It was almost 30 years ago that Brian Chizmar became only the fifth running back in WPIAL history to reach 4,000 career yards. Now his son is playing WPIAL football, although not at running back.
The injury to standout Mars running back-linebacker Josh Schultheis means Max Chizmar will move into a starting position as a linebacker at Mars. Chizmar is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore and the son of Brian Chizmar, who was a star at old Swissvale High School. Brian Chizmar's final season at Swissvale was 1985 when he led the team to the WPIAL Class AA championship game before losing to Riverside, 21-15. Swissvale eventually closed and was part of the Woodland Hills merger.
Brian Chizmar finished his career with 4,544 yards, which was a ton back in the early 1980s. He is still 25th on the all-time WPIAL list.
Chizmar (pictured) was a tough, hard-nosed son of a gun who also played defense at Swissvale. I remember covering one of his games and talking to him afterward with blood caked on his face. Chizmar made his mark on defense at Penn State, where he became a standout strong safety, or "hero" as they used to call it. He had an extremely successful career with the Nittany Lions.
As for Max, he will be is own player and maybe make a mark of his own. But his father was one WPIAL player who shouldn't be forgotten.
Whitehead to visit Buckeyes
Central Valley defensive back Jordan Whitehead visited Pitt this past weekend and will go to Ohio State this weekend. He said he also will make visits to Penn State and Virginia before he makes his decision public Oct. 3.
Big game hunting?
Pine-Richland at North Allegheny is certainly a big game this week. It will be the first of Root Sports' Friday night telecasts this fall.
But after Pine-Richland vs. North Allegheny and Thomas Jefferson at Belle Vernon, good luck in finding big games. It's one of those "down" weeks on the WPIAL schedule.
Stats, stats and more stats
You want football statistics? We've got them.
The Post-Gazette web site will once again run weekly statistics for every team in the WPIAL and City League. Of course, that is if all stat keepers get us the stats.
Anyway, by the middle of every week during the season, statistics will be posted on the Post-Gazette high school sports page. Many of this week's leaders are already updated.
If you are a high school football fan and enjoy reading things like every player in Pennsylvania who played in the NFL, or every all-state team, or the leading rushers and passers in state history, or the schedule for every team in the entire state, then the Pennsylvania Football News Resource Guide is for you.
The Resource Guide has all of the above and much more. It is now available through the Pennsylvania Football News web site. It isn't fancy, but the guide has 399 pages of information. Rich Vetock and Tom Elling started the Pennsylvania Football News in 1997 and did a terrific job for years. The information they gathered over the years is mind-boggling. But the two long-time high school fans and reporters have retired and turned the web site over to Chris Kucharski.
The Pennsylvania Football News state rankings are out for this week.
The Post-Gazette state rankings came out yesterday. Here they are:
1. St. Joseph's Prep 1-0
2. Woodland Hills 1-0
3. Central Catholic 1-0
4. La Salle College 1-0
5. Coatesville 1-0
1. Archbishop Wood 1-0
2. Bishop McDevitt 1-0
3. West Allegheny 1-0
4. Erie Cathedral Prep 1-0
5. Thomas Jefferson 1-0
1. South Fayette 1-0
2. Aliquippa 1-0
3. Southern Columbia 1-0
4. West Catholic 1-0
5. Seton-LaSalle 1-0
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 1-0
2. Clairton 1-0
3. Schuylkill Haven 1-0
4. Wellsboro 1-0
5. Greensburg Central Catholic 1-0