Only 10 running backs in the history of the WPIAL are known to have rushed for 400 yards in a game. Brian Baschnagel was the first.
Baschnagel was a senior running back at North Allegheny in 1971 when he ran for 409 yards in an 18-0 victory against Sto-Rox. Led by Baschnagel and running mate Steve Cassidy, North Allegheny went on to finish 8-1 that season but did not make the playoffs because teams had to be undefeated to make the postseason. Only three teams qualified for the playoffs in the largest classification that year.
As a senior, Baschnagel was an Associated Press first-team all-state selection at running back with State College's Larry Suhey, Pen Argyl's Woody Petchel and Stroudsburg's Art Owens. Suhey and Petchel went to Penn State and Owens to West Virginia. Baschnagel went on to play wingback at Ohio State and played in the same backfield as two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
After Ohio State, Baschnagel played nine seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. Baschnagel was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.hsfootball