PA. PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Camp Hill QB moves up all-time passing list
Camp Hill quarterback Michael Shuster continues to soar up the charts.
The senior collected 443 passing yards and threw for seven touchdowns in the Lions' 56-0 Week 1 victory over Upper Dauphin.
Shuster, a fourth-year starter, slid past former Lakeland quarterback Evan Kraky for 12th-place all-time in yards (7,477) in state history. Shuster now tops the Mid-Penn Conference with 82 career touchdown passes.
• Berwick got some revenge over Crestwood — a team the Dawgs lost to twice in 2014. Berwick held the Comets' running game to just 39 yards in a 34-14 win at Crispin Field.
• Lake-Lehman's Joey Vigil got off to good start in the race for the WVC's top rusher. The senior rushed for 268 yards and had a 92-yard touchdown run in a win over Lackawanna Trail.
• Valley West's Sean Judge ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Spartans' win over Wyoming Area.
• Conestoga Valley quarterback Grant Stoltzfus turned in the best passing performance among Lancaster-Lebanon League signal-callers in Week 1 action. The Buckskins' junior, operating CV's Air Raid scheme, went 23 of 26 for 308 yards with five touchdowns passes — four to classmate Albert Hannah — in the Buckskins' 50-7 romp over Ephrata. Stoltzfus has been CV's starting QB since the second game of his freshman season.
• Manheim Central handed first-year head coach Dave Hahn a victory in his debut as the Barons' boss, a 48-16 victory at Warwick. Hahn, Manheim Central's offensive line coach for the last 20 years, succeeded Mike Williams, who stepped down after last season after 34 successful years on the job in Manheim.
• This wasn't the typical ground-and-pound run game Juniata fans are used to. Junior quarterback Tyler Clark established a pair of Juniata records on Friday with 306 passing yards and six touchdowns. The result was a 75-12 victory over Penns Valley.
• Lower Dauphin, the 2013 District 3-AAAA champs and state semifinalist, continued to dominate the annual Iron Spike Bowl series with neighboring Middletown. The Falcons bypassed the Blue Raiders, 35-21, Friday, sliding its record to 4-0 in the young series. The Iron Spike Bowl originated in 2012 with the winner receiving an 8-inch tempered spike that symbolizes the 3-mile railroad connector between Hummelstown and Middletown. Upcoming rivalry games in district include the "Cocoa Bean Bowl" between Hershey and Milton Hershey (Sept. 18), the "Little Brown Jug" game between Big Spring and Shippensburg (Oct. 23) and the unique "Lump of Coal" series between Reading and District 11 rival Pottsville on Oct. 30. Yep, the winner gets a sizable chunk of Anthracite coal.
• Cedar Cliff's Jayden Demmy looked to be in midseason form against Penn Manor. The Colt tied a career high with six touchdowns as Cedar Cliff finally ousted the Comets, 54-20, snapping a three-game skid that spanned three seasons, two playoff losses and a loss in Ireland last season.
Demmy's six scores tied a career mark set last year in a Week 4 victory over Waynesboro. The back has scored four or more touchdowns four times since last year and has eight multi-score games in his past 12 contests. The only time he was shutout was in last year's District 3-AAAA first round loss against Keystone rival Lower Dauphin.
• Trinity's Drew DeBastiani didn't get the message that there is usually some early-season rust to knock off. Likely the new top target in the rebuilding Shamrocks offense, DeBastiani torched Delone Catholic in the opener, scoring on an 85-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Geisel. He added two scores before that, an 85-yard kickoff return in the second quarter that gave Trinity a lead and an 89-yard kick return in the third quarter.
• Carlisle, which made the postseason last year for the first time in 10 years, entered the season trying to figure out how to get back — and make it further — without starting quarterback Billy Burger. At least after Week 1, the Thundering Herd should be just fine. Junior Eric Harris made his varsity debut, torching Mechanicsburg for 300 yards on 20 of 25 passing. He did throw back-to-back interceptions, but more than made up for it with four touchdowns.
It's the second straight season-opening win for the Herd, who are looking to get some revenge against visiting Red Land after losing on some costly mistakes a year ago.
• Hughesville junior Landon Henry made the most of his first start, breaking a program record with five touchdowns in a 55-21 win over East Juniata. Henry completed 10 of 14 passes for 302 yards.
• North Penn-Mansfield junior Brock Burleigh had a nearly identical debut. Burleigh threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-6 win at CMVT, tying his brother Bo for the program record of touchdowns in a game.
• Williamsport made coach Charles Crews's debut a good one, thumping Central Mountain, 48-30. Quarterback Isaiah Hankins threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns while running for 85 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Jerah Reeves had nine catches for 196 yards a year after breaking the program record for yards (1,022) and touchdowns (13) in a season.
DISTRICT 5 AND 6
• Tyrone fielded an all-new collection of skill players, but the Golden Eagles didn't seem the least bit fazed in posting a surprisingly-easy 41-7 victory over fellow perennial District 6 power Bellwood-Antis in the 81st renewal of their "Backyard Brawl" on the opening Friday of the season. Drew Hunter threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles looked like they might not miss a beat from the 2014 squad that won 12 games and the District 6 Class AA championship.
• Tyrone will go from one rivalry game into another this Friday when they host Central in a game that will have big repercussions in the District 6 Class AA playoff rankings and the race to win the Mountain League. The Scarlet Dragons, boasting an enviable array of dangerous skill talents, rolled to a 55-13 win against Tussey Mountain in Week 1, with Alex Hoenstine scoring six touchdowns: three on runs, two on receptions and once on a punt return.
• In spite of graduating six all-state players from last season's PIAA Class A championship team, Bishop Guilfoyle didn't miss a beat in winning its 17th straight game, 38-14, over Richland on Saturday night. Evan Chadbourn rushed for 262 yards and scored four touchdowns in his debut as the Marauders' starting tailback.
• It was quite an offensive start for teams throughout the region. Juniata led the way by hanging 75 points on Penns Valley, but the Indians weren't the only team lighting the scoreboard with regularity. Northern Bedford and Portage each scored 61 in opening-night wins, while Berlin Brothersvalley put 54 on the scoreboard. PIAA Class AAA semifinalist Somerset scored 48 in three quarters against Bishop Carroll before those teams' game was called because of lightning.
• Ranked among the top 10 teams in the state, Thomas Jefferson was shocked in Week 1, falling in the season opener to rival Ringgold, 27-20. The Jaguars had won 67 of their past 68 conference games and captured the past nine conference titles.
• McKeesport running back Khaleke Hudson, who has Division I offers from Pitt, Penn State, WVU, UCLA, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and many others, ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns and added a 52-yard touchdown reception in a 49-7 win at Connellsville.
• After enduring three lightning delays, Armstrong earned the first win in program history with a 33-14 victory over Hollidaysburg in a Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference game that ended at 12:17 Saturday morning. Ford City and Kittanning merged to form Armstrong this summer. Tyler Dudek ran for 309 yards and three touchdowns for Armstrong.
• Defending City League champion Brashear opened the season Friday with a convincing 56-0 win over Imani Christian in a non-league game. Khalil Saunders had a pair of touchdown runs, and Pitt recruit Therran Coleman added a touchdown scamper.
Contributors: Bill Hartlep, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Jim Reeser, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre; Eric Epler, PennLive; Chris Masse, Williamsport Sun Gazette; Phil Cmor, Altoona Mirror; Geoff Morrow, PennLive; Jeffrey Reinhart, PennLive; Jake Adams, Carlisle Sentinel