Hilton varsity football coach Rich Lipani reminded fans of local high school football that Aquinas senior quarterback Jake Zembiec is more advanced than most quarterbacks his age.
There were people who were impressed with Rush-Henrietta senior quarterback Jared Gerbino, too, last week during the Section V Class AA semifinals.
Zembiec, who committed to play at Penn State University last November, probably is the most accurate passer in Section V. In a twist, the 2013 Class AA state player of the year helped Aquinas defeat Hilton in the Class AA sectional semifinals with 61 rushing yards on 10 carries, including the go-ahead touchdown, a two-yard run, in a 21-14 win for Aquinas.
Gerbino, who sprained both ankles this season and played on despite the injuries, was 9 of 12 passing for 127 yards against defending champion Victor. He ran 55 yards to score Rush-Henrietta’s first touchdown and threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Reggie Robinson in the fourth quarter of R-H’s 20-19 win.
Aquinas (9-0) and Rush-Henrietta (6-3) meet in the Section V Class AA Championship, 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. Below, just for fun, are the statistics for Gerbino and Zembiec this season.
Jake Zembiec – Aquinas
Touchdowns: 26 TDs
Completion percentage: 67.7.
Yards per completion:, 16.6
Jared Gerbino – Rush-Henrietta
Completion percentage: 44.6.
Yards per completion: 22.3
*Note: Second among the Royal Comets with 643 rushing yards with seven touchdowns.