A Don McCormack column...

A Don McCormack column...

Paying another visit to the variety store...

A great night

Josh Brafford was The Man among many Pymatuning Valley Lakers who were just that when they dismantled visiting Lutheran East, 34-15, on Friday night at Laker Stadium.

The senior running back piled up 282 yards rushing for coach Jason Root's Lakers in the victory, lugging the pigskin 32 times.

On top of that, the 5-foot-8, 155-pounder who is earning his fourth varsity football letter this fall, had a 53-yard touchdown run called back in the romp.

Our research shows Brafford's 282-yard performance on Friday night is the second-best single-game rushing performance in PV football history.

The top mark is a 309-yard performance by Todd Baker, the quarterback on the Lakers' fine 1975 team coached by Joe Kearney.

In a 49-12 win against visiting Perry that season, Baker ran for 309 yards - and passed for another 140 - and ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more.

Baker, a member of the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame, completed 10 of 16 passes that night.

He led Kearney's first PV team to a 6-2-1 record in 1975 and won the Grand River Conference championship.

More on PV

If Root's Lakers can win out - they have games against Southington, Youngstown Christian and Mathews remaining on their 2006 schedule - it would guarantee them of at least tying for the best record in Ashtabula County.

Headed into Week 8, PV, Jefferson and Lakeside all have four losses.

The last time PV had the best record in the county?

Back in 1989, when coach Ken Parise's Lakers went 9-1 and won the East Suburban Conference championship.

Coach Bob Herpy's

Geneva Eagles also went 9-1 during the regular season that fall and reached the playoffs, bowing to St. Joseph, 35-8.

What a rush!

Best area performances on the ground in Week 8 were (in addition to Brafford's 282-yard, 42-carry effort):

- John Ferguson, Geneva - 288 yards on 43 carries, touchdown runs of 40 and 18 yards.

- Nick Henderlight, Grand Valley - 186 yards on 37 carries, TD runs of 1, 46 and 4 yards.

- Andy Humar, Ledgemont - 163 yards on 17 carries, scoring runs of 18 and 80 yards.

- Tim Knotts, Fairport - 153 yards on 19 carries, 63-yard TD run, a 13-yard run and a 15-yard touchdown catch.

- Josh Young, Riverside - 134 yards on 21 carries, TD runs of 49 and 2 yards.

- Isaiah Charlton, Chardon - 130 yards on six carries.

- Ian Pelow, Conneaut - 125 yards on 23 carries, 9-yard TD run.

- Blake Misch, Riverside - 117 yards on 15 carries, 45-yard scoring scamper.

- Chris Bowler, Harvey - 104 yards on 11 carries, 58-yard TD run.

- Andy Carlisle, Lakeside - 103 yards on eight carries, 16-yard touchdown run.

Passing fancy

Three area quarterbacks topped the century mark throwing the football in Week 8. They were:

- J.D. Ingalls, Madison - 154 yards, 13 of 35, TD tosses of 11 and 18 yards.

- Brandon Hanna, Lakeside - 135 yards, 9 of 10, touchdown throws of 12 and 37 yards.

- Mick Mohner, Harvey - 121 yards, 9 of 13, 60-yard scoring strike.

One and only

With the 19 area teams emphasizing the rushing attack last week, only one area receiver surpassed the 100-yard mark.

SS. John and Paul's Ryan Prugar had 102 yards on five catches, including a 75-yard scoring grab against Ledgemont on Saturday night at Lakeside Stadium.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. He can be reached via email at donmac@suite224.net.

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