They have been playing high school football in Western Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. During that time, no player has had a game quite like Mapletown's Dylan Rush produced Sept. 15, when the Maples played at Avella.
Rush, a senior running back, set the WPIAL's single-game rushing record by gaining 524 yards on 39 carries and scored seven touchdowns. The previous record was 492 yards, set last year by Armstrong’s Zane Dudek. The local single-game rushing record had been 424 yards by Mike Vernillo of Fort Cherry in a 1997 contest. Rush’s 524 yards is believed to be the second-best single-game total in state history.
Rush scored on runs of 10, 55, 70, 72, 42, 64 and 11 yards in Mapletown's 48-32 victory.
Before his season ended early because of complications from a sinus infection, Rush was the leading rusher in the WPIAL with 1,464 yards and 18 touchdowns in seven games.
In his four seasons at Mapletown, Rush ran 5,762 yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry.