Band of brothers: Brumbaugh boys follow similar paths to QB success



All three Brumbaugh brothers will tell you they are extremely close, but, when it comes to football, theirs is a long-distance relationship.

Brett, Luke and Christian Brumbaugh have been standout high school quarterbacks in the WPIAL. Christian was first at South Fayette High School, followed by Luke at Seton-LaSalle and now Brett will be a senior at South Fayette.

The distance between the three is 10.1 miles. That's how far the Brumbaugh's passes have traveled in high school. That's whopping in terms of frequent-passer miles.

To be precise, there are 17,822 passing yards between the three Brumbaughs.

And now Brett heads into his final season at South Fayette, poised to go the distance for the WPIAL career passing record. Brett, who led South Fayette to a 16-0 record last season, has 7,326 yards passing for his career and needs only 1,182 yards to reach the record of 8,508 set last year by Lenny Williams of Sto-Rox. The record-holder before Williams was none other than Christian Brumbaugh, who threw for 7,162 yards.

The WPIAL career record is certainly reachable for Brett.

"I wrote down in a little notebook my goals this year," said Brett. "I want to go 16-0 again and get 4,000 passing yards. Those are just some of the things I want to do, but my main goal is to win the state [in Class AA] again."

Despite his lofty statistics and good size, Brett Brumbaugh is not being recruited much by bigger colleges. Toledo, Temple and Albany have offered scholarships to Brett, who is a dropback passer and not much of a runner.

Both Christian and Luke play on the NCAA Division I-AA level -- Christian at William & Mary and Luke at Robert Morris.

"Brett should definitely be recruited more," South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. "The kid is a winner, and he can throw the football. What more can you say?

"Everyone wants these dual-threat guys. Brett isn't a shirts-and-shorts type of guy, a kid who looks good in these camps. He's a helmet-and-shoulder-pads type of kid. College football teams are all hung up on what kids do in shirts and shorts these days. It's frustrating, but he'll find a place and he's not letting it bother him."

Brett and his brothers definitely have a place in WPIAL lore. It's a head-scratcher to find three brothers who all were starting quarterbacks at a WPIAL high school. Certainly, there have been numerous families that have produced three or more brothers who have played football.

As for trios, the three Saul brothers of Butler High might have been the most successful from the WPIAL as Bill Saul and twin brothers Rich and Ron all had long NFL careers -- Bill from 1962-70 and Rich and Ron from 1970-81.

But three quarterback brothers? That's almost unheard of in the WPIAL. The Brumbaughs are certainly the three most-prolific passing brothers in WPIAL history and one of the most successful trios of brother QBs in the history of U.S. high school football. Christian graduated from South Fayette in 2011 and Luke from Seton-LaSalle in 2013.

Two other notable successful brother QB trios on a national level have been the Clausens and Forciers, both of California. Jimmy Clausen played at Notre Dame and is currently in the NFL, Casey at the University of Tennessee and Rick at LSU and Tennessee. Tate Forcier played at Michigan, Jason Forcier at Stanford and Christopher Forcier at UCLA and Furman.

"With everything they've done and the won-loss record, I think the Brumbaugh name will always be known around [the WPIAL]," Rossi said. "They are great kids from a great family, but a quiet family. Their parents just kind of sit back and take it all in."

The Brumbaughs are the only three children of Randy and Maria Brumbaugh. What's funny is that the boys don't come from a football family. Brett and Luke thought they would play other positions, and Christian and Brett thought basketball might be their best future sport. Randy Brumbaugh was a basketball player at Martinsburg Central High near Johnstown. Maria Brumbaugh attended Bishop Canevin.

Now, here are the three boys primed for a 2014 season in which they might do something that would take the successful quarterback brothers to a surreal level. In three successive days next weekend, all three Brumbaughs might be starting quarterbacks. Luke went into preseason camp as the No 1 quarterback at Robert Morris and the Colonials open the season Thursday night at home against Eastern Kentucky.

Brett will start for South Fayette a week from tonight against East Allegheny. Christian was battling for the No. 1 role at William & Mary, which opens Aug. 30 at Virginia Tech. It would be quite a different episode of "My Three Sons."

"We're going to all three games," Randy Brumbaugh said. "Even if Christian isn't the starter, we're going. We have everything planned out. We might have a lot of traveling to do this year."

But the Brumbaughs are all about long distance.

Three aces

High school quarterback statistics from the brothers Brumbaugh:

Brumbaugh -- High School: Cmp./Att./TDs/Yds

Brett -- South Fayette (2011-13): 462/700/85/7,326

Christian -- South Fayette (2007-10): 487/781/88/7,162

Luke -- Seton-LaSalle (2010-12): 219/406/34/3,334

TOTALS: 1,168/1,887/207/17,822


For more on high school sports, go to "Varsity Blog" at www.post-gazette.com/varsityblog. Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh

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