by Malik Vincent
Despite losing several players to graduation after last season, defending City League champ Perry came into the Oct. 7 showdown against Allderdice with two consecutive wins and a tie with Brashear for the league lead.
Traditionally, the Commodores offer a pass-happy offense that can dominate at any time. But against Allderdice (2-2, 2-4) they did it with defense under the Friday night lights at Cupples Stadium on the South Side with an easy 27-12 victory over the pre-season favorite Dragons.
|LEADS COMMODORES—Perry quarterback Darelle Carson scrambles for a gain against Allderdice. Carson was 9 of 14 passing and threw one touchdown pass in the Commodores 27-12 win over the Dragons.
Deacon Blackwell opened the scoring for Perry (4-0, 4-2) on a 13-yard fumble recovery return in the first quarter. Then, defensive back Donte Marcus scored on an interception return from 48 yards away.
Their final score came on a pick that was taken 92-yards by Ahmad Turner in the final quarter.
In fact, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Perry scored on offense, with a 51-yerd touchdown pass from senior quarterback Darelle Carson to Daron Clark—making the score 21-6.
“Their defense is so tough,” Carson said. “We had to overcome the fact that their big up front and the fact that they have a good secondary. Their good defense was definitely a challenge for our offense in this game.”
Carson, who has replaced last year’s New Pittsburgh Courier Offensive MVP Greg McGhee, has taken off in his first season as a starter. So far he’s completed 37 0f 74 passes for 613 yards with 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Allderdice scored an 87-yard pass to William Graham from Bishop Gethers in the second quarter. Then, Sean Monroe took the ball in from 4 yards away in the fourth.
“We played Perry football at its finest,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said.
“We knew we had to gut it out in the second half and establish our run game. We kept working and put our nose to the grindstone and got ourselves a victory.”
Westinghouse 34, Langley 28
Westinghouse continued its resurgence by winning their third game of the season against Langley, 34-28, on Oct. 7.
Their first score of the game came on an 89-yard kickoff return by Antonio Harden in the first quarter.
Then, Kevin Wilson—who would be on the receiving end of three touchdown passes on the day—started off his scoring with a 45-yarder from Ron Brown in the third.
Later in the quarter, he and Brown would hook up for an 18-yard pass. He’d then close out the scoring for the Bulldogs (2-2, 3-3) with a grab that was thrown by Dontae Jones.
Jones also scored on a run from one-yard away earlier in the fourth.
*Brashear stayed atop the league standings with a blowout win against Carrick, 52-6.
*University Prep (USO) continued their success with their fourth consecutive victory against nonconference Pius X, 24-12, on Oct. 8 at Cupples.
*Oliver lost, 41-28 to nonconference Mercyhurst Prep on Oct. 8 at Cupples to remain winless and in next-to-last place.
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