Big first half lifts Perry over Brashear @PghPerryHS @brashear_bulls @BrashearHS @PGHCityLeague
Written by: Shane Lux on Friday, August 30th, 2019
Tre’shaun Barron pictured here in Perry’s scrimmage against West Mifflin threw two touchdowns to lead the Commodores. Photo by Ed Thompson.
In the end, getting a win was all head coach Rod Rutherford cared about as he watched his Commodores win a sloppy 26-6 decision over Brashear.
In a game that seemed to see more penalty yards than offensive yards, Perry was able to build a 20-0 halftime lead. Then never look back to earn the first City League Conference victory of the season.
“Ultimately we won the game,” said Perry head coach Rod Rutherford. “That’s a good thing because this was a hideous game. Our time management and situational football was below the bar. There was a little bit of everything that can improve. The good thing is we got the win.”
The Commodores blocked a punt with Tyreese Fearbry recovering it in the endzone for the game’s first touchdown with 54 seconds to in the first quarter.
“It’s a cliche type of thing, but it’s real,” said Rutherford. “Special teams win and lose ball games. I believe that is true, and tonight when we blocked that punt it turned the momentum.”
Tim Henderson and Mike Peters then scored touchdowns 15 seconds apart early in the second quarter.
Henderson hauled in a short pass from Tre’shaun Barron – then outraced the Bulls defense for a 58-yard touchdown.
Our https://t.co/tqI29etUcO & https://t.co/xdMx2UcvkF play of the game goes to @PghPerryHS Tim Henderson who scored what turned out to be the winning touchdown on a 58-yard pass from Tre'shaun Barron. @CoachSchaefferB pic.twitter.com/kdOyjcEkEU
— Shane Lux (@luxy_aLLin) August 30, 2019
On the first snap of the ensuing drive, a mixup in the Brashear backfield allowed Peters to pick up a fumble and race to a 45-yard score.
“Building that lead was huge,” said Rutherford. “Our kids are young. We have only about five seniors, coupled with a lot of kids that have never played football. That there is an instant confidence booster. Now they need to learn how to win.”
Brashear would get their footing in the second half as Kevin Smith scored on a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Smith led all rushers with 130 yards on 23 attempts.
“Kevin is probably emerging as the next D1-athlete we have,” said Brashear head coach Don Schmidt. “He does so many good things, and he’s become a leader. I’m proud of him, and he needs to keep fighting and battling.
Brashear turned the ball over twice in the first half coupled with the blocked punt.
“The turnovers again were a nightmare for us, we need to go back to the drawing board to fix that problem,” said Schmidt. “We’re a young team, very athletic but those mistakes haunted us last year again so far this year.”
The Bulls would force three Perry turnovers in the second half. Only one was turned into a touchdown on Smith’s 17-yard score.
— Shane Lux (@luxy_aLLin) August 30, 2019
Brashear outgained Perry 187-101 for the game.
After the Bulls failed on 4th-down from their 9-yard line, Barron and Breshaun Oaks connected on the next play to put the game on ice for the Commodores.
Tre’shaun Barron led Perry going 5-for-22 passing for 79 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Henderson added three catches for 68 yards and the score.
“Both defenses played great,” said Rutherford. “Defense wins championships, and offense sells the tickets. We need to continue to improve on that, and one critique we need to make is that we need to tackle better. Overall I was pleased with our performance tonight.”
Perry improves to 2-0, (1-0) on the season, while Brashear falls to 0-2, (0-1).
“We need to be more disciplined and get back to basics,” said Schmidt. “We were able to run and control the ball, but then we’re turning the ball over. This is not the Brashear team that you’re going to see finish this season. We will improve, and I’m not ready to hit the panic button yet.”
Perry 26 Brashear 6
Score by Quarters
Brashear – 0 0 0 6 – 6
Perry – 6 14 0 6 – 26
P – Tyreese Fearbry recovered blocked punt in the endzone, (kick blocked), 0:54
P – Tim Henderson 58 yd pass from Tre’shaun Barron (rush failed), 8:57
P – Mike Peters 45 yd fumble return (Breshaun Oaks from Barron), 8:42
B – Kevin Smith 17 yd run (kick failed), 11:03
P – Oaks 9 yd pass from Barron (kick blocked), 1:11
Rushing: Brashear – Smith 23-130, Kimbrough 11-(-1), Lewis 6-21, Roland Shanks 1-(-5), Emmanuel Myers 3-15, Team 2-(-6). Totals: 46-154. Perry – Shaun Parker 7-10, Cayden Prioleau 5-13, #18 1-(-1), Barron 2-0. Totals: 15-22.
Passing: Brashear – Sincere Kimbrough 4-for-9, 33 yards, 1 interception. Perry – Barron 5-for-22, 79 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.
Receiving: Brashear – Daquon Lewis 3-22, Andrew Cagey 1-11. Perry – Henderson 3-68, Parker 1-2, Oaks 1-9.
Interceptions: Brashear – Dion Westry. Perry – Aaron Ford.
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