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District 5 Talk Week 4

Written by: on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Some of the district’s running backs are ranking among state’s top-50 rushers

This doesn’t particularly take a look at any one specific team, but more about the region as a whole. Some of the running backs in District 5 have gotten off to very solid starts to the 2009 season, and on the state rushing leaders’ chart on, some of the D5 rushers are among the state’s best.

It should be noted that not every one of Pennsylvania’s nearly 600 high school football teams submit stats to the site, so the rankings aren’t entirely accurate in providing an idea of where the leaders truly stand. However, it’s fun to note, nonetheless, especially when two of D5’s own rank in Maxpreps’ top eight rushers in the state.

North Star senior Josh Kuncher is 5th (786 rushing yards, 8 TD) and Berlin-Brothersvalley junior Ian Sayler is 8th (776 rushing yards, 9 TD). Both backs are either approaching or have surpassed their season rushing totals from 2008, and we’re less than halfway through the season.

It doesn’t stop there, however. Conemaugh Township’s senior Seth Zaman (673 yards, 8 TD) and Windber Area junior Jarid Cover (586 yards, 6 TD) rank 14th and 21st on Maxpreps’ state rushing list.

A fifth back, Northern Bedford County junior Preston Albright (516 yards, 5 TD) ranks 40th on Maxpreps.

D5’s top two backs, Kuncher and Saylor, are on pace for nearly 2,000 and 1,900 rushing yards this season, respectively. To put that in perspective, both totals would surpass former Tussey Mountain running back Jordan Donaldson’s, who received a nomination to the Associated Press Class “A” 1st Team All-state after a 1,797-yard, 20-touchdown season a couple of years ago

District 5 > 09/25/2009 :
Berlin-Brothersvalley Mountaineers (3-1) 41
Meyersdale Area Red Raiders (3-1) 14
Shade Panthers (2-2) 14
Hancock (MD) 0
Tussey Mountain Titians (3-1) 20
Everett Warriors (1-3) 16
District 5 > 09/26/2009 :
North Star Cougars (2-2) 40
Rockwood Area Rockets (2-2) 7

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