High school football notebook: WPIAL passing mark within Williams' reach
By Chris Harlan
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
The WPIAL soon could have a new name atop its career passing lists. Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams needs only 257 yards and three touchdown passes Friday to break two records held by South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh.
Williams has 6,906 yards and 86 touchdowns. Brumbaugh, now a sophomore at William & Mary, graduated with 7,162 yards and 88 touchdowns.
The Sto-Rox senior had 168 yards and three touchdowns in last Friday's 58-0 victory over Northgate. The Vikings (5-0), ranked No. 1 in Class A, host Union (2-3) on Friday night.
Elizabeth Forward's JaQuan Davidson will announce his college decision Thursday, likely choosing between Pitt and West Virginia. His verbal commitment will coincide with Root Sports' television coverage of Thursday's 7 p.m. game against West Mifflin. The senior quarterback/defensive back will record his announcement earlier in the day to be shown during the telecast, coach Mike LeDonne said.
Who's the best?
Might the WPIAL be home to the best high school football coach in the country? Through an online contest, USA Today will choose one coach as the nation's best, and four WPIAL coaches are candidates. Thomas Jefferson's Bill Cherpak, Clairton's Tom Nola, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render and North Allegheny's Art Walker are among eight nominees from Pennsylvania.
The contest has three voting rounds. The first, which ends Tuesday, will determine the best (or at least most popular) coach in each state. More voting then narrows that group to eight regional finalists and eventually one winner, who receives $2,000 for his school's athletic department.
The contest's website is contest.usatodayhss.com.
Washington lineman Zach Blystone remains ineligible this season following a PIAA hearing Wednesday, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley. This was the second time the junior had appealed a WPIAL finding that his transfer from Charleroi involved athletic intent, but the PIAA again upheld the WPIAL's decision.
O'Malley said Washington and the Blystones may appeal to a Washington County court.
The 200 club
McKeesport coach George Smith joined the 200-win club earlier this season, but the group could add another member this month.
Cherpak has 197 victories. His Jaguars, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, are 5-0 this season. In the next three weeks, TJ plays Laurel Highlands (0-5), Belle Vernon (1-4) and Uniontown (1-4).
For the fifth year, many WPIAL teams will wear pink this month to support breast cancer awareness. The “Pink Out” event, sponsored by the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, was first organized in 2009 by Mt. Lebanon student Ellese Meyer. This year's date is Oct. 25.
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