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Mt. Pleasant Area's Ryan Gumbita proves to be a strong gridiron general

John Poole | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Area senior quarterback Ryan Gumbita broke two school passing records in 2013.

By John Poole
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Area senior quarterback Ryan Gumbita ended his high school football career recently when his Vikings suffered a 21-7 loss to Beaver Area in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

Gumbita, however, will not leave Mt. Pleasant Area just as any quarterback.

He departs as the owner of two Vikings team passing records.

“I honestly never thought about breaking records, I just wanted to go out and play my best,” Gumbita said.

With 20 career touchdown passes for his career, Gumbita broke the Vikings' mark previously held by Mike Sawsville, who threw 17 prior to graduating.

Gumbita also set a new career passing yardage standard for the Vikings with 2,035 yards. That record was previously held by Bob Miscik with 1,986 yards.

“I would like to thank my coaches and teammates, because, without them, none of these records could've been achievable,” he said.

With his high school career now over, Gumbita said he wants to take his game to the collegiate level.

“I plan on playing in college at whatever division I can play at; I don't have a college choice as of now,” he said.

Wherever Gumbita goes, he said he would like to major in business marketing.

A three-year starter for the Vikings, Gumbita also finished his high school career with a 24-8 record as starting quarterback.

John Poole is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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