CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
In just a couple of days on the south side of Pittsburgh at Couples Stadium a couple of teams will be in the spotlight for a couple of hours in the Pittsburgh City League Championship. So to sum this up in just a couple of sentences, it will be the (9-1) Brasher Bulls taking on the (9-1) Perry Commodores. The winner will earn a spot in the PIAA Playoffs in just a couple weeks.
Some questions to ask your self before reading the rest of this article:
-Can the Brasher win back-to-back City League Championships?
-Can Perry ride the Bulls to a victory?
-Can I use the word couple anymore before it becomes ridiculously redundant?
Continue reading to find the answer to these questions and so many more…
It’s really no shock to see Perry and Brasher in the City League Championship this year, in fact many if not most forecasted the match-up. Brasher is back after squeaking a win over Allderdice last year at Heinz Field. Perry, who has made it back to the Championship for the first time since 2005 a game they won over the Bulls of Brasher 21-7.
Since 1999 the two teams have battled 14 times, however most of them weren’t much of a battle with Perry not even allowing the Bulls to score in the 4 times they played each other from 2000 to 2002 which included a 43-0 win for the Commodores in the City League Championship over the Bulls. This will not be the first time the two teams will meet front-and-center in the Championship, in fact since 1999 the Bulls and the Commodores have tangoed 4 times with Perry winning all but the most resent one in 2006. The series sits at 9-5 since 1999 in favor of Perry; however the Bulls have won the last four meetings.
Perry has not scored more then 7 points when playing the Bulls since 2005, after a 21-7 City league Championship win which was the last time the Commodores came away with a victory vs. the Bulls. They have had to make up for lost time, from ’99 to 2005 Perry outscored Brasher 374 to 72.
Brasher won the first meeting this year in a 28-3 win way back in August. There has been quite a couple days between now and then, we even elected a new president. As for Brasher, their only blemish came to Wheeling Central Catholic in a 29-14 loss down in West Virginia two weeks ago.
The Bulls have outscored teams this year 336 to 120, thanks to a great offense who is lead by running back Bruce Patterson who has rushed for 863 yards on 123 carries and scampered in for 14 touchdowns. Don’t forget the kid slinging the ball all over the field in Henri Chatman who has gone 84 of 145 for 1291 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and only 3 picks. Let’s also not forget about the fact that he can run to, he has 237 yards on the ground and 6 touchdowns.
Perry defence will be up against a lot on Saturday, they have held offenses to 205 points this year and the offense has scored 230. They are coming off a semi-final shutout of Schenley 14-0. In the game sophomore Field General Greg McGee rushed for both scores for Perry. Rich Lowry rushed for 90 yards on 26 carries in the game and was a big help on the ground.
So there you have it, the Bulls and the Commodores squaring off at Couples Stadium on the South Side of Pittsburgh on Saturday at 1pm. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will beat me for saying one word so many times in one article? I guess we will find out in just a couple of days.
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