by Malik Vincent
For New Pittsburgh Courier
The dress rehearsal for a Nov. 10 City League semifinal took place a week early as USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) racked up another shutout victory against defending champs Perry, 12-0.
Jaylen Coleman rushed for 110 yards, pacing the offense, and is proving he can play the position with regularity.
|WILL GRAHAM from Allderdice picks up yards after making a catch against Carrick. Graham had a 82 yard touchdown catch in the Dragons 34-0 win. (Courier Photos/William McBride)
“He’s beginning to show patience with his blocking,” USO Coach Lou Berry said. “It’s no longer about the big play with him. He’s starting to gain the instincts that are required to play the tailback position.”
Seniors Dontae Forte and Kevaun Frenzley scored on runs of one and seven, respectively, for the Panthers on the night of Nov. 4.
With the semifinal matchups set, USO and Perry will prepare for another clash at Cupples Stadium on the South Side; as the two and three seeds in the city.
With the league’s best overall record, USO’s only loss of the season was against the regular season champs, Brashear which is undefeated in League play, in week two.
“We’ve been very successful for much of the year,” Berry said. “But in order to get past Perry and make it to that title game, we have to simplify the game as best as we can. We must play to the whistle and make sure we’re not seeing too much blue and white in our backfield.”
The Nov. 10 playoff game between USO and Perry will kick off at 6 p.m.
Brashear won by forfeit over Langley to give the Mustangs no wins in what could be their final year of City League play. Langley may close after this school year.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to get out there and maybe get a shot to be in another title game,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. “We have a senior-laden team that has so much experience in these types of games. Some of these guys have been around this since their freshman year, so they pretty much know what to expect.”
Their opponent for the other City semifinal game, set for Nov. 11, is Allderdice. The Dragons were able to finish with a winning record in league play with a 34-0 win over Carrick last week.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m.—also in the home confines of Cupples Stadium.
*Westinghouse dropped its final game of the season to Oliver, 34-6.
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