WesternPAFootball.net Notebook: In case you haven’t noticed, Matt Bodamer is pretty good at throwing the footballWritten by: Josh Funk on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
So much for “Tebowing.” Teams in District 9’s Allegheny Mountain League have been finding themselves getting “Bodamered.”
Matt Bodamer is a senior quarterback for Port Allegany High School, a Class A program in McKean County. He’s a four-year varsity starter at quarterback for the Gators and has led the orange and black to consecutive D9 A championship games, winning one. Beyond the winning, though, Bodamer is lighting up stat sheets and scoreboards all across District 9.
Through four games, Bodamer has passed for 1,267 yards and 22 touchdowns against only a single interception. He’s averaging 316.8 yards passing per game for the Gators and has 8,264 yards (4th all-time) and 107 touchdown passes (2nd all-time). He’s Pennsylvania’s fourth career 8,000-yard passer and second from District 9, joining Brockway’s Derek Buganza.
Here’s a little perspective on Bodamer – he’s thrown for 28 more yards in four games of his senior season than he did in his entire freshman season for Port (1,239). His 22 touchdown passes match his entire season total from his sophomore season, when he threw for 1,992 yards and helped PA to the District 9 title game opposite Curwensville.
Bodamer has also incrementally increased his passing yardage production by at least 750 yards from his freshman-to-sophomore (1,239 to 1,992), sophomore-to-junior (1,992 to 3,766) and possibly could do the same in his senior year. The only other quarterback from Pennsylvania who can stake to a similar claim is South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh, who raised his season passing yardage output by 1,098 yards from his 9th to 10th grade year (77 to 1,175), then raised it another 1,009 yards from his 10th to 11th grade year (1,175 to 2,184) and finally raised his production by 1,542 yards from his 11th to 12th grade season (2,184 to 3,726).
Brumbaugh, who is at The College of William & Mary in Virginia, is the WPIAL’s all-time career leader in passing yards (7,162) and touchdown passes (88).
At his current pace, Bodamer could reach 3,100 yards passing by the Allegheny Mountain League conference championship game in Week 10 and have broken Buganza’s single-season passing yardage record (3,824) by the end of the District 9 football championships (in Week 13, assuming Port makes it that far into the season). Bodamer, who is averaging 5.4 touchdown passes per game, is on pace to break Brumbaugh’s state single-season record for touchdown passes (52) by Week 10.
Two western Pennsylvania wide receivers have already caught 10 touchdown passes for the 2012 season – Port Allegany’s Tyce Miller (team leader with 28 receptions and more than 500 yards) and Thomas Jefferson’s Zach Schademan (and the 10 touchdowns have come on 19 receptions). Miller was a 1,000-yard receiver for the Gators last season and a Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection. Schademan caught 50 passes and was the Jaguars’ feature receiver as a junior.
By the way, if the Schademan name sounds familiar, the Jaguars’ Schademan is related to former Bethel Park wide receiver John Schademan, who was the Black Hawks’ featured wide receiver on their 15-1, PIAA AAAA runner-up team from 2008. John Schademan finished with more than 1,200 yards receiving that season.
Some teams (and players, too) have been downright defensive this season. Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Seton-LaSalle, both of the WPIAL, allowed their first points of the year Friday night. Central Catholic allowed a field goal to Fox Chapel and Seton-LaSalle a touchdown to Steel Valley.
Individually, District 6 rep Glendale has seen senior defensive back Doug Twigg record six interceptions. And another District 6 athlete, Stu Urch of Ligonier Valley, unofficially has posted 13 quarterback sacks.
Let’s also not overlook special teams, either. At the onset of the season, Penn-Trafford, Seneca Valley, Highlands and Derry Area (all of the WPIAL) returned placekickers who converted eight field goals or more in 2011. Erie Cathedral Prep of District 10 boasts returning All-State kicker Jon Chereson, who has converted 25 extra points and three field goals for the Ramblers in four games.
Chereson’s 34 points are impressive, but State College Area kicker Ian Fennessy seems to prefer a little more “balance” in his kick scoring prouction. Fennessy has booted almost as many successful field goals (five) as he has PATs (six). And Central Mountain freshman kicker Nick Foll has 10 extra points and three field goals to his credit.
The Pittsburgh City League (District 8) doesn’t get much publicity, but defending champion University Prep has aired its way to a 2-0 start. Senior quarterback Akil Young has thrown for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns over the Panthers’ first two games – both dominating victories. University Prep routed Brashear, 40-12, after the Bulls had jumped to a 6-0 lead through one quarter.
When you think of Beaver County football – three names – Aliquippa, Beaver Falls and Rochester – usually come to mind. But don’t overlook Beaver Area. The Bobcats defeated Beaver Falls Saturday night, 34-28, behind a 181-yard rushing effort from senior battering ran Darrian Bradley. Bradley has run for 413 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns for the Bobcats.
Here’s another cool Beaver Area stat – 16 Bobcats have already registered at least one rushing attempt through four games. Eight of the 16 are averaging better than five yards per carry.
Sto-Rox junior Lenny Williams is one touchdown pass away from becoming the fourth active Pennsylvania quarterback with 50 or more touchdown passes for his career. He’d join Cathedral Prep’s Damion Terry (50), Manheim Township’s Brennan Scott (54) and Port Allegany’s Bodamer (107).
At one point during the 2011 season, seven active Pennsylvania quarterbacks had thrown 50 or more touchdown passes for their careers.
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