Football: Brashear basking in glory of second straight City League title

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Brashear football team.

2015 1113 Brashear Football(Photo: Brashear's Khalil Saunders, left, Adam Tonry, middle, and Gino Foster celebrate their team's win against Allderdice in the City League football championship Saturday at Cupples Stadium. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"One of the hardest tasks for a sports team is to repeat as champion. All the hard work you put in the year before has to be multiplied to stay on top. Every other team in the league is coming after you and will be giving you their best game.

Brashear dealt with that this year and successfully completed the task Saturday by repeating as City League football champions. For the second year in a row, Brashear knocked off Allderdice at Cupples Stadium to hoist the trophy.

"It feels great," coach Rick Murphy said. "It is a new team. We were beat up and we didn't know where we were going to be on the offensive line. It shows that we have come a long way since they closed Langley. These guys have really bought into what we are doing and it has really made a difference and brought us back to where we used to be."

Their 21-6 victory secured the Bulls' 11th title in school history and marked the fourth time they've done it back-to-back. This was also the first time in 12 years the championship game was a repeat of the same teams."


Football: Brashear surges to City League lead

Written by Brad Everett on .

City League teams have a combined record of 7-11 this season.

Brashear has three of those wins, and they have propelled the Bulls to an undefeated record.

It's been an excellent start for Brashear (3-0), the defending City League champion. The Bulls began the season with blowout wins against Imani Christian (56-0) and Carrick (37-0), and then earned a huge win last week by defeating University Prep, 31-26.

Brashear is 2-0 in league play, while Allderdice is 1-0. Every other team has at least one loss. The Bulls and Dragons square off tonight at 7 p.m. at Cupples Stadium.


Football: Brashear standout chooses Pitt

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Mike White reports that Brashear senior Therran Coleman committed to Pitt on Sunday night.

"Brashear's Therran Coleman has a number of connections with Pitt football players. Sunday night, Coleman tied a knot with Pitt.

Coleman announced on KDKA he will attend Pitt next year. Coleman is a 6-foot-1, 183-pound senior cornerback who is ranked among the best defensive backs in the state. He chose Pitt over West Virginia and Wisconsin and also had a number of other scholarship offers. The Panthers were the first school to offer him a scholarship in the spring.

"I was just most comfortable around Pitt," Coleman said. "I know a lot of their players. I grew up with a few of them."

Coleman used to play youth league sports with Pitt freshman Dane Jackson. He is distant cousins of Pitt defensive backs Jevonte and Lafayette Pitts. Coleman used to live down the street from Pitt lineman Tyrique Jarrett in the West End."



Brashear 2015 Football Preview

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Despite acknowledging a need for a few more experienced linemen, Brashear coach Rick Murphy remains optimistic about his reigning league-champion Bulls.

"We're happy with our skill positions and confident with Khalil Sanders coming back to make a strong backfield," said Murphy, who returns for his eighth season. "We just have to find some more players on the line."

The Bulls lost three of their first four games last season but went on to win four in a row, including a 42-14 surprise victory against top-ranked Allderdice in the title game. Brashear completed its campaign at 6-4 after losing in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

"We got healthy at the right time last year," Murphy said. "Our line was a big strength and that helped. We also got better each week and it really showed in the playoffs, so we were confident going into that championship game."


Football: Blue Chip Chat with Brashear's Therran Coleman

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Mike White has today's Blue Chip Chat with Brashear's Therran Coleman.

Name: Therran Coleman
School: Brashear
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 183
Pos: QB/DB

Coleman helped Brashear win a City League title a year ago. He is an excellent cover cornerback and had four interceptions last season. His father, Dan Robinson, played football at Carrick in the mid 1980s. Coleman's brother, Daryan Robinson, plays basketball at Edinboro University.