City League Football Roundup (Oct. 10, 2015)

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University Prep scores big to beat Carrick

Shawn Rutherford threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead University Prep to a 40-8 win against Carrick in a City League game played at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.

Rutherford completed 11 of 14 passes for 200 yards and connected with Sam Fairley on a 13-yard touchdown and a 51-yard scoring strike. He also scored on a 5-yard run.

The Panthers (4-2, 3-1) also scored on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone by Raujee Clerfe and runs of 5 yards by DaMon Macklin and Tawan Wesley.

Carrick (1-5, 0-4) scored on a 10-yard pass from L.J. Orbovich to Jordan Dennis.


Boys Soccer: Unbeaten Allderdice nearing first WPIAL section title

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Allderdice has never won a WPIAL section title in boys soccer.

There's a good chance that will change in the very near future, perhaps as early as this weekend.

The Dragons, (10-0-1), who are in their fourth season in the WPIAL, stand in first place in Class AAA Section 4 with a 7-0-1 record. Second-place Bethel Park is 6-2 and third-place Central Catholic 5-2.

Allderdice and Bethel Park have two section games remaining, and Central Catholic has three. The Dragons play at Central Catholic next Tuesday and travel to Mt. Lebanon Oct. 19. If the Dragons win either of those games, they'll win the title outright. Central Catholic hosts Bethel Park Saturday. If that game ends in a tie, Allderdice will clinch at least a share of the title.


Second City League Hall of Fame class announced

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Two former NFL players, a bronze medalist from the 1948 Olympics and a former WNBA player head the second class of inductees to the Pittsburgh City League Hall of Fame.

A total of 23 individuals will be inducted at a banquet Oct. 17 at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. They include Larry Brown, a Schenley graduate who played running back for eight years (1969-76) with the Washington Redskins and played in one Super Bowl.

Also inducted will be Tony Liscio, a Westinghouse graduate who was a lineman for the Dallas Cowboys from 1963-71; Herb Douglass, an Allderdice graduate who finished third in the long jump at the 1948 Olympics in London; and Edna Campbell, an Allderdice graduate who played in the WNBA.

Other inductees are: Larry Anderson (South Hills), Katelyn Brown (Schenley), Carmen Bruce (Schenley), Ricky Cannon (Perry), Henri Chatman (Carrick), Bill Clark (Fifth Avenue), Keith Crosby (Carrick), Wesley Garnett (Westinghouse), John Giordano (Westinghouse), Lynn Harris (South), Curtis Hefflin (Westinghouse), Renee Henderson (Peabody), Mark Hogan (Brashear), Hosea Holder (Westinghouse), Clarence Hopson (Schenley), Carlita Jones-Evans (Peabody), Rod Rutherford (Perry), Ahmad Shareef (Westinghouse) and Arnie Sowell (Schenley


Football: Allderdice player dazzles in a variety of ways

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If variety is the spice of life, then Allerdice's Tim Jackson did his best to fill an entire spice rack Friday.

Jackson, a senior wide receiver-defensive back, had arguably the best all-around performance by a City League player this season, scoring four touchdowns three different ways in a 50-8 blowout win against Carrick at Cupples Stadium.

Jackson had a touchdown reception, two interception returns for touchdowns, and a kickoff return for a touchdown. What's amazing is Jackson came into the game having scored only one touchdown in Allderdice's first four games.

Friday's performance began with Jackson catching a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dajuan Drugger in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Jackson scored on a pair of interception returns, one 48 yards and the other 42 yards. Then, just for good measure in the third quarter, Jackson quickly answered Carrick's only touchdown by returning the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.


Boys Soccer: Obama, Allderdice standouts pouring in the goals

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One plays for an undefeated team. The other for a team that has won only one section game. Both, however, find themselves among the WPIAL's top goal scorers at the midway point of the season.

Obama Academy junior Francis Eddy-Harvey and Allderdice's senior Tim Pugh are off to excellent starts. Eddy-Harvey had scored 10 goals in games played through Sept. 27, while Pugh had tallied eight. Harvey's total tied for 15th in the WPIAL. Bentworth's Chad Gurdish led all players with 18 goals.

Pugh, who is 6 feet 9, has Allderdice towering over the rest of Class AAA Section 4. The Dragons are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in section play. Every other team in the section has at least two losses.

Eddy-Harvey and his Obama teammates haven't had as much success. The Eagles are 5-8 overall and 1-7 in Class AA Section 5. Their only section win came against Steel Valley, a game which Eddy-Harvey finished with three goals and two assists.


City League Football Roundup (Oct. 3, 2015)

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Allderdice trounces Carrick

Tim Jackson scored four touchdowns, including two on interception returns, to lead Allderdice to a convincing 50-8 win against Carrick in a City League game played at Cupples Stadium.

Jackson scored his first touchdown on a 40-yard pass from Dajuan Dugger.

He also scored on a brilliant 76-yard kickoff return, and two big interception returns of 43 and 42 yards.


Football: Hard work pays off for University Prep QB

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Jasper Wilson profiles University Prep football player Shawn Rutherford.

"While Shawn Rutherford had operated two different offenses before transferring to University Prep from Perry, the quarterback struggled picking up a third.

His new coaches, Lou Berry and LaRoi Johnson, expected these difficulties.

The previous two seasons, Rutherford's duties under center had consisted largely of running whatever play came into the huddle from the sideline, making execution all he had to think about. But now, after getting the initial call, he would have roughly five-to-seven seconds to read the defense at the line of scrimmage before deciding whether to run that play or audible to at least four others based on the opposition's alignment and individual assignments.

"It's more demanding," Rutherford said. "If I have a good game, we win, if I have a bad game, we lose. That just puts more pressure on me.""



Boys Soccer: Deep roster key for Allderdice

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Marky Billson profiles the Allderdice boys soccer team.

"The Allderdice boys soccer team is laying waste to the notion that schools inside the City of Pittsburgh cannot compete athletically with their suburban brethren in the WPIAL.

The Dragons' soccer team is in Section 3-AAA, since the WPIAL adopted the City League's soccer programs as part of their own three years ago.

But after advancing to the state playoffs in their final season as a City League member, the Allderdice soccer team had losing records in its first two seasons in the WPIAL and a 3-0, first-round playoff loss to North Allegheny to close out a 10-5-3 season last year.

This season the Dragons were 7-0 as the week began, and perhaps playing better than ever."



City League Football Roundup (Sept. 26, 2015)

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University Prep rallies for win

Shawn Rutherford threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as University Prep rallied to beat Perry, 28-22, in a City League game played at Cupples Stadium.

Rutherford connected with Darius Shields on a 6-yard scoring pass with 0:07 left in regulation, then threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Sam Fairley in overtime.

The Wildcats (3-1, 2-1) also scored on a 2-yard run by Rutherford and an 85-yard kickoff return by Asante Watkins. Rutherford was 8 of 22 for 138 yards.

Jermale Johnson scored twice for Perry (0-4, 0-2) on a 48-yard interception return and a 6-yard run. Johnson also connected with Malik Wilson on a 30-yard scoring pass.


Boys Soccer: Obama picks up first section win

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Obama Academy won six section games last season, but that was with Abe Kouyate, the Post-Gazette's Player of the Year who is now playing at Penn State.

On their sixth try, the Eagles claimed their first section win of this season Thursday.

Francis Eddy-Harvey scored three goals and added two assists to lead Obama to an 8-0 win against visiting Steel Valley in Class AA Section 5.

Obama improved to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in section play. The Eagles had dropped four games in a row, all by two goals or fewer. Those included one-goal defeats to No. 5 West Allegheny and Keystone Oaks. The team's other wins have come against Knoch, Riverside and Winchester Thurston.


Football: Brashear surges to City League lead

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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.


City League Football Roundup (Sept. 19, 2015)

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Brashear downs University Prep

Dom Molinaro kicked three field goals and Richard Stone scored two touchdowns to lead Brashear to a 31-26 win against University Prep in a City League game played at Cupples Stadium.

Molinaro connected on field goals of 28, 29, and 37 yards and kicked two extra points.

Stone scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone, and a 36-yard blocked punt return.

Brashear (3-0, 2-0) scored on a 3-yard run by Therran Coleman, who also ran for a two-point conversion.


Football: University Prep boasts area's top passer, receiver

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University Prep's Shawn Rutherford and Kenny Robinson are off to terrific starts. In fact, no WPIAL or City League player at their respective positions have better numbers.

Rutherford, a senior quarterback, has passed for area highs of 710 yards and eight touchdowns. Robinson, a junior wide receiver, has 18 catches for 287 yards, both of which are tops among area players.

The pass-catch duo have helped University Prep to a 2-0 overall record, including a 1-0 mark in City League play. The Panthers opened with a 34-14 win against Maple Grove, N.Y., followed by a 36-8 victory against Westinghouse.

Rutherford completed 22 of 42 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns against Maple Grove, and was 22 of 31 for 378 yards and three touchdowns against Westinghouse.


Boys Soccer: Allderdice off to a great start

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Allderdice made the WPIAL playoffs last fall, so it comes as no shock the Dragons have a another good team this season.

The Dragons aren't just good, though ... they're perfect.

Midway through September, Allderdice finds itself with a 4-0 record. The Dragons are 1-0 in Class AAA Section 4 and have outscored their opponents, 18-3.

Coach Sam Bellin's squad went 10-5-3 last season when they finished as the section runner-up. This year's team is already one win away from reaching the halfway point of that win total.


City League Football Roundup (Sept. 12, 2015)

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University Prep wins conference opener

Kenny Robinson caught 9 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Shawn Rutherford completed 21 of 31 for 378 yards and three scores and ran for a fourth to lead University Prep (2-0, 1-0) to a 36-8 victory against Westinghouse (1-1, 1-1) in its conference opener.

Amir Newring scored the other Bulldogs touchdown on a 67-yard pass from Rutherford while Sebastian Conway-Phillips kicked a 35-yard field goal.

Marcell Young broke up the shutout with an 85-yard first quarter kickoff return.