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Statewide high school football notebook: Meadville-DuBois produces multitude of records

| Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, 10:51 p.m.

Meadville and DuBois played one of the wildest games in Pennsylvania high school football history last Friday.

Meadville defeated DuBois, 107-90. That's not a misprint.

Meadville junior Journey Brown ran for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns on 30 carries. His 722 yards is a single-game state record by more than 200 yards. Brown's rushing total is second all-time in 11-man football in United States history according the National Federation of High Schools record book. He was 32 yards shy of the national record set by John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J. in 1950.

Brown's 10 rushing touchdowns is a state record and ranks fourth in the national record book. The national record for rushing touchdowns in one game is 13 by John Cook of Beatrice, Neb. in 1912. Brown had touchdown runs of 78, 49, 1, 66, 25, 65, 18, 46, 94 and 66 yards. Brown also scored four 2-point conversions, giving him 68 points, a District 10 record.

Meadville ran the ball 67 times for 1,004 yards and was 0-for-2 passing. The Bulldogs became the first high school football team to ever rush for 1,000 yards in one game, according to NFHS, and they have the national record for most offense in one game.

DuBois quarterback Matt Miller set a national record by throwing for 787 yards and 10 touchdowns. Miller is only a sophomore and set the national record in his first varsity start. He was injured during a preseason scrimmage and missed the first game of the year before his historic debut. The previous national record was 764 yards by David Koral of Pacific Palisades, Calif. in 2000. His 10 touchdown passes are a state record and second nationally behind 15 touchdown passes by Arthur Smith (Cozad, Neb.) in 1921.

DuBois wide receiver Colin Read, a junior, hauled in nine catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns. The 355 receiving yards is a Pennsylvania record, and only the second 300-yard receiving game in state history. He passed TC Musser's (Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech) total of 320 in 2004.

DuBois finished with 904 yards of offense, which ranks sixth for total offense in one game in the NFHS record book.

DISTRICT 2

• Berwick shut out old Eastern Conference foe Pottsville, 27-0, in Week 2. It was George Curry's 398th win at Berwick. The state's all-time winningest coach could get win No. 399 in Week 3 at Dallas and win No. 400 could come in Week 4 if the Dawgs can beat rival Valley West at Crispin Field.

• Nanticoke Area beat Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, 62-30, in Week 2. The 62 points scored were the most in a game by a team from Nanticoke since 1931 when Nanticoke beat Duryea, 70-0.

• Hanover Area beat Holy Redeemer, 43-7, in Week 2 to give head coach Mike McCree his first victory. McCree, who spent 11 seasons as an assistant at Wilkes University, is in his first season with the Hawkeyes.

DISTRICT 3

• Despite six touchdowns by star running back Chantz Swartz, Juniata fell to Newport, 85-48, in a wild Tri-Valley League opener for both programs. Swartz rushed 10 times for 139 yards and three scores, and turned six receptions into 142 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the performance it wasn't enough to offset 659 total yards of offense by host Newport.

• Wilson-West Lawn continued its run through the Central Dauphin School District. After going 4-0 against Central Dauphin and CD East a year ago en route to the District 3 Class AAAA title, the Bulldogs dispatched CD East, 38-0, Friday at Speed Ebersole Stadium. That was without 1,600-yard rusher Shane Dantzler (knee sprain) in the lineup. Dantzler is likely out this week, as well, when No. 4 Wilson hosts No. 6 Central Dauphin.

• It may pale in comparison to Meadville's Week 2 rushing total, but Wyomissing chalked up 558 rushing yards on 77 carries during a 52-28 victory over Trinity on Saturday. Christian Martir (14 carries, 246 yards) and Brandon Westwood (17-115) led 12 Wyomissing players who earned at least one carry.

• Garden Spot junior Jahad Jeffers had a record-breaking performance in the Spartans' 51-14 Week 2 home win over Warwick: Jeffers rushed for a school-record 344 yards and he had four touchdown runs as Garden Spot improved to 2-0 this season. Jeffers is the Lancaster-Lebanon League's leading rusher early on with 496 yards, plus a league-best seven touchdown runs. Garden Spot looks for a 3-0 start on Friday against Exeter, which features Penn State recruit Michal Menet, the state's top-ranked lineman.

• Big Spring appears to have something going. The Bulldogs, having gone through several coaches in the past three seasons, improved to 2-0 under new coach Cory Hoffman with a 36-35 thriller over Dover. The Eagles trounced Shippensburg in Week 1, and it looked like Big Spring would be next up. But junior quarterback Jaret Petty, newly installed under center this season, threw for 162 yards and two scores and rushed for another 102 and two TDs. His second rushing touchdown came midway through the fourth and proved the difference.

• Carlisle continues to light opposing defenses on fire. Junior QB Eric Harris improved on a 300-yard debut with 425 yards and five TDs against visiting Red Land, leading the Thundering Herd in a shootout revenge victory. The Herd are among Mid-Penn leaders with 1,261 yards of total offense and have three receivers with 100 yards already. They just have to stop the run. Carlisle has allowed 256 yards per game rushing thus far.

• Boiling Springs improved to 2-0 with back-to-back shutouts, setting up yet another intriguing matchup with rival Big Spring. The Bubblers dismantled Bermudian Springs in Week 2, holding the Eagles to just 112 yards in a 21-0 win. Bryan Malone has been a one-man wrecking crew, averaging 10.9 yards per carry for 446 yards and five scores. Big Spring and Boiling Springs have split the past two games, including a 2-0 forfeit victory for Big Spring two years ago.

DISTRICT 5 AND 6

• The showdown between Martinsburg Central and Tyrone, two of the powers in the Mountain League and in District 6 Class AA, didn't live up to the hype. Coming off a six-touchdown performance in Week 1, Alex Hoenstine scored on four runs and a fumble return as his Scarlet Dragons became the first team ever to bring the running-clock into effect against Tyrone in a 48-14 Central win last Friday. Hoenstine finished with 174 yards on 16 carries; Central piled up 375 yards in total offense.

• Hollidaysburg joined the short list of state programs to win 600 games, and the Golden Tigers made it one to remember by shocking perennial WPIAL Class AAA power Franklin Regional, 21-17. Hollidaysburg had lost all five previous meetings with the Panthers and had been stuck on 599 wins since Oct. 3 of last season. Jarrett Cavalet threw for two TDs in the victory, while Chris Gildea's 17-yard scoring run late in the third quarter gave the Tigers the lead for keeps.

• Portage has won 180 games over Gary Gouse's 24 years as coach, but the Mustangs never scored as many points as they did Friday night in a 75-6 shellacking of North Star. The Mustangs reached the end zone on eight runs (rushing for 518 yards), a pass and two interception returns. Braedon St. Clair needed just eight carries to run for 118 yards.

• Northern Bedford threw for 728 yards in 11 games all of 2014. The Black Panthers are already more than halfway there, as Isaac Drenning's second straight 200-yard passing performance highlighted a 53-0 win over Tussey Mountain. Drenning was 10 for 15 for 265 yards and three TDs. For the year, he is 23 for 33 for 476 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

DISTRICT 7

• While the game between Meadville and DuBois got most of the statistical publicity last Friday night, a player from California High School had quite a game as well.

Casey Zajicek scored eight touchdowns to lead California to a 61-42 victory over Avella in a Class A contest. Zajicek scored seven rushing touchdowns and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score. He ran for 139 yards on 16 carries.

• Jeannette became the second team in WPIAL history to achieve the 700-win milestone Friday with a 42-7 win over Serra Catholic in a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game. The Jayhawks joined only New Castle (714) as WPIAL teams with 700 wins and are only one of six in the state — Mt. Carmel, Easton, Berwick, Steelton-Highspire being the others — to have surpassed the milestone.

• Perennial Class AAA power Thomas Jefferson had an illustrious streak snapped Friday night after a 31-24 overtime loss to Belle Vernon. Not only did TJ fall to 0-2 for the first time in more than 20 years, but the Jaguars saw their 58-game home winning streak stopped. The streak dated to Oct. 8, 2004.

DISTRICT 8

• Shawn Rutherford threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns as USO (2-0, 1-0) defeated Westinghouse, 36-8, in City League play last week. Rutherford has thrown for 710 yards through two games. USO's Kenny Robinson, who has a number of Division I offers, caught nine passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns last week.

DISTRICT 10

• Sharon shocked District 10 with a thrilling 35-34 win over Hickory, the four-time defending D-10 Class AA champion. Standout quarterback Andrew Tomko threw for 262 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 109 yards and one touchdown against a talented Hickory defense, which features Penn State recruit Andrew Pryts at safety. Hickory and Sharon are the two best Class AA teams in D-10 and could meet a second time for the district championship.

• The biggest game in D-10 each year is set for this week. Rivals Cathedral Prep and McDowell are set to play at 7 p.m. Friday at McDowell's Gus Anderson Field. Prep is a two-time state champion that is coming off a 63-0 drubbing of Strong Vincent in Week. The Ramblers lost to Florida powerhouse Wakulla, 31-14, in Week 1. The biggest loss in that game for Prep is sophomore quarterback Joe Mischler, son of head coach Mike Mischler, who broke his collarbone and will miss most of the regular season. The win over Strong Vincent gave Mike Mischler 131 wins with Prep, which ties the late Mina George for most in the program's storied history. McDowell is coming off two brutal losses to Ohio teams in Lake Catholic (63-7) and Canton McKinley (27-10).

DISTRICT 12

• Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devlin notched his 100th career win in a 44-30 win over Simon Gratz on Saturday night.

Devlin, a former assistant at St. Joseph's Prep, has compiled a 100-17 record (.855 winning percentage) and claimed three PIAA Class AAA championships in the last four years. The Vikings have won seven straight District 12 titles.

• In La Salle's 2-0 start, junior tailback Syaire Madden has carried 39 times for 232 yards and three scores. His 5-yard, third-quarter tally helped the host Explorers blank Pennsbury, 14-0, in Week 2.

Contributors: Jim Reeser, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre; Tom Reisenweber, Erie Times News; Eric Epler, PennLive; Geoff Morrow, PennLive; Jeffrey Reinhart, PennLive; Rick O'Brien, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Bill Hartlep, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Jake Adams, Carlisle Sentinel; Phil Cmor, Altoona Mirror

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