We have a new passing leader this week — and two new faces among the top 5 in receiving.
Some categories are getting tighter here as the weeks progress. Outside of the top spots in rushing and receiving, it seems as if all the other places are up for grabs.
After nine weeks of high school football, here are the leaders:
Penns Valley’s Aaron Tobias is the new quarterback atop the leaderboard.
The sophomore was 30 of 49 for 335 yards Friday in a loss to Tyrone. That was the most completions, most attempts and second-most passing yards in a single-game by any county quarterback this season.
The only time more yards were thrown? Tobias, two weeks ago, when he was 25 of 42 for 343 yards against Bellefonte.
Tobias now has 1,249 yards on the season. In the last three weeks alone, he has 782 yards.
Behind him is last week’s No. 1, Philipsburg-Osceola’s Daniel Slogosky (1,143 yards), who was slowed down for 83 passing yards against Clearfield. That was just the third time this season he failed to throw for more than 90 yards.
State College’s Tommy Friberg isn’t far behind (1,074 yards) and could leap-frog at least one of the top-2 passers when his team plays Nov. 3 and the others do not. Bellefonte’s Dylan Deitrich is in fourth (939 yards), and Bald Eagle Area’s Jaden Jones — who’s been injured the last two weeks — is fifth with 766 yards.
Once again, it’s Bellefonte quarterback Dylan Deitrich and then everyone else.
Deitrich was slowed for his lowest-rushing total of the season on Friday with 33 yards, but he’s so far ahead here that it barely registered as a blip on his totals. He still has 1,101 rushing yards on the year — more than 400 yards better than the No. 2, Penns Valley’s Ryan Ripka (638 yards).
There was no movement at all in this category this weekend. State College’s Tristen Lyons remained in third (603 yards), Bellefonte’s Dexter Gallishaw followed closely behind (549 yards) and Bald Eagle Area’s Gage McClenahan rounded out the top 5 with 457 yards.
There could be some movement here next week, however. Over the last six weeks, McClenahan has averaged just 17 rushing yards per game. And the Little Lions’ Isaiah Edwards trails McClenahan by just 16 yards right now, as he boasts 43 carries for 441 yards on the year.
Make that seven straight weeks.
Bellefonte wideout Cade Fortney has led in this category for nearly the entire season, and he’s still atop the leaderboard with 554 yards. But after him? This is the most topsy-turvy category of the three.
Two of State College’s receivers both broke into the top 5 after a pair of impressive performances. Brandon Clark is coming off a nine-catch, 149-yard game while Cohen Russell had three catches for 111 yards Saturday in the loss to Harrisburg.
We’ll get to them shortly. But, behind Fortney is still Penns Valley’s Cole Breon — who’s in No. 2 with 429 yards. (Breon also leads the area in receptions with 38.) Bald Eagle Area’s Matthew Reese is third with 401 yards.
And fourth and fifth are where the Little Lions find themselves. Clark now has 388 yards on the season, while Russell has 364 yards. But they don’t have a lot of breathing room.
Philipsburg-Osceola’s TJ Thompson is right behind them with 349 yards, and the Rams’ Nic Kubalak has 331 yards for seventh in the area.
Area stat leaders
1. Aaron Tobias, PV, 1,249
2. Daniel Slogosky, P-O, 1,143
3. Tommy Friberg, SC, 1,074
4. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 939
5. Jaden Jones, BEA, 766
1. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 1,101
2. Ryan Ripka, PV, 638
3. Tristen Lyons, SC, 603
4. Dexter Gallishaw, Bel, 549
5. Gage McClenahan, BEA, 457
1. Cade Fortney, Bel, 554
2. Cole Breon, PV, 429
3. Matthew Reese, BEA, 401
4. Brandon Clark, SC, 388
5. Cohen Russell, SC, 364