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Brashear hands Perry rare City League loss

Brian Graham
| Saturday, September 30, 2006 12:00 a.m

In a game that was touted as a preview of the City League Championship game, Brashear showed that it not only could compete with Perry, the six-time defending champions. It could also defeat the Commodores.

The Bulls ousted Perry, 14-7, on Friday night at Cupples Stadium in the South Side and ended the Commodores’ 29-game winning streak against City League competition. The last time Perry, 66-2 in its past 68 league games, lost to a City League foe was 2003 against Brashear.

“Our hat’s go off to (Brashear coach) Ron Wabby and his staff and his ball players,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “They came in with a very sound game plan, and they executed it to perfection.”

Brashear (4-1, 4-0) junior quarterback Jermaine Robinson was a vital component in Brashear’s game plan, offensively and defensively.

Robinson was 11-for-20 passing with 102 yards and a touchdown, and he had 77 rushing yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. With 39 seconds remaining in the game, he intercepted a pass from James Hudgins to seal the victory.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Robinson capped off a 10-play, 40-yard drive by finding junior wide receiver Eric Hemingway over the middle for the eventual game-winning score. Perry’s only successful attempt at moving the ball in the second half came on a pass interference call deep in its own side of the field midway through the fourth.

“We gotta take the moment. We can’t beat Perry and then lose to Oliver,” Robinson said. “We gotta go straight through and keep the train moving.”

Perry (3-2, 3-1) looked to jump on top early after senior running back Jared Williams took the second play from scrimmage 59 yards to the 1-yard line, but Brashear’s Ed Tinker stripped him and recovered the ball in the end zone. Williams, the City League’s leading rusher, rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries.

Two possessions later, senior wide receiver Harold Tardy lined up under center and ran the option 10 yards to put Perry up, 7-0.

With just 21 seconds left in the first half, Robinson put Brashear on the board with a 5-yard run up the middle and went to the locker room trailing, 7-6.

Wabby knows keeping his team focused after a huge victory is a critical step in its quest of reaching the City League Championship at Heinz Field.

“Next week’s another game, and Oliver’s a very good football team,” Wabby said. “There’s no sense beating Perry if you turn around and lose the next game.”

Gallagher blames a “breakdown in technique” for the offensive woes the Commodores endured. Going into last night’s game, Perry had outscored it’s City League opponents, 147-0, which triggered concern among the coaching staff.

“Every game’s a war. We come in to play, and tonight, we didn’t come out on top,” Gallagher said. “It’s back to the drawing board, and I promise you we’ll get after it on Monday.”

Gallagher may not be used to hitting the drawing boards, but after the 2003 loss against Brashear, he retaliated with a 42-0 victory in the championship game.

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