The classic quote dictates that “Defense Wins Championships”.
For two Pennsylvania high schools, that quote was as meaningless as the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway or any Phillies game after Memorial Day this season.
The Meadville High School Bulldogs went all out for Friday night football, defeating their Western Pennsylvania rival Dubois by an astonishing 107-90 final. Though the photo above appears to give host Dubois a 90-7 blowout win, the truth is that the Bulldogs’ trip past the century mark was too much for the Beavers’ poor scoreboard to handle.
There were offensive heroes on both sides. Dubois quarterback Matt Miller tossed for 741 yards and 10 touchdowns, a national record on the high school level. On any other night, that magnificence is celebrated, but he was upstaged by Meadville RB Journey Brown, who, suffice it to say, went on quite the journey on Friday night. Brown ended the whirlwind night with 10 touchdowns as well, tallying up 720 yards, crush the Pennsylvania state record by over 200 yards.
The National Federation of State High School Associations is currently reviewing all the stats from the game to determine whether they are truly national records and could not be reached for comment.
With the win, Meadville improved to 2-0 on the year. Brown added to an already respectable rushing total. In a two quarter victory last week that was called due to lightning storms, Brown ran for 151 yards in a shortened 28-7 win. Notable alumni of Meadville include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner and former MLB pitcher Todd Erdos.
As for Dubois, they fall to 1-1 on the young season. Perhaps not surprisingly, they won a high scoring affair last week, defeating Mifflin County by 51-41 final.
Geoff Magliocchetti’s normal area of expertise is New Jersey high school football, but is impressed with Pennsylvania’s high scoring game as well. Bring more to his attention on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.