TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

USO surges back to City League title game

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Top high school sports

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 9:58 p.m.
 

USO lost its first City League game last week by a few inches. On Thursday night, the Wildcats won by a mile.

Akil Young passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns, and USO took advantage of several Brashear mistakes in a 46-6 win in the City League semifinals at Cupples Stadium.

“Everyone was hungry to make plays,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “It was win or go home, so every play counts.”

The Wildcats advanced to next week's championship game at Cupples, where they will meet the winner of Friday's game between Perry and Allderdice.

USO lost its first City League game last week when Perry used a late goal-line stand to beat the Wildcats, 12-6. The Wildcats (5-2) put this one away early. USO tallied a safety on Brashear's second possession when a shotgun snap sailed over quarterback Russell Page's head, which led Page to swat the ball out of the back of the end zone.

Clay Moorefield returned the free kick 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 8-0.

The backbreaking score came on USO's next possession. After a Brashear punt was downed inside the 1-yard line, Young led a nine-play, 99-yard drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson.

“We lost last week and had a bad taste in our mouth,” Young said. “We wanted to get rid of that taste, and we wanted to jump on them early and play a full game.”

USO widened its lead to 27-0 at halftime after Tayvon Tyler scored on a 7-yard run and Dan Denlinger kicked a 34-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Brashear got on the board in the second half when Page threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Adam Tajuddin. But two TD passes from Young to Michael Wright and a 63-yard interception return by Myles Catlin put the mercy rule into effect.

USO — still dealing with the loss of junior lineman Ne'Ondre Harbour, who was shot and killed Oct. 14 in Garfield — has a chance to claim its second straight championship.

“Things are getting a little better as far as our healing process is concerned,” said Berry, who wore Harbour's No. 50 for the second straight game. “We were able to relax, take a deep breath and play football the way we know how, play the game like Ne'Ondre played.

“When we do that, we're a special team.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dgulasy@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates trade for Dodgers 1B/OF Morse, Mariners LHP Happ
  2. Steelers notebook: Officials discuss new game ball procedures
  3. Inside The Steelers: LB Williams dominates backs-on-backers drill at Latrobe Memorial Stadium
  4. Steelers OLB coach Porter teaches as passionately as he played
  5. Marte’s 2 fine defensive plays rescue Pirates in victory over Reds
  6. Proposed 8-story apartment complex called too tall in North Side’s Garden Theater area
  7. 2014 showing has Steelers RB Harris confident he belongs
  8. Rossi: Nothing huge, but Huntington helped Bucs
  9. Hurdle: Soria likely to assume setup role with Watson
  10. Pirates place Burnett on 15-day disabled list
  11. Heroin suspect out of Westmoreland County jail on $100K bond