"Akil Young knew at halftime he was having a big game. He heard an announcement at Cupples Stadium on the South Side that he already had thrown for more than 300 yards.
By the end of the game, Young unknowingly had the biggest performance throwing of any quarterback in the history of southwestern Pennsylvania high school football.
Young threw for 462 yards, completing 30 of 46 passes, to help University Prep defeat Somerset, 47-38, Friday night in a PIAA Class AAA playoff game. The 462 yards is believed to be a single-game record for any quarterback in the history of the City League or WPIAL.
"Huh. I didn't realize that," Young said.
The 462 yards also was the second most in any PIAA playoff game. The PIAA playoffs started in 1988 and the record for passing yardage in a game is 496, set a year ago by Allentown Central Catholic's Brendan Nosovitch in a game against Valley View. Nosovitch is quarterback at the University of South Carolina."
(Photo: University Prep quarterback Akil Young threw for 462 yards Friday night in a first-round PIAA Class AAA playoff game against Somerset. Jill Knight/Post-Gazette.)