Some items that fell off my laptop.
Supposedly, T.J. Holl had a preseason battle with Mike Jones for the starting quarterback job at Seneca Valley. Geez, it makes you wonder how good Jones is.
Holl won the job and is having a terrific season in his first year as a starter. You could argue he is doing as well - at least statistically - as any other quarterback in the WPIAL. And he has led his team to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals.
Holl, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior, has more than 2,500 yards offense. He has completed 117 of 188 passes for 1,804 yards in the Raiders' spread offense. He also has rushed for 723 yards on 168 carries. Holl's father, Don, is Seneca Valley's head coach.
Holl's statistics are similar to those of last year's standout quarterback at Seneca Valley, Jordan Brown. Brown helped Seneca Valley reach the WPIAL semifinals and completed 123 of 209 for 1,901 yards. He yards-per-carry average was higher, though, than Holl's with 586 yards on 81 carries (7.2 average).
C.J. Brown, Jordan's brother, was an outstanding QB at Seneca Valley who played his final season in 2008. How does Holl's stats compare with C.J.? Well, C.J. threw for 2,140 yards and ran for 640 yards in only nine games as a senior. But the Raiders didn't make the playoffs.
With the season T.J. Holl has had, he deserves serious consideration for the Fabulous 22 team.
Made for TV
Root Sports will televise live the North Allegheny vs. Upper St. Clair game tomorrow night from Baldwin. Will North Allegheny's quest for a fourth consecutive WPIAL title end? Or will the Tigers upset the No. 1 seed?
Game time is 7:30.
Player of the year
The WPIAL season ends in a few weeks. If you had to pick a WPIAL-City League Player of the Year right now, who would it be? It could change after the WPIAL championships but some of the candidates would have to be West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler, Thomas Jefferson's Chase Winovich, Aliquippa's Dravon Henry, Sto-Rox's Lenny Williams, South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh and Gateway's Montae Nicholson.
Henry over 5,000
It didn't get much publicity but Aliquippa's Henry (pictured) reached a pretty impressive feat two weeks ago. Henry, a senior, became only the 15th player in WPIAL history to reach 5,000 career rushing yards. He enters this week's Class AA quarterfinal with 5,220. His career yards-per-carry average is an impressive 9.5 and his average this season is - get this - 17.4.
Look for a big feature on Henry and teammate Terry Swanson on the cover of Varsity Xtra in tomorrow's Post-Gazette. They are attempting to become a one-of-a-kind duo.
Football and Hooter's
Check this out. A Middle School football coach in Portland has been fired because he insists on having an end-of-the-season awards dinner for his players at Hooter's. KGW in Portland has a story on the ordeal. When school officials asked him to move the dinner, he refused and was fired.
Great publicity for Hooter's, isn't it? And it's a funny story, but yet isn't. Is this coach for real? We talk about how many sports parents are idiots. But there sure are enough coaches out there who will do things that make you shake your head.
The coach says the players voted to have the dinner at Hooter's, so he is just doing what the players want. Right. We all know you do exactly what 12- and 13-year-olds want, right?