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28-point spurt helps Brashear blast Perry

Written by: on Saturday, August 30th, 2008


PITTSBURGH – For the first 29:04 of the game, Perry had Brashear right where it wanted it.


Despite being held to just 18 total yards of offense in the first half, the Commodores’ opening drive of the second half yielded three points and, the way the game was going, that lead seemed as though it would hold.


“We were OK then,” Commodore head coach Bill Gallagher said.  “But then they wore us down.”


Brashear (1-0 overall, 1-0 City League) finished with 155 rushing yards, and scored 28 unanswered points to down Perry (0-1 overall, 0-1 City League) 28-3 from Cupples Stadium Saturday afternoon.


The first half of the game lent the impression of a slugfest, though not of the baseball variety.  Neither the Perry or Brashear offenses could get anything going, and Brashear’s lone threat, a field goal attempt with :06 left in the first half, was blocked as time expired.


But when the Commodores’ Richard Lowry (19 rushes, 83 yards) busted loose on a 40-yard run to start the second half, Perry appeared to be in command.


After John Dubensky’s 23-yard field goal, Perry’s lead lasted all of 100 seconds.


Brashear’s junior running back Bruce Patterson darted in from five yards out to put the Bulls in front 6-3.


Then, it became the Manasseh Garner show.


Garner first hauled in a 28-yard scoring pass from Henri Chapman to push the Bulls’ lead to 14-3.  After leaving the game momentarily for some leg cramps, he came back with a vengeance.


Garner caught a 10-yard scoring pass and added a 15-yard run, both fourth quarter scores, to put the game out of reach.


“Manasseh is a good kid who got stuck behind a lot of talented seniors last year,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said.


In all, Garner, just a sophomore, finished with three catches for 46 yards and the two touchdowns, and the 15-yard scoring run, which was his only carry of the game.


Patterson, a junior, finished with a game-high 87 yards on 16 carries.  He’s Brashear’s returning leading rusher after racking up over 800 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago.


“Patterson and Garner are two kids who we need to be our leaders (this year),” Murphy said.


Tariq Taliaferro added 46 rushing yards for the Bulls, while Chapman went 5-of-10 for 58 yards with two touchdowns.


Aside from Lowry, Perry, which finished with just 131 yards of offense and seven first downs, was led by Aaron Patterson’s three rushes for 13 yards.


Commodore quarterback Greg McGhee finished 5-of-11 for 39 yards, and, on 13 carries, finished with minus-9 yards.  As a team, the Commodores only averaged 2.6 yards per rush.


“We’re a young team,” Gallagher said following an animated post-game address to his team.  “We’ve got to go back to work.”

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