SPRING MILLS — Aaron Tobias continued his pursuit of a state record, and the Marion Center Stinger were no match for the quarterback and the Penns Valley Rams in a 48-12 loss in the quarterfinals of the District 5 Class 2A football playoffs on Saturday night.
Tobias threw four touchdown passes, giving him 51 on the season and leaving him one shy of tying the Pennsylvania high school record set by South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh in 2010 and matched by Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer in 2012.
The 6-foot-2 senior can match or surpass the record next weekend when the fourth-seeded and 10-1 Rams visit top-seeded and 10-0 Richland in the semifinals.
Marion Center, meanwhile, closed its season at 7-4 after reaching the playoffs for the second straight season under second-year coach Adam Rising.
The Stingers were unable to establish their offense or slow down Tobias in the first half, when the Rams raced to a 28-0 lead. Tobias threw three touchdown passes in the first half, 20 yards to Dustin Fisher on the second play of the game, 8 yards to Mason Lieb and 52 yards to Stephen Ripka. Lieb caught the fourth touchdown pass, from 4 yards, in the second half, when Penns Valley went up 48-0 before Marion Center scored two late touchdowns.
Tobias finished 18-for-31 for 218 yards, but he managed only 47 yards in the second half. While surpassing 50 touchdown passess, Tobias also threw his fifth interception, which Hunter Lydic nabbed in the first half.
Marion Center struggled in its passing game. Sophomore Ty Ryen was intercepted three times, the first returned 30 yards for a touchdown by John Aston in the first quarter and the last returned 46 yards by Aldan Rinker in the third.
After Ryen left with an injury in the fourth quarter, Gaven Palko took over, and his first pass was intercepted.
Seth Blaney scored Penns Valley’s last touchdown on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Marion Center scored its touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Garet Wells runs covering 15 and 2 yards.
The senior rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries, raising his season total to 1,272 yards and 21 touchdowns.