High School Sports

Tracking the area’s high school football stat leaders after 12 weeks

State College wide receiver Brandon Clark (15) celebrates with running back Isaiah Edwards after Clark's touchdown during a game against Erie. Clark is now the county’s leading receiver with 38 catches for 631 yards.
State College wide receiver Brandon Clark (15) celebrates with running back Isaiah Edwards after Clark's touchdown during a game against Erie. Clark is now the county’s leading receiver with 38 catches for 631 yards. psheehan@centredaily.com

We have two new leaders — and an old leader who’s the verge of history.

Only Bellefonte and State College are still playing football, but the two teams are making for some interesting stat races. Take a look:

Passing

State College’s Tommy Friberg moved from No. 2 to the top spot this week, and he’s playing his way into the record books.

The Little Lion now has 1,619 yards on the season. He needs just 19 more passing yards to finish fifth on State College’s all-time list for single-season passing yards, according to county historian Harry Breon. (Kevin Suhey from 2003 is currently fifth with 1,637 yards.)

Only five county quarterbacks have ever thrown for 2,000 yards and — if State College wins on Friday — Friberg has the potential to become the sixth. He’s already third all-time in the county for passing TDs in a single season (22), as he’s tied with Bellefonte’s Ryan Poorman from 2007.

As far as this season, on the current leaderboard, Penns Valley’s Aaron Tobias is now in second place (1,400 yards) with the following players trailing him: Philipsburg-Osceola’s Daniel Slogosky (1,334), Bellefonte’s Dylan Deitrich (1,240) and Bald Eagle Area’s Jaden Jones (1,071).

Deitrich can get to No. 2 behind Friberg with a passing performance of 161 yards.

Rushing

Bellefonte’s Dylan Deitrich has already put together the best rushing season by a county quarterback in history. But forget his position for a moment — he could soon break into the top 10 all-time in county history for most rushing yards in a season.

That’s regardless of position.

Deitrich currently boasts 1,509 rushing yards. He needs 145 to reach No. 10 on the list, which would put him ahead of State College’s Jeff Nixon (1991; 1,653). He still has an outside shot to break the school single-season record, but the Red Raiders will need to win a few more.

Jerry Shivery has held the record since 1966 with 1,792 yards. So Deitrich still needs 284 to break his record; Deitrich had 169 rushing yards in the district title game Friday against Johnstown.

Elsewhere on the leaderboard, State College’s Tristen Lyons (881) stayed at No. 2 and Bellefonte’s Dexter Gallishaw (787) rose to No. 3. Penns Valley’s Ryan Ripka is fourth with 778 yards, and the Little Lions’ Isaiah Edwards is fifth with 542.

Receiving

After nine straight weeks with the same leader, we’ve got a new face at No. 1.

After another big game by State College’s Brandon Clark, it’s now Clark at the top with 631 yards. The former leader, Bellefonte’s Cade Fortney, is right behind him with 629 yards.

Clark has only gotten stronger as the season’s gone in. Over the last four games, he has 22 catches for 392 yards. By comparison, over that same span, Fortney has eight catches for 120 yards.

The two players need less than 100 yards to move into the top 10 in county history for single-season receiving yards. BEA’s Denny Kolasa, from 1967, is currently 10th with 720 yards.

Rounding out the top 5 this season so far are State College’s Cohen Russell (495), Penns Valley’s Cole Breon (464) and Bald Eagle Area’s Matthew Reese (401).

Area stat leaders

Passing

1. Tommy Friberg, SC, 1,619

2. Aaron Tobias, PV, 1,400

3. Daniel Slogosky, P-O, 1,334

4. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 1,240

5. Jaden Jones, BEA, 1,071

Rushing

1. Dylan Deitrich, Bel, 1,509

2. Tristen Lyons, SC, 881

3. Dexter Gallishaw, Bel, 787

4. Ryan Ripka, PV, 778

5. Isaiah Edwards, SC, 542

Receiving

1. Brandon Clark, SC, 631

2. Cade Fortney, Bel, 629

3. Cohen Russell, SC, 495

4. Cole Breon, PV, 464

5. Matthew Reese, BEA, 401

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