Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Allderdice-Brashear -- It Should Be Close One

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Allderdice-Brashear -- It Should Be Close One

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The last time Allderdice and Brashear met on the Cupples Stadium turf, the winner advanced to the Pittsburgh City League championship game.

Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett can't help but remember that outcome.

After defeating the Bulls in the regular season, 12-0, the Dragons dropped a 12-6 decision in overtime during the league semifinals.

"Both games had close scores," Haslett said. "[In the playoff game] we were just as good as they were. We had a couple of starters who didn't play and we had played a pretty tough non-conference schedule.

"That's not an excuse. We were just worn out by that time of year and they played better than us that day."

Both teams returned this season again as likely league title contenders and will square off at 7 p.m. Friday on the South Side.

"That is a very well coached team over there," said Brashear coach Rick Murphy, whose team lost to Perry in last year's title game. "They always try to run the ball and play good defense.

"Jerry has done a very good job, and you know when you're playing a team he's coaching, that team's going to bring its 'A' game.

"I know we'll need to try to prevent them from running the ball and watch the clock. At the same time, you have to make sure you make some plays on offense."

Defense played a major role in No. 1 Brashear winning its league opener last week against University Prep. The Bulls (1-1, 1-0), who lost their opener to non-league Knoch, 36-0, struggled offensively against the Panthers as well and scored most of their points on defense during a 22-13 victory.

Junior linebacker Deshaun Roberts scored two touchdowns on a pair of fumble returns for the Bulls. Junior Jamal Smith also added a 34- yard interception return, while senior kicker Matt McHugh led the offense with a 27-yard field goal.

Haslett, however, knows it's only a matter of time before the Bulls begin to click on offense.

"Brashear has speed and skill-position players," Haslett said. "They play tough football and have been for quite some time.

"We've been playing them forever and they have been doing the same thing on offense. And they've been doing pretty much the same thing on defense for the past few years. …

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