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Oliver’s defense stifles Brashear

Written by: on Saturday, October 24th, 2009


PITTSBURGH – Despite all signs that are pointing to an economic recovery on Wall Street, Oliver proved that it’s still a “Bear” market.


Oliver (6-1) stifled the Brashear (6-2) ground game, holding the Bulls to minus-20 rushing yards in a 20-7 victory Saturday afternoon from Cupples Stadium on the south side of Pittsburgh.


“I know Brashear can play better,” said Oliver head coach Tim Keefer.  “And we’ll have to play much better if we wind up meeting them again.”


The score may have appeared dominating, especially given Brashear’s very low rushing total.  But the difference in the game really, was three big offensive plays, and Oliver’s stifling defense.


The first:  a 49-yard pass from Tyrek Morgan to Martise Smith.


The second:  a 20-yard touchdown pass from Morgan to Smith.


The third:  a 73-yard touchdown run by Tyree Mathis.


Those three big plays helped Oliver build a 12-0 lead, and all of those plays came within a 5:42 span of game clock.


“We had said that the third series, we wanted to come out and go no-huddle,” Keefer said.


But after the 20-yard touchdown pass, Morgan didn’t take another snap at quarterback.  He suffered an injury – Keefer called it a stinger – and the Bears’ passing attack bogged down.


Donte Jeter didn’t complete a pass until the fourth quarter, starting 0-for-6, until he connected with Raymont Goodwine on an 18-yard pass.  Jeter hooked up with David Marshall on the next play to give Oliver an 18-7 lead.


Oliver extended its lead to 20-7 when Mathis tackled Brashear’s Mike Ford in the end zone for a safety.  Ford had recovered an Henri Chatman fumble, but couldn’t escape the Bears’ pursuit and get out of the end zone.


Oliver’s defense, too, never let Brashear get going, aside from a late drive in the first half that led to the Bulls’ only touchdown – a 26-yard pass from Chatman to Wisconsin recruit Manasseh Garner.


Despite the fact that Brashear threw for 120 yards, that was all the offense that the Bulls could speak of.  Chatman completed only 12 passes in 26 attempts.  He was also sacked four times, and finished the game with minus-38 yards rushing.


The Bulls’ leading rusher, Bruce Patterson, finished with 12 carries for 31 yards, and only had one carry in the second half.  Garner caught four passes for 54 yards.


“They played better than us,” Brashear head coach Tim Murphy said.  “We made mistakes in key situations.”


Oliver’s Mathis finished the game with 68 yards rushing on 12 carries.  Take away his 73-yard touchdown run, however, and #21 only had minus-5 yards on 11 carries.


Morgan went 3-of-5 passing for 74 yards.  Jeter threw for 27 yards and a score.  Smith caught two passes for 69 yards.  Marshall ran for 27 yards, threw for 11 more, and added nine receiving yards.


Oliver, as a team, threw for more yards (112) than it accumulated rushing (96, on 33 carries).


NOTE:  Oliver last defeated Brashear in the 2006 City League championship game, 12-2.  The Bears are tied, record-wise, for the City League first place spot with Schenley, which defeated Allderdice 35-0 Friday.  The Spartans are also 6-1. 

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