by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier
Experience is what USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama)’s Coach Lou Berry says accounts for their success on defense. The team hasn’t allowed a score since their loss to Brashear in the City League opener.
On Sept. 29, they blew out Carrick 48-0 in front of a Thursday night crowd at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
“I feel like we’re very fast on defense,” Berry said. “The experience that we have is something that is helping us out, as well. We have a lot of two and three-year players on our defense and it’s showing by the way we’re doing out there.”
Before becoming the head coach of the brand-new USO football program, Berry was the longtime defensive coordinator at Peabody.
“I think the time that I’ve spent with some of these players over the years is most definitely one of the reasons that we have been seeing success on that side of the ball as well.”
To go along with what’s been the league’s best defense, their offense has had no problems producing, either.
Senior quarterback Dante Forte threw two second-half touchdown passes. One went to Myles Catlin for 27 yards and another to Marcus Johnson from 54 away.
Special teams have also worked out for them as Ryan Daniels returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown for the game’s second score. Also, Jasean Murphy returned 56 yard punt return for a score.
Kevaun Frenzley had the first of two rushing scores with a run from 15 yards out.
Jaylen Coleman, the team’s—and perhaps the league’s—best defensive player also crossed the plane for a 12 yard touchdown run in the game, who continues to have success on both sides of the ball.
Over the past three games, U.S.O. has outscored Oliver, Langley, and Carrick 119-0.
Allderdice 41, Westinghouse 0
Allderdice improved to 2-1 in the City League in large style against an improving Westinghouse team on Sept. 30 at Cupples Stadium.
Junior running back Patrick Ferguson scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards.
Transfer quarterback Braden Hoffer threw two of his own from 32 and 13 away to D.J. Muldrow and Jay Barlow, respectively.
Also, Bishop Gethers got the job done on offense for the Dragons with a 43 yard interception for a touchdown, which was the first score of the game.
Westinghouse has lost two straight after opening the season with a 2-1 record.
Perry 41, Langley 6
Langley’s only score came on a 36 yard run from JaQuan Green on Sept. 30 against the defending champs Perry, under the Friday night lights.
After Curtis Edmonds’ 5 yard run, to open things up for the Commodores, their Senior Quarterback Darelle Carson was involved in all but one of the scores—for the remainder of the game.
He ran one in from one away, 12 out, and threw one for 41 yards to Donte Marcus in the third quarter.
The final Perry score came from Dion Dozier on a 16-yard touchdown.
Oliver dropped a non-conference game to Wheeling Central Catholic, 47-24.