Broken record: QB leads Sto-Rox to win

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The only question that remains now is what Lenny Williams is going to do with the game ball. All else has been settled.

A week after breaking the WPIAL record for career passing touchdowns, the Sto-Rox quarterback set the all-time record for career passing yards in a 42-30 win Saturday at Western Beaver.

Completing 12 of his 15 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns, Williams boosted his career numbers to 7,369 yards and 92 touchdowns. Both records were held by South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh, who graduated in 2011.

Williams needed 96 yards to break the record entering Saturday. He surpassed the mark in the second on a 22-yard pass to Mallory Claybourne, who had all three touchdown receptions and 201 yards receiving.

"I'm definitely proud of myself that I was able to accomplish that, but we still have bigger things to do," Williams said. "It hasn't [sunk in] yet, but I won't even think about it that much until later on.

"If I don't do it with a championship, then I probably won't think about it that much. But if I get a championship along with that, then I'll definitely cherish it a lot more."

Western Beaver announced the record over the public address after the play.

Williams showed little emotion, maybe partially because the game was close.

The Vikings, ranked No. 1 in Class A, trailed early and led, 16-14, when Williams broke the record.

Western Beaver hung around until the final minute.

Hunter Roknich, who played quarterback for Western Beaver last year before switching to running back, was back under center because quarterback Steve Robison was held out with a shoulder injury. Coach Matt Gray didn't want to risk worsening Robison's injury because his team can clinch a playoff spot by winning one of its final two games.

Roknich completed only 4 of 8 passes and was intercepted twice but was extremely effective on the ground, keeping his team in the game with 120 yards and two scores in the first half.

He finished with 157 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns while Billy Drear ran 22 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.

But in the end, the day belonged to Williams, who sealed the victory with a 14-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:59 left in the game.

"That was the closest thing to a moral victory I think you can get," said Gray, whose team fell to 3-4 (3-3 Big Seven Conference), with games against Shenango and South Side Beaver remaining.

Sto-Rox stayed perfect at 7-0 (6-0), but faces a Laurel team next week that has won five in a row.

"We started off very slow," Williams said. "Our defense was a little rusty, but coach is going to fix that."

Other games

• Summit Academy 26, Valley 6: Elijah Hardy rushed for 56 yards and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown as the host Knights (4-3, 4-2) moved closer to their first playoff appearance by defeating the Vikings (5-2, 4-2) in a Class AA Allegheny Conference game. Valley lost starting quarterback Ty Matthews to an injury.

• Bentworth 43, Geibel 6: Ethan Tush rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns, the first for 35 yards and the second for 17 yards, as the visiting Bearcats (1-6, 1-5) picked up their first victory by defeating the Gators (0-7, 0-6) in a Class A Tri-County South Conference game. Brandon Kushnar scored the lone touchdown for Geibel.


First Published October 12, 2013 8:00 PM


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