Despite losing starting quarterback and Notre Dame recruit Phil Jurkovec with a thumb injury, the season is not over for the Pine-Richland football team. Sure the Rams (4-3, 2-1) suffered a surprise 32-27 non-conference loss to Peters Township last week, but they still witnessed a bright spot from backup Max DeVinney.
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior, DeVinney led all WPIAL quarterbacks last Friday night with 294 passing yards. He completed 19 of 41 pass attempts with two touchdowns. Before last week, DeVinney attempted only one pass this season and was unsuccessful in that lone attempt. Last season as Jurkovec's backup, he completed just 12 of 16 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Jurkovec, a junior, recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb on his right throwing hand. He suffered that injury during the first half against Central Catholic two weeks ago and has been shutdown for the remainder of the season. As one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country, Jurkovec was one of the top dual-threat signal callers in the WPIAL. Through five games, he completed 104 of 167 pass attempts for 1,673 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also rushed for 481 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 carries.