Pa. high school football notebook: Camp Hill QB climbs state record book
Camp Hill quarterback Michael Shuster continues to advance through the Pennsylvania record book.
After sliding past former Downingtown East ace Pat Devlin (2002-05) in Week 7, Shuster bypassed Lancaster Catholic's Kyle Smith (2006-09) for fifth-place all-time with 8,728 career passing yards.
The next target is Allentown Central Catholic's Brendan Nosovitch (2008-11) at 9,248 yards. In addition, Shuster ranks fifth in career touchdown passes with 101, five behind Nosovitch.
• If Perkiomen Valley and Spring-Ford avoid upset losses this weekend, the teams will square off for top Pioneer Athletic Conference honors — and a higher seed in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs — Nov. 6 in Royersford.
The Vikings' defense has yielded an average of only 7.1 points in league play. The unit's second straight shutout came in Friday's 42-0 romp at Phoenixville.
Offensively, Perkiomen Valley averages 48.8 points. Junior Stephen Sturm, a southpaw quarterback, has thrown for 1,867 yards and 24 touchdowns.
• All GAR's Anthony Maurent is doing is scoring touchdowns. A week after setting a WVC record with eight touchdowns in a game against Hanover Area, Maurent scored five times in the first quarter in a victory over Holy Redeemer.
That gives Maurent 13 touchdowns in the last two games. Against Redeemer, Maurent scored on run, a fumble return, an interception, a pass reception and punt return.
Maurent has 21 rushing touchdowns and 1,011 yards heading into Week 9.
• Valley West is looking to secure its first undefeated regular season since 1997, when the Spartans finished the year 12-1 and were eliminated from the state playoffs by Central Bucks West. In order to do that, Valley West must first get through Scranton and Williamsport. The Spartans travel to Scranton on Friday before closing out the regular season the following week at Williamsport.
• If there was any doubt that all aspects of the National Football League eventually trickle down to the scholastic ranks, take Cumberland Valley's 24-21 upset of Central Dauphin on Friday night at Speed Ebersole Stadium. With four seconds remaining in a 21-all deadlock, Eagles kicker Connor Long lined up for a game-winning 40-yard field goal. After the Rams attempted to "ice" Long by calling three consecutive timeouts just seconds before each snap, the CV senior split the uprights to hand Central Dauphin its first loss of the season. The Rams played without All-American sophomore end Micah Parsons, who began a four-game suspension for a "violation of team rules."
• Lampeter-Strasburg senior Collin Shank became just the fourth quarterback in Lancaster-Lebanon League history to join the 7,000-yard passing club. Shank passed for 251 yards in the Pioneers' 34-14 win over Lancaster Catholic, giving him 7,064 career passing yards. He's now No. 4 on the L-L League all-time list and, with two regular-season games to go, and very likely at least one District 3-AAA playoff game, Shank should finish his career as the No. 2 passer in league history.
• Northern Lebanon senior QB Isaac Wengert turned in one of the top individual performances in the L-L League this season when he passed for 226 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 58-36 win over Annville-Cleona.
• Carlisle has four receivers with at least 400 yards. The Thundering Herd are led by the Barnes cousins: Nate Barnes has 781 yards and nine touchdowns on 50 receptions, while Gavyn Barnes leads the team with 58 receptions, for 774 yards and nine scores. Behind those two are the shifty Deshawn Millington — 36 receptions for 434 yards and a score — and Zion Patterson's 34 catches, 437 yards and two TDs.
The kid throwing to them, Eric Harris, now owns the Carlisle single-season records for completions (206) and yards (2,726), surpassing Billy Burger, who set the marks for both last season after the Herd switched to a spread option offense.
• Isaiah Scott scored five touchdowns, rushing for 195 yards, but that wasn't nearly enough to keep Blacklick Valley in the game in a 76-48 loss at Windber. The Ramblers rolled up 632 yards of total offense, including 539 on the ground. Shadoe Smith led the charge with 441 yards on 29 carries, scoring on runs of 1, 43, 7, 57, 18, 20 and 8 yards.
• Penns Manor wrapped up the Heritage Conference title on Friday with a 19-12 victory at Ligonier Valley in a battle of unbeaten teams. Bailey Mumau accounted for 143 of the Comets' 311 yards on the ground, polishing things off on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave Penns Manor a 13-point lead. Ligonier quarterback Collin Smith, who has a scholarship offer from Michigan, was knocked out of the game with an injury in the second quarter. Penns Manor is one of three Class A teams in the district with 8-0 records, along with Moshannon Valley and defending PIAA champion Bishop Guilfoyle.
• Mount Union isn't quite playing at the level the Trojans did last season, when they were undefeated until running into Tyrone in the District 6 Class AA final, but they still are coming up with turnovers at a spectacular clip. Mount Union came up with five more in a 49-28 win against West Branch, giving them 25 takeaways this season and 15 over the last three games. Cole Wilson picked off two passes for the third game in a row, giving him seven this season. Forcing turnovers has been a trend for the Trojans — they came up with 39 in 2014 and 30 in 2013.
• Central is the top-ranked team in District 6 Class AA, and the Scarlet Dragons can wrap up the No. 1 seed by beating Huntingdon and Ligonier Valley in the next two weeks. The Dragons ran their record to 7-1 with a 55-20 win over Bellefonte, the second straight game Central has surpassed 50 points and the fifth game in a row in which it scored at least 42. Justin Helsel had a big game for the Dragons, scoring four times: twice on passes, once on a kickoff return and once on an interception runback.
• Bellwood-Antis has ruled the roost in the Inter-County Conference for most of the last decade, but the Blue Devils were stunned 41-20 on Friday by a visiting Northern Bedford team that was riding a three-game losing streak itself. Northern Bedford jumped out to a 20-0 lead when Josh Dasher hauled in a 54-yard TD pass from Isaac Drenning at 7:33 of the second quarter. Jake Cherry keyed the Black Panthers, scoring three times, including twice on interceptions.
• Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown set a WPIAL record last Friday when he ran for 460 yards and eight touchdowns in a win over Deer Lakes. He broke the mark of Connellsville's Marcus Furman (455) set in 2000.
• A pair of elite WPIAL running backs are likely to surpass 4,000 career yards Friday night. Penn State recruit Miles Sanders, a senior from Woodland Hills needs 48 yards, while Clairton's Lamont Wade, a junior, needs just 17 yards for the milestone. Both teams are ranked No. 1 in the state.
• It's rivalry week across the WPIAL, and Aliquippa and Beaver Falls will play for the Class AA Midwestern Conference title. Both teams are 8-0. Aliquippa is the top-ranked team in the state, while Beaver Falls is ranked No. 6. Aliquippa has won the past six meetings in the series.
• One week after thinking it had clinched a berth in the four-team City League playoffs, Westinghouse found out it missed out again. The Bulldogs haven't qualified since 2001. Carrick reported Westinghouse used an ineligible player in Week 1, forcing the Bulldogs to forfeit that game and knocking them from postseason contention. Westinghouse will still play in a PIAA subregional game.
• The City playoffs get started Thursday, as No. 3 USO plays No. 2 Brashear. On Friday, No. 4 Perry plays No. 1 Allderdice.
• St. Joseph's Prep backup Joe Longo filled in for injured quarterback Kevin Shaw in the second half of the Catholic League Class AAAA game Saturday against Father Judge. With the Hawks down by 13-7 after three quarters, he sparked a 38-13 victory by firing a 61-yard TD pass to Terrence Greene and running for a 9-yard score.
Contributors: Steve Bennett, Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice; Eric Epler, PennLive; Geoff Morrow, PennLive; Jeffrey Reinhart, PennLive; Phil Cmor, Altoona Mirror; Jake Adams, Carlisle Sentinel; Bill Hartlep, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Rick O'Brien, Philadelphia Inquirer