High School Football 2014: By the numbers

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An inside look at the facts & figures of the 2014 season ... 

49: Seasons as a head coach for Blackhawk's Joe Hamilton. The longest-tenured coach in the WPIAL, Hamilton has coached at Blackhawk, Midland, New Brighton and Hempfield, and his record is 339-162-11.

16: Game winning streaks for South Fayette and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. They are the longest current streaks in the state.

22: Game losing streak for Shaler, the longest in the WPIAL. Burgettstown is next with 21 consecutive losses.

678: Rushing yards needed by Mars' Josh Schultheis to become the third player in school history to reach 4,000 yards. Only two other WPIAL schools have at least three 4,000-yard rushers. Aliquippa has four, and Beaver Falls three. The other two for Mars are Bill Bair and Austin Miele.

6: WPIAL players who already have made verbal commitments to Pitt. They are Kittanning WR/TE/LB Nick Bowers, Altoona FB/LB Kevin Givens, Quaker Valley QB/DB Dane Jackson, Canon-McMillan OL/DL Alex Paulina, Hempfield OL/DL Tony Pilato and Apollo-Ridge WR/DB Tre Tipton.

7: Years ago that Canon-McMillan coach Ron Coder won the Independent Women's Football League championship as coach of the Passion. It was his only season as coach. He was 1-8 in his first season at Canon-McMillan in 2013.

35: Seasons of Class AAAA football for the WPIAL. The classification was formed in 1980. Previously, Class AAA was the biggest class.

19: Consecutive years that the Aliquippa and Thomas Jefferson have made the WPIAL playoffs, the longest streaks in the league. Woodland Hills has made it 18 consecutive seasons.

15: Yard penalty for anyone who commits "targeting" this season. According to the National Federation of High School Associations, the new rule for 2014 defines targeting as "an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders." The rules also include hits to a "defenseless player."

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