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Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch didn't just have a good game in Allentown Central Catholic (Pa.) High's 49-27 demolition of Archbishop Wood (Pa.) High in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAA semifinals on Friday. He had a career game, one that was so impressive that it might be better than just about anyone's career game, too.

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According to the Philadelphia Daily News and the Allentown Morning Call, Nosovitch finished with an astounding 602 yards of total offense (or 601, depending on which account you believe) in ACC's victory, passing for 419 yards and four touchdowns and running for two himself, while gaining 183 yards on 21 carries.

In fact, the stirring statistics accounted for a rare feat: The quarterback actually out-gained his own team. While Nosovitch accounted for 602 yards, the Vikings as a whole were credited with only 599 yards, meaning that the team actually lost yards when Nosovitch wasn't involved.

"I'd definitely say it was the game of my life," Nosovitch told the Morning Call. "Everything was clicking in the second half. Everyone was on the same page, so it was great.

"It's like nothing else in the world. I've been wanting this my whole life watching high school football. I finally get a chance to do it. Hopefully we go out and get a big win Friday."

Nosovitch didn't just "do it," he executed with such aplomb that Archbishop Wood's defense was left nearly speechless when it tried to describe what made him so effective.

"We knew he was that good," Archbishop Wood defensive lineman Colin Thompson told the Daily News, before being informed that he racked up more than 600 total yards.

"He had what? More than 600 yards? No he didn't. He did? He's a phenomenal player. They run their offense so well. They have a great line and they spread you out like crazy. They put all the receivers out and that leaves their five linemen against the five defensive guys. If they're doing their job, there's no one there to tackle the quarterback."

Clearly, there weren't enough people tackling Nosovitch on Friday. The only question is whether the ACC star can follow up his virtuoso performance with an encore in the state title game this week in Hershey ... or during his senior season. Amazingly, the unstoppable quarterback who was recently named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year is only a junior.

That's great news for Nosovitch and his teammates, and an agonizing detail for each and every team that has faced the star this year.

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