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:







It’s time. The national high school football polls are about to over-run us, and we’ll start with the aptly named National Prep Poll from Jamie DeMoney of Urbandale, IA.

Not a ton of Pennsylvania love – the highest-ranked team in preseason in NPP is defending PIAA 4-AAAA champion La Salle College High School, which is pretty much a default position because, well, there just isn’t a Class AAAA superstar team in Pennsylvania heading into the 2010 season. La Salle checks in at No. 23 nationally in Jamie’s poll.

Other Pa. teams in NPP’s Top 100 are North Penn at No. 33, St. Joseph’s Prep and new head coach Gabe Infante at No. 54, Cumberland Valley at No. 71, Woodland Hills at No. 91 and Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt at No. 96.

Conveniently, La Salle and North Penn open the season on Sept. 3 at North Penn.

The NPP Top 100 and regional top 25 lists are here.

I like Jamie. He works hard, and he’s made a point to contact me over the last few years. So if you don’t like where the Pennsylvania teams are ranked in his poll, I’ll shoulder a portion of the blame. I’m still compiling my pre-season info and I can honestly say I don’t know who my preseason No. 1 Class AAAA team will be when the first RodFrisco.com rankings come out at the end of the month. Told Jamie that there’s just no prohibitive favorite in AAAA this year.

I can tell you that McDevitt will be my Class AAA No. 1, but that’s the only sure preseason No. 1 at this point.

Enjoy. It’s that time of year again.

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