Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

With Little Fanfare, Perry Continues to Dominate in City League Play

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

With Little Fanfare, Perry Continues to Dominate in City League Play

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Coach Bill Gallagher does not get defensive when asked to compare this year's football team at Perry Traditional Academy to the three City League championship teams he coached prior to this season.

Perry has set a standard of excellence so high that the current Commodores' notable accomplishments almost pale in comparison to Gallagher's first three seasons at the helm.

This is especially true when compared to his team of two years ago, when Perry won its first 13 games without giving up a point en route to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals.

"Our kids are working hard and they're playing better," Gallagher said. "Every year when we go into the season, we have very high expectations. We just keep working hard and keep our noses to the grind stone. Our goal is to get better with every single snap. It's a long season. We'll see what happens. We're very excited about this team. We have some kids who can do some amazing things."

Perry (5-1, 5-0) continues to dominate the City League despite having only a handful of returning starters -- three on offense and five on defense. The defense has yet to record a shutout, however, something that does not concern Gallagher. Perry posted eight shutouts last season and 30 in Gallagher's first three years at the school.

"We've been giving a lot of kids playing time," Gallagher said. "That shutout stuff, that was something special. We really don't care about that."

Perry suffered only its second regular-season loss since 1999 when it fell, 27-13, to Ursuline, a Catholic school from Youngstown, Ohio, that played host to this game at Youngstown State's 17,000- seat Stambaugh Stadium on Sept 18.

"That trip to Ohio was a great experience," Gallagher said. "Those guys started the season a week earlier. It was only our third game and it was their fourth game, which gave them a little bit of an advantage. They also have a heck of a running back who is going Division I.

"We'd love to do it again next year against them. …

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