Perry blanks Allderdice
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Perry spent the entire first half of its City League opener Friday night squandering golden opportunities.
So when the Commodores got another one off the second-half kickoff, they made sure they didn't waste it.
Perry (2-1, 1-0) recovered a poorly executed Allderdice kick at midfield to begin the second half and turned it into the deciding score in a 12-0 victory Friday night at Cupples Stadium.
“We knew we could move the ball. We just had to finish that drive,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said.
Tight end Juyuan Bryd pulled in a 23-yard pass from Daron Clark off a deflection by two Allderdice defenders.
“We practice that all the time,” Gallagher said. “Juyuan Bryd is a great athlete. He really stayed focused on that ball. It looked like one of those ones where if I was a betting man, I would say it was picked. Luckily, he kept his eye on it and came down with it.”
Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said his kicker just missed the kick on the pivotal play to begin the second half. The miscue reflected the night for the Dragons (1-2, 0-1), who turned the ball over five times and committed eight penalties.
“That's two things that are so costly in a game that you can't overcome sometimes,” Haslett said.
“What loses games on most occasions are turnovers, and then second is penalties. We had both.”
Both teams suffered injuries to key players. Allderdice running back Patrick Ferguson left in the second half with a hip injury, and quarterback Bishop Gethers struggled with cramps.
Perry quarterback Ahmed Turner took a big hit on the Commodores' first play from scrimmage. He left the game briefly before returning to rush for 57 yards in the first half.
Gallagher said he sat Turner out in the second half as a precaution, and in his place, Clark threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
The theme began on the opening kickoff, as a holding penalty wiped out a long return by Allderdice's Antonio Thomas.
In the Dragons' five first-half possessions, they lost three fumbles, had a punt blocked and had a bad snap on another punt that led to a 9-yard loss.
Meanwhile, Perry gained control of the ball inside Allderdice territory on its first four first-half possessions but couldn't convert the opportunities into points.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fight stops Monessen-Wilkinsburg game in 3rd quarter
- Clairton rolls to victory at Riverview behind RB Dreher
- Franklin Regional holds off Armstrong
- West Allegheny rushes to victory over Montour
- Highlands humbles Deer Lakes in Allegheny Conference play
- Apollo-Ridge hangs on for victory over Valley
- Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic cruises to nonconference victory over Riverside
- Burrell’s Garda a triple-threat in lopsided win over West Shamokin
- Kiski Area avenges last year’s 65-0 loss with upset of Plum
- Frazier finally allows TD, win streak continues vs. Leechburg
- Strong second half carries Woodland Hills over Upper St. Clair