Brashear edges Allderdice, USO wins first game

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by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier

Allderdice’s trickery on a fake field goal attempt ended their chance of a win with tragic results Sept. 16 at Cupples Stadium.

Brashear’s Jamil Smith stepped in front of and caught a lateral on the play that he returned 13 yards for a score with 1:08 left in the game. The 13-10 final margin gave them a 2-0 start in league play.

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BIG GAME —Jaylen Coleman of USO rushed for 174 yards and one touchdown in the 25-0 win over Oliver. (Courier Photo/William McBride)

“We knew we were starting off with a tough three games to begin this season,” Brashear Coach Rick Murphy said. “But we still have a lot to do before we can really consider ourselves contenders in the city.”

Jesse Irwin opened the scoring for Allderdice (1-1, 1-2), who got off to a fast start, on a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter. They would quickly add to that on a 55-yard interception return by Cornelius Raye. At that point, the Dragons had a 10-0 advantage.

Braden Hoffer, Allderdice’s quarterback, was hit at the end of the first quarter and was taken off the field on a stretcher, after suffering a concussion. After that, the Dragons were forced to rely on junior running back Patrick Ferguson to pace the offense. He carried the ball 24 times for 77 yards.

It was all Brashear in the second half, who scored on a 15-yard connection from quarterback Adam Lynch to Smith. He finished 8 of 13 passes for 96 yards and two interceptions.

“You’ve got to give him credit for being a good athlete,” Murphy said. “(Lynch) is a smart kid who is making good decisions. He’s running around, trying to make things happen with some of the inexperience that we have on our defensive line.”

University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama 25, Oliver 0

In the first win in program history, USO shut out a traditionally defensive-minded Oliver team that surrendered 170 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown run from 65 yards away, by senior Jaylen Coleman during the Sept. 16 afternoon game at Cupples.

Coleman dedicated his performance to a friend that he made while he was a student at Gateway over the summer, Darrell Turner.

Turner was murdered during the “Team Swag” 7-on-7 tournament summer tour in Raleigh, N.C., during a visit to Duke University. The team was travelling to help the students get looks from Division-I coaches at these visits.

“Every time I would get tired or fatigued, I just thought about Darrell,” Coleman said. “He was so heavy on my mind. And I kept thinking to myself throughout the game, ‘do it for Darrell’.”

Coleman was also involved in 15 tackles on defense.

Miles Catlin opened the scoring for USO with a 44-yard touchdown run. Kevaun Frenzley and Abner Roberts added touchdowns of 13 and 61 yards, respectively.

Other games:

There were two nonconference games played by City teams on Sept. 17.

Langley blew out Homer Center, 45-15. Quarterback Jaquan Green threw 7 touchdowns for the Mustangs. Receiver Marc Wilson was involved in four of them for 94 yards.

The defending champions Perry lost big to Fort Hill, Md., 50-13.

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(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.)

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