2013 City League football preview

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Team to beat

Perry -- The City League doesn't have an overwhelming favorite this year, but the Commodores are as good a choice as anyone to fill that role. Coach Bill Gallagher's team is the defending champion and will be seeking its third title in four years. A number of key players graduated but Kevin Griffin (WR-DB), Jajuan Byrd (WR-DB), Gary Reid (RB-LB), Chandler Houston (FB-LB), Aaron Brown (TE-LB) and Kip Humphreys (OL-DL) return. Sophomore Shawn Rutherford, junior Desean McGhee and senior Mondo Hardy were vying for the quarterback position. Rutherford is the cousin of former Perry and Pitt QB Rod Rutherford, and McGhee is the brother of former Perry standout QB Greg McGhee.

Contenders

University Prep -- The team, in its third year of existence, is a combination of players from University Prep, Science & Technology and Obama schools. University Prep has played in the title game the past two years. Quarterback Akil Young (2,615 yards passing last year) has graduated. Ron Brown started for Westinghouse at QB last year but transferred to University Prep and will be the starter. Marcus Johnson and Clay Moorefield play receiver-defensive back and are players to watch. Curtis Williams (WR-DB), Abner Roberts (TB-LB), Kevin Williams (C-DT) and Nicholas Stallworth (WR-DB) are returning starters.

Brashear -- After struggling through its first losing season (3-6) since 2001, Brashear is ready to rebound. The Bulls have enough experience and talent to make a title run. Lineman Scott Evans (6-3, 250) was one of only three juniors on the All-City League team last year and already has made a verbal commitment to Harvard. Jeff Arnold (6-4, 270) is a three-year starter on the lines. Diondre Faulk also is a three-year starter. Angelo Reed is the new quarterback, and Adam Tajuddin and Ryan Mandarino are capable receivers. Ty Powe, a transfer from Imani Christian, and Khalil Saunders stand only 5-7 and 5-6, respectively, but will lead the running game.

The others

Allderdice -- The Dragons lost 20 seniors from last year's team, but they still figure to be competitive. Two-way tackle Brody Miller was an All-City League selection last year. Jalen Ledbetter, Talon Smith and Rob Smith also return on the lines.

Westinghouse -- Only a few starters return from last year's 1-7 team. To make matters worse, starting quarterback Ron Brown transferred to University Prep. Richard Harris is a versatile player who will be used at running back, receiver and even quarterback. Rapheal Drummond (RB-LB) and Tevin Johnson (OL-LB) are two returning starters who will be keys.

Carrick -- Craig Aguglia is the new coach after spending the past 10 years as an assistant. He takes over a team that has won only three games the past three seasons. Aguglia, though, does have some experienced players. Jessie Reed was an All-City defensive lineman a year ago, and Joe Kalsek led the team in rushing the past two seasons. Hakeim McKenzie, a 6-0, 220-pound running back-linebacker and a transfer student from California, is a player to watch.

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Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com


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