In order to put Ron Brown's past two games in perspective, a check of past City League statistics is in order.
In the previous 10 seasons, only nine quarterbacks from the City League have thrown for 1,000 yards in the regular season. Brown has thrown for almost 1,000 yards the past two games.
In terms of passing yardage, Brown, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior, had the best two weeks of any quarterback in the history of Pennsylvania high school football.
In a 52-21 victory against Carrick Friday, Brown completed 25 of 36 passes for 525 yards. It was the second-most yardage ever by a Pennsylvania quarterback in one game, and Brown's performance came a week after he threw for 468 yards against Shenandoah Valley, a Class A team from the eastern part of the state.
That is 993 yards the past two games for Brown, who transferred from Westinghouse to University Prep this year.
Where are they now?
Brown is one of only three quarterbacks in Pennsylvania history to throw for 500 yards in a game. Pat Devlin of Downingtown East threw for 511 in 2003. The state record is 594 yards by Derek Buganza of Brockway (near DuBois) in 2009.
Devlin played at Penn State before transferring to Delaware. He is now a backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.
Buganza threw for 9,752 yards, a state record when he graduated in 2011. Buganza no longer plays football. He signed with Saint Vincent after Brockway but now plays golf at Penn State DuBois.
University Prep is the No. 1-ranked City League team and plays No. 2 Brashear Thursday at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Brashear coach Rick Murphy has watched Brown on film the past two games.
"When you open up the newspaper and see his passing numbers, you don't even see them on Sundays [in the NFL]," Murphy said.
While Murphy said Brown is impressive, he believes University Prep receiver Marcus Johnson is a main reason for Brown's great statistics.
"I'm not taking anything away from the quarterback, but I don't know too many receivers around anywhere that this [Johnson] kid couldn't match up with," Murphy said. "He's that good of an athlete. He's as good as we've seen in the City since we had Manasseh Garner."
Garner now plays at Pitt.
Top RBs hurt
Through the first two weeks of the season, Steel Valley's D'Andre Pickens and Washington's Shai McKenzie were second and third, respectively, in WPIAL rushing yardage. On Friday, both went down with injuries and their status is questionable.
McKenzie, who has scholarship offers from colleges across the country, sustained a right knee injury and the extent of the injury can't be determined until he has an MRI. It was thought that McKenzie might have an injury to his ACL, but Washington coach Mike Bosnic said there is hope the injury isn't as serious as originally thought.
"Our trainer was able to check his movements and he said it felt really solid in his knee," Bosnic said. "Shai's dad called me later on and said a doctor at the hospital said there are no breaks and they don't think there are any tears. It appeared everything was real intact and stable in there. If anything, it could be a slight tear."
Pickens injured his left ankle early in the game against South Fayette.
"The early diagnosis was a sprain, but we won't know more until he has an MRI this week," said Steel Valley coach Rod Steele.
Without Pickens, freshman DeWayne Murray (5-10, 185 pounds) will become the team's feature running back.
"He's the real deal," Steele said.
Apollo-Ridge's Tre Tipton, a top junior wide receiver, was injured in the first half of Friday's game and is questionable for this week.
North Hills quarterback Jake Bruder is expected to miss more than a month with a fractured fibula. He left in the second half Friday against Shaler.
Blackhawk senior quarterback Chandler Kincade, an Akron recruit, didn't play Friday for the second consecutive game because of a concussion.
• Quaker Valley is 3-0 and has a legitimate chance at the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 1999.
• Kittanning is 3-0 for the first time since 2004.
• Central Catholic has yet to give up a touchdown this season.
• Mt. Lebanon's Rob Costantino kicked three field goals Friday and now leads the WPIAL with four.
For more on high school sports, go to "Varsity Blog" at www.post-gazette.com/varsityblog. Mike White: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh First Published September 16, 2013 4:00 AM