High School Football Notebook: Stars move up in record books as teams advance
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With every one of their teams' wins, North Allegheny quarterback Mack Leftwich and Clairton's Tyler Boyd keep moving up the WPIAL all-time lists.
In North Allegheny's 45-10 victory against Wilson in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals Saturday, Leftwich became only the third quarterback in WPIAL history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. A senior, Leftwich now has 3,132 yards (161 completions in 248 attempts).
North Allegheny plays Coatesville in the title game Saturday and Leftwich could move into second place on the all-time list. Seton-LaSalle's Bill Stull threw for 3,310 yards in 2004. The WPIAL single-season record is 3,726 yards by South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh in 2010.
Boyd, a senior running back-wide receiver for Clairton, added to his WPIAL record for career touchdowns, scoring three in Clairton's 44-12 victory against Port Allegany in a PIAA Class A semifinal Friday. He now has 117 touchdowns.
Boyd also moved past Montour's Julian Durden and into sixth place on the WPIAL all-time rushing list with 5,646 yards. Clairton plays Dunmore in the PIAA title game and Boyd has a chance to move into fifth place. Jason Barr, a 1994 McGuffey graduate, has 5,749 yards.
In the PIAA final, North Allegheny will play a Coatesville team that has averaged 49.6 points the past five games. Coatesville completely changed its offensive style early in the season, going from a power running team to a spread offense.
Coatesville's leader has been quarterback Emmett Hunt. Leftwich and Hunt have combined for more than 6,000 yards passing. Hunt threw for 234 yards in Coatesville's 42-35 victory against La Salle College in the semifinals and now has 2,908 yards passing this season.
Leftwich and Hunt have thrown 43 touchdown passes each this season.
Terry Swanson, one of two 1,000-yard rushers for Aliquippa, sustained an injured ankle in Friday's victory against Richland, but Swanson said he will play in the PIAA Class AA championship Saturday against Wyomissing. Swanson was injured in the third quarter and did not play the rest of the game.
"It's just a little tweak," Swanson said. "I'm all right. I'm good to play [in the title game]."
Clairton's Titus Howard, a senior receiver-defensive back and a Pitt recruit, might return to the team for Friday's title game, but won't know until later in the week. Howard sustained a dislocated elbow in a quarterfinal game Nov. 30 and did not play against Port Allegany in the semifinals.
"I'm feeling a lot better than I was," Howard said. "I'll work it out this week and see if I can play. I'll get MRI results on Tuesday, so I should know after that."
Sean Kugler, offensive line coach of the Steelers, will be the new coach at University of Texas at El Paso. Kugler's son, Pat, is a star lineman at North Allegheny and committed to the University of Michigan in his junior year.
But you can stop the questions about whether Pat would back out of his commitment to Michigan and play for his father at UTEP.
"I'm 100 percent Michigan," the younger Kugler said Sunday.
Aliquippa will play in the PIAA Class AA final against a Wyomissing team that has a quarterback who became eligible to play only two weeks ago.
Corey Unger completed 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards in a 35-13 victory against Imhotep Charter in the PIAA semifinals Saturday. A year ago, Unger transferred from Fleetwood to Wyomissing, but the PIAA ruled he transferred for athletic intent. His penalty was one year of ineligibility from the date of his transfer.
Unger practiced all season with Wyomissing and his ineligibility was up Dec. 1. He played some in the PIAA quarterfinals last week and was a big factor in the Imhotep Charter game. If Wyomissing hadn't made it to at least the PIAA quarterfinals, Unger would have practiced all year for nothing.
Wyomissing's star, though, is Alex Anzalone. A 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior, Anzalone is a Notre Dame linebacker recruit, but he also is an outstanding fullback in Wyomissing's wing-T offense.
He carried 18 times for 148 yards against Imhotep and on defense helped Wyomissing hold Imhotep to 128 yards rushing.
First Published December 10, 2012 12:00 am