Penn Hills’ Hollis Mathis named CAA rookie of week after rare start as freshman at W&M |

Penn Hills’ Hollis Mathis named CAA rookie of week after rare start as freshman at W&M

Bill Beckner
Hollis Mathis is one of 11 Penn Hills players who will participate in the NFBD All-Star Game on Sunday at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.

It was only about eight months ago that quarterback Hollis Mathis was leading Penn Hills to a PIAA football championship in Hershey.

But the dual-threat quarterback has moved on to college football and his progress has been notably swift.

Mathis became the first true freshman at William & Mary to start under center in the program’s 126 years Saturday and he played a big role in the Tribe’s 30-17 victory over Lafayette.

In fact, his efforts earned him Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors.

Mathis rushed for a game-high 127 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and also passed for 66 yards. He was 6-of-13 passing.

The rushing total is believed to be a school record by a quarterback.

As a senior at Penn Hills, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Mathis threw for 2,800 yards and 40 touchdowns, including three scoring throws in a 36-31 win over Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A title game.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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