Perry tailbacks baffle Brashear
Curtis Edmonds rushed for 211 yards and scored two touchdowns — including one on defense — and Ahmad Turner ran for another key score as Perry defeated rival Brashear, 24-6, in City League play Thursday night at Cupples Stadium.
The win pushed the Commodores to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the City League, setting up an Oct. 19 showdown with defending champion University Prep, which is also undefeated in City League play, for the league's No. 1 seed.
Defensive touchdowns by both sides put the score at 6-6 before Perry broke the game open with three rushing touchdowns. Edmonds put Perry on top, 12-6, when he scored from 18 yards before Turner atoned for an earlier fumble when he scored on fourth down to stretch the lead to two scores.
Robert Willie added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Edmonds repeatedly gashed Brashear for chunks of yardage. He scored only one rushing touchdown on 33 carries, but the senior kept Perry's offense on the field as the clock ticked away.
“He's a great running back,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. “We knew we had to take care of him tonight, and he just killed us with his cuts.”
A week after cruising past Carrick, 35-6, Brashear struggled to move the ball. It was held to 105 total yards, with only 26 coming on the ground.
Perry's defense forced five turnovers, including three scored by Edmonds.
The senior — who opened the scoring when he recovered a fumble at the 1-yard line in the first quarter — helped keep Brashear out of the end zone late with a fumble recovery and an interception in the fourth quarter.
“Our plan was to rest Curtis on defense,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “But you have to have your best players on the field.”
Brashear's only points came when DeShaun Roberts leveled Turner on a blitz before Derrick Caldwell scooped up the ball for a 41-yard fumble return for a score.
Brian J. Duermeyer is a freelance writer.