Scoreless Tie

Friday, February 20, 2009
Since 2002, 1,000-yard rushing duos not a rare occurence - Western PA Football By Joshua Funk: "When a running back hits 1,000 yards in a season, it's kind of a big deal. At least it used to be. Now, the standard for an individual successful season on the ground appears to be 2,000 yards rushing in a season.
But what if two running backs on the same football team hit 1,000 rushing yards in a season? That should count for something, right? That feat is a rare occurrence, correct?
Truthfully, it's not as rare as you might think."

Altoona, Hollidaysburg get conditional WPIAL approval - "Altoona and Hollidaysburg high schools were conditionally accepted into the WPIAL for football at Tuesday's District 7 committee meeting.
If the two District 6 schools are formally accepted later this year, they would begin WPIAL play starting in the 2010-2011 school year."

A-11 offense reined in by national body | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/20/2009: "The National Federation of State High School Associations' football rules committee has 'clarified' a rule that will restrict the use of the innovative but controversial A-11 spread offense."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009
Letters: NPHS football player responds from The ReporterOpinion: Serving North Penn, Indian Valley and neighboring communities. Nice response to a complaint about the Reading Superbowl. The original letter that sparked Dave Muchetti's response.

Thursday, February 05, 2009
Anthony Gonzalex possible career stats from EasternPAFootball - Your # 1 Source for High School Football in Eastern PA

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Pittsburgh Sports Report

PSR has a List of PA's top 50 football prospects for the 2009 recruiting year. They also have a PA All-State football team. Since the link doesn't work, here it is:

PSR's All-State Football Team

By Chris Dokish

All-Pennsylvania Team

Mark Arcidiacono, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) Sr.- OL/DL

The leader of the most talented offensive line in the state and the only one that will have not only have a top 10 prospect in the state this season, but also one next season with junior Seth Bettancourt. Committed to Penn State.

Brian Baldrige, Thomas Jefferson HS (Clairton) Sr.- RB

Led TJ to their second consecutive state title with a school record 2,312 yards and 34 TDs.

Zach Barket, Schuylkill Haven HS (Schuylkill Haven) Sr.- RB

How about these numbers: 4,187 yards and 64 touchdowns, both state records. And just in case you misunderstand, that was just for this season.

Kyle Baublitz, Central York HS (York) Jr.- LB/TE

An absolute beast as a 6'4" 255 pound middle linebacker. Ended the season with an incredible 166 tackles. Already has a half a dozen offers for next season.

Dorian Bell, Gateway HS (Monroeville) Sr.- LB/RB

Generally considered the best college prospect in the senior class and he responded this year with a season in which he ran for 17 touchdowns and 885 yards, good for a ridiculous average of 10.7 yards per carry. And he's considered to be better at linebacker, where he added 116 tackles and 7 sacks. He's going to Ohio State.

Seth Betancourt, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) Jr.- OL/DL

Already 6'6" and 285 pounds and getting bigger and better by the day. Should be the No.1 OL prospect in the state next season.

Corey Brown, Gateway HS (Monroeville) Sr.- WR/DB

Will join teammate Bell at Ohio State next year as a cornerback where he covered like a glove this season, but as a wide receiver he also caught 42 passes for 708 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Curtis Drake, West Catholic HS (Philadelphia) Sr.- QB

A big time game breaker with 21 rushing touchdowns and 1,639 yards. His yards per carry was 14.3, which is a state record. If that wasn't enough, he also completed 60.6% of his passes for 1,354 yards and 13 more touchdowns. Headed to Penn State to play wide receiver.

A.J. Fenton, McDowell HS (Erie) Sr.- QB/LB- Will go to Wisconsin to play linebacker or safety, but in his first year as a quarterback this season all he did was run for 1,933 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also throwing for 764 yards and 10 more scores.

Anthony Gonzalez, Liberty HS (Bethlehem) Jr.- QB/DB

Became a Pennsylvania legend this year as he lead his team to the Quad A state title. Passed for 1,580 yards and 12 touchdowns, while running for another 1,697 yards and 24 touchdowns. If that isn't impressive enough, he was just as excellent on defense where he added 96 tackles and 4 interceptions.

Jordan Hill, Steelton-Highspire HS (Harrisburg) Sr.- DL

Teammate Jeremiah Young gets a lot of the publicity because of his record breaking ways, but Hill was just as dominating on defense as Young was on offense. He also blocks for Young. Pitt and Penn State are currently fighting for his services.

Rob Holloman, West Catholic HS (Philadelphia) Sr.- RB/DB

As if stopping Curtis Drake wasn't hard enough, West Catholic also had this little speed demon who amassed 36 rushing touchdowns (42 total) and 1,923 yards for an absurd 13.4 yards per carry.

Ben Koyack, Oil City HS (Oil City) So.- TE

One of the best underclassmen in the state and a future national recruit, the sophomore had 48 catches for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his last two games he had a whopping 19 catches for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Dan Mason, Penn Hills HS (Pittsburgh) Sr.- LB/FB

A nasty middle linebacker who was the main reason that Penn Hills was one of the hottest teams in the state during the second half of the season. The hard hitter is one of the best college prospects in the state and Pitt and Penn State are among his suitors.

Brandon Real, West York HS (York)- RB

Had a huge season with 41 rushing yards and 2,607 rushing yards, good for a 10.4 yard average. If that wasn't enough, he may be the best return man in the history of the state as he returned 10 more for touchdowns. You read that right - 10. On the season, he totaled 51 touchdowns, and this was with him missing the last few games with a broken collarbone and against AAA competition.

Dakoya Royer, Manheim Central HS (Manheim) Jr.- DE/TE

A star on both sides, Royer caught 56 passes for 1,099 yards, good for an exceptional 20.5 average. Five of those passes went for touchdowns. On defense he was just as good with 86 tackles and 11 sacks. He will be one of the most recruited players in the state next season.

Eric Shrive, West Scranton HS (Scranton) Sr.- OL/DL

Big brute who demolishes people on both sides of the ball. Generally considered the No.2 best college prospect in the class behind Dorian Bell. Will attend Penn State in the fall.

Abdul Smith, Perkiomen School (Pennsburg) Sr.- QB/DB

Will be a defensive back in college at Rutgers and he used his great speed to amass 5 interceptions in his 8 games this year. But on offense he was just as excellent with 1,126 yards on the ground and 667 yards in the air.

Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic HS (Lancaster) Jr.- QB

Top junior prospect that threw for 3,193 yards and 43 touchdowns – against just 5 interceptions in 278 attempts.

Tyler Smith, Wilson Area HS (Easton ) Jr.- QB

Wilson Area has a way of producing great high school quarterbacks and Smith is the next in line with 2,952 yards and 35 touchdowns, while running for 499 more.

Je'Ron Stokes, Northeast HS (Philadelphia) Sr.- WR/DB

Can do it all with his great physical talent. Ended the season with 45 catches for 555 yards and 5 touchdowns, while also playing great on defense and special teams.

Todd Thomas, Beaver Falls HS (Beaver Falls) Sr.- WR/RB/DB

Did a little bit of everything for the Tigers with 834 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing, as well as 553 yards and 5 touchdowns receiving. Will play his college ball at Pitt.

Kevin Weatherspoon, Clairton HS (Clairton) Jr.- WR/DB

Dominated and Class A and impressed college recruiters with 47 catches for 1,294 yards, and 23 touchdowns. He averaged a remarkable 27.5 yards per catch. On defense, he added 7 interceptions.

Ryan Womack, GAR Memorial HS (Wilkes-Barre) Sr.- RB/DB

Dominated the Wilkes-Barre area with 1,570 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground, as well as 75 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense.

Jeremiah Young, Steelton-Highspire (Harrisburg) Sr.- RB

What can you say about a young man that is the all-time leading rusher in state history with 9,027 yards? Young left in style by helping the Steamrollers win the Class A championship as he ran for 2,812 yards and 30 touchdowns.

AAAA Player of the Year

Anthony Gonzalez, Liberty HS (Bethlehem)

There are some amazingly talented players in Quad A, but none was a bigger winner than this southpaw.

AAA Player of the Year

Brandon Real, West York HS (York)

One of the most electrifying players in state history, either on the ground or returning kicks and punts.

AA Player of the Year

Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic HS (Lancaster)

Another lefty that should be playing at a major college in two years, but for now he will settle on torturing opponents in the L-L League.

A Player of the Year

Zach Barnet, Schuylkill Haven HS (Schuylkill Haven)

Only somebody who put up absurd numbers could have beaten out Jeremiah Young, but he did just that.

AAAA Coach of the Year

Jeff Metheny, Bethel Park HS (Bethel Park)

Metheny's team lost to Bethlehem Liberty in the state finals, but barely. Tim Moncman did a superb job, but Bethlehem Liberty is loaded compared to Bethel Park, who does not have one major college prospect on the team. For that reason we give the nod to Metheny for even coming as close as he did with inferior talent.

AAA Coach of the Year

Bill Cherpak, Thomas Jefferson HS (Clairton)

If anybody even came close to having the same situation in AAA we would have went with them, but Cherpak's machine just keeps on rolling. The only hope for the rest of the state is if Cherpak eventually leaves for a college job.

AA Coach of the Year

Terry Verrelli, Wilmington HS (New Wilmington)

Despite losing star running back Chris Burns to Pitt, Verrelli did an amazing job this year, including the Class AA state title win over an wildly talented West Catholic team.

A Coach of the Year

Rob Diebler, Steelton-Highspire HS (Harrisburg)

The Steamrollers weren't doing much a few years ago, but then Diebler took Jeremiah Young and Jordan Hill, and turned them into Pennsylvania high school legends. A second straight state championship was also delivered.

Dec 22 2008 by Tony DeFazio

Monday, February 02, 2009 - Something of a wacko, but still interesting.

PIAA Football Classifications

The move to 6 classes past it's first hurdle during the initial reading last week, but without the 2/3 vote needed to pass the final reading in May. Information on the PIAA 6 Classification proposal is published on the Patriot New Pennlive site. This includes a possible breakdown of each of the classes. Pennsylvania seems to have more teams per classification than other states. Indiana has 317 schools divided into 5 Classes. Apparently, Ohio decided not to split up the largest of their 6 classifications. Ohio currently has an average of 119 schools in each football classification.

Does any state have more schools per classification than PA?

The Last Game - Here's a review of the CB West documentary about the 1999 season. I've never seen it, but the review has my interest piqued.