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On Nov. 12, in
the AAAA final, Frankford junior Tim DiGiorgio, a lefty, broke the
Public League record for passing yards in one season. He went
13-for-28 for 182 yards, raising his total to 2,053 and
eclipsing 1,994 by Fels' Tyree "Bam" Rucker in 2010. Yard No. 1,995
was the first of an 8-yard catch by halfback Kelly Johnson with 4
How he got there (136-for-237, 2,357 yards, 30 TDs) . . . (number in red = TD passes)
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Ted's story about Tim from early October.
Frankford's Pioneering Offense . . .
Tim DiGiorgio never dreamed he'd experience pass-happy heaven at Frankford.
"I knew Frankford ran the wing-T since forever, so I thought things would be just like they were with the Frankford Chargers," he said, referring to the nationally known youth program. "I was always under center there. Threw some play-action passes, but mostly just handed off. The most touchdown passes I ever had was two. "
In merely five games, DiGiorgio has become only the second Pioneer over the last 31 seasons (the Daily News began compiling stats leaders in '81), to pass for 1,000 yards. Lamont Brown (1,137 in '04) was the other.
The lefty is 56-for-108 for 1,051 yards and 16 touchdowns, and Friday, he dropped six passing scores on Overbrook, tying the Public League record. Two apiece went to Renz "Rodeo" Compton, Marquan Scott and Savoy Martin. Aaron Allison (currently hurt), Mike Brown, Brandon Strong and Kelly Johnson have also made snags.
"This is fun," DiGiorgio said. "I know all these guys and we have good chemistry. I can throw to anybody and that makes it easy.
"Every quarterback likes to throw the ball down the field, but I'm liking how I can throw short to these guys in space and watch them make plays. "
The 6-2, 170-pound DiGiorgio, who last season led the Chargers to the Pop Warner 160-pound national final in Florida, said first-year Pioneers coach Will Doggett was low-key about the change in offense.
"As soon as school ended and we came out for summer workouts, it was just there, our new offense," DiGiorgio said. "We worked together and got comfortable with it. I grew up with Aaron. Have known him since age 6. And I played with Savoy for Moss [youth organization] at 10. And Renz was with me last year on the Chargers. "
As the conversation wound down, DiGiorgio had a favor to ask.
"Can you mention my linemen?" he said.
Sure. They're center Lorenz "Bubbles" Compton (Rodeo's twin), guards Geoffrey Phillippe, Tyrone Tunnell and Darius Williams (part-timer), and tackles Anthony Capers and Ronnie Parrish.
Tim throws a pass in practice.