I’ll host my preseason football live chat on Monday at 1 p.m., which will be my normal weekly chat slot.

I moved my time from 2 p.m. on Monday’s to 1 p.m. to avoid direct conflict with Eric Epler of the Patriot-News.  His always-fun chat will be at 2 p.m. on Mondays on pennlive.com.

Also, my preseason Pennsylvania football rankings will be posted on Thursday, Sept. 1.   Would have loved to have them late last week or early this week, but working for The Man (if one can call District 3 The Man) is a time-gobbler.  Love it, though.

Please check back Monday at 1 p.m. for a live chat.

Week 1 schedule:

Monday – live chat at 1 p.m.

Thursday – RodFrisco.com state preseason football rankings; college football season opens, butt parked in front of TV

Friday – modified live blog of Cumberland Valley at Red Lion football game

Saturday – no live football coverage; Central Dauphin field hockey season opener at Warwick (no, I won’t have a live blog of that game, either)

Sunday – Will decide soon on Gateway-Bishop McDevitt and Pittsburgh Central Catholic-Archbishop Wood doubleheader


Weather issues? Not as far as Christian Brumbaugh of South Fayette and Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown Central Catholic were concerned. They were too busy savaging the PIAA playoff record book to worry about chilled fingers.

I will post the entire updated PIAA football playoff records below (2010 records are in red once you access them), but some need to be pulled out.

First, Brumbaugh. Not satisfied with his five-TD, 380-yard effort against Brockway in semifinals, he lit up Forest Hills for six touchdowns passes, the first quarterback to throw for 6 TDs in a PIAA playoff game. Remember, we’re now talking 23 years and 575 games.

He threw for 362 yards against Forest Hills, raising his PIAA playoff series total to 742 yards in two games. Pretty good, I’d say. Yet in the process, he lost his PIAA single-game yardage mark to Nosovitch, who had that incredible 417-yard, 5-touchdown effort on Friday against Archbishop Wood. Nosovitch has been a machine: he had 601 yards of offense and accounted for 7 TDs against Wood alone, and has compiled 356 yards rushing, 760 yards passing (1,156 yards total) and accounted for 16 touchdowns in his three PIAA playoff games.


But for a single game, it might be impossible to beat La Salle College’s 38-35 win over North Penn in the Class AAAA East Championship game. The game did not set any offensive records, save for the most combined points in regulation in a AAAA semifinal game. But the game did have a PIAA playoff record 7 lead changes and everyone in attendance at Plymouth-Whitemarsh – and there was a huge crowd – gasping throughout the game.

Two of my former print colleagues – Dom Cosentino and Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier-Times – both sent independent texts saying it was the best high school football game they’ve ever seen. I saw much of it on a live stream, and I’m in the ballpark with them. Both teams were relentless in a very well-played game that didn’t end until La Salle picked off a tipped screen pass with 1:14 left. It was a magnificent ball game.

Below are the updated PIAA records:







OK, I admit it: I miscalculated some of the time it would take to keep the site fully updated during the district and state playoff season. I haven’t written a thing in two weeks and haven’t kept The Ticker updated. Lesson learned.

So, in an attempt to get back to basics, here are some of stories from local newspapers regarding Tuesday’s PIAA girls’ spring soccer and PIAA lacrosse semifinals. I promise I’ll do my own work for the state finals.

PLEASE NOTE: The time of the PIAA Class AA soccer championship game between Trinity and Donegal is now 1 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. Donegal has graduation Friday evening.



Hershey 2, Council Rock South 1
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Bucks County Courier Times

Cumberland Valley 4, Dallastown 0
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Carlisle Sentinel
York Daily Record
York Dispatch

Trinity 1, Saucon Valley 0
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Carlisle Sentinel

Donegal 1, Allentown Central Catholic 0
Allentown Morning Call
Lancaster Newspapers

LACROSSE: Read about all games at the state’s best lacrosse site, www.phillylacrosse.com


Conestoga 13, Manheim Twp. 4
Philadelphia Inquirer
Lancaster Newspapers

La Salle College 15, Seneca Valley 3
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Radnor 23, Unionville 14
Delaware County Times
Philadelphia Inquirer

Springfield-Delco 14, Manheim Twp. 4
Delaware County Times
Lancaster Newspapers
Philadelphia Inquirer

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