Montour QB Dillon Buechel generating Division-1 interest
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, February 13th, 2011
The WPIAL’s Parkway Conference has always been loaded with strong teams and top talent year in and year out. The conference is called home by one of the nation’s best running backs, Rushel Shell, five-time WPIAL champion West Allegheny, four-time WPIAL champ Blackhawk and a very, very good newcomer of a team in Central Valley.
The conference is also home to one of the WPIAL’s top returning quarterbacks, Montour’s Dillon Buechel.
The 6’4, 175-pound senior-to-be has received interest, but no verbal offers, from six Division-1 football programs, according to national recruiting service Rivals.com. Buechel is being courted by Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Pitt, Virginia and West Virginia.
Buechel has enjoyed a sucessful career to date as the Spartans’ field general, leading the black and yellow to a 17-6 record the last two seasons, including a berth in the WPIAL AAA championship game at Heinz Field last season. Of the WPIAL’s five returning senior-to-be quarterbacks (Buechel; New Castle’s John Matarazzo; West Allegheny’s Dylan Bongiorni; Aliquippa’s Mikal Hall; Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Perry Hills) that have thrown for 2,000+ yards in their careers, Buechel is tops, having thrown for 4,093 yards.
The Montour quarterback completed 60.3 percent of his passes in his junior season (158-of-262) for 2,221 yards and 24 touchdowns against six interceptions. He threw for at least 115 yards in each of the Spartans’ 13 games, finishing three games with at least 200 passing yards and four games with four touchdown passes.
Buechel was an Associated Press Class AAA 2nd-team selection at quarterback, and was named to both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 team (selected prior to WPIAL title games) and the P-G’s west regional Fabulous 22 team in December in his junior season.
As a sophomore, Buechel completed 143-of-257 passes (55.6 percent) for 1,872 yards and 10 touchdowns, leading the Spartans to the WPIAL AAA playoffs and finishing 5-5 overall.
Montour finished the 2010 season with a 12-1 overall record, its second 12-1 season in the last five years and second appearance in the WPIAL AAA championship game in that same span. The Spartans averaged 372 yards of offense (170.8 passing) and 32.1 points per game.
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