It seems to have escaped everyone's attention, but Montour running back Julian Durden already is well over 4,000 career yards rushing.
Post-Gazette colleague Rich Emert and myself were checking statistics on a few other players nearing 4,000 yards. Truth be told, this is usually how these types of statistics and records are discovered. There is no central statistical office in the WPIAL. We at the Post-Gazette look these things up. And I'm crazy enough that I have kept the statistical leaders for every year in the WPIAL since 1980.
So, after 'rithmetic Rich added up Durden's numbers, he said Durden is getting real close to 4,000. I then asked what Durden ran for as a freshman at North Catholic? Rich said he forgot Durden played as a freshman at North Catholic.
So we went to the 2008 statistical book. A check of the stats showed Durden (pictured) had 491 yards on 84 carries as a freshman at North Catholic. He had 954 yards on 132 attempts as a sophomore at North Catholic. After transferring to Montour last year, he had 2,028 yards on 261 attempts. This season, he has 836 on 65 carries.
All told, Durden has 4,309 yards on 542 attempts. So, he actually surpassed 4,000 yards a few weeks ago.
Central Catholic's Damion Jones-Moore and Mt. Lebanon's Luke Hagy are getting close to 4,000 yards, but so is Beaver Falls running back Trey Hall, who played as a freshman and sophomore at New Brighton.
More on player who punched coach
Some more news out of the Erie Times-News about the Erie East High player who who punched his assistant coach while walking off the field in Friday's game against Strong Vincent.
Gary Simpson was jailed and chraged with a felony aggravated assault. In a police report, the player (Gary Simpson) claims that the assistant coach said he would put the player in the dirt. The coach has his side of the story, which is in the Times-News article.