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July 5, 2014

Unatego sweeps Star's football awards

Five-hundred and eighty-one yards.

For many high school quarterbacks, that’s a season. In fact, two area quarterbacks surpassed that total in 2013, with Oneonta High’s Jake Crotser doing so by 8 yards.

It took Unatego’s Josh Feyerabend about 2 1/2 hours on a mid-November afternoon at Binghamton Alumni Stadium to amass that yardage total.

His accurate right arm found white-jerseyed teammates on 29 of his 40 attempts, seven going for touchdowns. He also ran for a score and kicked three extra points.

In a state that has produced NFL quarterbacks such as Boomer Esiason, Vinny Testaverde, Ron Jaworski, Ken O’Brien and Jay Fiedler, no one in New York high school football history threw for as many yards as Feyerabend did during Unatego’s season-ending, 80-53 loss to Tioga in the Section Four Class D title game.

In the second half against Tioga’s reserves, Feyerabend went 12-for-15 for 353 yards and five TDs.

“He’s gifted,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of Feyerabend, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year for football. “He’s blessed with a pretty good arm. He definitely has a nice touch on the deep pass and he can also throw it on a line on an out pattern.”

There were times this past season when Feyerabend made it look so easy.

He’d receive the shotgun snap, maybe roll out, perhaps avoid a rusher, find the right the receiver and then deliver a strike.

It all seemed too natural.

Then you looked at the roster and learned he’s a sophomore.

Then you looked at the formation, four wide outs, with a running back at his side or in the pistol and the no-huddle attack.

Then you watched him hit a seam route one play, a fade the next, then a screen, then a fake to the back before keeping it around end, then an out pattern or a hitch, and then a go route.

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