The City League generally isn't known for producing top passing offenses. But in terms of yardage, the best two passing performances by a quarterback in the history of southwestern Pennsylvania belong to one City League team.
Ron Brown, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior, had a record-breaking performance Friday night as University Prep stepped outside the City League and won, 42-24, against Shenandoah Valley, a Class A team northeast of Harrisburg. Brown's statistics were surreal, completing 9 of 19 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 52 yards a completion and his touchdown passes were for 90, 24, 53, 74, 77 and 66 yards.
University Prep receiver Marcus Johnson caught five passes for 265 yards.
Brown, who transferred from Westinghouse before this season, set a record for most passing yards in a game for a quarterback in the City League or WPIAL. His performance comes only one year after University Prep quarterback Akil Young threw for 462 yards in a PIAA playoff game against Somerset. Young, though, completed 30 of 46 passes.
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While Brown had a record-breaking individual performance, New Brighton and Beaver came close to a record. New Brighton defeated Beaver, 64-49, which ties for the most points scored by two teams in a WPIAL regular-season game. Northgate beat Ford City, 69-44, in 1998.
The record for most points in any WPIAL game is 118 when Jeannette, led by Terrelle Pryor, defeated Aliquippa, 70-48, in a 2007 WPIAL Class AA playoff game.
"At times it was crazy," New Brighton coach Joe Greco said of the game. "But really, how often do you get both teams going no-huddle and fast? It was like a Big 12 Conference [college] game."
New Brighton and Beaver combined for 1,031 yards and each team had a quarterback throw for more than 300 yards. Beaver's Alex Rowse completed 22 of 37 for 326 yards while New Brighton's Gabe Greco completed 18 of 21 for 371 yards.
New Brighton is 2-0 for the first time since 2006 and Gabe Greco, son of the coach, is one of the main reasons. In two games, this 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior has completed 29 of 36 passes for 552 yards.
"He's got a real quick delivery, he's very accurate and he can throw from a lot of different positions," Joe Greco said. "Plus, he throws well on the run and he's a good decision-maker. He's not real big, but you look at the quarterbacks who can get it done and they have a quick release. He has that, not to mention that we have a lot of good receivers."
It's highly unusual for a team to have two players rush for 200 yards in the same game. But it happened Friday night -- twice.
Penn Hills' Billy Kisner ran for 216 yards and teammate Isaiah Jones 213 in a 33-15 victory against Peters Township. Steel Valley's D'Andre Pickens rushed for 303 yards and teammate Duane Murray 258 in a 55-3 victory against Burgettstown.
Kisner has run for more than 200 yards in both of Penn Hills' games this season, but he doesn't play running back. He is the Indians' quarterback.
Sto-Rox and Neshannock have two of the top four scoring offenses in Class A. On Thursday night, those offenses will be on the same field.
Neshannock plays at Sto-Rox as part of Root Sports television's weekly Thursday night telecasts. The game will be shown on tape delay after the Pirates game.
Sto-Rox is the Post-Gazette's No. 2 WPIAL Class A team and Neshannock No. 3. Sto-Rox has scored 97 points in two games and Neshannock 90.
"Both offenses can score a lot of points so there will be pressure on defenses to slow somebody down, get a turnover or make a stop or two," Sto-Rox coach Dan Bradley said.
Both teams feature outstanding quarterbacks who have different styles. Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams has completed 25 of 31 for 564 yards and eight touchdowns in two games. Neshannock's Ernie Burkes isn't a big passer, but he is averaging better than 100 yards rushing a game. Neshannock also has running back Eli Owens, who rushed for 247 yards Friday against Laurel.
Williams needs less than 200 yards passing to become only the seventh quarterback in WPIAL history to pass for more than 6,000 yards. Williams also is a talented defensive back but has only played offense the first two games while his left hand heals from a cut sustained cutting hedges this summer.
"With the grabbing and tackling, he wasn't cleared to play defense," Bradley said. "He goes back to the doctor this week. Hopefully he gets cleared this week for defense."