by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier
After an appearance in the City championship last season, the Brashear Bulls have been doing what’s necessary to try to prove they belong back there this year by blowing past all their opposition. However, both defending champs Perry (4-0) and USO (4-1) have looked just as impressive this season.
On Oct. 13, the Bulls added winless Oliver to that list with a 33-6 blowout at Cupples Stadium on a crisp Thursday night.
|TO THE HOUSE—Brashear’s Jawanza Bryant takes an interception 25 yards to the house in the Bulls 33-6 win over Oliver. (Courier Photos/William McBride)
The concern at the beginning of the season wasn’t who was going to play at the skill positions, but rather, who would step up and lead Brashear (5-0, 5-1) up front on the offensive line.
Brashear coach Rick Murphy mentioned that the freshman and two sophomores that are starting on the offensive line are a part of the school’s Center for Advanced Studies program.
“They’re all very smart,” Murphy said. “They don’t have problems with learning what it is that we need them to do and they have the size that it takes to be successful. We’re very proud of the things that our young line has been able to do so far.”
Their defense also hasn’t disappointed. Its 71 points-allowed is second in the league to University Prep’s 40.
“We’re beginning to win the turnover battle,” Murphy mentioned. “Right now, as a whole we’ve been able to play good team defense. This is giving our offense opportunities to get into good field position and for us to, in turn, put points on the board.”
In their most recent win, running back Joell Nesbitt rushed for 116 yards to pace the Bulls offense against the anemic Bears. Quarterback Adam Lynch added to that by completing 7 of 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown for Brashear.
Quarterback LeAndre Harrison ran Oliver’s offense, as he completed 11 of 19 passes for 160 yards. Shakeem Cox caught five of them for 104.
“I see the effort and the competition around the league and it’s been good,” Murphy said. “But we’ve just been lucky enough to win them all.”
USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) earned their fourth shutout in five games in a 12-0 blanking of preseason favorite Allderdice on Oct. 13.
Jaylen Coleman led the way for the Panthers’ offense as he carried the ball 17 times for 160 yards, which included a score from 46-out in the third quarter.
Carrick picked up its first win of the season against Langley, 26-21, on Oct. 14 at Cupples Stadium.
Perry edged nonconference Erie East on the road on Oct. 14, 14-12.
Westinghouse went down to Morgantown (W. Va.) in a nonconference shootout, 58-36, on Oct. 14.