L-S vs Solanco HS football

Solanco quarterback Joel McGuire (2) avoids the rush by Lampeter-Strasburg's Tim DeWalt (30) during first half action of an L-L section 2 football game at Solanco High School in Quarryville Friday Oct. 6, 2017.

From the first day of heat acclimatization practice on Aug. 6, until the last Lancaster-Lebanon League football team is standing later this fall, we’ll bring you three fun L-L League pigskin facts on a daily basis to keep you updated about what’s happening around the league

1. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. Joey McCracken. If you haven’t heard by now, the aforementioned Joey McCracken, Warwick’s sophomore QB, had an all-timer on Friday night: 11-for-21 for 530 yards with five touchdown passes against one pick. That’s 48.2 yards per completion. That’s 25.2 yards per attempt. And yes, that’s an L-L League single-game passing record, which McCracken completely obliterated in the Warriors’ 38-12 win over Wilson. Warwick had 601 yards in all; Trey Glass, already the league’s leading receiver coming in, had five catches for — get this — 260 yards with two TDs, and TE Hayden Rucci had three grabs for 152 yards and a score. McCracken’s shortest TD pass was a 53-yarder to Nick Fucci. In the third quarter alone, he had an 85-yard TD pass to Rucci and 99- and 84-yard TD strikes to Glass. Holy moly. McCracken is just the second player in L-L history to eclipse 500 passing yards in a single game; in fact, the previous record didn’t even stand one full calendar year. He’s also the second L-L QB to throw for more than 400 yards in a game this season, joining E-town’s Cole Patrick, who did it twice. Here is an updated list of the top single-game passing records in L-L history, dating back to 1972 …

530 yards — Joey McCracken, Warwick vs. Wilson in 2018 (11-of-21, 5 TD)

506 yards — Zakee Sailsman, Lebanon vs. Hempfield in 2017 (34-of-46, 4 TD)

429 yards — Grant Stoltzfus, Conestoga Valley vs. Lampeter-Strasburg in 2014 (25-of-40, 4 TD)

428 yards — Mark Pyles, Lebanon vs. Elizabethtown in 2013 (21-of-33, 6 TD)

428 yards — Todd Shelley, Lampeter-Strasburg vs. Conestoga Valley in 2017 (29-of-39, 5 TD)

416 yards — Cole Patrick, Elizabethtown vs. Dover in 2018 (15-of-22, 6 TD)

415 yards — Cole Patrick, Elizabethtown vs. Donegal in 2018 (18-of-25, 4 TD)

415 yards — Tanner Schwilk, Conestoga Valley vs. Lampeter-Strasburg in 2017 (34-of-43 5 TD)

The fact that McCracken did it against Wilson’s razor-sharp defense made it even more incredible.

Oh yeah, McCracken and the Warriors also forced a crazy 3-way tie for the Section 1 lead with Wilson and Manheim Township, which joined the trio after surviving Cedar Crest 16-10 in OT on Friday.

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2. Another crazy number from Friday: Solanco hammered out 425 rushing yards, and QB Joel McGuire — already the league’s leading rusher coming into the week — galloped for 225 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Golden Mules storm past Lampeter-Strasburg 48-27 to recapture the Milk Jug Trophy. Solanco snared it back after the Pioneers pasted the Mules 46-0 last year — after Solanco had won it the previous two seasons. L-S still leads the Milk Jug series 6-3. But the trophy will reside in Quarryville for the next year.

3. Columbia picked off Octorara 26-21 on Friday as Matt McCleary had three TD strikes. The Crimson Tide improved to 2-6 overall, and it’s the first time Columbia has had a 2-win season since 2014. The Tide had 1-win campaigns in 2015 and 2016 and Columbia was 0-10 last fall.

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