take place on Thursday and Friday at Cupples Stadium.

In the first game, No. 2 Allderdice (6-2, 6-4) and No. 3 Brashear (5-3, 5-4) will face off at 7 p.m. In a previous matchup Sept. 15, the Dragons prevailed, 12-0.

On Friday, No. 4 Schenley (5-3, 5-4) will take the first step toward defending their title against top-seeded Perry (8-0, 9-1). Last week, Perry sneaked past Schenley in an overtime thriller, 30-28.

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BIG GAIN—Chinelo Oparanozie of Perry sheds two Schenley defenders to pick up a big gain. Oparanozie scored two touchdowns in the Commodores win. (Photos by William McBride)

Greg McGhee led the Commodores with 16 of 29, passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Schenley came from 14-down at halftime to claim a 3rd quarter lead until McGhee hooked up with Devin Ghafoor on a 24-yard touchdown pass and the converted two-pointer by Julian Dean tied the score at 22-22.

In the overtime, Perry’s sophomore running back Chinelo Oparanozie took a 3-yard run into the end zone for a score. Curtis Edmonds was good on the two-point try on a pass from McGhee. Schenley struck back with a 9-yard pass from Calvin Beck to DeAndre Black.

Black failed to cross the goal line on the ensuing two-point conversion, which gave the game its final count.

“Coach (Bell) and his staff did a great job of preparation,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “They threw some wrinkles in, and it was a great game. We knew that they are a good team; they have some good, tough kids.” In other games:

Brashear 40, Langley 22

The Bulls locked up the playoffs with this win against the Mustangs. Tre Gaines and Joel Nesbit powered Brashear with 2 rushing scores each. Jaquan Green led Langley with 6 of 16 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to a strong rushing performance, Gaines returned a 53-yard fumble recovery for a score to bury Langley for good.

“We had some things happen in the game that didn’t go our way,” Langley coach Kenny Wright said. “That turnover killed us, and our execution is something that needed work, too.”

“We’ve kinda been ‘Jekyll and Hyde’-ing ourselves all year,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. “We told (our players) that they had to come ready to play. We had a good week of practice and a good week of preparation. They came out and stepped up to the challenge.”

Oliver 27, Westinghouse 8

With the victory, Oliver edged Langley to be the City League’s Class AA representative in the PIAA playoffs. The league has no teams in Class AAA and all the teams in the City playoffs are AAAA. Thus, the winner of the city will represent them at State’s.

Shakeem Cox led the Bears with 7 of 15 completions for 104 yards and three touchdowns. Trevon Kendrick was on the receiving end of two of them for 5 and 49 yards, respectively.

Allderdice 36, Carrick 22

Sophomore running back Patrick Ferguson led the Dragons with 142 yards on 23 carries.

Rasheed McKamey completed 13 of 30 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

(Follow our continuing coverage of City League football and post your comments to our website at http://www.newpittsburgh­courieronline.com.)

(D.W. Howze can be reached at http://www.newpittsburghcourier.com.)

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