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Two WPIAL quarterbacks go for state records Saturday

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Matt Bodamer was a star quarterback at Port Allegany High School who has two state passing records.

But Bodamer's records could be broken by two different WPIAL quarterbacks - on the same day.

Bodamer, who played at the District 9 school from 2009-12, holds Pennsylvania records for season passing yardage (3,951) and career passing yardage (10,948). South Fayette's Brett Brumbaugh (pictured to the left) and Pine-Richland's Ben DiNucci could break both marks in PIAA semifinal games Saturday. You could say both of Bodamer's records could go green. Both Pine-Richland South Fayette are green and white.

Pine-Richland plays Wilson in Class AAAA at 1 p.m. at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona, while South Fayette plays Hickory in Class AA at 1 p.m. at Slippery Rock University.

South Fayette's Brumbaugh has 10,824 passing yards and needs only 125 to break to Bodamer's career passing mark. 

Meanwhile, DiNucci (pictured to the right) has thrown for 3,713 yards this season. He needs 239 to break Bodamer's single-season record. Brumbaugh holds the WPIAL single-season passing record of 3,895 yards.

By the way, does anyone know where Bodamer is nowadays? He played some as a freshman last season at Edinboro University. But he is no longer on their roster.

While DiNucci and Brumbaugh can put themselves into the Pennsylvania record books, Clairton has a chance to move up higher in the national record book. Clairton has scored 886 career points and needs only 18 more to move into sole possession of second place for the most points in a season. Albemarle (N.C.) scored 903 in 2001.

The national record for points in a season is 1,023, set last season by Aledo, Texas.

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Sites set for state semifinals

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The PIAA has announced sites, days and times for the state football semifinals.

Four WPIAL teams willl play in the games - Pine-Richland in Class AAAA, Central Valley in AAA, South Fayette in AA and Clairton in A.

In Class A, Clairton will play Sharpsville Friday at North Allegheny, 7 p.m. In the eastern region final, Bishop Guilfoyle will play South Williamsport Friday at DuBois, 7 p.m.

In Class AA, South Fayette will play Hickory Saturday at Slippery Rock University, 1 p.m. Wyomissing will play Dunmore Saturday at Northern Lehigh, 1 p.m.

In Class AAA, Central Valley meets Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Friday at Altoona's Mansion Park Stadium, 7 p.m. In the eastern region final, Archbishop Wood takes on Somerset at a site and time to be determined. It seems kind of funny doesn't it? Somerset is in the eastern region final while Bishop McDevitt is in the western region final.

In Class AAAA, Pine-Richland meets Wilson Saturday at Altoona, 1 p.m. In the east, St. Joseph's Prep plays Pennsbury Saturday at Northeast High School, 1 p.m. 

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South Williamsport running back sets state rushing record

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South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh came close to setting the state career passing record Friday night. Meanwhile, on the other side of the state, a running back broke the state single-season rushing record.

Dominick Bragalone of South Williamsport High School rushed for 443 yards in a 69-41 victory against Pius X in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal. Bragalone's effort gave him 4,361 yards THIS SEASON!!!! He broke the record of 4,187 yards, set in 2008 by Zach Barkett of Schuylkill Haven.

Bragalone and South Williamsport will play Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA Class A semifinals next weekend. Bragalone could go against WPIAL champ Clairton in the title game. Clairton meets Sharpsville in the other semifinal.

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Live Friday PIAA blog - Central Valley wins

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Live blog from Friday's PIAA quarterfinal game between Central Valley and Conneaut. Follow for updates from other two games involving WPIAL teams - South Fayette vs. Karns City, and Clairton vs. Berlin Brothersvalley. If you have a score update or note, tweet with #wpial

FINAL: CENTRAL VALLEY 52, CONNEAUT 23

CENTRAL VALLEY 52, CONNEAUT 23

No need for play by play. Central Valley scored on first possession of second half Mercy rule now in. Jordan Whitehead not playing in second half.

HALFTIME: CENTRAL VALLEY 45, CONNEAUT 14

Jordan Whitehead is on another level again. He moves in three speeds: fast, faster and uncatchable. He has carried the ball eight times in the first half and rushed for 208 yards. 

Central Valley has 319 yards rushing and has thrown for 68 yards.

Conneaut was hurt by losing its QB to an injury.


CENTRAL VALLEY 28, CONNEAUT 14

After Conneaut scored, Central Valley went 67 yards in five plays. Capped by Preston Johnson 29 yard TD Pass from George.

Conneaut has gone to backup QB. Starter Hunter Merritt injrued last drive.


7:35 Central Valley stopped Conneaut at 11, but roughing passer penalty gives Conneaut first down.

CENTRAL VALLEY 21, CONNEAUT 7

Jordan Whithead is surreal. Takes short backward pass and jets 63 yards for TD. 

7:24 Conneaut moving the ball with some success, but turns ball over on downs.


CENTRAL VALLEY 14, CONNEAUT 7

After Conneaut answered with a score, Central Valley went right down the field and scored. Kurt Reinstadtler took a reverse and went 35  yards for TD.


Clairton rolling 16-0

CENTRAL VALLEY 7, CONNEAUT 0 

It looked easy for Central Valley. 7 plays 65 yards. Jordan Whitehead doing his stuff. 17 yard TD with a spin move.

7:04 - Conneaut has a good following here. Seriously. Impressive.

7:02 - Three and out for Conneaut. CValley takes over at 35.


PREGAME

I say the WPIAL goes 4-0 this weekend. That's not exactly going out on a limb. Only one that intrigues me is Conneaut Area vs. Central Valley. It would be shocking if Central Valley lost. But you have to think Conneaut is pretty decent, just because it beat Erie Cathedral Prep in the District 10 championship.

Erie Prep was a strong team. Maybe not as strong as the past two years when it beat West Allegheny in the PIAA quarterfinals. But Erie Prep was still strong.

 

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Complete PIAA quarterfinal playoff schedule

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The PIAA football quarterfinals are this weekend. Here is the complete schedule:

 

PIAA CLASS AAAA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Saturday — Quarterfinals: State College (6-6) vs. Pine-Richland (13-0) at Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona 1 p.m.; District 3 Championship: West Lawn Wilson (13-0) vs. Central Dauphin (11-2) at Hershey Park Stadium, 6 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — District 1 Championship: Coatesville (13-0) vs. Pennsbury (12-1) at Souderton, 7 p. m.
Saturday — Quarterfinals: Parkland (11-2) vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (8-3) at J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown, 1 p.m. 
 
PIAA CLASS AAA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — District 3 Championship: Bishop McDevitt (13-0) vs. Cocalico (10-3) at Hershey Park Stadium, 7 p.m.; Quarterfinals: Central Valley (13-0) vs. Conneaut (11-1) at North Allegheny, 7 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — Quarterfinals: Archbishop Wood (11-1) vs. Great Valley (12-1) at Philadelphia Northeast, 7 p.m.
Saturday — Quarterfinals: Somerset (12-1) vs. Bethlehem Catholic (12-1) at Chambersburg, 2 p.m..
 
PIAA CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — Quarterfinals:  Karns City (11-1) vs. South Fayette (13-0) at Clarion University, 7 p.m.
Saturday — Quarterfinals: Tyrone (12-1) vs. Hickory (10-2) at DuBois, 1 p. m. 
Eastern Region
Saturday — Quarterfinals: Montoursville (9-4) vs. Wyomissing (12-1) at Shamokin, 1 p. m.; Quarterfinals: Neumann-Goretti (9-4) vs. Dunmore (12-1) Northern Lehigh, 1 p.m.
 
PIAA CLASS A PLAYOFFS
Western Region
Friday — Quarterfinals: Clairton (13-0) vs. Berlin Brothersvalley (12-1) at Elizabeth Forward, 7 p.m.; Sharpsville (10-3) vs. Kane (12-1) at Slippery Rock University, 7 p.m.
Eastern Region
Friday — Quarterfinals: Camp Hill (10-2) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle (13-0) at Chambersburg, 7 p.m.; Pius X (11-2) vs. South Williamsport (12-1) at Northern Lehigh, 7 p.m.

 

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