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Do you remember? (Oct. 25, 2013)

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's "Do you remember?," Post-Gazette writer Mike White takes a look back at former Sto-Rox football star Chuck Fusina. Click here to read his story.

"Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams is now the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history. He is the latest in a long line of talented quarterbacks from the school, and the line started four decades ago with Chuck Fusina.

A highly touted quarterback for Sto-Rox in the early 1970s, he finished his career with 4,316 passing yards, back when that was unheard of for a WPIAL quarterback. As a senior, he played in six games because of injuries, but still threw for 1,404 yards.

Fusina, who graduated in 1975, was a dominant two-sport athlete at Sto-Rox. Besides football, he also averaged 27 points a game in basketball as a senior.

Fusina was heavily recruited and went on to star at Penn State, where he was the runner-up for the 1978 Heisman Trophy. Fusina was the backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1979-81. He then became a star quarterback for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the fledgling USFL, leading his team to two league titles in three years. His final year of pro football was as a backup for the Green Bay Packers in 1986."

 

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Varsity Xtra: Sto-Rox QB finding comfort zone after tough start

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams. Click here to read his story.

2013 1018 StoRox Football(Photo: On his way to becoming the most prolific passer in the history of WPIAL football, Lenny Williams has had to overcome plenty in his life. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

"The most prolific passing quarterback in the history of WPIAL football is sitting on a couch in his living room, staring at a glass cabinet filled with his trophies and memorabilia. Everything feels "cool" to Lenny Williams, and it has nothing to do with his leg being wrapped in ice after just finishing a Sto-Rox practice.

Williams feels calmer and cooler now that the chase for the passing record is over. He is much more at ease with life, not having the anger issues that used to get him in trouble in his younger years.

And he is at peace these days with the great uncle who shot and killed his father when Williams was 2.

Leonard Lindsay Williams Jr. is a 17-year-old senior at Sto-Rox High School who etched his name in the record books in successive games. On Oct. 4, he broke the WPIAL record for career touchdown passes and last Saturday he broke the record for passing yardage. He now has 7,369 yards passing and 92 touchdowns."

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Football: How high can Sto-Rox's Williams go?

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Sto-Rox senior quarterback Lenny Williams has set WPIAL career passing record in each of the past two weeks – touchdown passes two weeks ago and yardage last week.
He now has 7,369 career passing yards and 99 career touchdown passes and the obvious question fans are asking is how high can he go?

The Vikings are guaranteed three more games – at Laurel this week, hosting Rochester next week, and a playoff game. Beyond that, there could possibly be six more playoff games if the Vikings reach the PIAA title game.

Every week that Williams plays in the playoffs, he faces increasingly better defenses but Williams has risen to the challenge in the past. In fact, he hasn't needed to throw in the second half most of the season so better defenses may not have a significant effect on his yardage.

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Football: Sto-Rox's Williams sets one record; Another set to fall

Written by Bill Allmann on .

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams set a WPIAL record for career touchdown passes in a 56-14 win over Union. He now has 89 scoring passes, breaking the record of 88 set by Christian Brumbaugh.

He'll have a chance to set another record this week when the Vikings visit Western Beaver. He needs just 96 yards to surpass Brumbaugh's career yardage record of 7,162.

The records have provided a distraction from the offensive success Sto-Rox has had as a team. The undefeated Vikings are averaging just a fraction under 50 points per game. Sto-Rox has surpassed the 50-point mark in four of six games this year, the exceptions being a 42-0 win over Shenango in the opener and a 34-31 win over Neshannock in a televised game.
Now a senior, Williams takes a 36-6 career record into the Western Beaver. Of those six losses, one was to Western Beaver in 2010.

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Football: Sto-Rox quarterback sets TD pass mark

Written by Nick Veronica on .

Post-Gazette writer Nick Veronica writes that Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams became the WPIAL's all-time leader in touchdown passes Friday. Click here to read his story.

"Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams became the WPIAL's all-time leader in touchdown passes Friday night in a 56-14 win against Union.

Williams threw his 87th, 88th and 89th career touchdown passes in the first half to break Christian Brumbaugh's record of 88. The record touchdown was a 5-yard pass to tight end Elisha Bonner.

But Brumbaugh, a South Fayette graduate, still owns the mark for career passing yards, at least for another week.

Williams needed 256 yards Friday to tie Brumbaugh's record of 7,162, but, for the second week in a row, he hardly needed to pass in a blowout."