TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Brett Brumbaugh is Pittsburgh Trib's football player of the year

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Luigi Lusta-Brinza is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Luigi Lusta-Brinza is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Aliquippa's Dravon Henry is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Aliquippa's Dravon Henry is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - New Castle's Malik Hooker is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>New Castle's Malik Hooker is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Seneca Valley's T.J. Holl is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Seneca Valley's T.J. Holl is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Justin Watson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Justin Watson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Central Catholic's Niko Thorpe is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Central Catholic's Niko Thorpe is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls' Brock Boxen is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls' Brock Boxen is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Aliquippa's Terry Swanson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Aliquippa's Terry Swanson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Aliquippa's Jaleel Fields is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Aliquippa's Jaleel Fields is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Thomas Jefferson's Chase Winovich is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Thomas Jefferson's Chase Winovich is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Gateway's Montae Nicholson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Gateway's Montae Nicholson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Gateway's Delvon Randall is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Gateway's Delvon Randall is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - North Allegheny's Elijah Zeise is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Allegheny's Elijah Zeise is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Bethel Park's Mike Grimm is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Bethel Park's Mike Grimm is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - West Allegheny's Tory Delmonico is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Allegheny's Tory Delmonico is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>North Catholic's P.J. Fulmore is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Ringgold's Nico Law on Dec. 18, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review</em></div>Ringgold's Nico Law on Dec. 18, 2013.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke works out Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mt. Lebanon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke works out Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mt. Lebanon.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon lineman Alex Bookser works out Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mt. Lebanon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon lineman Alex Bookser works out Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mt. Lebanon.
Ronald Vezzani Jr. | For the Daily News - Elizabeth Forward quarterback JaQuan Davidson looks downfield for running room against West Mifflin on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Elizabeth Forward.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Ronald Vezzani Jr.  |  For the Daily News</em></div>Elizabeth Forward quarterback JaQuan Davidson looks downfield for running room against West Mifflin on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Elizabeth Forward.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Alex Bookser is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Alex Bookser is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Albin R. Roth/For The Valley Independent - EF's multi-talented Jaquan Davidson is a major threat for defenses, running and passing.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Albin R. Roth/For The Valley Independent</em></div>EF's multi-talented Jaquan Davidson is a major threat for defenses, running and passing.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Quaker Valley quarterback Dane Jackson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Quaker Valley quarterback Dane Jackson is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Ringgold's Nico Law is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Guy Wathen  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Ringgold's Nico Law is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh is a member of the 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

By Chris Harlan and Jason Mackey
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Brett Brumbaugh did it all. Win a WPIAL title? Check. State title? Easily. Set the single-season WPIAL passing record? Yep.

Brumbaugh, a 6-foot-4 junior quarterback who holds NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Temple and Akron, completed 260 of 379 passes for 3,917 yards and 41 touchdowns. The PIAA Class AA player of the year will return as a senior needing just 1,164 yards to break Sto-Rox QB Lenny Williams' career passing record, a mark previously held by Brumbaugh's brother, Christian.

What did it feel like driving back from Hershey?

It's one of the best feelings in the world. Especially when we got off 79, and the police and the fire trucks escorted us back to the gym for a pep rally. I couldn't feel happier or more proud of the boys and everyone who supported us all year. We accomplished our goal.

What happened at the pep rally?

I don't know how many people were there, but it was pretty packed. The seniors all said a few words. We brought the trophy back. Everybody got pictures. Just a big celebration of all the hard work we've put in.

With the game being pushed back, what did you do all day Saturday?

I brought my Xbox, and a couple other kids were playing Xbox. We just hung out. We didn't want to be outside or go bowling or go to a movie. That extra day helped. It put us all together one last time and gave us that extra bond we needed.

An article predicted you'd lose 50-6. Motivation?

We knew nobody gave us a chance besides ourselves and our community. We just wanted to prove to everyone that we were the best team in the state and that we were there for a reason.

Did you get a hard time about your playoff “beard?”

I got a lot of grief from the players and some kids at school. It was pretty bad, but I couldn't mess with it. I just had to keep it and let it grow to the disgusting length it was.

How nice was it to have Justin Watson, Conner Beck and your other receivers?

There were a couple times where I would look back and say, ‘Wow, that could have really been picked.' But I have a lot of trust in them, and I know that they're going to make a play whenever I need them to.

Watson had said he could often tell how the game would go by your first throw. Could you tell?

Some games are different than others, but I can usually tell if it's going to be a good day because that first pass comes out so much nicer than everything else.

What piece of advice helped most?

At the beginning of the season, I kind of got off to a rough start. I was forcing some stuff. Coach (Andrew) DiDonato and Coach (Shane) Patterson pulled me aside one day before practice started and told me, ‘Don't worry about anything. Just play the game the way you know how to play, and good things will come. Scrap those first two games and worry about making the right plays. Good things are going to happen.'

— Jason Mackey

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selections

TROY APKEWR/DB

Mt. Lebanon, senior, 6-2, 190

Penn State recruit had 40 catches, 728 yards and seven TDs and led team in tackles.

ALEX BOOKSEROL/DL

Mt. Lebanon, senior, 6-6, 295

Bookser, who committed to Pitt, anchored the Blue Devils' offensive and defensive lines.

BROCK BOXENOL/DL

Beaver Falls, senior, 6-4, 270

Boxen, an Akron recruit, led an offensive line that let the Tigers average 272.9 rushing yards.

JAQUAN DAVIDSONQB/DB

Elizabeth Forward, senior, 6-4, 185

The Pitt wideout recruit had 1,038 passing yards, 1,109 rushing and 24 combined touchdowns.

TORY DELMONICORB/LB

West Allegheny, senior, 6-2, 205

He was named Parkway Conference offensive and defensive MVP for WPIAL Class AAA champion.

JALEEL FIELDSOL/DL

Aliquippa, senior, 6-2, 285

WVU recruit anchored a line that blocked for the WPIAL's first 4,000-yards teammates.

P.J. FULMORERB/DB

North Catholic, junior, 5-8, 180

Fulmore rushed for 1,146 yards, including a game-winning two-point run in the PIAA Class A final.

MICHAEL GRIMMOL/DL

Bethel Park, senior, 6-6, 295

Grimm, who chose Pitt from among 17 scholarship offers, was a three-year starter at tackle.

DRAVON HENRYRB/DB

Aliquippa, senior, 6-0, 180

With 1,242 rushing yards and 19 TDs, WVU recruit broke 5,000 career yards and school record.

T.J. HOLLQB/DB

Seneca Valley, junior, 6-1, 205

Holl passed for 2,145 yards, rushed for more than 800 and also made three INTs as a two-way starter.

MALIK HOOKERWR/DB

New Castle, senior, 6-2, 180

Recruited to Ohio State to play defense, Hooker scored 13 TDs, including an 83-yard run.

DANE JACKSONQB/DB

Quaker Valley, junior, 6-2, 170

Led the Quakers to first playoff win with more than 2,000 combined yards rushing and passing.

NICO LAWQB/DB

Ringgold, junior, 6-1, 185

Law, who had 1,494 passing yards and 1,210 rushing, needed just nine games to top 1,000 in each.

Luigi Lista-BrinzaRB

Central Catholic, senior, 5-10, 185

Lista-Brinza led Quad-A with 1,733 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns for the PIAA runner-up.

MONTAE NICHOLSONWR/DB

Gateway, senior, 6-2, 205

The Michigan State commit, a highly recruited safety, had 41 catches, 810 yards and 11 TDs.

DELVON RANDALLWR/DB

Gateway, senior, 6-2, 195

The Temple recruit, who set Gateway's single-season record with 50 catches, also played wildcat QB.

TERRY SWANSONRB/DB

Aliquippa, senior, 5-10, 185

Swanson had 1,708 rushing yards and 23 TDs for the Quips, who were WPIAL Class AA runners-up.

NIKO THORPELB

Central Catholic, senior, 5-11, 220

Thorpe, who had 13 tackles in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship, led a defense that allowed 7.3 ppg.

JUSTIN WATSONWR/DB

South Fayette, senior, 6-3, 195

Penn recruit broke the WPIAL's single-season record for receiving yards with 1,568 on 73 catches.

JIMMY WHEELERRB

West Mifflin, senior, 5-9, 170

Wheeler led the WPIAL with 2,616 yards, 298 carries and 37 TDs, including six in a playoff victory.

JORDAN WHITEHEADRB/DB

Central Valley, junior, 6-0, 180

Highly recruited junior led WPIAL Class AAA runner-up with 1,646 all-purpose yards and 20 TDs.

LENNY WILLIAMSQB/DB

Sto-Rox, senior, 6-0, 200

Temple recruit threw for 2,709 yards, 34 TDs, and set the WPIAL career passing mark (8,509).

CHASE WINOVICHRB/LB

Thomas Jefferson, senior, 6-4, 220

Michigan linebacker recruit led the Jaguars in rushing yards (981), touchdowns (16) and tackles.

ELIJAH ZEISEWR/DB

North Allegheny, senior, 6-2, 200

Pitt recruit had 49 catches, 952 yards and 10 TDs, including an 82-yarder, along with five INTs.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Penguins need trade-deadline acquisitions to bring toughness
  2. Blue Jays’ Martin has ‘nothing but praise’ for former Pirates teammates
  3. ‘Time for bold change,’ Wolf says in outlining $30B state budget
  4. Rossi: Pirates’ post-Martin plan comes with a catch or 2
  5. Artist born without arms, legs gives Hampton students peek into her world
  6. Safety Vinopal, other former Panthers perform for NFL scouts at Pitt’s Pro Day
  7. Unity planners OK proposal for Route 30 retail development
  8. Report identifies Mon-Yough residents who are at risk in train disasters
  9. Suspect in multiple Mon Valley armed robberies arrested
  10. Spring training breakdown: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 7
  11. Pitt’s Wright excelling in classroom