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District 9 Talk Week 4

Written by: on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Interesting stats regarding Derek Buganza’s record passing effort & season & career, to date

By now, everybody is probably well aware that Rovers’ junior field general Derek Buganza broke Pat Devlin’s state single game passing record last Friday in a 74-28 victory against Otto-Eldred. Call it what you will, but the performance has put the 5’9 field general in line, and on pace, for some very impressive numbers.

For starters, the second-leading passer in the state, Pequea Valley’s Ben Meyers (1,121 yards), is a little less than 400 yards behind Buganza’s 1,518. The leading WPIAL passer, Seton-LaSalle’s Anthony Rizza, is more than 600 yards behind Buganza.

Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic’s lethally accurate lefty, who is five yards shy of 6,300 for his career, is over 1,000 yards behind the Brockway junior. Keep in mind, though, Smith has only played in a portion of three Crusader games this year, and he missed a full game with an injury.

Buganza’s 14 touchdown passes lead the state. Second-place holder Matt Johnson, of Bishop McDevitt, is two behind with 12.

Buganza’s 4,441 career passing yards rank him 100th all-time in state history. He’s 1,647 yards shy of tying former Clearfield quarterback Chad Kroell for the title of District 9’s all-time leading passer, a mark that Buganza could reach in just a few weeks time. Kroell threw for 6,088 yards in three seasons, from 1992-’94.

His current pace would see him break Zach Frazer’s state single-season passing record in Week 10. Frazer threw for 3,674 yards in 13 games in 2004, leading Mechanicsburg to the District 3 “AAA” championship game, in which he only played one half due to an injury.

Punxsutawney scores an upset victory, pulls to .500 in ’09

It might be a little premature to say that the Chucks’ football program has come full circle and is on the rebound, but the red and white did score themselves an impressive victory against the Clarion Area Bobcats last weekend. It came in the form of a 20-6 decision.

The Chucks are now on a 2-game winning streak, having crushed Moniteau in Week 3. The Warriors, the defending District 9 “AA” runners-up, lost quite a load of talent off of last year’s 10-win, 434-point scoring team.

Impressively, the Chucks held Clarion to just six points. The Bobcats, through the first two weeks of the season, were 2-0 and had scored over 100 points. In the last two weeks (Keystone and Punxsutawney), Clarion has scored just 27 points, and is 1-1 overall.

District 9 > 09/25/2009 :
Bradford Area Owls (4-0) 42
Warren Area Dragons (2-2) 7
Brockway Rovers (3-1) 74
Otto-Eldred Terrors (0-4) 28
Brookville Raiders (2-2) 22
Redbank Valley Bulldogs (2-2) 21
Clearfield Area Bisons (2-2) 14
Tyrone Golden Eagles (3-1) 23
Curwensville Area Golden Tide (2-2) 18
Cameron County Raiders (4-0) 19
Karns City Gremlins (4-0) 35
Clarion-Limestone Lions (1-3) 7
Keystone Panthers (3-1) 42
Union Golden Knights (0-4) 8
Moniteau Warriors (2-2) 57
Allegheny-Clarion Valley Falcons (0-4) 6
Port Allegany Gators (3-1) 15
Kane Area Wolves (2-2) 14
Punxsutawney Chucks (2-2) 20
Clarion Area Bobcats (3-1) 6
Ridgway Elkers (2-2) 7
Coudersport Falcons (3-1) 35
Saint Marys Flying Dutch (3-1) 6
Huntingdon Area Bearcats (3-1) 17
Sheffield Area Wolverines (1-3) 6
Elk County Catholic Crusaders (2-2) 27
Smethport Area Hubbers (0-4) 13
Johnsonburg Rams (2-2) 26

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