2019 Warwick at Garden Spot Football

Garden Spot QB Jesse Martin throws against Warwick during week 2 L-L League high school football action at Garden Spot High School Stadium in New Holland on Friday, August 30, 2019.

From the first day of heat acclimatization practice on Aug. 5, until the very 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

We’ll get the Week 10 prep items started with a look a several players who can hit milestone numbers in Friday’s games:

1. PASSING FANCY

Garden Spot QB Jesse Martin (936 passing yards) needs 64 for a 1000-yard season. … Donegal QB Trent Weaver (894 passing yards) needs 106 for a 1,000-yard season (playing in a run-heavy, Wing-T scheme). … Cocalico QB Noah Palm (819 passing yards) needs 181 for a 1,000-yard season; he's already rushed for 1,000 yards heading into Week 10, so he's going for a rare 1,000/1,000 season. ... Manheim Central QB Evan Simon (1,844 passing yards) needs 156 for his third 2,000-yard season in a row; that’s how you get to be No. 3 on the league’s all-time passing chart. … Lebanon QB Isaiah Rodriguez (1,818 passing yards) needs 182 for a 2,000-yard season. … Heading into Week 10, Columbia QB Matt McCleary (2,370 yards) and Warwick QB Joey McCracken (2,047 yards) have eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark, and McCleary (29 TDs), McCracken (22 TDs) and Conestoga Valley’s Bradley Stoltzfus (22 TDs) pace the league in touchdown throws.

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2. RUNNING FOR A GRAND

Lancaster Catholic RB Jeff Harley (943 rushing yards) needs 57 yards for a 1,000-yard season; he’s had 200-yard nights in two of the last three games, including a 209-yard effort last week in the Crusaders’ 32-0 win over Donegal, as Catholic clinched no worse than a tie for Section 3 gold. … Lampeter-Strasburg RB Bryan McKim (928 rushing yards) needs 72 for a 1,000-yard season. … Hempfield RB Tanner Hess (895 rushing yards) needs 105 for a 1,000-yard season. … Donegal RB Joe Fox (865 rushing yards) needs 135 for a 1,000-yards season. … Warwick RB Colton Miller (830 rushing yards) needs 70 for a 1,000-yard season. … Heading into Week 10, Solanco FB Nick Yannutz (1,365 yards), Elco QB Braden Bohannon (1,259 yards), Annville-Cleona RB Trevor Porche (1,135 yards), Cedar Crest RB Tyler Cruz (1,061 yards) and Cocalico QB Noah Palm (1,019 yards) have already amassed 1,000-yard rushing seasons; that’s back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns for Palm. … Also heading into Week 10, the league leaders in TD runs are: Miller (18), Palm (18), Bohannon (15), Annville-Cleona QB Junior Bours (15), Harley (14), Yannutz (14), McKim (14) and Cruz (14).

3. LOOK, UP IN THE AIR

Columbia’s Ryan Redding (955 receiving yards) needs 45 for a 1,000-yard season. … Lebanon’s Alex Rufe (943 receiving yards) needs 57 for a 1,000-yard season. … Last week, Manheim Central’s Colby Wagner had a 6-catch, 197-yard effort in the Barons’ win over Garden Spot, as Central clinched no worse than a tie for the Section 2 title. Wagner became the first L-L League receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards through the air this season; he’s at 1,041. Redding and Rufe are poised to join him in Week 10. … Coaches are going to have a heck of a time voting for Section 3 Receiver of the Year, with Redding and Rufe — plus Donegal’s Jake Shoemaker (33-592, 10 TDs), Columbia’s Darnell Tucker (37-539, 7 TDs) and Northern Lebanon’s Nate Leedy-Reidel (36-703, 6 TDs) — doing amazing things on the flanks week in and week out. Just check out Rufe’s last five games: 44 catches for 751 yards (17.1 yards per reception) with five TD grabs. That includes an 11-catch night vs. Ephrata, and an epic 12-catch, 202-yard, 2-TD effort vs. Columbia. … Redding leads the L-L League with 11 TD snags; Shoemaker and Conestoga Valley's Zach Fisher are next with 10 apiece. … Heading into Week 10, Rufe (65 catches), Redding (61 catches) and Wagner (55 catches) lead the league in receptions.

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