09/14/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
197 total points. 720 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns scored by one player. 782 yards passing and 10 TD's from another player. Sounds like the kinds of numbers that would be a decent season for a high school football team when it comes to scoring, and a pretty good season for a high school running back and quarterback. Except these aren't season stats. Or even half season stats. These are the totals from ONE game. One wild and crazy high school football game played in Pennsylvania this past weekend.
In the game, Meadville defeated DuBois 107 to 90. The teams combined for 1,827 total yards and 28 touchdowns. Meadville running back Journey Brown set a Pennsylvania single game record by rushing for 720 yards and scoring 10 TD's. Believe it or not, that wasn't a national record, but is the second most all time. DuBois quarterback Matt Miller did set a national record by passing for 782 yards to go with his 10 TD passes. DuBois led the game 56 to 51 at halftime. Meadville led 85 to 82 after the 3rd quarter.
There's more. This was the highest scoring high school football game since 1927 when two Kansas teams combined for 256 points. But all 256 were scored by Haven in their win over Sylvia. Meadville's 107 points were the most scored by a Pennsylvania high school football team since 1933, when Wilkinsburg defeated Evans City 133 to 0. How bad were Sylvia and Evans City getting beaten that bad back in the day? Wow, that's just awful!
Anyway, here's a couple of more comparisons. The highest scoring NFL game ever was for a combined 113 points when Washington defeated the New York Giants 72 to 41 in 1966. It was under the highest scoring college football game though. That total was 222 when in 1916, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland by the score of 222 to 0. Again, really? What's up with all of these super one sided scores from the early part of the 1900's?
Here's my question to DuBois and Meadville...where were your defenses? This wasn't an 8 on 8 game that gets played in some parts of the country. This was a full blown, 11 on 11 football game. I can't even fathom how you score 107 points in a football game with four 12 minute quarters. But I can't even further fathom how you can give up 107 points in a game? Did these teams even send out defenses? Did they each score on every possession? Was the leading tackler in the game the kid who made more than one?
I know that football has become a more passing and scoring friendly game in both the NFL and especially in college. And what happens on the higher levels tends to trickle down to the high school level. But this is ridiculous. For the spectacle it's definitely news worthy, but I certainly hope this isn't a trend of things to come. Let's try to keep these games as low scoring affairs, you know, where both teams combine for 100 points (total sarcasm there). How about we get a little bit of defense back in the game of football? Please.
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