EasternPAFootball.com Notebook: Record-breaking weekend; Perkiomen Valley QB adds name to a short list; Old Forge’s point-scoring binge; other tidbitsWritten by: Josh Funk on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
The records, they were a-fallin’ this weekend. It wasn’t just one or two – several single-game school records were rewritten. And they seemed especially concentrated in the southeastern part of the state.
The following information regarding District 12 records is attributed to long-time Philadelphia prep sportswriting veteran Ted Silary (who, by the way, keeps one of the most remarkable informational prep football websites in all of Pennsylvania at www.tedsilary.com):
We begin with the Archbishop Wood-Monsignor Bonner scorefest, which Wood won, 56-35. A pair of records – one each for the Vikings and Friars – were established, and another was tied. On the Wood sideline, senior Andrew Guckin set a school single-game rushing record by amassing 345 yards and scoring six touchdowns on 20 carries.
Meanwhile, on the Bonner sideline, quarterback Colin DiGalbo threw for a single-game record 332 yards (on just 14 completions) and tossed five touchdown passes. Bonner receiver Christian Summers caught four of the five touchdown passes, which tied a Philadelphia City single-game record.
West Catholic saw a record fall in its narrow 28-26 loss to PCL AAAA rep LaSalle College High School. Sophomore quarterback Antwain McCollum set a new single-game passing record, throwing for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Burrs. West Catholic needed every one of those yards from McCollum’s aerial assault – the Burrs’ potent rushing attack was held in check – to 53 yards on 27 carries.
The Philadelphia Public League also got into the record-breaking act. Boys Latin Charter senior quarterback Erik Lark threw for a school single-game record 287 yards and three touchdowns, spreading his 18 pass completions among six different receivers. Lark is up to 2,928 yards passing for his career for Boys Latin, and could become the second PPL field general to reach the 3,000-yard mark in career passing this season – Frankford’s Tim DiGiorgio already accomplished that feat earlier in the year.
Simon Gratz, BLC’s opponent and the victor in a 62-34 contest, matched a school record for victories in a single season (9), and capped the first undefeated and untied regular season in program history.
In District 11, Allentown Central Catholic senior Colin McDermott moved within 80 yards of a new school single-season rushing record. McDermott, largely the focal point of ACC’s offense this season, has 1,692 yards and 22 touchdowns on 262 carries – just 77 yards shy of the school single-season record of 1,769, set in 1996.
Also in District 11, Tamaqua moved one step closer to its first-ever 10-0 start to a season in school history with a 49-0 shutout of Minersville. The Blue Raiders’ 9-0 start to its season is the first in 85 years – Tamaqua also started 9-0 in 1927.
Regrettably, we missed mention in this notebook of Bishop McDevitt senior quarterback Alec Werner’s recent passage of 5,000 career yards, making him the fourth 5,000+-yard passer in Crusader program history, which ties Conestoga Valley and Bangor Pius X for most 5,000-yard passers from one program. Werner moved ever closer to 6,000 career yards with a 325-yard performance Friday in a 44-34 shootout victory over Cedar Cliff.
The Cedar Cliff victory marked Werner’s 22nd of his career as a varsity starter, who has thrown for 5,567 yards in his career – 1,942 of those have come in his senior season.
Lancaster Catholic senior running back Roman Clay surpassed 5,000 career rushing yards in the Crusaders’ 49-0 shutout victory over Cedar Crest Friday. Clay needed just 13 carries to tally more than 300 yards on the ground and score four touchdowns. Clay has 5,212 yards and scored 74 rushing touchdowns in his career, and is up to 1,769 yards and 22 touchdowns through nine games.
Perkiomen Valley’s Rasaan Stewart became just the fifth District 1 quarterback to amass 1,000 yards rushing and passing in the same season. Despite his Vikings falling to Pottsgrove, 42-28, Stewart, who had nearly 300 yards of total offense, finds himself with 1,249 yards passing and 1,046 yards rushing. He joins John Haldis (Council Rock South, 2003), David Cronagle (Boyertown, 2008), Zac Gravelle (Quakertown, 2010) and Casey Perlstein (Upper Perkiomen) as 1,000/1,000 quarterbacks from District 1, according to the Pennsylvania Football News.
PFN’s records for 1,000/1,000 QBs date back to 1996.
NOTE: Don Seeley of the Pottstown-Mercury reports Stewart has 946 yards entering Perkiomen Valley’s Week 10 game against Spring-Ford, not 1,046 as published in this notebook. Stewart will look to become the 5th District 1 quarterback with 1,000 yards rushing and passing in the same season against the Rams.
Wilson Area’s Zack Bogoly, a senior wide receiver, is having a season to remember for the Warriors. Through nine games, Bogoly leads all receivers among AA schools in the state with 1,127 receiving yards on 55 catches. He’s scored 12 touchdowns and is among the team’s leading scorers for the season, with 76 points. The second-highest AA receiving yardage total in the state? Zach Challingsworth of South Fayette – with 952 yards on 46 receptions.
Bogoly isn’t Eastern PA’s only 1,000-yard receiver at this juncture of the season. Scranton’s Karlon Quiller is over 1,000 receiving yards, too, and he’s proven a vicious home run weapon in the Knights’ offensive arsenal. Quiller has hauled in 38 passes for 1,012 yards and 16 touchdowns through nine games – he’s caught 80 percent of senior QB Marlinn Waiters’ touchdown passes and accounted for 65.7 percent of Scranton’s receiving yardage.
Milton Area’s Brady Chappell completed 9-of-15 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the Black Panthers rallied to down Jersey Shore. But that’s not the notable about Chappell’s night. This is: the 180-yard effort gave Chappell a second consecutive season of 1,000 passing yards – he’s up to 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns after throwing for 1,035 as a sophomore.
Prior to 2011, Milton last had a 1,000-yard passer in football in 2001.
Old Forge has been scoring points in bunches – 397, officially, in nine games, which averages out to 44.1 points per game. To compare, the Blue Devils’ last two District 2 championship teams (2006 and 2011) finished their respective seasons with 318 and 380 points, respectively. Each season was 13 games – meaning OF averaged 24.5 points per game in 2006 and 29.2 in 2011.
To put it in perspective, Old Forge has already notched four 50-point games in 2012. The Blue Devils’ 2006 & ’11 teams combined for zero 50-point games. In those two district championship seasons, OF’s single-game high water mark was 47 points, which came in the 2011 D2 title game against Riverside.
Penn Manor committed five turnovers in its 14-7 loss to Wilson Friday night – more than the Comets had committed during its first eight games of the season (four).
Parkland senior running back Jarel Elder had a game to remember Friday – rushing for 294 yards and two touchdowns on only six (yes, six) carries. Elder averaged 49 yards per carry for the game in the Trojans’ 47-17 triumph, the team’s seventh victory in a row.
St. Joseph’s Prep advanced two spots in the USA-Today Super 25 prep football poll, and currently is ranked No. 15 nationally. The Hawks had been sitting in the No. 17 slot the last two weeks since a 24-16 victory over LaSalle.
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