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WesternPAFootball.net Notebook: Bodamer is PA’s touchdown pass leader; Planets grounded; Boyd reaches 4,000; D5 TE achieves receiving milestone

Written by: on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer has claimed the first of potentially several state passing records he could set this season.

The first – Kyle Smith’s career touchdown passes record.

Smith, currently at Central Michigan and formerly of Lancaster Catholic High School, set the mark of 118 scoring passes, which stood since 2009. In his senior season, Smith set a then-state-single-season record with 50 touchdown passes and helped the Crusaders win a PIAA AA title.

Bodamer surpassed Smith’s career TD passes mark Saturday in the Gators’ 69-30 dismantling of Sheffield, impressive when you consider that Port Allegany only beat Sheffield, 19-6, one year prior in a game played in less-than-stellar field conditions.

The Gator senior now has 120 career touchdown passes, and can only further distance himself from the former Crusader star Smith with each game he plays. Bodamer has at least three games left (including the Allegheny Mountain League championship game in Week 10) in the regular season, plus at least one playoff game in the District 9 Class A bracket.

Bodamer can also set his sights on the state single season touchdown passes mark (52, set by South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh in 2010) and career passing yardage mark (9,752 yards, set by Brockway’s Derek Buganza), as well as the state single season passing yardage record (3,824 yards, also held by Buganza).

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Tyler Boyd needed just 25 yards rushing Saturday night against Bishop Canevin to reach 4,000 for his career. Boyd got that, and then some, finishing with 157 yards and four touchdowns to bring his career total to 4,132 yards (675 as a sophomore, 2,400 as a junior, 1,057 as a senior). Clairton also becomes the second WPIAL program to boast three career 4,000-yard rushers – Beaver Falls is the other.

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Mars’ offense relies heavily on its rushing attack, but defending WPIAL AAA finalist Knoch was finally able to slow the Planets’ potent run-oriented offense Friday. In a 21-0 victory, the Knoch limited Mars to 101 yards on the ground on 37 carries, a full 70.1 percent below the Planets’ per game rushing average through its first six contests. The 101-yard rushing effort lowered Mars’ per-game rushing average by 33.7 yards, from 336.8 to 303.1.

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Last season, Freeport enjoyed quite the breakout junior season from running back Damon Smith, who finished with more than 1,300 yards in 10 games. But this season, Smith has barely more than 400 yards in the Yellowjackets’ first seven games.

So, enter dual-threat senior quarterback Brendan Lynch. Lynch threw for more than 1,300 yards as a sophomore, but, two years later, has emerged as Freeport’s featured rusher, with 850 yards and eight touchdowns on 95 carries. Lynch has rushed for 100+ yards in four games his senior season, including a career-best 227 yards last weekend in a victory over East Allegheny.

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A tight end in District 5 surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in career receiving last weekend. Tayler Pressel, a 6’4, 200-pound senior for Northern Bedford County, caught two passes for 31 yards in the Panthers’ 33-6 triumph over West Branch, bringing his career totals to 64 receptions for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns.

Pressel has hauled in 26 passes for 516 yards and a pair of scores in 2012, and he’s coming off of a productive junior campaign in which he caught 35 passes for 480 yards and six scores. Over the last 18 games Northern Bedford has played, Pressel has averaged 16.3 yards per reception.

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Gateway’s Thomas Woodson set a school-record with five touchdown passes in the Gators’ 62-14 victory over Norwin Friday. Woodson, an Arizona recruit, has thrown for 1,367 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior season.

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South Fayette decisively showed it had the upper hand Friday against Ellwood City Riverside – the Lions scored 56 points over the first 16 minutes of the game, led 62-0 at halftime and won, 68-0. South Fayette has scored 372 points over its first seven games, an average of 53.1 points per game. The SF record for points scored in a season is 645, set in 2010.

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Here’s an interesting stat – Blairsville sophomore Scott Thompson (1,156 yards, 43.7 completion percentage) is one of six Pennsylvania field generals who have thrown for more than 1,000 yards but completed less than 50 percent of their passing attempts. Three of the six are from the western half of the state – the other westerners are Erie East’s Jauwan Ford (1,132 yards, 44.4 completion percentage) and Franklin’s Kyle Ritchey (1,077 yards, 48.9 completion percentage.

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There’s a chance that Warren Dragon senior quarterback Austin Jerman could reach 4,000 career passing yards. Jerman, who has thrown for 1,225 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping lead Warren to a 6-1 start, is perched at 3,490 yards for his career – 510 yards shy of 4,000. The Dragon senior needs to average 170 yards per game for the duration of the regular season to attain the milestone, and, through seven games, Warren is averaging 185 yards per game through the air.

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Aliquippa’s bread and butter might be running the football, but senior quarterback Malik Shegog proved he can throw the football effectively if called upon.

He’s only attempted 31 passes for the season, but Shegog has thrown for 324 yards and five touchdown passes, including three in the Quips’ Week 7 victory over Ellwood City. He threw scoring strikes of 60, 38 and 10 yards in the 54-12 thrashing of the Wolverines.

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