There have been a lot of great high school quarterbacks to come through Western Pennsylvania. George Blanda, Jim Kelly, Johnny Lujack, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Johnny Unitas, come to mind. None of them threw for as many yards in high school as Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer.
Bodamer became the state’s all-time leading passer with a 347-yard, five-touchdown effort in a 55-20 defeat of Brockway (Pa.) on Friday. He has 9,787 career yards, topping the old record of 9,752, set by Derek Buganz of Brockway last season. He also added to his state record for career touchdown passes that he set earlier this season.
The son of Port Allegany coach Mike Bodamer, Matt has helped the Gators, who play in Class A, the smallest division in the state, to a 9-0 record. Bodamer’s numbers might be even bigger but Port Allegany was more run-oriented his first two years of high school. The last two seasons, however, the Gators use a variation of Mike Leach’s Air Raid full-spread shotgun offense.
“Now, we have seven or eight kids who can really catch the ball,” Mike Bodamer said. “In this area, a lot of teams run the old three yards and a cloud of dust, so they’re not used to seeing this offense.”
The rest of this week’s top high school football performances (in alphabetical order):
American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week
Akia Booker, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns and had two touchdown catches in a 51-41 win Friday at Dorman (Roebuck).
Will Brock, White County (Cleveland, Ga.)
Passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-42 defeat of Dawson County (Dawsonville, Ga.) on Friday.
Matt Colburn, Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.)
Ran for 400 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries in a 55-21 defeat of Lexington (S.C.) on Friday.
Terrell Huff, Windsor (Conn.)
Intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and had five tackles in a 34-14 defeat of Farmington (Conn.) on Friday.
Deryk Kern, Westminster (Md.)
Tied the state record for the second time this season with seven touchdown passes in a 56-7 defeat of Leonardtown (Md.), on Friday.
Aaron Kimpson, McMinn County (Athens, Tenn.)
Had 12 solo tackles, including five sacks, in 34-29 defeat Friday of Bradley Central (Cleveland, Tenn.).
Ben Schroeder, Shelby (Mich.)
Had 14 tackles in the Tigers’ 42-21 playoff win Friday against Kalkaska (Mich.).
Van Smith, West Mecklenburg (Charlotte)
Ran for a school-record 282 yards and six touchdowns and had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 79-8 defeat of East Gaston (Mount Holly, N.C.) on Friday.
Preston Walker, Crescent (Okla.)
Passed for five touchdowns and ran for a touchdown in a 47-13 defeat of Watonga, Okla., on Friday.