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Brashear gets Perry in City final

| Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

Of all the times for Bruce Patterson to impress Brashear coach Rick Murphy, a passing camp last May doesn't seem the most likely.

But Patterson, Brashear's leading rusher in 2007, trotted over to Murphy, who had just taken over the Brashear head coaching job.

"He walks over to me and tells me two kids haven't gotten into the game yet," Murphy said. "There's not a whole lot of ego on this team. We haven't got a 'me' guy in the group."

It's showed for Brashear (9-1), which was 8-0 through the City League season and will meet Perry in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cupples Stadium.

Patterson helped lead Brashear to a City League title last season and is again his team's leading rusher with 983 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, pacing the City League in both categories.

Brashear quarterback Henri Chatman also leads the league with 1,291 yards passing, and Manasseh Garner is third with 586 yards receiving.

"Manasseh ... he's as good a receiver as there is in the area," Murphy said. "As far as Henri, our offensive coordinator Sean Schofield works with him constantly."

Garner caught two touchdown passes from Chatman and ran for another score when Brashear beat Perry, 28-3, in the opening week of the season. But Perry, now 9-1, hasn't lost since.

"We have a lot of young guys, and that was their first game," Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. "Now, they've become battle-tested. We feel like we've gotten a lot better since that first game."

A perfect example of that improvement is sophomore quarterback Greg McGhee, who rushed for both of Perry's touchdowns in a 14-0 victory against Schenley in a semifinal game last week.

Murphy said McGhee has gotten "a lot" better since his varsity debut against Brashear.

Meanwhile Brashear, outscoring its opponents by an average score of 33-12, survived its semifinal last Friday against Langley after trailing, 8-0, at halftime. Brashear rallied to win, 16-8, and Murphy thinks overcoming that adversity was important for his players, who haven't been in many similar situations this season.

"We were biting our nails a little bit," Murphy said. "But having to play from behind, I don't think there's any other way to grow as a team. It was a great character-building experience."

Additional Information:

City League championship

Brashear (9-1)
vs. Perry (9-1)

1 p.m. Saturday · Cupples Stadium

Leading rushers: Brashear • Bruce Patterson (145 carries, 983 yards, 14 touchdowns); Perry • Greg McGhee (67, 433, six)

Leading passers: Brashear • Henri Chatman (84-of-145 passing, 1,291 yards, 16 touchdowns); Perry • McGhee (28-of-49 passing, 409, six)

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