High school football notebook: Sto-Rox's Williams nears record with DiMichele's help
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In a way, Sto-Rox graduate Adam DiMichele helped make certain that his school passing records would be broken.
“When I came into high school my freshman year, he taught me how to play quarterback,” said senior Lenny Williams, who needs only three yards Friday night to match DiMichele's career total. “That meant everything to me. Without him, I wouldn't be where I am today. He taught me everything I know.”
DiMichele, who graduated in 2004 with 6,741 yards, was a volunteer assistant with the Vikings in 2010 when Williams became the team's starter and threw for 1,385 yards.
Williams added 2,178 yards as a sophomore and 2,237 as a junior. Through four games this season, he has 938. Combined, Williams has 6,738 yards.
He also could break DeMichele's touchdown record of 84 with two more passes.
“It would mean a lot to me,” Williams said. “I always wanted to compete with him because he was the best.”
Now a graduate assistant at Temple, DiMichele ranks third on the WPIAL's career passing list. Montour's Dillon Buechel (6,953) is second, and South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh (7,162) is first. Williams needs 425 yards to become the WPIAL's all-time leading passer. The WPIAL's touchdown record also is within his reach. Brumbaugh had 88. Williams has 83.
Not only is Baldwin senior wide receiver-linebacker Bill Howley a fourth-generation member of his family to play WPIAL football, all four had the same name.
His great-grandfather played at Homestead for William V. Campbell, whose name adorns Steel Valley's home football field. His grandfather played for Munhall, as well as Pitt's 1963 team that went 9-1 and was drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round in 1965. And his father played at Steel Valley under current Woodland Hills coach George Novak.
Baldwin's Howley has six catches for 59 yards this year.
Just like home
After one game at its new home field, Central Catholic has no complaints. The Vikings drew almost 2,500 fans for last week's game at Highmark Stadium, the South Side soccer venue that's home to the Riverhounds.
“It was really good,” athletic director Chuck Crummie said. “There was a lot of excitement, and I received a lot of positive comments. ... A lot of people made a night of it. They spent some time in Station Square, maybe grabbed a little something to eat and then came over to the game. It lends itself to a nice family atmosphere.”
The City League's USO was left without a game for Friday night when an arrangement with Canada Football Prep Academy fell through because the Ontario school wanted to use fifth-year seniors, a violation of PIAA rules.
Made for TV
Washington will visit Jeannette on Thursday night for a 7 p.m. game televised live by Root Sports.
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