STEUBENVILLE - Brenton Colabella secured his membership in an exclusive Ohio high school football club Saturday at Harding Stadium.
With a first quarter completion to Johnny DiCarlantonio, Colabella, Catholic Central's senior quarterback, topped the 7,000 yard mark for career passing. He finished with 220 (all coming in the first half) giving him 7,138 for his career, according to unofficial statistics
Based on information from the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Colabella, a four-year starter for the Crusaders, became the 27th player in the state to reach the milestone.
BIG NUMBER — Crusaders’ quarterback Brenton Colabella celebrates a spectacular first half against Weir High on Saturday night at Harding Stadium. The senior’s performance against the Red Riders helped him surpass 7,000 passing yards for his career.
Maty Mauk, who played for Kenton from 2008-2011 and now is at Missouri, tops the list with 18,932 yards. Bellaire's Nate Davis is the only other OVAC product mentioned. He threw for 7,938 from 2002-2005.
Colabella's unofficial career total puts him 24th on the list. Bellaire's Spencer Badia is knocking off the 7,000 yard door after Saturday. He has 6,991 for his career.
"It feels pretty good," Colabella said following Saturday's 62-14 victory over Weir. "My four years of hard work have paid off. It's not just me, of course, my receivers had a great deal to do with my accomplishments. A lot of the credit goes to the receivers and the offensive linemen I have played with during my four years."
Central coach Steve Daley noted the accomplishment "speaks volumes about the type of kid he is and how hard he has worked."
"I'm happy for Brenton and his accomplishments," he added. "This hasn't been a point of focus for him. He is so involved with us getting better week to week and his improving week to week. Brenton will be the first to admit it took a lot of people along the way to help him achieve this milestone."
Coming into the 2013 season, Colabella already held five Central passing records:
Most yards in a single game.
Most yards in a season.
Most career yards.
Most TD passes in a season.
Most TD career passes.
As a freshman, Colabella threw for 1,120 and seven touchdowns. During his sophomore season, he passed for 1,941 and 18 scores. Last year, he finished with 2,452 passing yards, good for 27 touchdowns.
With Saturday's win, the 2013 Crusaders became the first Central team to start a season 8-0 since 1971.
"We're happy to be 8-0 for the first time in 42 years," Colabella stated. "We're going to keep doing our job - come out and work hard and go 1-0 every week. That's our goal going forward."
Colabella is Central's first four-year starter at quarterback. He completed 13 of 14 attempts against the Red Riders for a pair of touchdowns.