“They deserved to win.” Good USO effort falls short in City Championship game

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“They deserved to win.” Good USO effort falls short in City Championship game

Jazmine Deakins

Jazmine Deakins

Jazmine Deakins

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“Every play matters and penalties will catch up to you.” Those were the words of Coach Lou Berry on the play of USO this past weekend for the City League Championship game.  The Eagles took on the Perry Commodores and it was an intense game. From the kickoff the game was very close and extremely defensive. Both teams went scoreless throughout the entire first half, with the Eagles recovering a forced fumble from the Commodores to stop one drive. There were an unbelievable number of turnovers in the first half for both teams. When asked about the number of penalties Coach Berry felt, “The team has to keep drives alive through the penalties.”

The Eagles offense seemed to come alive in the second half having two big drives down the field, but fell short both times. These scoreless drives led to the Commodores scoring the first touchdown of the game. The defense came through on the extra point as Stephon Hawthorne blocked the extra point, leaving the score 6-0 to end the quarter. The defense came through with another big defensive play as Marcus Johnson caught  an interception which led to a touchdown that tied the score. USO tried to go for two but Dan Denlinger’s pass fell incomplete and  the game  went into overtime.

“The team played well, but not well enough to win.” That’s how Coach Logan felt about the team’s play after overtime.  The team went four downs without a successful score which gave the Commodores the opportunity to take the game as they kicked the 10 yard field goal to defeat the Eagles 9-6. After the game Coach Berry had this to say, “I wanted it mainly for the seniors. Seeing the amount of leadership they showed, they deserved a win.”

USO will begin state playoff play this weekend.

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