by Malik Vincent
In the wake of the final two weeks of City League football’s regular season, there are glimpses of who the ‘final four’ can be.
The top four teams in the league rankings after the final week of the season, will advance to the postseason.
Despite a horrid 52-0 loss at the hands of USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) on Oct. 21, Westinghouse is currently clinging on to fourth place in the City.
|LEADS BULLS—Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch was 10-19 passing and threw two touchdown passes in the Bulls 13-12 win over Perry. (Courier Photos/William McBride)
If the City League playoffs were to begin today Westinghouse would, indeed, clinch their first playoff berth in years.
However, they still have to go through defending champs Perry and Oliver to get there.
USO, a team that encompasses players from various neighborhoods around the city, and in a unified manner, has managed to hang right in there with City powerhouses Perry and Brashear as the second place team.
USO captured its fifth shutout of the season and features one of the most experienced and talented rosters in the league.
“As a result of our defense, we’re going to have a phenomenal year this year,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “We’ll continue to make big plays… and we’ll continue to dominate the line of scrimmage…. We’re going to play great defense, week in and week out.”
Perry coach Bill Gallagher, whose team went down to Brashear on Oct 21 to drop to third place, is looking to be a shoe-in for a playoff berth and an opportunity to defend its title. But he still thinks that the last two weeks have a lot to offer.
“We know that every game that we’re going to be in for the remainder of the season is going to be a close one,” he said. “We still have the “house” and U.S.O. left on our schedule and those are sure to be hard fought games.”
The Commodores have returned to contention this year after capturing the league’s crown, a season ago.
Brashear just survived the 13-12 marathon game that came down to the final minute against Perry on Oct 21.
It was the clanging of the West goal post at Cupples by Brashear kicker Matt McHugh that made the game’s final margin. It was one that would keep the Bulls with an unblemished league record and the maintenance of sole possession of first place in the City.
“There were plenty of mistakes that we made against Brashear that we can’t continue to make throughout the course of the year, if we want to remain competitive,” Gallagher said. We have to be a more consistent football team. We can’t make eight good plays and then blow two. Consistency will be the key for us.”
The score that set up the deciding kick was Brashear quarterback Adam Lynch’s second of the game to Ricky Gayy for 16 yards. His first from 24 was to Dom Patterson.
Perry scored on a 1-yard run by Robert Willie and a 16-yard pass from senior quarterback Darelle Carson to Deron Clark in the fourth quarter.