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.

Crazy.

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:

PIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS – CHAMPIONS

PIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS – GAME RESULTS

PIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS – OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE RECORDS

PIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS – SCORING

PIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS – VENUES

 

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The PIAA promised to define what constitutes acceptable contact for football players in the off-season, and it had delivered.

Click here to view the video, shot at Blackhawk High School in Beaver County, that demonstrates the acceptable forms of contact blacking. There are several different videos showing what’s kosher and what’s not.

In short, what not acceptable is real-world blocking and tackling. What is acceptable is use of shields in close-contact drills. It’s a definite step forward, especially now that helmets and shoulder pads are permissible, compared to the days when essentially no contact at all was permitted.

The PIAA still prohibits the burgeoning “contact camps” that promote actual hitting. Good for PIAA.

So, enjoy the videos. Especially the one with the mower zipping by.

 

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Here are the final approved qualifiers and brackets for football for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years; they were adopted at the PIAA Board of Directors’ meeting in May.

Selinsgrove has a chance to repeat in what should be a good AAA field in 2010 (Photo credit: pennlive.com)

The “qualifiers” files show the math the PIAA uses to determine the number of qualifiers from each district to the PIAA championship in that sport; the process is known as proportional representation. The brackets show the pairings for PIAA team and individual championships in each sport where applicable.

Here are the reports for football:

A FOOTBALL QUALIFIERS
AA FOOTBALL QUALIFIERS
AAA FOOTBALL QUALIFIERS
AAAA FOOTBALL QUALIFIERS
A-AAA FOOTBALL BRAX
AA-AAAA FOOTBALL BRAX

PIAA POST-SEASON CALENDAR
First round: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 26-27, sites TBA
Quarterfinals: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 3-4, sites TBA
Semifinals: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, sites TBA
PIAA Championships: Class A and Class AAA, Friday, Dec. 17, at Hersheypark Stadium; Class AA and Class AAAA, Saturday, Dec. 18, at Hersheypark Stadium

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