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.
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.