The Perry Commodores once ruled City League football with an iron fist but fell to hard times the past few years. The Commodores moved back to the top in 2010 with authority as they easily disposed of all opponents to post an 8-0 record in League play.

With this in mind, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s annual All-City Football Team was dominated by the Commodores, with 19 slots as well as special honors including: Coach of the Year Bill Gallagher, Offensive MVP, Greg McGhee and Defensive MVP Ray Taylor.

PROUD MOM— MVP Ray Taylor and Shanell Robinson.

Surprisingly the Brashear Bulls (5-3) picked up 14 slots followed by Schenley (5-3) with 10. Even though Allderdice finished second they only had seven slots. Every team was represented including Peabody (3-5) 5, Carrick (2-6) 4, Langley (3-5) 3, Westinghouse (0-8) 3, and Oliver (4-4) 3.

The selection of McGhee as the best offensive player was almost unanimous, but several players who got votes for the best defensive player with Ray Taylor, linebacker for Perry beating out Deandre Black from Schenley and Jaylan Coleman, linebacker from Peabody.

Kicker Cody Magliocca, from Brashear; Deandre Black from Schenley; and Manny Reed from Brashear were the best last season on special teams, as they were this season.

There are several players from last season’s team but no first team repeats. This year repeats are; Rasheed McKamey, Tyree Mathis, Deandre Black, Greg McGhee, Mike Phleger, Devin Ghofoor, Jaylen Coleman, Mike Barron, Dillon Semian, Steve Wicks, and Ray Taylor.

Coach of the Year was an easy choice. Gallagher has always been a class act even when the Commodores faltered in previous years, which had to have made this season sweet for him with his team moving back to the top. The name of the game is winning and his team was 8-0 in League play, beating everyone by large margins. He deserved the almost unanimous selection.

Congratulations to all the members of the 2010 New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Football Team.

(Reprinted from the February 5 Edition of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

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