WesternPAFootball.net Notebook: Individual milestones and accomplishments, the 500 club, Gateway’s Smith over 100 career victoriesWritten by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Several individual and team accomplishments and milestones happened over the course of the past weekend. Here’s a look at some of them:
– North Allegheny senior quarterback Mack Leftwich surpassed 4,000 yards passing in his career for the Tigers during a 42-14 victory over Altoona Area in the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs. Leftwich has, in 25 career games for NA, thrown for 4,142 yards and owns a 24-1 overall record as a starter.
– Mercyhurst Prep’s Cornelius Barclay surpassed the 4,000-yard benchmark in rushing Friday night. The Lakers’ senior rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow 14-7 victory over Northwestern, a AA school, boosting his career totals to 4,014 yards. Aaron Horton holds the Mercyhurst Prep career rushing yardage record, with 4,182 yards, so Barclay could become the Lakers’ all-time leading rusher depending upon his postseason performance or length of MP’s playoff run.
– Washington junior Shai McKenzie has posted seven games with 200+ rushing yards and is the first Little Prexie running back to rush for 2,000 yards or more in a season in school history. McKenzie also leads the WPIAL in touchdowns scored, with 37.
– Despite his team falling for the second consecutive week to Port Allegany, Brockway sophomore quarterback Alec Shaffer-Doane surpassed the 2,000-yard mark in passing. This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Rovers have boasted a 2,000-yard passer in a season. Last year, Brockway ran a base wishbone offense.
– Seneca Valley senior quarterback Jordan Brown surpassed the 5,000-yard career passing benchmark Friday in a 50-20 victory in the WPIAL AAAA playoffs over Hempfield Area. Brown passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the rout of the Spartans and is now perched at 5,016 yards and 42 touchdowns for his career. The Raiders are 9-1 overall and 17-4 over the last two seasons.
– Franklin Regional senior running back Dane Brown is the Panthers’ first-ever career 4,000-yard rusher. Brown, who has rushed for 795 yards and 12 touchdowns on 109 carries, is up to 4,094 yards rushing for his career. The feature running back for FR has battled some injuries this season after a breakout, 1,960-yard junior season. And it’s not just Brown who has felt the injury bug for FR – throughout the course of the season, approximately one-third of the Panthers’ roster missed time due to injury.
– Clearfield Area running back Tyler Stratton surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing this past weekend, giving the Bison a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the second time since 2008. Teammate Christian Lezzer has rushed for 1,167 yards and also thrown for more than 1,100. Both Stratton and Lezzer are juniors.
– Avonworth freshman quarterback Zach Chandler had an impressive 274 yards passing Friday night despite the Antelopes falling to Rochester, 35-15, in the WPIAL A playoffs. The performance helped Chandler become the fourth WPIAL freshman quarterback since 2007 to throw for 1,000+ yards in a season and become Pennsylvania’s 16th freshman quarterback since 2005 to pass for 1,000+ yards. Chandler finished his 2012 campaign with 1,152 yards.
– Central Mountain multi-purpose offensive weapon Von Walker entered Friday needing 159 yards passing to become the first 1,000/1,000 quarterback in Wildcat football history. Walker got the needed 159 yards – and then some, throwing for 225 yards and two touchdowns on a 5-of-7 night passing as Central Mountain rolled to a 63-33 victory over Jersey Shore. Walker has rushed for 1,489 yards and passed for 1,066. He needs just 38 yards rushing to become a career 4,000-yard rusher for CM, too.
– Brookville Area running back Zach Vroman accounted for the Raiders’ only points in a 34-6 loss to Clarion Area Friday night, but it was record-setting score. Vroman scored the touchdown on a 98-yard run, which is the longest scoring run in program history, according to D9Sports.com.
North East, a Class AA school in District 10, has produced a 1,000-yard rushing duo for the third consecutive season. The tandem of Rocky Owens (1,394) and Corey Voorhis (1,077) reached the mark Friday night when Voorhis rushed for more than 100 yards. The Grape Pickers have qualified for the District 10 AA playoffs, but have been hard-pressed in finding success in the quarterfinals.
North East made news earlier in the season when head coach Matt Shesman won his 100th career game, becoming one of six active District 10 coaches with more than 100 victories.
Perry won its second City League football championship in three seasons, besting defending champion University Prep. Perry has won 17 City League titles – 16 of which have come since 1973. The Comodores will compete in the PIAA AAAA playoffs in a District 8/10 subregional game against Erie McDowell Nov. 16.
There have been some impressive season scoring totals this year in the western half of Pennsylvania. Already, four teams, Port Allegany, Aliquippa, Erie Cathedral Prep and South Fayette, have scored more than 500 points.
Port Allegany tops the state with 534 points in 10 games. The Gators’ single-season record for points scored is 582, set last season in 14 games. At its current pace, Port will break that record in Week 12. The Gators have a bye in the opening round of the District 9 A playoffs. District 9’s single-season mark for most points scored belongs to the 2010 Brockway Rovers, who scored 621 points in 13 games.
Aliquippa, meanwhile, has scored 525 points in 10 games. The Quips are just 11 points shy of tying their single-season record for points in a season, set only last year. The Quips also stand in line to break Beaver County’s single-season points record (610), held by the 1998 Rochester Rams.
Erie Prep has made it five seasons with 500+ points scored in school history, joining the 1991, 1999, 2000 and 2008 teams with that accomplishment. Prep owns the District 10 single-season points record, with 667, which was amassed in its PIAA championship season of 2000.
South Fayette has scored 500+ points for the second time in three years.
Two other WPIAL programs, Clairton and Thomas Jefferson, are both closing in on 500-point seasons as well. Clairton needs just 11 points for 500, which would be its sixth consecutive season of 500+ points scored. TJ is 51 points shy of 500.
Gateway head football coach Terry Smith has gone over the century mark in career victories. Smith won his 100th career game a week ago Friday, 21-6, over McKeesport Area to close out the regular season. Gateway’s 35-19 victory Friday over Peters Township in the WPIAL AAAA playoffs was the 101st win of Smith’s career against 29 losses.
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