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Dragons Torch Commodores 35-14

Written by: on Saturday, October 24th, 2020

 

Historically, Allderdice is the school in the Pittsburgh City League that plays the toughest non-City slate. Over the years, they’ve battled the likes of Steubenville(OH), Linsly(WV) and many others in a “take on all comers” mindset. Their consistency as a program at the top of the City was on display Friday night as they walloped Perry by a final score of 35-14, a game which wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

The Game

On their opening drive, the Dragons marched right down the field and in 5 plays scored after senior QB Shakur Pack-Adams hit Sophomore Naeron Smith for a 58 yard TD pass. Will Koontz added on the PAT and it was 7-0 ‘Dice with 8:42 to go in the first quarter.

Perry fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and ‘Dice wasted no time getting back to work. Pack-Adams carried twice and after a facemask penalty, hit Saveionne Randolph for a 14 yard TD. The kick was wide and the score stood 13-0 midway through the first quarter.

After a Perry fumble, Pack-Adams hit Smith for a 12 yard TD pass. The kick didn’t come off, but the pass did, making it 21-0 with 2:58 in the first.

After taking over to start the second, the Dragons found the endzone again after a series of rushes, culminating in a Hasaan Marshall TD run. Koontz kick made it 28-0 with 8:46 to go in the second.

 

Dice established running time on a 42 yard pass from Pack-Adams to Marcel Holyfield with 4:55 to go in the second.

Ray Dean took the kickoff back 75 yards for a TD and Perry was on the board to start the third. They added a second TD midway through the fourth when Damon Gilmore kept for a TD, cutting the ‘Dice lead to 35-14 after a conversion, though it should be noted that Coach Haslett pulled his starters as a collective at halftime and was on to the third team by midway through the fourth quarter.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Allderdice: This team can play with just about anyone in the state in a competitive manner. Their offensive line is gargantuan for the high school level, they’ve got athletes at wideout and a rock solid QB in Shakur Pack-Adams. It’s easy to see how they battled Westinghouse so closely and I’d be surprised if they didn’t meet again in the City Final. Pack-Adams was 9-13 for 176yd and 4 TD in the first half of a masterful performance. They don’t have a sure-fire D1 recruit, but they’ve got a good 15 kids who can play D2 or D3, and when you’ve got that many college players, you can compete at a very high level.

Perry: Perry struggled with the size of the Allderdice line and could not establish much on offense against the ‘Dice first stringers,however, remember, the Commodore offensive line has 4 sophomores who are in their first ever year of playing football—not varsity football—football. It’ll take them another year and a normal offseason to come together. They’ll also return Tyreese Fearbry, a monster defensive end with offers from Cincy, Toledo, Pitt and WVU.

 

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