Allderdice beats Brashear to advance to City League title game
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For the second time in as many weeks, Allderdice defeated Brashear. This time the Dragons didn't need late-game heroics to take down the Bulls, scoring two first-half touchdowns in a 14-10 victory at Cupples Stadium in a City League semifinal matchup Thursday night.
After Brashear (4-5) took the opening drive 81 yards in eight plays, culminated by quarterback Angelo Reed's 7-yard touchdown run, the Bulls were only able to add a Jesse Vates 21-yard field goal early in the second quarter the rest of the way as Allderdice's 4-4 defense tightened in the second half.
“We kind of felt they were trying to run the ball on us so we changed it up a little bit,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “Our defensive guys played a good game in the second half. We thought we could shut them out, and we did so in the second half.”
The Jackson twins — wide receiver James and quarterback Timothy — accounted for the majority of Allderdice's offense, hooking up for touchdown passes of 37 and 24 yards.
“They got two real big plays,” Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. “Their quarterback-wide receiver are a real good tandem. They beat us over the top twice.”
Last week, the Dragons (5-4) used a last-minute touchdown to defeat the Bulls, 23-18, in the regular-season finale. In what has become typical, it was Timothy to brother James for the deciding score with 42 seconds left.
“What can you say about them? They're special kids,” Haslett said. “They don't say five words to anybody. When they need to pick it up, all they need to do is stare at each other and it's done.”
Timothy Jackson finished 8 of 18 for 139 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. James Jackson caught four passes for 99 yards and two scores. Running back Marquis Martin gained 66 yards on 19 carries for Allderdice, but his biggest play was intercepting Reed with 2:48 left in regulation.
“We turned the ball over and we didn't capitalize,” Murphy said.
Allderdice will play the winner of Friday's game between Perry and USO.
“I actually think we match up really decently with those guys,” Haslett said. “You know in championship games anything can happen.”
Justin Criado is a freelance writer.
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