Perry – Brashear Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
The Game: Perry Traditional Academy (8 AAA) @ Brashear (8 AAA)
Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008, from Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh
Perry Traditional Academy: 4-6
About Perry Traditional Academy: 2007 was a rough year for Commodore fans to swallow, posting a sub-.500 record and missing the City League playoffs for the first time since what seemed like the invention of the wheel. Perry last won a City League title in 2005, and has won 15 City League titles in its history, including 12 from 1986-2005. The Commodores are the only City League team to reach the PIAA finals, doing so in 1989 and 1997, and is only one of two City League schools to ever play in the PIAA semifinals. Perry’s opponent, Brashear, is the other.
Perry returns a couple of talented seniors in RB Jyuan Woods and OT Rakeem Swinton, and a trio of juniors with tremendous upside in RB Richard Lowry, OG Matt Drayton, and LB Dion Matthews.
About Brashear: After the Bulls lost the talented trio of Jermaine Robinson, Quamane Bryant, and Ed Tinker, you’d think the Bulls would be done for and a non-factor in 2008. Think again. The loss of the trio’s 2,478 all-purpose yards and 33 total touchdowns might be hard to replace, but it appears Brashear has simply reloaded, even with the retirement of longtime head coach Ron Wabby.
Twin brothers John and Dave Wetzel anchor the Brashear offensive line, and the duo is joined by Tony Burke. Combined, these three giants average 6’4 in height and 266 pounds in weight. That should open up big holes for junior RB Bruce Patterson, who led the team with 809 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Look for senior Corey Green to help contribute on the ground.
Brashear begins the defense of its eighth City League title in school history and first since 1988.
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