University Prep rallies to topple Allderdice
TribLIVE Sports Videos
University Prep's defense may not reach the level it did last season, when the Wildcats shut out nine opponents en route to the City League title.
Then again, with the way quarterback Akil Young is playing, good might be good enough.
Young threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, and the Wildcats' defense clamped down on Allderdice for the final three quarters of a come-from-behind, 35-15 victory at Cupples Stadium.
“I was really proud of our defense tonight,” University Prep coach Lou Berry said. “We knew we had to stop (Allderdice running back) Patrick Ferguson, and he was very tough in that first half. But our kids stepped up, really embraced the challenge, and I thought we played phenomenal on the defensive side of the ball.”
Ferguson, who entered the game with 535 rushing yards on the season, wound up with 52 on the night — just 4 of which came after halftime.
Allderdice (2-4, 1-2) took an early 15-0 lead after a blocked punt return for a touchdown and an 11-yard touchdown run by Ferguson, but the game swung in University Prep's favor late in the first half.
Allderdice punter Alex Schneider couldn't field a snap cleanly in his end zone and had to fall on the ball for a safety. The ensuing free kick failed to go the necessary 10 yards, and University Prep (3-1, 3-0) took advantage of the short field when Young hit Nicholas Stallworth for a 16-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 15-8 at halftime.
“It gave us a lot of confidence going into halftime knowing that we still possessed the ability to move the ball against their tough defense,” Berry said. “We just knew that it was going to take some patience on our end.”
University Prep forced a three-and-out to begin the second half and cut its deficit to one when Ryan Daniels scored on a 4-yard run out of the wildcat.
After stopping Allderdice on fourth down on the ensuing possession, University Prep marched 53 yards in six plays and scored on another 4-yard run by Daniels.
Young capped the scoring with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Marcus Johnson and Noah Stewart. Young's numbers could have been even better were it not for some drops by his receivers.
“We had to form a new identity, and we definitely had the confidence in Akil Young to get that done because of the work that he's put in in the offseason,” Berry said. “With the new scheme, it's going to take a lot of patience because kids at the skill positions are relatively new. But he's just been a tremendous leader.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. 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.
- Penguins trade for Toronto’s Kessel; lose Martin, Comeau via free agency
- Pitt’s Boyd waives right to preliminary hearing
- Dragon boat competition canceled at Three Rivers Regatta
- Second Pa. friar commits suicide from order under investigation in sex abuse scandal
- Steelers submit application to host Super Bowl
- FBI searching for Homestead man indicted for sex trafficking in children
- Judge revokes bail for Plum High School teacher
- Donora-Webster Bridge plunges into Mon River after 106 years
- Marinucci sentenced to life in prison with no parole
- Auction of Dick Scaife’s home decor brings $3.89 million
- Pirates’ Cole not fazed by remarks from Tigers’ Martinez