Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday night thoughts, WPIAL quarterfinals

South Fayette's Christian Brumbaugh may not have the arm strength of former Penn Hills quarterback Anthony Morelli and Trinity quarterback Cody Endres, but I can't remember watching a more intelligent high school player at the position.

Which makes it all the more odd that Brumbaugh hasn't secured a college yet.

His first choice was Division I-AA power William & Mary but the school hasn't made an offer yet. Brumbaugh does have offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Buffalo. Ohio and Toledo are also interested.

After watching Brumbaugh pass for 324 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 completions in a complete dissection of Freeport's defense in Friday night's 47-13 victory in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals, it's befuddling that more schools are interested.

Let's see. Brumbaugh has the size, the smarts to read through four or five progressions, the ability to elude pressure, a decent arm and he's a winner.

If there's a better quarterback playing in the WPIAL, KinPA (a regular reader of this blog) has promised to eat a printout of this story with hot sauce.

* It's amazing how certain teams can't beat certain schools, such as Monessen's five-game playoff losing streak to Springdale.

The Dynamo cruised to a 30-6 win to advance to play Clairton in the semifinals. Not sure how Springdale posted 30 points against a Monessen defense that I considered stout. I did figure the Greyhounds would have trouble scoring. Just not that much trouble.

* Does Spiringdale's win change anyone's belief that Clairton and Rochester are destined to meet at Heinz Field once again? I still say it's the Bears and Rams two Saturdays from now.

* Impressive statement made by Aliquippa against a Beaver team that took the Quips to overtime in the regular season.

It's old school vs. new school in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. Aliquippa vs. Ford City and Beaver Falls vs. South Fayette.

*If Beth-Center's play up front catches up to the talent of the skill positions, the Bulldogs could be better poised to make a deeper run in the postseason.

Still, Beth-Center remains the only team from Washington and Greene counties to win a playoff game this year or last year.

* South Fayette's Jeff Davis has to be one of the toughest running backs in the WPIAL to defense. He's equally adept at running and receiving, actually he might be a better pass catcher.

* I also like the play of Lions senior tight end/linebacker Eric Myers. The guy makes key catches on third down and finds a way to the football on defense.

* South Fayette has never been to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals, though the Lions previously made it that far in Class A and won the 1964 title, back when Gardner Points decided who played for the championship.

That said, the business-like approach the Lions displayed last night at Freeport shows this team has one objective in mind, and it involves winning at Heinz Field.


KiPA - Kevin in PA said...

South Fayette: Fun to watch.

TD "TouchDown" Conway might be better. Yeah, I said it.

Can I have fries with my hot sauce-laden printout?

Anonymous said...

Springdale does not play Rochester, wrong bracket side. Rochester plays Avonworth and Springdale gets Clairton. Still I think most will agree the final 2 though I think Avonworth has a better chance than springdale.

prexie said...

Brumbaughs throwing motion is a little awkward, i think that has schools shying away, myself i would take the chance because, as you said, his intelligence and decision making. there are alot of high school qbs that have no idea where their 2nd read is let alone 3rd and 4th.

mike_kovak said...

I'll have to check out the throwing motion at Friday's game. Thanks Prexie.

Brumbaugh might be the first high school QB I've seen go through a fourth or fifth read. It's impressive to watch him work.

Anonymous said...

how many high school qbs have the time to make a 3rd and 4th read? I think you guys are overlooking a very, very key component. From people I talk to, their line is huge and skilled. Lets give credit where credit is due. Someone is giving him time to throw for all those yards.

mike_kovak said...

Yes, their line is very good. Huge? I'm not so sure. Plus, they are without their top lineman who was lost for the season with a knee injury.

prexie said...

good point with the lineman. they are the strongest line maybe in AA. but put brumbaugh on wash high or even keystone oaks and you would see what kind of qb he is.he is a very smart player.

mike_kovak said...

I've seen some good lines in my time and South Fayette qualifies. I have never seen a WPIAL quarterback make reads like Brumbaugh during my time covering high school sports.