WesternPAFootball.net Notebook: Tidbits from around the western half of the stateWritten by: Josh Funk on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
There are many ways to measure consistency, whether it’s wins and losses or win streaks or per game averages for rushing, passing, etc., over the course of several years’ time.
In terms of average points scored per game, nobody has been quite as consistent as General McLane High School, located in Edinboro. The Lancers have a streak of consistency in scoring which presently dates to nearly a full decade.
Regardless of how many points it scores against Slippery Rock Friday night or against Cathedral Prep should it advance to the District 10 AAA championship game, General McLane has assured itself that it will finish the 2012 season averaging better than 30 points per game for the 10th year in a row.
The Lancers have averaged 30 points per game per year since the start of the 2004 season. And they’ve done it playing between the AAA classification (2003-07); AA (2008-11) and back again in AAA (2012). Over this 10-year span, McLane has won a pair of District 10 championships (AAA titles in 2005-06) and the 2006 PIAA AAA crown over Pottsville.
McLane is averaging 37.2 points per game entering Friday’s game against the District 10 Region 5 champion Rockets. Even a shutout wouldn’t snap the Lancers’ streak – it would merely drop the team’s average from 37.2 to 33.8.
GM averaged 30.7 points per game in 2004 (338/11); 40.9 in 2005 (521/13); 31.9 in 2006 (478/15); 32.3 in 2007 (388/12); 35.4 in 2008 (425/12); 30.0 in 2009 (360/12); 39.4 in 2010 (473/12); and 34.6 in 2011 (450/13).
The Lancers just missed attaining a 30 points per game average in 2003 – in 10 games, McLane scored 290 (29 per game).
University Prep quarterback Akil Young threw for an impressive 462 yards Friday night as the Panthers defeated District 5 rep Somerset Area in a District 5/6/8/9 AAA subregional semifinal game. He completed 30-of-46 passes in the 47-38 victory and threw six touchdown passes, boosting his season totals to 119-of-213 for 1,878 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Young’s performance is believed to be a single-game record in the playoffs for quarterbacks playing in either the WPIAL or Pittsburgh City League (the City League is the PIAA’s District 8).
Young’s 462 yards passing Friday marks the eighth-highest single-game total and fourth top-10 single-game passing performance this season. Holy Redeemer’s Jimmy Strickland has posted two (481 & 447 yards) and Riverside Nick Dranchak has 1 (474).
Montour averaged a very un-Montour-like 2.5 points per game in two meetings with West Allegheny this season and didn’t score a single touchdown in eight quarters against the Indians.
Wilmington’s Terry Verrelli tied former Warren coaching legend J.P. Leidig for the most career victories in District 10 with his Greyhounds’ 47-0 victory over Fairview Saturday. Verrelli and Leidig both have 270 career victories. Verrelli can claim the No. 1 slot with a victory Saturday in a District 10 AA semifinal against Greenville.
Both WPIAL AAAA semifinal games are rematches which occurred in the regular season. North Allegheny blitzed Seneca Valley, 45-3, and Upper St. Clair trailed at halftime against Woodland Hills before a big second half rally propelled them to a 31-12 triumph.
How many out there had Bishop Guilfoyle in the District 6 Class A semifinals at the start of the season? Yet here the Marauders are, 9-2 overall and facing Bellwood-Antis for the right to play in the D6 title game. Guilfoyle doesn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher or passer, but an offense which features five backs between 249 to 686 yards rushing and two 400-yard passers. Defensively, Nick Ceschini leads the way with a team-high 13 sacks and, in addition, has posted 88 tackles and Cody Rossman has totaled a team-leading 129 tackles at linebacker.
Just a hunch, but I’d expect a Bellwood-Antis-Bishop McCort meeting for the D6 title game. If, however, Guilfoyle gets past Bellwood, that would set up a rematch with the Crushers. McCort won the regular season meeting with B-G, 37-0.
Penns Manor was eliminated from the District 6 A playoffs by Bishop McCort, 32-29, capping the career of senior quarterback and offensive catalyst Danny Ferens. Ferens rushed for 1,818 yards and threw for 595 in his senior season, accounting for 40 total touchdowns rushing and passing. He finished his career with 5,594 rush yards and more than 2,100 yards passing.
Also, Von Walker, a senior athlete for Central Mountain, surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards in the Wildcats’ loss to State College Area. Walker finished with 4,039 yards on the ground for his career, including 1,566 as a senior. He also threw for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Richland’s junior quarterback Matt Shaffer surpassed 3,000 yards passing for his career in the Rams’ 28-0 victory over Penn Cambria in the District 6 AA quarterfinals.
Clairton senior and star athlete Tyler Boyd surpassed a milestone never before attained in the Bears’ storied football history – 5,000 career rushing yards. Boyd rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns and caught an 89-yard pass for a touchdown from Armani Ford as Clairton whipped Brentwood, 39-0, Friday. Boyd scored 32 of the Bears’ 39 points in the win against the Spartans.
Boyd has unofficially rushed for 5,158 yards in his career – 360 as a freshman, 675 as a sophomore, 2,400 as a junior and 1,723 through 11 games as a senior.
Windber Area’s second-year head coach Matt Grohal has won 17 games overall, including nine this season.
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