by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier
Allderdice went into week one of the regular season with, perhaps, the biggest challenge of all the teams in the city—playing defending WPIAL Class AAA champs Central Valley in their house on Sept 2.
It looked as though the Warriors had met their match, as Allderdice (0-1) held them to only a 7-0 halftime lead, but their 29-point third quarter blew the game open.
Despite the Dragons’ 13 unanswered—and only points—they fell to Central Valley, 36-13, in a game that had a game-time temperature that exceeded 90 degrees.
“By the time the second half came, it had felt like I had just gotten out of the shower,” Allderdice coach Jim Haslett said. “I had to pull (star lineman) Tyrique (Jarrett) from the game due to a lack of hydration. It looked like he’d lost 15 pounds, just in that first half.”
Jarrett, a senior who plays on both sides of the ball, had just verbally committed to the University of Pittsburgh prior to the game.
The Dragons’ two scores came on a one yard run by newly installed starting quarterback Braden Hoffer and an 84-yard fumble recovery by Alfred Diggs in the final stanza.
“I told our guys going into the game that they have to bring their A-game,” Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. “That’s one thing we have to get used to, because we now have what everyone wants right now. (Allderdice) came in with a lot of swagger, so you have to give them credit.”
USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama) 20, Summit Academy 6: On Sept. 3, U.S.O recorded its first win in school history. Senior Dante Forte was involved on all three of their scores as he returned an interception 33 yards, hooked up with Myles Catlin on a 13-yard pass for a score, and crossed the goal line from 23 away on a run.
Westinghouse 36, Bentworth 23: The three times Bulldogs tailback Soloman Winton touched the ball, it went for a score. He totaled 120 yards for the game and crossed the end zone on runs of 17, 46, and 52 yards. Quarterback Ronald Brown also hooked up with Dontae Jones on a 73-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
North Hills 35, Perry 13: Senior quarterback Darelle Carson finished 12 of 19 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns on Sept 2. He connected with Dante Marcus for 33 yards and Antwan Collier from 10 for the only scores of the game for the Commodores.
Schedule (Week 2):
Brashear vs. USO, Thursday 6 p.m. Sept. 8.
Allderdice vs. Oliver, Friday 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
Carrick vs. Perry, Friday 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
Langley at Theodore Roosevelt, DC Friday 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
Westinghouse at Linsly, WV Saturday 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
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