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September 18, 2013

Quarterback's performance adds up to Unatego victory

So what do you get when you add 157 and 67?

If you’re me, you come up with 124.

You’re reading that right, I forgot to carry the “1” while tallying Unatego sophomore quarterback Josh Feyerabend’s first-half numbers during halftime of the Spartans’ 32-30 victory over visiting Sidney on Friday.

That’s how I shorted Feyerabend 100 passing yards.

Let the booing commence over my bone-headed error.

There was Feyerabend, putting together perhaps the finest statistical half of football by a quarterback in Section Four history and he doesn’t get credit for it in this publication because I can’t add.

Profound apologies to Feyerabend, a young man who threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns during Friday’s first half and finished with 366 passing yards.

My only defense for missing what would seem to be such an obvious mistake is that since I started covering high school football in 1991, I’m not sure I’ve seen a quarterback throw for as many as 230 yards in a half.

So when I wrote on my stat sheet at halftime: “No. 5 (Feyerabend) 13-22, 230 yards, 4 TDs, 1 int” those numbers jumped off the page at me.

Though there’s no way of checking, I’d be willing to bet that no quarterback in Section Four has thrown for 330 yards in a half.

To show just how impressive Feyerabend’s performance was Friday night, when former Sidney quarterback Dylan Umbra threw for a single-season Section Four-record 2,594 yards in 2010, his best single game output that season was 339.

The strong-armed Feyerabend nearly topped that in the first half.

And this from a guy starting his second game at quarterback.

“He throws a good deep ball, but he has guys who can go up and get it, too,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said of Feyerabend. “He’s got a lot to learn. Playing quarterback is not easy, especially in this style of offense. He has a read on every play, run or pass. There’s definitely a learning curve.”

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