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

 

Maybe you saw Saturday’s PIAA Basketball Championships games on PCN. Maybe you didn’t.

Either way, enjoy what the state’s sports writers had to say about the games:

CLASS AAA BOYS

Plymouth-Whitemarsh 58, Penn Wood 51

Delaware County Times here and here.

Philadelphia Inquirer here and here.

Norristown Times-Herald here and here (with video).

Harrisburg Patriot-News here.

CLASS AAA GIRLS

Archbishop Wood 49, Indiana 39

Bucks County Courier-Times here, here and here.

Indiana Gazette here.

Philadelphia Inquirer here.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.

Harrisburg Patriot-News here.

CLASS AA BOYS

South Fayette 49, Strawberry Mansion 47

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.

Philadelphia Inquirer here.

Interesting take on a key moment late in the game from Ted Silary of the Philadelphia Daily News here. Includes a supporting photo.

Harrisburg Patriot-News here.

CLASS A GIRLS

Bishop Guilfoyle 49, Northern Cambria 29

Altoona Mirror here.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat here and here.

Harrisburg Patriot-News here.

 

What a great set of PIAA boys basketball finals this weekend. All four games were battles, games in which the will was more important than talent and reputation.

Some of the memories will last a long time: T.J. McConnell’s 32-point, 32-shot, it’s-my-game performance in Chartiers Valley’s 65-63 loss to nationally ranked Neumann-Goretti … Sewickley’s Tom Droney stepping up and playing his leader’s role despite throwing up four times before his team’s 43-38 win over Reading Central Catholic … the sheer desire showed by South Fayette in its 49-47 win over favored Strawberry Mansion … and Plymouth-Whitemarsh’s exceptional turnaround, led by Whis Grant and C.J. Aiken, to stun Penn Wood 58-51.

All four games had something going on, all similar in the sense that they were all tests of will, but all with their own nuance.

The girls’ games? Um, a little less dramatic, save for York Catholic’s tremendous comeback against Villa Maria Academy in the Class AA game? Villa took a 22-2 lead that York Catholic whittled to two, only to watch Villa’s outstanding Kayla McBride take charge for the win. And Archbishop Wood turned a one-point game into a 10-point runaway in the fourth quarter.

In all, it was an entertaining weekend that drew more than 20,000 fans to Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.

I’ve attended basketball finals somewhat sporadically over the years, watched some on PCN, and have no expertise in the history of the PIAA basketball championships whatsoever. But I have to believe the four games were among the best sets in years. It’s almost impossible to get two games full of drama; four is a gift.

And that’s what the fans received in State College this weekend.

Really, can a basketball fan ask for any more than that?

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