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Scoring out of this world: Meadville 107, Dubois 90 – In football!

DuBois stats in this story are now official via the coaching staff 

DUBOIS, Pa. – 107-90.

Really, what more can be said? That was the final score of the Meadville-DuBois high-school football game Friday night at DuBois’ Mansell Stadium with the visitors coming out on top in what has to go down as one of the wildest offensive shows in modern high-school football history.

The 107 points were so many that they didn’t even fit on the scoreboard, which had to revert back to “07” in the final score line under “guests”.

Journey Brown had a season in one night rushing for a state-record 720 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns, one shy of the state record for touchdowns scored in a game of 11 set way back in 1925 by Shippensburg’s Galen Warner.

Brown scored five touchdowns in each half and found the end zone runs of 76, 49, 1, 58, 25, 65, 18, 47, 93 and 66 yards. He scored on one-third of his 30 carries, and helped Meadville run for 1,004 yards, which was the Bulldogs total yardage for the game as they went 0-for-3 passing.

Brown shattered the previous state record for rushing yards in a game of 500 set by Alex Cooley of Eastern York in 2012. In fact, Brown’s touchdown runs alone were just two yards shy of Cooley’s mark.

While Brown was setting state records on the ground, DuBois’ sophomore quarterback Matt Miller, making his first career varsity start, was setting state and national records of his own.

He threw 10 touchdown passes, breaking the state record for TD passes while tying the national record held by four other players including former West Virginia quarterback and Pittsburgh Pirates draft choice J.R. House.  

Miller also threw for a national high-school record 787 yards (on 31 of 55) breaking the previous mark of 746 set in 2000 by by David Koral of Pacific Palisades (Calif.). The 788 yards broke the one-year old state and District 9 record of 614 yards set by Redbank Valley’s Jake Dougherty, and it now means that the top three passing yardage marks in Pennsylvania high school history reside in District 9, as Dougherty had topped the previous mark set by Brockway’s Derek Buganza (594 in 2009). Miller added a rushing touchdown for the Beavers.  The 787 yards is also the national high-school record for most total yards in a game as well. 

Colin Read of DuBois also set the Pennsylvania high-school receiving yardage mark catching nine passes for 355 yards. The old mark was 320 set by T.C. Musser of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech in 2004. The former District 9 mark was 272 by Keystone’s Ben Black. Read caught touchdown passes of 67, 60 and 15 yards.

Game highlights & interviews from WTAJ-TV in Altoona 

DuBois had two other receivers go over the 100-yard mark.

Zach Sloan had six catches for 179 yards and two scores, while Kyle Hopson had eight catches for 127 yards and three scores. Braden Paulinellie also caught two passes for 63 and two scores with Dante Dawson chipping in six catches for 63 yards.    

Wes Russell scored twice on the ground for DuBois on runs of 43 and 30 yards, his only two runs of the game, as DuBois racked up 904 yards of its own to give the teams a combined 1,908 yards of offense.  

Antonio Ferraro added scoring runs of 49 and 20 yards for Meadville and ran for 160 yards on 11 carries. Also scoring twice for the Bulldogs was Caleb Bish, who had 92 yards rushing on 15 carries.

In all, there were 28 touchdowns in the game, including 15 by Meadville.

The scoring was spread out throughout the contest with the teams tied at 28 at the end of the first quarter, and DuBois leading 56-51 at halftime.   

The game was tied at 63 following a Miller to Paulinellie 16-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter before a 5-yard Bish run followed by a 2-point conversion run by Bish gave Meadville the lead for good at 71-63. The Bulldogs led 85-82 at the end of the third quarter before scoring the first three touchdowns of the fourth quarter to put the game away including a 93-yard run by Brown that made it 99-82 with 5:21 left. Brown then put the Bulldogs over the century mark with a 66-yard run with 3:25 left.     

The contest also featured 59 first downs, 29 by Meadville and 30 by DuBois. The Beavers had what turned out to be three costly turnovers to none by Meadville.

NOTES – The 107 points didn’t come close to the state record for points in a game set way back in 1915 when Tamaqua put up 194 vs. St. Clair … With 28 touchdowns in a 48-minute game, there was touchdown on average every minute and 43 seconds … Three national/Pennsylvania individual records, five national/Pennsylvania team records and three Pennsylvania individual records were set in the game (see list below)


National & Pennsylvania Individual Records

  • Most Passing Yards – 787, Matt Miller, DuBois
  • Most Passing Touchdowns – 10 (Tied), Matt Miller, DuBois
  • Most Touchdowns accounted for by two individuals in a game – 21 – Matt Miller, DuBois (11 – 10 passing, 1 rushing) & Journey Brown, Meadville (10 rushing)  
  • Most total yards – 787, Matt Miller, DuBois

National & Pennsylvania Team Records

  • Most points scored by a losing team – 90 – DuBois
  • Most offensive yards 1 team – 1,004 – Meadville
  • Most combined offensive yards – 1,908 – DuBois & Meadville
  • Most rushing yards – 1,004 – Meadville
  • Most passing yards – 787 – DuBois

Pennsylvania Individual Records

  • Most receiving yards – 355, Colin Read, DuBois
  • Most rushing yards – 720, Journey Brown, Meadville
  • Most points scored – 68, Journey Brown, Meadville

BOX SCORE (DuBois stats are official) 

Meadville 107, DuBois 90

Score by Quarter

Meadville 28 23 34 22 – 107

DuBois 28 28 26 8 – 90

Scoring Summary  

First Quarter

D – Braden Paulinellie 47 pass from Matt Miller (Jared Meinert kick), 10:55.

M – Journey Brown 76 run (kick blocked), 10:37

M – Brown 49 run (Brown pass from Tanner Frye), 8:26

D – Kyle Hopson 14 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 5:58

M – Antonio Ferraro 49 run (pass failed), 5:06

D – Colin Read 67 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 4:47

M – Brown 1 run (Brown run), 1:22

D – Hopson 10 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 0:11

Second Quarter

D – Miller 6 run (Meinert kick), 9:21

M – Brown 58 run (Kirk Mumau kick), 9:09

D – Read 60 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 8:51

M – Ferraro 20 run (Brown run), 7:07

D – Zach Sloan 57 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 5:31

M – Brown 25 run (Ferraro run), 3:35

D – Read 15 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 2:39

Third Quarter

M – Brown 65 run (Edwards run failed), 10:57

M – Ferraro 47 run (run failed), 9:55

D – Paulinellie 16 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 7:47

M – Caleb Bish 5 run (Bish run), 6:27

D – Wes Russell 42 run (pass failed), 5:43

M – Brown 18 run (Bish run), 3:20

D – Russell 30 run (kick failed), 2:54

M – Brown 47 run (run failed), 2:14

D – Hopson 65 pass from Miller (Meinert kick), 1:31

Fourth Quarter

M – Bish 1 run (Brown run), 8:36

M – Brown 93 run (run failed), 5:21

M – Brown 66 run (Frye run), 3:25

D – Sloan 33 pass from Miller (Read pass from Miller), 1:41


29 First Downs 30

70-1,004 Rushes-Yards 17-117

0 Passing Yards 787

0-3-0 Passes: C-A-I 31-55-2

1,004 Total Yards 904

0-0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1

4-30 Penalties-Yards 3-40

1-30 Punts-Avg. 2-43.0

Individual Statistics

RUSHING: Meadville – Brown 30-722, Ferraro 11-160, Bish 15-92,Darius Edwards 7-24, Frye 4-7, Max Brown 1-1, Team 2-minus 2. DuBois – Russell 2-73, Paulinellie 9-44, Miller 6-0.

PASSING: Meadville – Frye 0-for-3, 0 yards. DuBois – Miller 31-for-55 for 787 yards, 10 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.

RECEIVING: Meadville – none. DuBois – Read 9-355, Sloan 6-179, Hopson 8-127, Paulinellie 2-63, Dawson 6-63.