City League: Wildcats stay undefeated

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University Prep unexpectedly had its game canceled last weekend, forcing the team into a "bye week."

The time off was evident in the rusty first-half performance of its players Friday, but once the rust fell off, University Prep said "bye bye" to Allderdice.

Ron Brown continued his remarkable season by throwing for 281 yards and four touchdowns and University Prep looked more like itself in the second half, as the Wildcats gained sole possession of first place in the City League after a 43-14 win at Cupples Stadium.

University Prep was supposed to play Canada Prep last Saturday, but the game was called off because Canada Prep rostered players beyond 12th grade. The PIAA and WPIAL forbids its teams from playing schools that use post-graduates.

University Prep (5-0, 3-0) had scored 52, 42, 52 and 51 points in its previous games. But against Allderdice (2-4, 2-1), University Prep trailed in the second quarter and led at the half, 14-7.

"I told my team at halftime that we had to pull everything together," University Prep wide receiver Marcus Johnson said. "The offense wasn't clicking. The defense wasn't clicking. We should have had a way bigger lead than that."

But University Prep outscored Allderdice, 29-7, and forced two turnovers in the second half.

"It was a big win coming off a bye week," Brown said. "We just had to get into the rhythm. It started out slow, but we got into a rhythm and we picked it up."

Brown, who leads all City League and WPIAL quarterbacks in passing yardage and touchdowns, completed 22 of 38 passes. He has now passed for 1,967 yards and 27 touchdowns. He doubled his season interception total by throwing two against Allderdice.

"Certainly, the quarterback got off to a hot start this year," said University Prep coach Lou Berry. "He kind of struggled tonight with just being patient."

The Wildcats' trio of Johnson, Clay Moorefield and Stephon Hawthorne combined for 20 receptions. Johnson and Moorefield each had two touchdown receptions, and Johnson added a touchdown run. Moorefield led the group in catches with nine.

"They help me a lot," Brown said. "They catch it and they do what they do. They make big plays. If we keep doing that, we're going to go far."

For about 16 minutes, Allderdice looked in control of the game.

Allderdice responded to Johnson's 11-yard touchdown catch with a 15-play, 65-yard drive that lasted 6:35 and was capped by Matt Hill's 13-yard touchdown run.

Ahead, 7-6, Allderdice intercepted a Brown pass for the second time and drove inside the University Prep 10. But on third down, the Dragons lost a fumble.

"If they score there, it might have been a different animal the rest of that first half," Berry said.

University Prep capitalized with a 90-yard drive capped by Brown's 12-yard touchdown pass to Moorefield that put the Wildcats ahead for good, 14-7, with 6:33 left in the half.

Allderdice's James Jackson scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter to make it 22-14, but University Prep scored the final 21 points of the game.

OTHER GAME

Perry 16, Westinghouse 0

Gary Reid rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries, as the Commodores (3-3, 2-1) shut out the Bulldogs (1-5, 0-3) in the afternoon game at Cupples Stadium.

Reid scored on an 11-yard touchdown run then scored the two-point conversion. Perry also scored on a 34-yard interception return by Kevin Griffin.

Westinghouse had only 53 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times.

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