HERSHEY - Moments after he helped Archbishop Wood to its first PIAA football championship - a record-setting 52-0 victory over Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt for the Class AAA title - Desmon Peoples had a special visit.
Future Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer walked across the field at Hersheypark Stadium, shook Peoples' hand and, after a quick congratulations said, "Are you still going to Rutgers?"
"Wow," Peoples said.
Peoples is still heading for Rutgers next year, but first he and cousin Brandon Peoples had a state championship to celebrate.
The cousins combined for five touchdown runs and 322 yards rushing to give Archbishop Wood (14-1) its first PIAA championship win in three trips to the state title game.
The 52-0 final was the largest margin of victory in a championship game in the 24-year history of the state playoffs. It was Archbishop Wood's 14th straight victory after starting the season with a 20-17 loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
Bishop McDevitt (13-3) lost in the Class AAA championship game for the second straight year. The Crusaders were beaten 28-27 by Allentown Central Catholic in last year's final.
On Friday, Desmon Peoples scored on a 1-yard and a 54-yard run while rushing for 151 yards. He also had two first-half interceptions. But he was one-upped by his cousin, who rushed for touchdowns of 30-, 67- and 6 yards and finished with a game-high 171 yards rushing.
"It wasn't easy," said Brandon Peoples, who opened the scoring with a 30-yard run just 3:29 into the game on Archbishop Wood's second possession. "The score just made it look that way. They were a good team, a tough team."
Bishop McDevitt made a decision early to abandon the run with leading rusher Andre Robinson, a freshman, hobbled by an ankle injury. Quarterback Alec Werner threw an AAA championship game record 48 passes, completing 21, but was intercepted three times by a swift Wood defense.
"This is the best team I've ever been around," said Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin, who came to the Warminster school after coaching as an assistant at St. Joseph's Prep. "There was no way I thought the score would be like that."
Bishop McDevitt junior wide receiver Brian Lemelle tied a PIAA playoff record for pass receptions in a game with 11 catches. Lemelle had 127 yards receiving.