PITTSBURGH— The University Prep Wildcats defeated the Perry Commodores 32-8 on Thursday, securing a spot in the Pittsburgh City League championship game.
Playing in place of starter Max Qureshi, who suffered an injury in the Wildcats’ win against Allderdice last week, second-string quarterback Jaquille McIntosh threw for three touchdown passes, two of which went to senior receiver Daniel Cain.
Backed up near their own goal line after an ugly three-and-out to begin the game, Perry’s punt barely made it back to the line of scrimmage. The Commodores’ defense began by sacking McIntosh after a bad snap, but he rebounded with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cain to give University Prep a 6-0 lead.
McIntosh found Cain again to put the Wildcats up 14-0 later in the frame with a 15-yard pass, along with a successful two-point conversion.
Facing second-and-24 after another bad snap, Cain weaved his way through the defense for a 22-yard pickup. The revived drive stalled out in Perry territory, but McIntosh rolled the dice on fourth down with a deep shot. The sophomore threw downfield to senior receiver Malik McDougal for a 35-yard score, sending University Prep into the half up 20-0.
Cain made it a hat trick with an 8-yard touchdown rush late in the third quarter.
Perry senior Demir Frison broke up the shutout with an 80-yard pick six early in the fourth. The Commodores tried to capitalize on the burst of momentum with an onside kick, but the attempt didn’t make it the requisite ten yards.
The Wildcats iced the game with 92 seconds to play on a 31-yard touchdown carry from Donovan Moorefield. Running off left end, the junior running back made it 32-8.