When Allderdice senior running back Patrick Ferguson entered camp this season, he came in with peak confidence for the upcoming season.
But that wasn’t the only thing that was elevated.
“I looked at him and noticed that he’d picked up some weight,” head coach Jerry Haslett said. “Indeed, he’d weighed in at 260 pounds.”
At 6-feet-1 Ferguson—a four-year starter for Allderdice (1-1)— admitted he’d been indulging.
“As much working out and preparing I’d been doing in the offseason, it’ll still probably be a good idea for me to watch my eating habits,” he said with a laugh.
But that didn’t stop his performance in the team’s 9/7 non conference 21-7 victory at Cupples Stadium, when the Dragons defeated their West Virginia rivals, the Linsly School. He toted the ball 26 times for 179 yards, including two touchdowns.
“He’s got some of the best feet I’ve ever seen on a kid that big,” Haslett said. “It’s obvious that the kid spends a lot of time getting himself ready physically. His gifts are truly second to none.”
“It’s been all about speed,” Ferguson said. “I know I’m a bigger guy, so me working on my feet and training to be faster would be extremely important for me.”
He scored on runs from 27 and 47 away. Senior quarterback Bishop Gethers hooked up with Jaylen Wilkins for a 29 yard pass to complete the scoring for Allderdice.
“Bishop is really emerging as a solid leader for us,” Haslett added. “He’s got a really strong arm and is really going to be one of our keys to being a successful team this season.”
He also attributed the win to containing their running game.
“We were really lucky to have some guys step up on D this year and fill some holes that were left when we had Tyrique (Jarrett) and Jay (Barlow) graduate,” he said. “We knew it would be very important for us to make adjustments so that we could contain their good ground attack.”
Linsly’s only score came on a 10-yard pass from Jameson Murray to Chinelo Oparanozie who transferred to the school from Perry.
Perry 32, Pius X 13
Running back Curtis Edmonds led the way for the Commodores offense with touchdown dashes of 60 and 19 yards. The other half of Perry’s formidable rushing duo, Robert Willie added a rushing score of one yard.
Senior quarterback Ahmad Turner found Quentin Carter for a 9-yard score in the second quarter and run for another from 49 away, to complete the scoring for the Commodores (1-1).
Wheeling C.C. 37, Westinghouse 22
In their second consecutive trip across state lines, the Bulldogs have dropped that number of games.
They put up all 22 of their points in the final quarter on three rushing scores. The school failed to provide those player’s full identities.
Chestnut Ridge 35, Carrick 12
Wheeling Park, W. Va. 41, Brashear 14
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