Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

University Prep Quarterback Shattering Records through Air

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

University Prep Quarterback Shattering Records through Air

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In order to put Ron Brown's past two games in perspective, a check of past City League statistics is in order.

In the previous 10 seasons, only nine quarterbacks from the City League have thrown for 1,000 yards in the regular season. Brown has thrown for almost 1,000 yards the past two games.

In terms of passing yardage, Brown, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior, had the best two weeks of any quarterback in the history of Pennsylvania high school football.

In a 52-21 victory against Carrick Friday, Brown completed 25 of 36 passes for 525 yards. It was the second-most yardage ever by a Pennsylvania quarterback in one game, and Brown's performance came a week after he threw for 468 yards against Shenandoah Valley, a Class A team from the eastern part of the state.

That is 993 yards the past two games for Brown, who transferred from Westinghouse to University Prep this year.

Where are they now?

Brown is one of only three quarterbacks in Pennsylvania history to throw for 500 yards in a game. Pat Devlin of Downingtown East threw for 511 in 2003. The state record is 594 yards by Derek Buganza of Brockway (near DuBois) in 2009.

Devlin played at Penn State before transferring to Delaware. He is now a backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

Buganza threw for 9,752 yards, a state record when he graduated in 2011. Buganza no longer plays football. He signed with Saint Vincent after Brockway but now plays golf at Penn State DuBois.

Facing Brown

University Prep is the No. 1-ranked City League team and plays No. 2 Brashear Thursday at Cupples Stadium on the South Side. Brashear coach Rick Murphy has watched Brown on film the past two games.

"When you open up the newspaper and see his passing numbers, you don't even see them on Sundays [in the NFL]," Murphy said.

While Murphy said Brown is impressive, he believes University Prep receiver Marcus Johnson is a main reason for Brown's great statistics.

"I'm not taking anything away from the quarterback, but I don't know too many receivers around anywhere that this [Johnson] kid couldn't match up with," Murphy said. "He's that good of an athlete. He's as good as we've seen in the City since we had Manasseh Garner. …

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